Mobile Communications (826H1)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Autumn teaching

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.


50%: Lecture
50%: Practical (Laboratory)


100%: Coursework (Presentation, Report)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 40 hours of contact time and about 110 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.