Postgraduate Factfile: Telecommunications Engineering MSc
- The Programme
- Academic School
- Employment / careers
- Entry requirements
- Finance / fees
- How to apply
Course at a glanceMode of study: Full Time (1 year)
Start date: September
- Study at one the UK’s leading Engineering Schools
- Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and meets Chartered Engineer requirements
- Programme informed by internationally-acclaimed research in LJMU’s Electrical and Electronic Engineering Research Centre
- Close industry links
- 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.
Introduction to the School
The School of Engineering, Technology and Maritime Operations has a long and distinguished history of teaching and research and an established reputation for producing excellent engineers and maritime professionals.
All of our postgraduate courses are taught by academics active in industrially-oriented research and scholarship. Our teaching and research is supported by long-term partnerships with universities and employers in the UK and overseas. Such links help ensure that our courses are kept up-to-date and that you have opportunities to develop skills and experience in solving realistic problems during your studies. It’s also why we attract so many applicants from around the world and why our graduates are highly sought after by UK and international employers.
In the RAE 2008, 60% of research in Electrical Electronic Engineering and General Engineering was ranked as ‘internationally excellent’ and ‘world leading’.
Research in the School covers the following areas:
- Microelectronic Systems
- Electric Machines and Drives
- Advanced Manufacturing
- Mechanical Engineering and Materials, and Process Control
- Logistics Offshore and Marine Research
To find out more about the School, read out brochure or go to: www.ljmu.ac.uk/ENG
Other related courses
- MSc Microelectronic System Design
- MSc Power and Control Engineering
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.
International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications to the standard requirements for entry when applying for courses at LJMU.
Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example via an IELTS tests or equivalent.
Please note: UK visa restrictions mean that 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.
LJMU has launched a range of generous international scholarships for students enrolling at the University from September 2014 onwards.
These prestigious scholarships take the form of tuition fee waivers and are available for outstanding international students applying for taught postgraduate programmes and research degrees.
You will need to complete an additional application form in order to be considered for these scholarships. Full eligibility criteria and the online application form are available here: www.ljmu.ac.uk/international
Applications for these scholarships are welcomed from:
- new international applicants
- current LJMU international students hoping to progress onto postgraduate study at the University
- LJMU international alumni
|Name of scholarship||Level of study||Value of scholarship||Number available||Additional eligibility criteria|
|John Moores International Undergraduate Scholarship||Postgraduate taught and research degrees (MSc, MA, MRes, MPhil / PhD)||A full tuition fee waiver worth up to £12,000||8||You must:
|Developing Global Citizens Postgraduate Scholarship||Postgraduate taught degrees (MSc, MA, MRes)||A one-off £4,000 fee waiver||20||You must
English for Postgraduate courses bursary
A bursary will be available for students who must complete the six week English for Postgraduate Studies course to improve their IELTS score by 0.5 prior to enrolling on their postgraduate taught or research degree at LJMU.
This bursary is worth £700 and takes the form of a tuition fee waiver, which will be deducted from your tuition fee when you enrol on your degree programme. You do not need to complete the online scholarship form in order to receive this bursary. Please note: If you are awarded this bursary you are not eligible to apply for an international scholarship.
English language requirements
IELTS6.0 (Min. 5.5 in each component)
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, an interview is not required.
Tuition fees for full-time home and EU students for the academic year 2014-2015 are £6,000.00
Part time fees are charged by the number of credits you are registered for per annum, at a rate of £35.50 per credit.
Tuition fees for International students for the academic year 2014-2015 are £12,000.00
Students residing in the Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey are classified as international students for fee purposes.
All full and part-time students enrolled on postgraduate taught programmes at LJMU are liable to pay an annual tuition fee. You can opt to pay your tuition fees in full at the start of each academic year or pay by instalments. If you need advice about how you will pay your tuition fees, please talk to LJMU’s Student Funding Team as soon as possible: , 0151 0151 231 3153/3154.
Sources of funding
LJMU Alumni Award
Final year undergraduates and alumni of the University are eligible to apply for a 15% reduction in their postgraduate tuition fees if they choose to progress onto a higher degree programme at LJMU. Both Home and international LJMU students and alumni can apply for this award (subject to eligibility criteria*). Please go to for more details.
Postgraduate International Scholarships
LJMU offers scholarships for international applicants accepted onto taught masters programmes (excluding distance learning programmes) and research degrees. Current LJMU international students and alumni interested in pursuing postgraduate study and research at the University are eligible to apply for these scholarships along with new applicants. For further details, go to:
English for Postgraduate Studies Bursary
A Bursary is also available for international students who need to improve their IELTS score prior to enrolling on their postgraduate course or research programme at the University. This course is run by LJMU’s International Study Centre (
Earn While You Learn
Working while you study means you may be able to pay for your course without taking out any further loans or at least reducing the amount you need to borrow. Working while you study also gives you the skills valued by employers, such as managing your workload and prioritising your time.
LJMU’s Vacancy website () can help you find graduate vacancies, sandwich/industrial placements, internships/ summer work, part-time jobs, volunteering opportunities and work-based learning placements. Over 1,000 local and regional employers regularly list opportunities on the website.
Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL)
Many students fund their postgraduate studies via Professional and Career Development Loans. This is a bank loan which you will have to pay back once you’ve completed the course. However, while you are studying any interest on the loan will be paid for you by the Skills Funding Agency. PCDLs worth between £300 and £10,000 are available for eligible postgraduates to fund up to two years of study (three if the course includes work experience). The loan is split into course fees and living costs. Go to for more details.
Some organisations and companies fund the cost of postgraduate studies for their employees as they recognise the value of having well qualified staff. Check out our courses and see if there are any on offer that could enhance your current career. Remember, employer support doesn’t always have to be financial; it can take other forms too, such as flexible working arrangements, day release and time in lieu of study.
Support for disabled students
Disabled Students’ Allowances or DSAs are designed to help meet the extra course costs students can face as a direct result of a disability, on-going health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty. DSAs don’t have to be paid back and the type of support you receive will be determined by your specific needs not your household income. Please contact LJMU’s Disability team for further advice: 0151 231 3164/3165.
Council tax exemption
All full-time postgraduate students studying courses lasting one year or more are eligible for a council tax exemption certificate.
How to apply
If you have any queries relating to LJMU or university life in general please contact:Course Enquiries
tel: +44(0)151 231 5090
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.
Please Note: The University reserves the right to cancel, suspend or modify in any way the information contained in this leaflet.