5G Mobile Communications and Intelligent Embedded Systems (with an industrial placement year) MSc

Key information

Duration:
2 years full time
Start date:
September 2018
Apply by:
1 August (International), 1 September (UK/EU)

5G mobile communications and intelligent embedded systems lie at the heart of many emerging applications. These include:

  • the internet-of-things
  • connected and driverless cars
  • smart cities
  • eHealth
  • virtual reality
  • robotics
  • smart manufacturing.

We’ve designed this new MSc course to give you the up-to-date knowledge and skills needed in modern digital technologies.

It's for newly qualified or practising engineers who’d like to extend their knowledge and practical skills in these rapidly growing areas of mobile communications and intelligent embedded systems.

The MSc offers you the opportunity, and the support, to go on an industrial placement at a UK company. This means you’ll gain industry experience, ready for your future career.

We also offer this course without the industrial placement year.

Why choose this course?

  • Study in a dedicated MSc laboratory equipped with the latest hardware and software tools to support the teaching and learning on the course.
  • Benefit from state-of-the-art research facilities and our research groups’ strong links with industry.

Entry requirements

Degree requirements

You should normally have a lower second-class (2.2) undergraduate honours degree or above.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, although other numerate subjects such as mathematics, physics or computing will also be considered. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please select your country from the list.

Argentina

Degree requirements

Licenciado/Titulo with a final mark of 6.0-7.0 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, although other numerate subjects such as mathematics, physics or computing will also be considered. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Australia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with second-class lower division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, although other numerate subjects such as mathematics, physics or computing will also be considered. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Azerbaijan

Degree requirements

Magistr or Specialist Diploma with a minimum average mark of at least 4 or 81%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, although other numerate subjects such as mathematics, physics or computing will also be considered. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bahrain

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 2.5/4.0 (Grade C+).

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, although other numerate subjects such as mathematics, physics or computing will also be considered. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bangladesh

Degree requirements

Masters degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, although other numerate subjects such as mathematics, physics or computing will also be considered. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Brazil

Degree requirements

Bacharel, Licenciado or professional title with a final mark of at least 7.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, although other numerate subjects such as mathematics, physics or computing will also be considered. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Brunei

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second class lower division or GPA 2.7/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, although other numerate subjects such as mathematics, physics or computing will also be considered. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Canada

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.0/4.0 (grade B).

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, although other numerate subjects such as mathematics, physics or computing will also be considered. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Chile

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of 4.5-5.0/7 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, although other numerate subjects such as mathematics, physics or computing will also be considered. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

China

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall mark of 65%-80% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, although other numerate subjects such as mathematics, physics or computing will also be considered. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Colombia

Degree requirements

Licenciado with ‘Acreditacion de alta calidad’ and a GPA of 3.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, although other numerate subjects such as mathematics, physics or computing will also be considered. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Cyprus

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree or Ptychion with a final mark of at least 6.5.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, although other numerate subjects such as mathematics, physics or computing will also be considered. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ecuador

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 15/20.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, although other numerate subjects such as mathematics, physics or computing will also be considered. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Egypt

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a university with an overall grade of 70%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, although other numerate subjects such as mathematics, physics or computing will also be considered. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

France

Degree requirements

Licence with mention assez bien or Maîtrise with final mark of at least 12.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, although other numerate subjects such as mathematics, physics or computing will also be considered. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Germany

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree or Magister Artium with a final mark of 2.7 or better.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, although other numerate subjects such as mathematics, physics or computing will also be considered. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ghana

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a public university with second-class lower division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, although other numerate subjects such as mathematics, physics or computing will also be considered. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Greece

Degree requirements

Ptychion from an AEI with a final mark of at least 6.5.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, although other numerate subjects such as mathematics, physics or computing will also be considered. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Hong Kong

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class lower division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, although other numerate subjects such as mathematics, physics or computing will also be considered. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

India

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall mark of 50-65% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, although other numerate subjects such as mathematics, physics or computing will also be considered. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Indonesia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from an 'A' accredited university with GPA 2.8/4.0. 

