The programme reflects the latest developments in wireless communications, with particular emphasis on digital signal processing using embedded systems. It has been designed to produce high-calibre engineers that can specialise in and understand the complex system designs used in the wireless communications field.
The School of Engineering and Digital Arts at Kent provides true research-led teaching, with access to superior expertise and facilities for projects. You can also benefit from advice on project placements using our industry and research establishment contacts.
Knowledge and understanding
You gain knowledge and understanding of:
- digital communication systems and networks particularly mobile/wireless networks and the signal processing components used in them, and an awareness of developing technologies in this field
- mathematical and computer models for analysis of digital communication systems (particularly wireless systems), networks and embedded processors and operating systems
- wide knowledge and understanding of design processes relevant to communication systems and networks (particularly wireless/mobile networks) and of embedded electronic systems
- extensive knowledge of characteristics of materials, equipment, processes and products, such as digital communication systems and networks processes, equipment and products and microcontrollers, FPGAs, real-time operating systems, image processing architectures and devices
- a thorough appreciation of methodologies of research which are essential to engineers involved in research and development projects. Such methods also form an essential part of the individual project undertaken on the MSc programme, which is itself research-based.
You develop intellectual skills in:
- the ability to use fundamental knowledge to explore new and emerging technologies
- the ability to understand the limitations of mathematical and computer-based problem-solving and assess the impact in particular cases
- the ability to extract data pertinent to an unfamiliar problem and apply it in the solution
- the ability to analyse a problem and develop a system-level specification, based on an understanding of the interaction between the component parts of the system.
- the ability to apply engineering techniques, taking account of commercial and industrial constraints.
You gain subject-specific skills in:
- the ability to apply knowledge of design processes in unfamiliar situations and to generate innovative designs to fulfil new needs, particularly in the fields of broadband networks and mobile/wireless communication systems
- the ability to devise tests of a software and/or hardware system through experiment or simulation and to critically appraise the results
- the use of CAD tools including high-level system and network simulators to analyse problems and develop solutions
- the ability to search for technical information and apply it to a design
- the ability to apply management techniques to the planning, resource allocation and execution of a project
- the ability to prepare technical reports and presentations.
You gain the following transferable skills:
- the ability to generate, analyse, present and interpret data
- use of information and communications technology
- personal and interpersonal skills, work as a member of a team
- an ability to communicate effectively, in writing, verbally and through drawings
- the ability for critical thinking, reasoning and reflection
- the ability to manage time and resources within an individual and group project
- the ability to learn effectively for the purpose of continuing professional development.
This programme aims to:
- educate graduate engineers and equip them with advanced knowledge of wireless communications and signal processing for careers in research and development in industry or academia.
- produce high-calibre engineers with experience in specialist and complex problem-solving skills and techniques needed for systems level design in the wireless communications field
- provide you with proper academic guidance and welfare support
- create an atmosphere of co-operation and partnership between staff and students, and offer you an environment where you can develop your potential
- strengthen and expand opportunities for industrial collaboration with the School of Engineering and Digital Arts.