Postgraduate Factfile: Telecommunications Engineering MSc, PgDip, PgCert
Modes of study: Full Time (1 year)
Start date: September
- The Programme
- Supporting info
- Entry requirements
- Finance / fees
- How to apply
- Employment / careers
- LJMU and Liverpool
At a glance
- Study at one the UK’s leading Engineering Schools
- Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and meets Chartered Engineer requirements
- The School of Engineering is highly rated in the Times Good University Guide ranked 16th for Engineering in 2012
- 90% of engineering research rated as international to world leading in 2008 Research Assessment Exercise
- Programme informed by internationally-acclaimed research in LJMU’s Electrical and Electronic Engineering Research Centre
- Close industry links
- Postgraduates of this course highly sought after by major UK and international employers
- Excellent career opportunities for positions including system designers, analysts, and senior engineers in the fields communications, computer networks and telecommunications
The MSc in Telecommunications Engineering is designed to develop engineers for the telecommunications industry who are able to design, commission, and manage telecommunications systems. The programme benefits from being delivered by academics from LJMU’s School of Engineering, Technology and Maritime Operations, the General Engineering Research Institute (GERI) and the School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences.
The course team has strong industrial links and has established an international research profile. This is reflected in the programme securing accreditation by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) - formerly the IEE - to meet its requirements for Chartered Engineer status.
The course covers radio frequency and microwave technologies, electronics and communications technologies, computer networks and wireless computing, and management. The curriculum emphasises the application of the technologies and as such the course is supported by modern systems of modelling and simulation, an extensive laboratory programme and lectures from industrial experts. You will have an opportunity to complete industrially-based projects and work experience in the areas of microwave, optical sensing, instrumentation, antenna design, etc.
All students complete the following core modules: Simulation and Analysis; Telecommunications Systems; RF and Microwave Engineering Systems; Computer Networks; Optical Communication Systems; Professional Practice; Project Management and Finance. Master’s students will also be expected to complete a research project. Option Modules include: Mobile Computing; Network Security.
Most of the MSc projects are undertaken in the Radio Frequency and Microwave research group within the General Engineering Research Institute. The group is led by Professor Ahmed Al-Shamma’a, with research interests concentrated into six main areas: Radio Frequency and Microwave (RFM) Applications, Underwater Communications, Radio Frequency Identification Technology (RFID) and wireless Applications, Sustainable Technologies, Non-destructive sensing and Terahertz laser sources.
LJMU’s international reputation in this field is reflected in the substantial research funds secured from the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Department of Trade and Industry, Envirolink, European Community and directly from industry including BP, United Utilities, Organon, Protensive, MercaChem and Biotage, Aspen Electronic, Anritsu and NEL.
Why study this course at LJMU?
- The University focus is in providing postgraduates, research, consultancy and training which meet the needs of business and industry to improve competiveness. Key reasons to study Engineering and Maritime at Liverpool John Moores University include: One of the UKs leading Engineering Schools, it offers modern post graduate courses designed to develop academic and practical skills. It offers a supportive environment in which to study and encourages and supports extra curricula activities such as Formula Student.
- The School has an impressive record in knowledge transfer to business with two Business Leader of Tomorrow awards in the last 5-years.
- In the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), the School was awarded grade 5 in the General Engineering and grades 3a in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.
- In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise 90% of the research was rated international to world leading excellence in Electrical Electronic Engineering and General Engineering.
- The School has two international centres of research excellence in Electrical Electronic Engineering Centre, and Marine Offshore and Logistics Research centre and over 50 post-graduate research students.
- The Liverpool Maritime Academy is an international centre of excellence in maritime education and professional training and education. Its advanced marine simulation facilities offered by its Lairdside Maritime Centre are amongst the best in the world.
Introduction to the School
Liverpool John Moores University was founded in 1823 in Liverpool, one of the UK’s most significant commercial port cities. Liverpool has long been associated with engineering and maritime industries and the University has played a leading role in the development of these sectors.
The School of Engineering, Technology and Maritime Operations at offers a vibrant and exciting environment in which to study. In choosing to study with us you enter into a partnership with teachers who will help you work towards becoming the very best in your discipline. The achievements of our successful Formula Student team for example demonstrate the all round capability of our students. This is why our post graduates are highly sought after by employers and many occupy senior positions within major UK and international companies. We want to help you reach your potential which is why we develop both the technical and managerial skills that will help you succeed in your chosen career.
Furthermore, the School of Engineering, Technology and Maritime Operations is highly rated for Mechanical and Electrical Engineering in the Times Good University Guide. It delivers world class application oriented research to the engineering and maritime sectors. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise 90% of research was rated international to world leading excellence 2-4* in General Engineering, and Electrical Electronic Engineering.
Staff research interests
The School of Engineering, Technology and Maritime Operations has an excellent record of high quality application oriented research and knowledge transfer to business. The University has been engaged in maritime research for over two decades, for example much of the development work in Electronic Charts was undertaken here in Liverpool.
The School is home to internationally recognised research groups Electrical Electronic Engineering Research Centre (Prof J Zhang, Prof E. Levi), the Liverpool Logistics Offshore and Marine Research Institute (Prof J. Wang), Materials and Structures Research Group (Prof J Ren, Prof I Jones) and GERI (Prof Burton).
The Materials and Structures Group undertakes application oriented research in advanced manufacturing, materials and design. GERI specialises in precision measurement and precision machining.
The Electrical and Electronic Engineering Research Centre conducts world leading research in three areas: microelectronic devices and reliability, electric machines and drives and control systems.
The Liverpool LOgistics, Offshore and Marine (LOOM) Research Institute has established a worldwide reputation the development of management information and decision support systems within the marine, offshore and logistics sectors.