Bachelors degree from a 'B' accredited university with GPA 3.0/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, although other numerate subjects such as mathematics, physics or computing will also be considered. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Iran

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree (Licence or Karshenasi) with a final mark of at least 14.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, although other numerate subjects such as mathematics, physics or computing will also be considered. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Italy

Degree requirements

Diploma di Laurea with an overall mark of at least 101.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, although other numerate subjects such as mathematics, physics or computing will also be considered. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Japan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with a minimum C/GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, although other numerate subjects such as mathematics, physics or computing will also be considered. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Jordan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 2.8/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, although other numerate subjects such as mathematics, physics or computing will also be considered. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kazakhstan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall mark of 3.75 or better (on a scale of 1-5)/GPA 2,67.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, although other numerate subjects such as mathematics, physics or computing will also be considered. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kenya

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class lower division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, although other numerate subjects such as mathematics, physics or computing will also be considered. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kuwait

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 2.8/4.0 or B.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, although other numerate subjects such as mathematics, physics or computing will also be considered. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Lebanon

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.0/4.0 or 13/20.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, although other numerate subjects such as mathematics, physics or computing will also be considered. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malawi

Degree requirements

Masters degree, depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, although other numerate subjects such as mathematics, physics or computing will also be considered. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malaysia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 2.7/4.0

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, although other numerate subjects such as mathematics, physics or computing will also be considered. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Mexico

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 7/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, although other numerate subjects such as mathematics, physics or computing will also be considered. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nepal

Degree requirements

Masters degree with overall mark of 70%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, although other numerate subjects such as mathematics, physics or computing will also be considered. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nigeria

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with second-class lower division or CGPA of at least 3.0/5.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, although other numerate subjects such as mathematics, physics or computing will also be considered. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Norway

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall grade of C.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, although other numerate subjects such as mathematics, physics or computing will also be considered. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Oman

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 2.8/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, although other numerate subjects such as mathematics, physics or computing will also be considered. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Pakistan

Degree requirements

Four-year bachelors degree with overall grade of 65% or Masters with 55%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, although other numerate subjects such as mathematics, physics or computing will also be considered. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Palestine

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or B.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, although other numerate subjects such as mathematics, physics or computing will also be considered. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Paraguay

Degree requirements

Bachelors with a final mark of at least 7/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, although other numerate subjects such as mathematics, physics or computing will also be considered. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Peru

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of 12/20 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, although other numerate subjects such as mathematics, physics or computing will also be considered. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Philippines

Degree requirements

Masters degree with 1.75/5.0 (where 1 is the highest) or 3.5/4.0

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, although other numerate subjects such as mathematics, physics or computing will also be considered. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Qatar

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall CPGA of at least 2.8 (on a scale of 4).

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, although other numerate subjects such as mathematics, physics or computing will also be considered. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Russia

Degree requirements

Magistr or Specialist Diploma with a minimum average mark of at least 4.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, although other numerate subjects such as mathematics, physics or computing will also be considered. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Saudi Arabia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with a CGPA 3.0/5.0 or 2.8/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, although other numerate subjects such as mathematics, physics or computing will also be considered. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Singapore

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class lower division or CAP 3.5.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, although other numerate subjects such as mathematics, physics or computing will also be considered. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Africa

Degree requirements

Bachelors (honours) degree with second-class division 2.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, although other numerate subjects such as mathematics, physics or computing will also be considered. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Korea

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with a CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or B.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, although other numerate subjects such as mathematics, physics or computing will also be considered. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Spain

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 2/4 or 6/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, although other numerate subjects such as mathematics, physics or computing will also be considered. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Sri Lanka

Degree requirements

Bachelors Special degree with lower second honours.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, although other numerate subjects such as mathematics, physics or computing will also be considered. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Switzerland

Degree requirements

Licence or Diplôme with 4.5/6 or 7/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, although other numerate subjects such as mathematics, physics or computing will also be considered. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Taiwan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with overall mark of 70%-85% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, although other numerate subjects such as mathematics, physics or computing will also be considered. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Thailand

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 2.5 -2.8/4.0 or equivalent depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, although other numerate subjects such as mathematics, physics or computing will also be considered. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Turkey

