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MSc in Multimedia Systems and Communications Engineering (MSc)

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Multimedia is the convergence and integration of various types of digital media, for example images, sound, video, text, graphics and animations.

The delivery of multimedia content to consumers relies on various technologies, including digital signal processing, image, audio and video processing, communications engineering and computer systems. The MSc in Multimedia Systems and Communications Engineering provides an opportunity to become an expert in the above technologies to support broadcast, entertainment, surveillance, gaming, medical, and defence and communications industries.

This teaching on this MSc course is complemented by guest lecturers given by industrial professionals. The students are also given an opportunity to work on a project co supervised by our industrial collaborators.This MSc is designed to develop engineers with a high level of training in multimedia technologies and is uniquely supported by the academic staff from two Schools: Engineering and Computer Science. This programme is designed to meet an urgent need in trained specialists in Multimedia and Communications Engineering to face the challenges posed by ever developing new technology.

Graduates of this MSc will obtain unique specialist training for their future professional employment.

Programme structure

The structure of the programme is based on 12 Master’s-level modules taught over two semesters (7 months), followed by a 5-month industrially-related research project in the field of Multimedia Systems and Communications Engineering. The core modules are delivered by research academics from the Schools of Engineering and Computer Science with key invited lectures from experienced engineers and managers from industry. A key feature of the programme is its integrated approach to teaching Multimedia Systems and Communications Engineering and the enabling technologies which provides essential preparation for a career in Multimedia Systems and Communications Engineering.

MSc students will work closely with researchers in the multidisciplinary Human Factors Technology Centre founded in 2004 by the academics of three Schools: Engineering, Computer Science and Psychology.

Who can apply?

This course is suitable for graduates in electronic engineering, electronic engineering, applied science or in a relevant discipline, or appropriate professional experience.

Employment Prospects

The demand for graduates from this type of course is very strong and is expected remain so for the foreseeable future. Graduates are expected to gain employment in companies involved in digital telecommunications, digital media production (film and TV industry), finance, medicine, defense and homeland security, research and development, or set up their own companies. Some will have the opportunity to undertake a PhD. Employment opportunities for graduates who specialise in the field are only likely to grow and become even more attractive.


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For Admissions or general course enquiries please contact:

Admissions Tutor

Dr Yulia Hicks

Tel: + 44 (0)29 2087 5945

Entry Requirements

Applicants need to have at least an upper second class Honours degree (or equivalent) from a British or recognised overseas university. Applicants with relevant professional experience will be considered on an individual basis. For international students the minimum English Language requirements are IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL iBT 90. The programme is suitable for graduates in Engineering, Computer Science, or other related areas.

Year of Entry: 2007


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