Communication Technology and Entrepreneurship (MSc)

The aim of this course is to provide, at an advanced level, knowledge and skills in wireless and microwave communication engineering with the addition of specialist skills in business and entrepreneurship. It is designed to meet the urgent need for specialists trained in this field.

This course aims to provide you with key, advanced level knowledge and skills that will allow you to succeed in the rapidly growing wireless and microwave communication industry. You will also develop research skills and other related abilities, enhancing your general engineering competency, employability, and providing you with an excellent platform for career development, whether that be within industry or academic research.

In addition, modules delivered by Cardiff University’s internationally recognised Business School will allow you the opportunity to gain valuable skills in entrepreneurship and an insight into what’s involved in starting your own business.

More specifically, the programme aims to equip you with:

  • Expertise in new and evolving areas, such as advanced microwave computer aided design and communication systems engineering.
  • Laboratory time and advanced engineering management alongside modules in radio frequency engineering, advanced industry standard microwave computer aided design (CAD) tools, fabrication and testing, advanced communication systems, advanced communication networks and non-linear RF designs and concepts.
  • Skills in entrepreneurship across a variety of business and technology disciplines complemented by the specialist modules taught by Cardiff Business School.
  • Real world technology product development experience, learn best practices and build an exceptional network from seasoned and successful entrepreneurs.
  • If you have software skills, you will have the opportunity to apply to the Alacrity Foundation to take part in their “boot camp”. This 12 month programme provides graduates with practical business training, software skills & mentorship so they can develop as entrepreneurs and launch their own UK based technology companies.

Distinctive features

The distinctive features of this course include:

  • The opportunity to learn in a research-led teaching institution taught by staff in one of the highest ranked university units in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014).
  • MSc teaching complemented by guest lectures given by industrial professionals.
  • A programme accredited as meeting requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired a partial CEng accredited undergraduate qualification.
  • A unique opportunity to participate in the Alacrity Foundation Programme.
  • A programme partially based on a successful and well-established course - Wireless and Microwave Communication Engineering (MSc).
  • Specialist modules taught by the Cardiff Business School.

Key facts

Next intakeSeptember 2017
Duration1 year
QualificationMSc
ModeFull-time
Admission Tutor contact(s)

Admissions criteria

An upper 2nd class honours degree in Electrical or Electronic Engineering or a similar field from a good UK university or an equivalent international degree qualification. If you have a good 2:2 or equivalent, or relevant industrial experience, we will give your application individual consideration.

If your first language is not English you will be required to pass IELTS exams. The minimum requirement is an IELTS score of 6.5. Please see our English language requirements for more information.

This course is presented as a one-year, full-time Master's level programme.

The programme takes place over two stages: In Part 1, you follow taught modules to the value of 120 credits, whilst Part 2 consists of a Dissertation or research project based module worth 60 credits.

In the full-time programme, you will undertake taught modules during the first seven months of the programme, and will then proceed to the new venture plan and dissertation stage. At this point, you will also then be able to apply to the Alacrity Foundation to take part in their “boot camp” which helps to equip you with the skills to set up your own business.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Innovation ManagementBST19015 credits
Entrepreneurial MarketingBST19215 credits
RF Circuits Design & CADENT69110 credits
Research Case StudyENT69410 credits
Advanced Communication SystemsENT70610 credits
Software Tools and SimulationENT77210 credits
High Frequency Electronic MaterialsENT77610 credits
HF and RF EngineeringENT78210 credits
Non-Linear RF Design and ConceptsENT79810 credits
Dissertation (Electronic)ENT61560 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Fundamentals of Micro- and NanotechnologyENT71310 credits
OptoelectronicsENT79510 credits
Advanced CAD, Fabrication and TestENT79910 credits
The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

How will I be taught?

A wide range of teaching styles will be used to deliver the diverse material forming the curriculum of the programme, and you will be required to attend lectures and participate in examples classes.

A 10-credit module represents approximately 100 hours of study in total, which includes 24–36 hours of contact time with teaching staff. The remaining hours are intended to be for private study, coursework, revision and assessment.

At the dissertation stage, you will be allocated a supervisor in the relevant field of research whom you should expect to meet with regularly. Dissertation topics are presented via the Alacrity Foundation.

Learning Central, the Cardiff University virtual learning environment (VLE), will be used extensively to communicate, support lectures and provide general programme materials such as reading lists and module descriptions. It may also be used to provide self-testing assessment and give feedback.

How will I be supported?

You will be allocated a personal tutor to assist them with both academic progress and pastoral support when required. The personal tutor will meet with you early on in the programme, and as required thereafter.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment

Achievement of learning outcomes in the majority of modules is assessed by a combination of coursework assignments, plus University examinations set in January and May. Examinations count for 60%–70% of assessment in Stage 1 of the programme, depending on the options chosen, the remainder being largely project work and pieces of coursework.

Award of an MSc requires successful completion of Stage 2, the Dissertation, with a mark of 50% or higher.

Feedback

Feedback on coursework may be provided via written comments on work submitted, by provision of ‘model’ answers and/or through discussion in contact sessions.

What skills will I practise and develop?

On completing the course you will have developed key skills which can be applied to a variety of industrial and academic working environments. You will have gained learning skills including:

  • The ability to take an entrepreneurial approach to product design, strategic pricing, market engagement and implementation programmes.
  • The ability to identify stakeholder needs and conduct market research.
  • Originality, competence and confidence in tackling both familiar and unfamiliar problems.
  • The ability to conceive, plan, undertake and manage an engineering project to a professional level.
  • Critical problem-solving skills, using a range of methodologies important to new product/service development.
  • An understanding of critical parts of a marketing strategy focusing on a new product/service.
  • The ability to model and characterise the components used in modern communications systems, and understand the differences between a model-based approach and an iterative dynamic modelling method employing real device elements.
  • An understanding of the hardware and software infrastructures used in the development of computer networks - including an appreciation of relevant industry standards and the use of current software tools associated with the widening role of internet-based communication.

Career prospects are generally excellent with graduating students following paths either into research, business or related industry. After graduating, a number of students start their own businesses.

In terms of research, Cardiff University has many electrical, electronic and microwave related research areas that require PhD students if you wish to undertake further postgraduate study.

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2017/18)

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Students from outside the EU (2017/18)

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Will I need any specific equipment to study this course/programme?

No specific equipment is required for this course.

Applicants to the MSc programme will have the opportunity to make an additional application to the Alacrity Foundation. If successful, the five-month industrial project will be based within the Foundation in Newport and attract a tax-free stipend of £13,800 from month nine of their MSc programme.

Participants will then be required to commit to the Alacrity programme for an additional fifteen months.