Degree requirements

Lisans Diplomasi with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, although other numerate subjects such as mathematics, physics or computing will also be considered. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

United Arab Emirates

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 2.8/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, although other numerate subjects such as mathematics, physics or computing will also be considered. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

USA

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.0/4.0 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, although other numerate subjects such as mathematics, physics or computing will also be considered. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Vietnam

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree (with a Graduate Thesis/research component) with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or 7.0/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, although other numerate subjects such as mathematics, physics or computing will also be considered. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Zambia

Degree requirements

Masters degree with GPA of 2.0/2.5 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, although other numerate subjects such as mathematics, physics or computing will also be considered. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Zimbabwe

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class lower division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, although other numerate subjects such as mathematics, physics or computing will also be considered. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

My country is not listed

If your country is not listed, you need to contact us and find out the qualification level you should have for this course. Contact us

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, although other numerate subjects such as mathematics, physics or computing will also be considered. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Standard level (6.5 overall, including at least 6.0 in each component).

Check your IELTS qualification meets all of our entry requirements and find out more about IELTS

Alternative English language qualifications

Proficiency tests

Cambridge Advanced Certificate in English (CAE)

For tests taken before January 2015: grade B or above.

For tests taken after January 2015: 176 overall, including at least 169 in each skill

We would normally expect the CAE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Advanced

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

For tests taken before January 2015: grade C or above.

For tests taken after January 2015: 176 overall, including at least 169 in each skill.

We would normally expect the CPE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Proficiency

Pearson (PTE Academic)

62 overall, including at least 56 in all four skills.

PTE (Academic) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Pearson (PTE Academic)

TOEFL (iBT)

88 overall, including at least 20 in Listening, 19 in Reading, 21 in Speaking, 23 in Writing.

TOEFL (iBT) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about TOEFL (iBT)

The TOEFL Institution Code for the University of Sussex is 9166.

English language qualifications

AS/A-level (GCE)

Grade C or above in English Language.

Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE)/ AS or A Level: grade C or above in Use of English.

French Baccalaureat

A score of 12 or above in English.

GCE O-level

Grade C or above in English.

Brunei/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

Singapore/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

GCSE or IGCSE

Grade C or above in English as a First Language (Grade 5 or above in GCSE from 2017).

Grade B or above in English as a Second Language.

German Abitur

A score of 12 or above in English.

Ghana Senior Secondary School Certificate

If awarded before 1993: grades 1-6 in English language.

If awarded between 1993 and 2005: grades A-D in English language.

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

 Level 4, including at least 3 in each component in English Language.

Indian School Certificate (Standard XII)

The Indian School Certificate is accepted at the grades below when awarded by the following examination boards:

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) – English Core only: 70%

Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) - English: 70% 

International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB)

English A or English B at grade 5 or above.

Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education

Grades A - C in English language

Malaysian Certificate of Education (SPM) 1119/GCE O-level

If taken before the end of 2008: grades 1-6 in English Language.

If taken from 2009 onwards: grade C or above in English Language.

The qualification must be jointly awarded by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES).

West African Senior School Certificate

Grades A1-C6 (1-6) in English language when awarded by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) or the National Examinations Council (NECO).

Country exceptions

Select to see the list of exempt English-speaking countries

If you are a national of one of the countries below, or if you have recently completed a qualification equivalent to a UK Bachelors degree or higher in one of these countries, you will normally meet our English requirement. Note that qualifications obtained by distance learning or awarded by studying outside these countries cannot be accepted for English language purposes.

You will normally be expected to have completed the qualification within two years before starting your course at Sussex. If the qualification was obtained earlier than this, we would expect you to be able to demonstrate that you have maintained a good level of English, for example by living in an English-speaking country or working in an occupation that required you to use English regularly and to a high level.

Please note that this list is determined by the UK’s Home Office, not by the University of Sussex.

List of exempt countries: 

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada**
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • United Kingdom
  • USA

** Canada: you must be a national of Canada; other nationals not on this list who have a degree from a Canadian institution will not normally be exempt from needing to provide evidence of English.

