Heriot-Watt University


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Rank: 29 (The Complete University Guide)

Location: Edinburgh Campus


Study mode full-time

Degree: Masters

Start Date: 2021/09/01

Duration: 12 months

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This is an advanced MSc programme in the rapidly expanding area of telecommunications engineering. The programme offers a balance between theory and practice (hardware and software based projects) and is aimed at telecommunications, electrical, electronic, physics/mathematics and computer engineering graduates.5G TechnologiesThe programme explores the use and application of engineering principles in the specification, design, development and deployment of telecommunications. Specialised training is provided across key 5G technologies including - Fibre Optic CommunicationsSatellite CommunicationsAntenna and RF TechnologiesInternet of ThingsNetworks and SecurityMachine Learning and Artificial IntelligenceStudents will develop a detailed knowledge of telecommunication networks and gain the specialist skills, techniques and practices to work in the current and future (5G and beyond) telecoms industry. Graduates will be equipped to develop and implement creative solutions to the problems encountered in terrestrial networks, satellite networks, and Internet of Things (IoT).Industry Leading TeachingThe MSc Telecommunications at Heriot-Watt is ranked in the UK top 10 for Telecommunications Engineering by the Academic Rankings of World Universities. Our programme is delivered by academic leaders in the field of Senors, Signals and Systems and three of our acadmics are IEEE Fellows, awarded for extraordinary accomplishments in their field of expertise.FacilitiesHeriot-Watt's new GRID will be the hub for all of our project and laboratory work. This specially designed centre has innovative labs that exemplify our learning-by-doing approach. This will enable you to undertake a wide range of learning activities and to progressively develop your skills and knowledge throughout the degree programme.GRID will also foster multi-disciplinary working and will provide you with experience of working in project teams, similar to being in the actual workplace. In addition, the facilities are available for students who want to work on their own projects either individually or as part of student societies. Heriot Watt University is home to the largest RF lab in Scotland.


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IELTS: 6.5 (6.5)

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About this university

International students

Around 11,000 students travel from around 150 countries across the world to study at the university and the International Students Advisors Office or ISAO is available to assist them. They can provide help and support on everything from immigration to welfare as well as having connections across departments such as Student Support and the University Chaplaincy. They are based within the Hugh Nisbet Building on the Edinburgh campus. They can also provide help with practical matters concerning living in the UK as well as assistance for those wanting to bring their families with them to the university and accessing healthcare while here. The Student Association is the student-led organisation representing the students at both local and national level and is a member of the Edinburgh Students Forum and the National Union of Students. It was founded as the Students Representative Council in 1929 and it runs the Student Union as well as operates support for the 50 societies and clubs available to students. It also operates a number of services across the other campuses including catering, a nightclub, an advice centre and a shop. In addition, there are some 30 different sports clubs on offer and a number of annual events relating to the teams. There are also a number of events held during the year including for families and friends to visit the university and groups visits for schools and colleges.

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