MSc

Engineering (Cybernetics and Communications)

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  • Level(s) of study: Postgraduate taught / Professional
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Part-time / Sandwich
  • Location: Clifton Campus
  • Starting: January 2018, September 2018 and January 2019
  • Course duration: One year full-time / Two years full-time with one year placement / Two years part-time

You will combine knowledge in computer science, electronic engineering, mechanical engineering and management to enable greater understanding of cybernetics and communications to develop imaginative and innovative solutions.

The most significant reason to study the Engineering (Cybernetics and Communications) Masters with us is the commercial relevance of our courses. Also, throughout your course you will work with our highly regarded academics, who are active in a broad range of research areas.

For full module descriptions, which include Mobile Networks, Robotics and Cybernetics, and Wireless Communications, scroll down to the 'What you'll study' section.

Develop your skills in the growing industries of robotics, computing and wireless communications with a work placement

Postgraduate open events: We hold postgraduate open events throughout the year. Find out more and book a place.

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Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 8351

What you'll study

You will undertake a Research Methods module at the beginning of this course, which is designed to develop knowledge, skills and experience that will provide you with a firm foundation for your main Research Project. You then have the option to choose one further module to accompany the five core modules you will study.

  • Modules

    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.
    • 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.
    • 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.

    Optional modules

    Choose one module from the following:

    • 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.
  • 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.

  • Expert research

    We have a rich mix of knowledge ranging from software development for different types of systems through to hardware aspects such as networking for you to learn from.

    Benefit from our knowledge which has been built up and maintained through our wealth of industrial experience, our industrial links and our research activity. We are very proud to have achieved 90% world-leading or internationally-excellent research impact (REF 2014). Find out more.

    We engage fully in our subject area and this engagement feeds directly and indirectly into our teaching. Professor David Brown leads several projects, funded by the European Union, in games and assistive technology while Professor Paul Evans' innovative developments in security are supported by USA Dept of Homeland Security.

    Other examples of our activity are:

    • developing patents (for example, in voice signal processing)
    • involvement in the GameCity Festival
    • organising conferences on Interactive Technology and Games and on Intelligent Environments
    • working with local companies on funded projects e.g. enhancing the capability of the press association to search their image database
    • publishing novel findings in research publications on for example financial prediction, mobile communications, detection of human behaviour patterns.

    For more information about courses, your Computing and Technology Admission's Tutor is Dr Eugene Lai.

  • Key stats

    • 90% of our research activity achieved world-leading, internationally-excellent or internationally-recognised status (latest Research Excellence Framework 2014)
    • 95% of our postgraduates are in work or further study within just six months of finishing their degrees (latest Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2014-15)
    • 83% of NTU postgraduate taught students said that overall they were satisfied with the quality of their course (Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2016)
    • Leading university in the UK for the number of postgraduate students taking professional qualifications (latest Higher Education Statistics 2014/15)

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

How you’re taught

The postgraduate academic year is divided into three terms. The first two terms are spent studying the taught modules and the last term, pursuing an individual major project.

The teaching methods include:

  • lectures to introduce and develop concepts and to explore the application of these concepts
  • specialist laboratories to develop skills and appreciate concepts
  • seminars to provide academic support
  • case study and project work to develop a deeper understanding of concepts and applications

Assessment

All modules are 100% coursework based (case studies and projects) apart from the Entrepreneurial Leadership and Project Management  which is assessed by a combination of both coursework and examination.  All other modules are assessed by coursework, case studies and projects.

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 Engineering postgraduate degree 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.

Placement opportunities

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.

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.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • A UK honours degree (minimum 2.2) or equivalent in Computing, Technology, Engineering or Physics.
  • Applicants with relevant employment experience or other relevant qualifications will also be considered.

What are we looking for?

  • A UK honours degree (minimum 2.2) or equivalent in Computing, Technology, Engineering or Physics.
  • Applicants with relevant employment experience or other relevant qualifications will also be considered.
  • 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.
  • For a list of our language requirements please visit our English language page.

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.

Writing your application

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. Make sure you include as much information as possible, including uploading evidence of results already achieved, as well as a personal statement.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Getting in touch

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

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Apply directly to the University online using the NTU Applicant Portal.

Apply for your as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies.  If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

  • For a step by step guide on making an application to the University please visit our how to apply page.
  • For advice on applying for a visa please visit our visa information page.
  • For advice on how to write a good personal statement please visit our personal statement page.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

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

Fees and funding

Course fees for September 2018 and January 2019 entry are:

Study routeUK / EUInternational
Full-time£7,800£13,900
Full-time with placement year£7,800 + £1,385£13,900 + £1,385
Part-time£3,900 (for Year One*) 

* Please note that if you are considering a course that runs over more than one year, the tuition fee stated is for the first year of study. The course fee for the second year may be subject to annual review.

Funding your studies

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and living costs page and our funding page will answer all your questions.

Scholarships

You might be able to get a scholarship to help fund your studies. We award scholarships to those students who can demonstrate excellent achievement, passion and dedication to their studies.

Alumni discount

We’re happy to be able to offer a 25% alumni discount to most current NTU students and recent NTU alumni. This discount is currently available for those starting an eligible postgraduate taught, postgraduate research or professional course.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service on: +44 (0)115 848 2494. For scholarship help please contact us on: +44 (0)115 848 4460.

Course fees for September 2018 and January 2019 entry are:

Study routeEUInternational
Full-time£7,800£13,900
Full-time with placement year£7,800 + £1,385£13,900 + £1,385
Part-time£3,900 (for Year One*) 

* For a list of international fees for all courses and study routes in the School of Science and Technology please visit our postgraduate fees and funding page.

When and how to pay your fees

For advice and guidance on making secure international payments to the University please visit our international fees page.

Scholarships and other funding

If you’re an international or EU student holding an offer to study with us, you can apply for one of our international scholarships. Please visit our international scholarships page for details. You’ll also find information about EU tuition fee loans and external scholarships to study in the UK on these pages.

Advice and guidance

If you have any questions about international fees, scholarships and other funding please contact the International Development Office at international@ntu.ac.uk or + 44 (0) 115 848 8175.

Still need help?

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