English language support

If you don’t meet the English language requirements for your degree, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course

Visas and immigration

Find out how to apply for a student visa

If your qualifications aren’t listed or you have a question about entry requirements, contact us

Application deadlines

1 August (International), 1 September (UK/EU)

Course details

How will I study?

You’ll study taught modules and work on an individual MSc project.

You’ll benefit from hands-on learning, using for example:

  • wireless communications design tools
  • software-defined radios
  • IoT platforms
  • wearable and reconfigurable technologies.

The modules are taught by a combination of lectures, seminars and practical laboratory work. Assessment is linked to the modules’ learning outcomes and involves unseen exam and/or coursework. The MSc project is mainly assessed by a project dissertation and oral presentation.

MSc project

You’ll complete a substantial MSc project, which is often practical as well as theoretical. You may have opportunities to work with an industrial partner.

Some of our previous students’ project work has led to journal and conference publication, giving them a head start in their careers.

The project allows you to develop your skills as an engineer and will involve:

  • an in-depth study of an advanced topic in mobile communications and intelligent embedded systems
  • further development of your critical awareness, creative thinking and project planning skills
  • enhancing your ability to describe complex technical issues clearly and concisely
  • developing your presentation skills to effectively communicate your work and ideas to senior colleagues within an organisation.

Project assessment can include interim reports, presentations and a dissertation. Some projects are undertaken in groups and replicate the type of professional teamwork expected in industry. Topics are generated from the academic research and industrial collaborations in our Department. A member of faculty supervises the project.

Modules

Core modules

Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

Options

Alongside your core modules, you can choose options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests.

This course is currently subject to validation, in line with our procedures for assuring the quality of our degrees. This means that some course detail may change. The validation process will be concluded before the course starts.

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Our experts

Dr Falah Ali

Dr Falah Ali

Reader in Digital Communications

Research interests

Mobile and wireless communications, Vehicle communications, Wireless sensor networks

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Dr Phil Birch

Dr Phil Birch

Senior Lecturer

Research interests

3D Microstructures, Adaptive Optics, Biomedical Signal Processing, Biometric Imaging and Analysis, Coherent Optics, Computer Vision & Image Processing - Pattern Recognition, Computer Vision - Tracking, Deep learning, Diffractive Optics, Lasers - Biomedical Optics, Lasers and Optics, Light, Microscopy - Optical, Optical Computing, Optics - Biomedical, Optics - Imaging, Photonics, Polarisation

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Prof Chris Chatwin

Prof Chris Chatwin

Professor in Engineering

Research interests

Communication technology, Computer Middleware, Computer Systems and Architecture, Computer Tomography (CT), Computer Vision & Image Processing - 3D, Computer Vision and Image Processing - Security, Electrical Impedance Tomography, Functional imaging for health, Health Informatics, Image and Vision Computing, Lasers and Optics, Manufacturing Systems and Integration, Mathematical modelling, Medical and health interface, Medical Informatics, Neural networks, Neurocomputing, Ontologies, Optical Communications, Optical Fibres, Satellite and Microwave Systems, Space science, Tomography for healthcare

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Prof Maziar Nekovee

Prof Maziar Nekovee

Professor

Research interests

5G Mobile Communications, Biomimetic Complex Fluids, Cognitive Radio/Cognitive networks, Complex Networks and Systems, Internet of Things (IoT), Internet Protocols, Mathematical modelling, Parallel Computing Apps - High Performance Computing, Quantum Many Body Theory, Semiconductor Devices, Techno-economical modelling, Telecommunications

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Dr Daniel Roggen

Dr Daniel Roggen

Reader In Sensor Technology

Research interests

Activity recognition, Ambient intelligence, Applied machine learning, Assistive Technologies for Rehabilitation, context awareness, Context recognition, Embedded systems, Human-Computer Interactions, Mobile Computing, Mobile Robots, Sensor technologies, Smart Sensors, Ubiquitous Computing, Wearable computing

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Dr Zhengguo Sheng

Dr Zhengguo Sheng

Lecturer in Advanced Networks and Communications

Research interests

Cloud computing, Communication and signalling, Internet of things, Machine-to-Machine, Mobile and wireless communications, Power line comunications, Vehicle communications, Wireless Communications, Wireless Sensor Networks (Comms)

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Dr Rupert Young

Dr Rupert Young

Reader in Engineering

Research interests

Coherent Optics, Computer Vision & Image Processing - Pattern Recognition, Computer Vision and Image Processing - Security, Genetic Algorithms (CS), Holography, Holography Instrumentation, Medical Informatics, Optics, Photonics

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Course enquiries

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enquiries@enginf.sussex.ac.uk

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Fees and scholarships

How much does it cost?

