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Mobile & Personal Communications MSc (Department of Informatics)

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The Mobile & Personal Communications MSc offers graduates the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of the fundamental principles of modern telecommunications systems, covering everything from mobile wireless networks to signal processing. The course is an ideal study pathway for graduates who wish to work in telecommunications or continue with further academic study.

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  • You will gain a thorough knowledge of the fundamental elements of today’s modern telecommunications systems.
  • Located in central London, giving access to major libraries and leading scientific societies, including the IET.
  • Frequent access to speakers of international repute through seminars and external lectures, enabling you to keep abreast of emerging knowledge in the telecommunications field.
  • Flexible study pathway that covers a broad range of telecommunication subject areas.
  • The Department has a reputation for delivering research-led teaching and project supervision from leading experts in their field.

Key information

Application status Closed

Duration One year FT, September to September.

Study mode Full-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Programme accreditations Currently in the process of re-accreditation for 2014-5 entry

Course intake Approximately 40.

Course leaders Dr Mohammad Reza Nakhai

Further details

Course contact for further information

Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 7000 fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Natural & Mathematical Sciences

Department Department of Informatics

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Course detail

Description

The Mobile & Personal Communications MSc covers the latest aspects of personal and mobile wireless communication technology, communication networks, advanced digital communications theory and techniques and signal processing.

You will study Digital Communications, Random Variables & Stochastic Processes, Communication Theory as well as Mobile & Personal Communication Systems. There are opportunities to explore a range of optional modules allowing you the freedom to develop your study pathway to reflect your interests.

You will complete the course in one year, studying September to September and taking a combination of required and optional modules totalling 180 credits, including 60 credits that will come from an individual project.

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Course format and assessment

Teaching

We use lectures, seminars and group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the course. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study.

You are expected to spend approximately 10 hours work per credit for each module you attend in your degree, e.g. 150 hours work for a 15 credit module. These hours cover every aspect of the module.

Assessment

Assessment methods will depend on the modules selected. The primary methods of assessment for this course are written examinations and coursework. You may also be assessed by class tests, essays, assessment reports and oral presentations.



Structure

Year 1

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 180 credits.

Required Modules

You are required to take:

  • Digital Communications (15 credits)
  • Random Variables & Stochastic Processes   (15 credits)
  • Communication Theory (15 credits)
  • Mobile & Personal Communications Systems (15 credits)
  • Individual Project (60 credits)
Optional Modules

In addition, you are required to take 60 credits from a range of optional modules, which may typically include:

  • Fundamentals of Digital Signal Processing  (15 credits)
  • Network Theory (15 credits)
  • Optical Communications (15 credits)
  • Telecommunications Networks I (15 credits)
  • Telecommunications Networks II (15 credits)
  • Topics on Data & Signal Analysis (15 credits)

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest that you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Entry requirements & how to apply

MPC Entry Requirements
Minimum requirements

High 2:2

Bachelors degree with a minimum high 2:2 honours in electronics, electrical engineering, computer science, applied mathematics or physics.

We also welcome professional or occupational qualifications and consider them on an individual basis.

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

 

Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal apply.kcl.ac.uk and a non-refundable application fee of £60 applies.

Full-time applicants only. Your application will be assessed by an admissions tutor and we aim to make a decision within four to six weeks. We do not normally interview.

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.
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 wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of your application.

 

Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible.  Our first application deadline is the 29 March 2019.  Applications will remain open if places are available and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full. 

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Full time Home/EU fees: £9,990 per year (2019/20)
  • Full time overseas fees: £25,500 per year (2019/20)
  • Part time Home/EU fees: £4,995 per year (2019/20)
  • Part time overseas fees: £12,750 per year (2019/20)

 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.

Deposit

When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK/EU deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2019, payment is due by 27th April 2019.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2019 and 30th June 2019, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2019 and 31st July 2019, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2019, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

Additional costs/expenses

In addition to your tuition fees, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 
  • Course packs, which are a vital part of your learning at King's and normally contain extracts from books and other useful documents that will inform your study.
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Graduation costs
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

Our graduates have gone on to pursue successful careers in industry and commerce or have gone on to academic research and further study.

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