MSc

Engineering (Cybernetics and Communications)

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  • UCAS code(s): HE21 / HE19 / HE23
  • Level(s) of study: Postgraduate taught
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Sandwich / Part-time (day & evening)
  • Location: Clifton campus
  • Starting: September 2016 / January 2017
  • Course duration: 2 / 3 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information

This theoretical and practical course combines computer science, electronic engineering, mechanical engineering and management to enable greater understanding of cybernetics and communications. Students develop imaginative and innovative design, enterprise, leadership, and interpersonal skills.

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.

Throughout your course you will work with our highly regarded academics, who are active in a broad range of research areas, achieving 80% world-leading or internationally-excellent research impact (REF 2014).

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.

Study routes
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.

What you'll study

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.

Learn a new language

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.

Learning a new language can:

  • Enhance your communication skills;
  • Enrich your experience when travelling abroad; and
  • Boost your career prospects.

Find out more about the ULP.

  • First year

    Core modules

    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.

    Optional modules

    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.

    Assessment
    Global Business Management is assessed by a combination of both coursework and examination.  All other modules are assessed by coursework, case studies and projects.

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

Careers and employability

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
One year

Placement opportunities
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.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?
  • 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.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

What are we looking for?
  • 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 qualifications

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our UG and PG degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Pre-masters and foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation or pre-masters course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation and pre-masters courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study.   We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our international team for advice.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU in our postgraduates' guide. Here you'll find advice about how to write a good personal statement and much more.

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Getting in touch

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Keeping up to date

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Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

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Funding

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

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