Fees

UK/EU students:
£11,400
Channel Islands and Isle of Man students:
£11,400
International students:
£21,100

Note that your fees may be subject to an increase on an annual basis.

Note that your fees may be subject to an increase on an annual basis.

Living costs

Find out typical living costs for studying at Sussex

How can I fund my course?

Postgraduate Masters loans

You can borrow up to £10,609 to help with fees and living costs if your course starts on or after 1 August 2018. Loans are available from the Student Loans Company if you’re from the UK or if you’re an EU national studying for a Masters.

Find out more about Postgraduate Masters Loans

Scholarships

Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

How Masters scholarships make studying more affordable

Working while you study

Our Careers and Employability Centre can help you find part-time work while you study. Find out more about career development and part-time work

Careers

As a graduate, you’ll have the skills for a career in areas such as:

  • mobile and satellite telecommunications (where large industry players include Samsung, Vodafone, Ericsson, Huawei, Nokia, Cobham, British Telecom, Telefonica)
  • aerospace (where large industry players include Airbus, Rolls-Royce and GE)
  • automotive and transport (where large industry players include Jaguar, BMW, Continental, Network rail)
  • defence and security (where large industry players include BAE Systems, QinetiQ and Thales)
  • healthcare (where large industry players include Siemens and GE).

The MSc is also an ideal entry point for doctoral research in the fields of telecommunications and embedded systems.

MSc Individual Project

  • 60 credits
  • All Year Teaching, Year 1 credits

The Masters Individual Project is designed to expose you to a real-life engineering problem to which you apply the skills and knowledge acquired in the area of your degree. The work must be completed within budget, using available resources, by a specified deadline, and presented to an audience not necessarily directly familiar with the work you have done. The project is designed to expose you to issues of project management, resourcing, planning, scheduling, documentation, and communication and will demand individual responsibility, critical awareness and creative thinking.

The project will involve you as an individual working on a particular area of activity relevant to your degree, with the goal of meeting a specific set of objectives. Your project will be supervised by a single member of faculty, who takes on the role of technical director. A second (minor) supervisor is also assigned to provide occasional guidance. The specific objectives will depend on the nature of the project. It is however typical for a project to involve you in developing competency in project management, specification, development of concepts, detailed design, hardware and/or software implementation, testing, analysis, evaluation and communication.

Internet-of-Things

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Semester, Year 1 credits

The Internet-of-Things (IoT) is the network of physical objects or 'things' with embedded electronics, software, sensors and/or connectivity. These 'things' achieve greater value and better service by exchanging data with the manufacturer, operator and/or other connected devices.

In this module, we introduce you to IoT concepts, building blocks, applications and ecosystems. We support you with a series of exercises, covering basic principles to more advanced IoT system design.

You also get hands-on experience in building an IoT system by integrating sensor devices and cloud to remotely monitor and control sensor data from any Internet devices, such as PC or smart phone.

You cover topics including:

  • introduction to IoT
  • IoT architecture and components
  • IoT connectivity protocols
  • cloud platform and management for IoT
  • emerging software-defined networks and virtualisation for IoT
  • IoT vertical applications (vehicle, industry, ehealth).

Mobile Communications

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Semester, Year 1 credits

The aim of the module is to introduce the fundamental principles of mobile communications and provide you with up-to-date knowledge and skills that are important in the design of mobile communication systems.

The following topics will be covered:

  • overview of mobile communication systems
  • cellular mobile communications concept
  • mobile radio channel and mitigation
  • digital modulation
  • spread spectrum
  • multicarrier
  • diversity, Multiple-input Multiple-output (MIMO)
  • multiple access techniques
  • wireless Local Area Network (WLAN)
  • medium access control
  • research project and simulation work using MATLAB software tools.

