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2021/22 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MSc (Eng) Communications and Signal Processing

Programme code:MSE-CN&SPUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Des McLernon Contact address:d.c.mclernon@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

A degree equivalent to a UK upper second class honours (2.1) in Electronic/Electrical Engineering, Computing, Mathematics or Physics, or a good lower second-class (2.2) honours degree accompanied by demonstration of specific competence in communications theory or practice.


School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Programme specification:

Programme Overview

Digital signal processing (DSP) is at the core of the communications revolution. Research is constantly being carried out to develop new DSP algorithms, allowing mobile broadband services, ‘Internet of Things’ applications and other technologies to be delivered to a growing number of users. Statistical signal processing is also fundamental to all aspects of the parallel robotics revolution, including sensing, localisation and the now ubiquitous discipline of machine learning.

This programme will give you a thorough introduction to the communications landscape, giving you an in-depth understanding of DSP, wireless communications, optical communications networks and the complex issues around network security. You will also have the opportunity to study specialist modules such as embedded systems and FPGA technologies.

On completing this course, you will have obtained the skills that will lead to employment in any area of the communications/signal processing industry including optical networking, DSP design and implementation, cellular mobile, RF planning, broadband systems and general communications research and development."

Learning Outcomes

As an engineering degree programme, the primary learning outcomes are aligned with the educational requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer with ECUK. For BEng programmes, some further learning will be required; MEng programmes meet the educational requirements for professional registration in full. This applies to programmes accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). The accreditation status of this programme may be confirmed by contacting the School.

The subjects studied in the programme modules are designed to meet these learning outcomes while focussing on the key topics which are relevant to the programme theme.

On successful completion of the programme, students will be able to:

- Demonstrate a comprehensive and specialist knowledge and understanding of the science, mathematics and engineering principles which underpin the discipline, including those which are at the forefront of the subject, and a critical awareness of new developments and the wider engineering context.
- Demonstrate the ability to apply scientific, mathematical and engineering principles, and also computational and analytical techniques and models, in order to solve complex engineering problems and reach substantiated conclusions; formulate and analyse complex problems, which may involve information that is incomplete or uncertain.
- Demonstrate the ability to select, use and critically evaluate technical literature, and recognise the limitations of knowledge in the discipline
- Demonstrate the ability to design solutions to complex problems, and carry out extended engineering projects, considering a range of societal, user and commercial factors, and industry standards, and showing originality and creativity in the design process.
- Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the economic, social, legal, ethical and environmental impacts of engineering, including the entire lifecycle of products, making appropriate decisions informed by professional codes of conduct.
- Demonstrate the ability to apply academic research skills and advanced scholarship.
- Demonstrate the ability to work effectively, exercising initiative, decision-making skills and personal responsibility, and to evaluate their own performance, individually and as a member of a professional team.
- Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively both the results of their own work and other complex information, to specialist and non-specialist audiences, in a variety of forms, selecting and evaluating the methods used.
- Demonstrate the ability to manage and extend their own learning and professional development, the transferable skills necessary for employment within the engineering sector, and the skills necessary for life-long independent learning and profe ssional development.

Progression and Award

This programme is subject to rules for progression and award which are slightly different from the University’s standard rules. Current and prospective students should make themselves familiar with these additional rules which are listed in the Code of Practice on Assessment (CoPA) applicable to the year of study, and summarised under the ‘[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment] links below.


Year1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Students will be required to study the following compulsory modules:-

ELEC5032MModern Industry Practice15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun), 1 Sep to 31 Jan (adv yr), Semester 1 (Sep to Jan)
ELEC5333MWireless Communications Systems Design15 credits1 Sep to 31 Jan (adv yr)
ELEC5442MDigital Signal Processing for Communications15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan), Semester 2 (Jan to Jun), 1 Sep to 31 Jan (adv yr)
ELEC5447MCellular Mobile Communication Systems15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
ELEC5456MOptical Communications Networks15 credits1 Jan to 30 Jun
ELEC5471MData Communications and Network Security15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan), 1 Sep to 31 Jan (adv yr)
ELEC5681MProgramming15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
ELEC5882MMSc Individual Project60 credits1 Sep to 31 Aug (12mth), 1 Jan to 31 Dec (12mth)

Optional modules:

Students will be required to select 15 credits from the following optional modules:

ELEC5566MFPGA Design for System-on-Chip15 credits1 Jan to 31 May
ELEC5620MEmbedded Microprocessor System Design15 credits1 Jan to 30 Jun

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