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Telecommunications (Research) MPhil/PhD

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Overview

Current number of academic staff: 67, with 11 in the Centre for Telecommunications Research (CTR) group, and numerous collaborators.

Current number of research staff and students: 45 research associates/fellows, approximately 200 MPhil/PhD students across all of our research areas and numerous internationally recognised visiting academics.

Research income: Currently, the Department attracts approximately £7m in research funding.

Recent publications: All academics in the Department publish regularly, with well over 100 publications per year. CTR has an excellent publications record putting it in select band of top groups in the UK undertaking wireless communications research.

Partner organisations: We have strong links with industry, government and other academic institutions. Our research is also supported by several companies from the IT and telecommunications sectors.

Recent events: We host several workshops and conferences and other regular research meetings. Please check our website for forthcoming events.

Key information

Duration PhD - three years full-time, four-six years part-time.

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Natural & Mathematical Sciences

Department Department of Informatics

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Description

Our staff are nationally and internationally renowned in a variety of areas of Telecommunications. We provide opportunities for Telecommunications research with a particular emphasis on mobile and personal communication techniques and networks. 

The Centre for Telecommunication research was initially concerned with architectures and protocols for wireless ATM networks, but quickly evolved towards work on protocols, mechanisms, architectures, and applications for IP-based broadband radio access networks.

The mission of the Centre for Telecommunications Research (CTR) is to be a global leader in telecommunications and data and information processing. It is at the forefront of research and innovation in 5G, wired and converged networks, the next-generation fully-immersive Internet of Skills, artificial intelligence applied to and taking data from networks, signal processing and data science, advanced RF and audio technologies, as well as economical and policy implications of these technologies. The Centre strives for societal impact and strong industry outreach which is underpinned by engagement with various verticals, such as health, arts, finance and transport.

For more details on the group please visit our website: https://www.ctr.kcl.ac.uk/

If you are interested in joining us to undertake PhD research, you should identify topics and academic staff in your area of interest. If you cannot find your chosen topic or area on our individual research section or subgroup pages, contact a relevant member of academic staff for further information and then follow the application procedure.

Course study environment

We are a department with many internationally recognised researchers and visiting academics, large groups of PhD students, research assistants, national and international projects, collaborations with other departments  as well as links with industry. We offer an exciting environment and excellent opportunities for research.

Our PhD students have access to good library facilities, designated PhD offices within the Department where PhD students can dock an assigned laptop for use throughout their studies, Regular group seminars are organised providing PhD students chance to showcase their research and receive feedback from academic staff and peers, and college-based training in transferable and research skills.

The Department is located on the Strand Campus, in the heart of central London, close to the cultural activities of the West End and the South Bank, to the major departments of state at Whitehall, and to the leading financial institutions of the City, and within easy reach of major transport links. Our facilities are within easy reach of the British Computer Society and the Institute of Engineering & Technology (and the IET Library), with access to a formidable collection of scientific journals and other technical material.

The Department moved to the historic Bush House in the summer of 2017, featuring state-of-the-art teaching and office spaces. Although the Department is fairly large in size, there is a friendly and inclusive culture, with regular social and celebratory events to bring staff and students together. Our staff and students come from all over the world, which provides a rich environment for teaching and research. Diversity is positively encouraged and you can read more about the work we’re doing to ensure an inclusive and supportive working environment on our webpages: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/nms/depts/informatics/Diversity-Inclusion

Postgraduate training

Faculty and College induction courses are scheduled at the beginning of your degree to prepare you for life as a PhD student. All students are required to complete 10 days of training each year. There is a centrally provided programme of  related and transferable skills training coordinated by the Centre for Doctoral Studies.

Research students are also encouraged to submit papers to conferences, and we try to provide financial support for them to travel to present their papers.

Our research students are also encouraged to teach alongside their studies to help prepare them for a potential future career in academia.

 

Head of group/division

Head of Department: Professor Luc Moreau

Contact for information

Contact the Admissions Office -

Before you apply: via our Enquiry Form (www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/contacts.aspx#admissions)

After applying: use the messaging service at apply.kcl.ac.uk Postgraduate Officer, Admissions Office Tel: +44 (0)20 7848 1648

Contact email

www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/contacts.aspx#admissions

Course website

http://www.ctr.kcl.ac.uk

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Telecommunications Research Entry Requirements
Minimum UK requirements  
  • Bachelors degree with 2:1 honours degree in Electrical Engineerting, Electronics or Computer Engineering or a closely related subject and a good background in the area of intended research.

  • Applicants who do not meet the undergraduate requirements but have or are currently studying an additional Masters with Merit in Electrical Engineering, Electronics or Computer Engineering may be considered.

International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band E Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

 

Application procedure

Your application is assessed by the Research Graduate Admissions Tutor. We aim to respond within four weeks, although it may take longer at certain times.

September, January, and April start dates available. Applicants are strongly encouraged to start their degree at beginning of the academic year in September, when the College offers a full induction programme.

ATAS  An ATAS certificate is required for successful applicants applying for this course whose nationality is outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland. For further guidance on obtaining an ATAS certificate can be found on our International Student Advice pages.

Personal statement and supporting information

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

Document checklist
Personal statement Yes A personal statement of up to 4,000 characters (maximum 2 pages) is required
Research Proposal Yes The proposal (200 words) should explain in some detail precisely the field of study that you want to contribute to and current research gaps, what you want to do and how you propose to do it. For advice on how to write a winning application, please visit the following page.
Previous Academic Study Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
References Yes Two references are required with at least one academic. Professional references will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.
Other Optional You may also wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of your application

 

Course intake

Strand Campus.

Application closing date

The deadlines for applications are detailed below. Once the final deadline passes for a start month in 2018, we will open the applications for the corresponding month in 2019. Please note that funding deadlines may be earlier.  

  • April 2018 entry – Application deadline: 18th February 2018 for Overseas/Home/EU students
  • July 2018 entry – Application deadline: 20th May 2018 for Overseas/Home/EU students
  • September 2018 entry – Application deadline: 27th July 2018 for Overseas students and 31st August for Home/EU students
  • January 2019 entry – Application deadline: 26th October 2018 for Overseas students and 3rd December 2018 for Home/EU students
  • April 2019 entry – Application deadline: 15th February 2019 for Overseas/Home/EU students
  • July 2019 entry - Application deadline: 17th May 2019 for Overseas/Home/EU students

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Fees and funding

UK/EU Tuition Fees 2018/19

Full time tuition fees: £5,000 per year

Part time tuition fees: £2,500 per year

UK/EU Tuition Fees 2019/20

Full time tuition fees: £5,300 per year

Part time tuition fees: £2,650 per year

International Tuition Fees 2018/19

Full time tuition fees:  £22,050 per year

Part time tuition fees: £11,025 per year

International Tuition Fees 2019/20

Full time tuition fees:  £23,400 per year

Part time tuition fees: £11,700 per year

Students starting their programme in 2019/20 who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2020/21.

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

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