Real Time Embedded Systems

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Semester, Year 1 credits

The module covers:

  • microcontroller-based real-time systems
  • architectures and structures
  • task structures and synchronisation
  • real-time, deterministic applications
  • multitasking management
  • communications between tasks
  • examples of 8-bit and 16-bit controllers
  • examples and case study of CAN/FlexRay/TTP.

Reconfigurable System on Chip

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Semester, Year 1 credits

This module introduces reconfigurable electronics, such as FPGAs, and their use to realise 'Systems on Chip'. These are digital circuits that comprise a multitude of functions such as processors, memories, digital logic and peripheral interfaces, all realised on a single silicon chip.

The module will show for what types of applications a System on Chip approach is beneficial.

You will learn the methodoloy used to design a system in, for example, VHDL or Verilog (industry standard hardware description languages) and translate it to a functional circuit on an FPGA, including testing using state-of-the-art industrial electronic design automation (EDA) tools.

This module require prior knowledge of digital electronics.

Topics in Wireless Communications

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Semester, Year 1 credits

Wireless communications have become an essential part of our lives and growing massively into connected devices and industrial applications. The aim of the module is to introduce you to some of the most recent technologies in the field of wireless and mobile communications and to equip you with appropriate research methods and skills important in the design and analysis of future 5G mobile and wireless systems. You will learn about the new technologies and wireless systems design and analysis through lectures, seminars, and project work. The project work will involve research and simulations using specialised wireless communication design tools with MATLAB.

Wearable Technologies

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Semester, Year 1 credits

In this module you will learn about the fundamentals of wearable technologies, including:

  • technological (computing, communication, sensing, energy
  • algorithmic (signal processing and machine learning)
  • applicative aspects through a combination of theoretical analysis and hands-on experimentation.

You will learn what the unique characteristics offered by wearable technologies are. For example: accurate sensing of body and physiological parameters, which enables a "smart assistant" capable of reacting to the user's activities and needs. You will also learn about the unique challenges posed by their development alongside choice of technologies and human factors.

Throughout the module you will apply the theory in experimental laboratories using one of our custom wearable platforms.

Advanced Digital Signal Processing

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Semester, Year 1 credits

This module will provide an overview of the applications of digital signal processing techniques.
It will include revision of:

  • Fourier series, complex notation, linear systems theory, discretisation, transform techniques, Fourier series to Fourier integral, Fourier transform properties
  • Complex frequency, Laplace transform, the Dirac delta functional, sampled data systems, z-transform, the inverse z-transform, the relationship between z and s planes, stability, poles and zero locations; Nyquist sampling theorem, aliasing, signal reconstruction from sampled data.

Detailed discussion of:

  • system response and convolution 
  • correlation and convolution theorems, the matched filter
  • digital filtering, system discrete transfer function, filter types, IIR and FIR, impulse response, methods of digital filter realisation
  • IIR digital filter design, impulse invariant and bilinear transformation methods, designed from prototype normalised Butterworth and Chebychev analogue prototype filters
  • FIR filters, the discrete Fourier transform and its properties
  • FIR filter design, spectral leakage, window functions, sources of error in digital filter implementations, filter stability
  • the fast Fourier transform
  • extension of discrete Fourier transform and convolution theorem to two dimensions
  • numerical computation of two dimensional frequency spectrum as a sequence of one dimensional discrete Fourier transforms. 
  • two dimensional filtering and impulse response, two dimensional convolution and correlation in the space and the frequency domains, applications to image and video processing
  • discrete cosine transform in two dimensions, applications to image compression
  • overview of the architecture of modern DSP hardware.

Matlab DSP Laboratory, overview of Matlab modelling: 

1) Generation of a complex exponential sequence
2) Use of a moving average filter to smooth signal corrupted by noise
3) Convolution and correlation of two sequences
4) Computation of 1-D DFT 
5) Computation of DFT using decimation in time FFT
6) IIR filter design using Matlab DSP filter design toolbox
7) FIR filter design using Matlab DSP filter design toolbox

Problem Section:

  • Four problems of increasing difficulty (up-dated each year) solved by documented Matlab code for final report.

