This course has been designed to provide graduates with a broad education in engineering alongside a greater depth of understanding in cybernetics and communications.
Combining computer science, electronic engineering, mechanical engineering and management, the course offers opportunities to develop imagination and innovation in design solutions, enterprise, leadership and interpersonal skills.
The most significant reason to study Engineering (Cybernetics and Communications) with us is the commercial relevance of our courses. For example, an innovative and distinctive feature of the course is the cross-disciplinary group design project, which provides a challenging, simulated environment in which to work as a member of a team. The project will encourage you to develop your imagination, creativity and innovation in design solutions. You will also build on your leadership, team building and communication skills, all of which are attractive to potential employers.
The course will crucially provide you with a postgraduate level education in the theory and practice of engineering, integrating aspects of computer science, electronic engineering, mechanical engineering, business, management and entrepreneurship. The course emphasises the importance of independent learning, problem solving and self-organisation.
We offer the option to study either a Postgraduate Diploma or MSc in Engineering (Cybernetics and Communications). The MSc can have a sandwich element if you obtain and carry out an industrial placement.
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Starting: October and January
Course length: One year FT/ Two years FT + placement/Two years PT
Study location: Clifton campus
Fees and funding:
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The postgraduate academic year is divided into three terms: term one has 10 weeks; term two has 20 weeks; and term three has 15 weeks. For the Postgraduate Diploma you will study 40 credits in term one and 80 credits in term two. Those students who wish to continue on to the MSc will study 60 credits in term three. The first two terms are spent studying the taught modules and the last term, pursuing an individual major project.
Mobile Networks (20 credits)
This module introduces one of the modern approaches to networking, namely mobile networking. By examining how the latest networking platform technology (Internet, Java) can be used to build systems which are outside the traditional desktop paradigm, you will develop an awareness of the requirements, capabilities and constraints of a variety of mobile computing technologies and the networking facilities that can be built.
Wireless Communications (20 credits)
This module aims to develop the knowledge and understanding of wireless communication technologies, practical constraints and their applications to simulated and / or practical implementation scenarios. Case studies will include examples of advanced topics in wireless communications.
Robotics and Cybernetics (20 credits)
This module provides an introduction to robotics, including sensors, actuators, feedback control systems, embedded systems programming and algorithm development. You will develop knowledge of the relevant theory, advanced techniques, and practice underpinning modern robotic and cybernetic systems. The module also investigates the issues and ideas associated with robotics including robot design, construction and programming techniques.
Group Design Project (20 credits)
During this module, you will focus mainly on the technical aspects of developing a cross-disciplinary group design project. The set projects will be taken from areas of advancing technology.
Major Project (60 credits)
You will apply your understanding of research processes and methodologies to develop and integrate knowledge focusing on a specialist Engineering topic.
Research Methods (20 credits)
This module develops your understanding of research design and methodology. As well as being introduced to the School's research facilities, you will develop the skills necessary for research and for writing a project definition document.
Entrepreneurial Leadership and Project Management (20 credits)
You will develop your appreciation of entrepreneurship and leadership, and their role in economic development, project management and entrepreneurial business success. You will learn the tools and methodologies for effective project management.
Global Business Management (20 credits)
This module includes global business enterprises, global supply chain management, international marketing and the strategic
importance of integrated marketing, design, finance, manufacturing and distribution.
Software Engineering 1 (20 credits)
This module allows non-computing graduates to learn the methodologies for the analysis and design of procedural and object-orientated software systems. You will develop skills in procedural programming and the production of software solutions to problems.
Global Business Management is assessed by a combination of both coursework and examination. All other modules are assessed by coursework, case studies and projects.
Not only will you have enviable transferable skills at the end of this course, but you will also be perfectly placed to enter a range of careers in the industrial or engineering sectors.
The industry-focused nature of this course will ensure that you stand out from the crowd when it comes to job applications and pursuing your future career. Nottingham Trent University graduates are widely respected amongst employers and our Computing and Technology students are perceived as having the competitive edge due to the hands-on approach of our teaching.
Practical work experience can help you in your studies and is often paid. It can enhance your commercial awareness and your ability to link theory and practice which will be an invaluable skill in your future career. Although a work placement is highly recommended, obtaining one is based on an individual's efforts and is not guaranteed.
Length of placement
The School is extending its highly successful placement scheme to students of MSc Engineering (Cybernetics and Communications). If you choose this option, you will receive extensive help in obtaining a valuable one-year paid work placement and continued support during the placement period. This is the ideal way to get your career off to a flying start.
For further information please visit our placements website.
- A UK honours degree (minimum 2.2) or equivalent in Computing, Technology or Engineering. Applicants with relevant employment experience or other relevant qualifications will also be considered
- International students please see the English language requirement section
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