How will I be assessed?
Students’ knowledge and understanding will usually be assessed via a combination of examinations and coursework. Certain subjects may be assessed by other means, such as through a portfolio of work, for example. In addition, there is the MSc. project. This allows students to work independently and contributes substantially to the final award.
Other related courses
MSc Microelectronic System Design, MSc Power and Control Engineering.
An honours degree in a relevant engineering subject with a minimum 2.2 classification or a professional qualification of equivalent standing together with such relevant professional experience as deemed appropriate by the School.
Non-UK applicants will be expected to have demonstrated competence in English language equivalent to a minimum of IELTS 6.0. Applicants who have studied and successfully achieved a UK degree within 24 months of the start of the MSc are exempt from this requirement.
Will I be interviewed?No
Please contact the Faculty of Technology and Environment Admissions Hub for further information relating to tuition fees.
You can contact the hub using the following:
Telephone: 0151 2312777
Securing funding is one of the main hurdles you may have to face when considering Postgraduate study. However there is help available and you may be able to apply for funding from the sources below.
This will normally be from a bank. The most popular of these is a Professional and Career Development Loan (PCDL). These loans are from £300 to £10,000 in value and can be used to cover up to 80% of your course fees. Further Information from www.direct.gov.uk and look for PCDL
Charities and Trusts
Trusts and charities can offer assistance to some students. Eligibility for these trusts and charities vary enormously. Your local library will have a section of books and directories of grant making trusts.
Research councils may provide support for recognised postgraduate courses. Their websites offers useful information regarding the support and funding opportunities on offer. Competition for this type of funding can be very strong. For more information about Research Councils visit: www.rcuk.ac.uk
You need to be aware that most PG courses do not attract statutory funding. The ones that do attract statutory support (grants and/or loans) that we offer at LJMU are:
- PGCE courses , for more information please vist www.directgov.co.uk and www.tda.gov.uk
- MA social work for which an NHS bursary is payable to some students. For more information please visit www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk
- PG dip in Architecture
Advice and support at LJMU
LJMU offers a Postgraduate bursary of £500 to students who go from an undergraduate course to study a taught PG course. For further information and eligibility see http://www.ljmu.ac.uk/feesandfunding/117585.htm
LJMU employs a team of staff that are experts in fees and funding who can offer advice based upon your personal circumstances. You can contact them on 0151 904 6056/6057, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for guidance and support.
How to apply
Please apply via the online application form
LJMU's Admissions policy is in line with the University's Equal Opportunities Policy and applications are welcome from all candidates who fulfil the entry criteria. The university has a commitment to equality of opportunity and welcomes application from everyone regardless of age, disability, race or sex. The University is committed to widening participation and therefore will actively consider applicants who do not have a relevant degree but who are able to provide satisfactory evidence of their knowledge in the area. All applicants will be considered by the Recruitment and Selection Panel, if shortlisted applicants will be asked to attend for an interview.
LJMU offers an extensive support system through its international office and study centre. An equivalence to the normal entry requirements is needed for entry. Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example with an IELTS tests or equivalent. Please note that because of UK visa restrictions, International students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis. Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting www.ljmu.ac.uk/international for more information and advice.
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Employment and careers
This vibrant field provides numerous opportunities for graduates from this programme. Typical positions include system designers, analysts, and senior engineers in the fields of electronics, communications, microprocessors and related industries.
As a postgraduate student you will also be able to take full advantage of the extensive range of advice and guidance available in our World of Work Careers Centre, including our Ready for Work training courses, which cover everything from interview skills to preparing for assessment centre tests.
LJMU also has a dedicated Centre for Entrepreneurship, offering business advice and start-up funding, to students and graduates interested in setting up their own companies or working freelance.
Our World of Work Programme – endorsed by FTSE 100 companies and leading business organisations – offers you the chance to get an additional certificate proving to potential employers that you have the skills and experience they are looking for. No other university in the UK or internationally, offers students the chance to develop these skills and organisations backing the scheme include the Confederation of British Industry, United Utilities, Sony, Siemens, Peugeot Citroen and Marks and Spencer.
LJMU offers a superb environment for postgraduate study and top level research.
Whether you are studying on a taught master's course or embarking on a research degree, LJMU offers you a supportive, flexible academic environment, well-structured programmes and round-the-clock access to extensive resources.
Our research environment is rated as 'world-leading' in a majority of our subjects and all of our postgraduate programmes are taught by academics actively involved in research or consultancy projects with business and industry.
It is this combination of academic expertise and 'real world' experience that ensures LJMU's courses have real currency with potential employers and why over 95% of our postgraduates are in work or further study six months after they graduate (HESA 2010).
We believe this expertise – coupled with world-class academic standards – 75% of LJMU's research is rated as internationally important – puts us in a league of our own.
To find out more about our postgraduate courses and research opportunities plus the range of facilities and support we offer, click on the links opposite.
Liverpool is a fantastic student city, bursting with opportunities and lots of things to do: a legendary music scene that's bigger than just the Beatles, a city centre bursting with clubs, pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes. Plus award-winning shopping facilities, museums, galleries and theatres, not to mention two Premier League football clubs, golf courses, beautiful parks and outstanding countryside a few miles up the motorway.
The city recently won Trip Advisor’s Best Nightlife Destination Award 2011, beating Manchester, London, Glasgow and Brighton. The city has also achieved Purple Flag accreditation, commending Liverpool as a safe place to enjoy a night out.
Liverpool is also a city that is very supportive of all the students who live, work and study in its universities. With such a warm and hospitable culture – Liverpool is the perfect 24-hour student city.
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