Cryptography

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Semester, Year 1 credits

You will cover the following areas: 

  • symmetric-key cryptosystems
  • hash functions and message authentication codes
  • public-key cryptosystems
  • complexity theory and one-way functions
  • primality and randomised algorithms
  • random number generation
  • elliptic curve cryptography
  • attacks on cryptosystems
  • quantum cryptography
  • cryptographic standards.

Cybernetics and Neural Networks

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Semester, Year 1 credits

A cybernetic device responds and adapts to a changing environment in a sensible way. Neural network systems permit the construction of such devices exploiting information, feedback and control to achieve intelligent interaction and behaviour from autonomous devices such as robots.

In this module the utilisation of artificial intelligence techniques and neural networks are explored in detail. Software implementation of theoretical concepts will solve genuine engineering problems in dynamic feedback control systems, pattern recognition and scheduling problems. In many instances solutions must be computed in response to data arriving in real-time (e.g. video data). The implications of high speed decision making will be explored.

The module will explore:

  • neuron models
  • network architectures
  • perceptron and perceptron learning rule
  • synaptic vector spaces
  • linear transformations for neural networks
  • supervised hebbian learning
  • performance optimisation
  • widrow-hoff learning
  • associative learning
  • competitive networks.

Learning will be supported by laboratories using the Matlab Neural Network Toolbox.

Digital Signal Processing Laboratory

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Semester, Year 1 credits

The module will introduce you to programming digital signal processors to perform digital filtering of signals in one or two dimensions. You will learn to use the appropriate toolchain in order to code, compile, execute and debug their own software running on a modern ARM DSP core. They will implement FIR and IIR filters on one dimensional signals and frame based processing of two dimensional signals such as images.

Fibre Optic Communications

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Semester, Year 1 credits

Topics covered in this module include:

  • analysis of slab wave-guide
  • analysis of step index fibre
  • dispersion in the step index fibre
  • mono-mode fibre
  • propagation of light rays in multi-mode graded index fibres
  • dispersion in graded index fibres
  • light sources and detectors
  • modulation of semiconductor light sources
  • transfer characteristic and impulse response of fibre communication systems
  • power launching and coupling efficiency
  • receiver principles and signal-to noise ratio in analogue receivers
  • receivers for digital optical fibre communication systems
  • system noise
  • system components and aspects of system design
  • coherent optical fibre communication
  • network systems.

Image Processing

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Semester, Year 1 credits

Image Processing provides you with an introduction to advanced image processing and computer vision topics. Computer vision is increasingly used as a powerful method to enable computers to understand the world around them. It has applications in many areas including autonomous factory production, security, biomedical imaging, autonomous vehicles and robotics.

This module will introduce key concepts, starting with basic operations and progressing to state-of-the-art deep learning architectures that enable computers to identify, track and understand objects in the real world. It will consist of a series of lectures and project labs. In the labs, you will learn how to solve a real world problem using Matlab’s Image Processing toolbox.

Capturing a good quality image is an important first step so you will learn about the lens optics, camera technology, and noise removal processes. You will then cover medium level processes such as edge detection, segmentation, blob analysis and colour processing. Once these have been mastered you will study the higher level subjects such as pattern matching, key point descriptors and deep learning convolutional neural networks.

Satellite and Space Systems

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Semester, Year 1 credits

Fundamentals of space missions:

  • Evolution of space activities
  • launch vehicles
  • orbital dynamics.

Spacecraft systems:

  • attitude control of spacecraft
  • telemetry and telecommand
  • spacecraft thermal control
  • spacecraft power systems. 

Mission environmental and engineering requirements:

  • hostile environment
  • system reliability
  • space and ground segments. 

Applications of Satellite Space Technology:

  • communication satellites
  • navigation satellites
  • GPS and tracking systems
  • remote sensing from space for environmental security
  • the role of satellite imagery for monitoring international arms control treaties and in the control of nuclear proliferation
  • the role of space systems for border security and systems.
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