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The award
MSc

How long you will study
1 - 2 year

Domestic course fees
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How you will study
full-time

Course starts
January, September, January

International course fees
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About Engineering (Cybernetics and Communications) at The School of Science and Technology, Nottingham Trent University

You will combine knowledge in computer science, electronic engineering, mechanical engineering and management to enable greater understanding of cybernetics and communications to develop imaginative and innovative solutions.

The most significant reason to study the Engineering (Cybernetics and Communications) Masters with us is the commercial relevance of our courses. Also, throughout your course you will work with our highly regarded academics, who are active in a broad range of research areas.

For full module descriptions, which include Mobile Networks, Robotics and Cybernetics, and Wireless Communications, scroll down to the 'What you'll study' section.

Develop your skills in the growing industries of robotics, computing and wireless communications with a work placement

Postgraduate open events: We hold postgraduate open events throughout the year. Find out more and book a place.

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Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 8351

What you'll study

You will undertake a Research Methods module at the beginning of this course, which is designed to develop knowledge, skills and experience that will provide you with a firm foundation for your main Research Project. You then have the option to choose one further module to accompany the five core modules you will study.

  • Modules

    Core modules

    • Mobile Networks (20 credits) - This module introduces one of the modern approaches to networking, namely mobile networking. By examining how the latest networking platform technology (Internet, Java) can be used to build systems which are outside the traditional desktop paradigm, you will develop an awareness of the requirements, capabilities and constraints of a variety of mobile computing technologies and the networking facilities that can be built.
    • Wireless Communications (20 credits) - This module aims to develop the knowledge and understanding of wireless communication technologies, practical constraints and their applications to simulated and / or practical implementation scenarios. Case studies will include examples of advanced topics in wireless communications.
    • Robotics and Cybernetics (20 credits) - This module provides an introduction to robotics, including sensors, actuators, feedback control systems, embedded systems programming and algorithm development. You will develop knowledge of the relevant theory, advanced techniques, and practice underpinning modern robotic and cybernetic systems. The module also investigates the issues and ideas associated with robotics including robot design, construction and programming techniques.
    • Group Design Project (20 credits) - During this module, you will focus mainly on the technical aspects of developing a cross-disciplinary group design project. The set projects will be taken from areas of advancing technology.
    • Research Methods (20 credits) - This module develops your understanding of research design and methodology. As well as being introduced to the School's research facilities, you will develop the skills necessary for research and for writing a project definition document.
    • Major Project (60 credits) - You will apply your understanding of research processes and methodologies to develop and integrate knowledge focusing on a specialist Engineering topic.

    Optional modules

    Choose one module from the following:

    • Entrepreneurial Leadership and Project Management (20 credits) - You will develop your appreciation of entrepreneurship and leadership, and their role in economic development, project management and entrepreneurial business success. You will learn the tools and methodologies for effective project management.
    • Global Business Management (20 credits) - This module includes global business enterprises, global supply chain management, international marketing and the strategic importance of integrated marketing, design, finance, manufacturing and distribution.
    • Software Engineering 1 (20 credits) - This module allows non-computing graduates to learn the methodologies for the analysis and design of procedural and object-orientated software systems. You will develop skills in procedural programming and the production of software solutions to problems.
  • Learn a new language

    Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.

    Learning a new language can:

    • Enhance your communication skills;
    • Enrich your experience when travelling abroad; and
    • Boost your career prospects.

    Find out more about the ULP.

  • Expert research

    We have a rich mix of knowledge ranging from software development for different types of systems through to hardware aspects such as networking for you to learn from.

    Benefit from our knowledge which has been built up and maintained through our wealth of industrial experience, our industrial links and our research activity. We are very proud to have achieved 90% world-leading or internationally-excellent research impact (REF 2014). Find out more.

    We engage fully in our subject area and this engagement feeds directly and indirectly into our teaching. Professor David Brown leads several projects, funded by the European Union, in games and assistive technology while Professor Paul Evans' innovative developments in security are supported by USA Dept of Homeland Security.

    Other examples of our activity are:

    • developing patents (for example, in voice signal processing)
    • involvement in the GameCity Festival
    • organising conferences on Interactive Technology and Games and on Intelligent Environments
    • working with local companies on funded projects e.g. enhancing the capability of the press association to search their image database
    • publishing novel findings in research publications on for example financial prediction, mobile communications, detection of human behaviour patterns.

    For more information about courses, your Computing and Technology Admission's Tutor is Dr Eugene Lai.

  • Key stats

    • 90% of our research activity achieved world-leading, internationally-excellent or internationally-recognised status (latest Research Excellence Framework 2014)
    • 95% of our postgraduates are in work or further study within just six months of finishing their degrees (latest Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2014-15)
    • 83% of NTU postgraduate taught students said that overall they were satisfied with the quality of their course (Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2016)
    • Leading university in the UK for the number of postgraduate students taking professional qualifications (latest Higher Education Statistics 2014/15)

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

How you're taught

The postgraduate academic year is divided into three terms. The first two terms are spent studying the taught modules and the last term, pursuing an individual major project.

The teaching methods include:

  • lectures to introduce and develop concepts and to explore the application of these concepts
  • specialist laboratories to develop skills and appreciate concepts
  • seminars to provide academic support
  • case study and project work to develop a deeper understanding of concepts and applications

Assessment

All modules are 100% coursework based (case studies and projects) apart from the Entrepreneurial Leadership and Project Management  which is assessed by a combination of both coursework and examination.  All other modules are assessed by coursework, case studies and projects.

Careers and employability

Not only will you have enviable transferable skills at the end of this course, but you will also be perfectly placed to enter a range of careers in the industrial or engineering sectors.

The industry-focused nature of this Engineering postgraduate degree will ensure that you stand out from the crowd when it comes to job applications and pursuing your future career. Nottingham Trent University graduates are widely respected amongst employers and our Computing and Technology students are perceived as having the competitive edge due to the hands-on approach of our teaching.

Placement opportunities

Practical work experience can help you in your studies and is often paid. It can enhance your commercial awareness and your ability to link theory and practice which will be an invaluable skill in your future career. Although a work placement is highly recommended, obtaining one is based on an individual's efforts and is not guaranteed.

The School is extending its highly successful placement scheme to students of MSc Engineering (Cybernetics and Communications). If you choose this option, you will receive extensive help in obtaining a valuable one-year paid work placement and continued support during the placement period. This is the ideal way to get your career off to a flying start.

For further information please visit our placements website.

Study options for this course

Notes about fees for this course

UK Fees

Tuition fees 2017

  • Full-time study: £6,500
  • Part-time study: £3,250 per year
  • Placement year: £1,350

Tuition fees 2018

  • Full-time study: £7,800
  • Part-time study: £3,900 per year
  • Placement year: £TBC

Please see our Fees and Funding page for details and scholarships.

International Fees

Tuition fees 2017

  • Full-time study: £12,900
  • Placement year: £1,380

Tuition fees 2018

  • Full-time study: £13,900
  • Placement year: £TBC

Please see our Fees and Funding page for details and scholarships.

Funding

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

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