MSc Mobile and Satellite Communications (without internship)

Growth in the mobile and satellite communications industries has created a high demand for graduates with expertise in the key areas of digital, mobile and satellite communications and networking.

By graduation, you will be well-equipped to develop new applications with full awareness of the issues facing the next generation of communication systems.

Your study will include advances in antennas and propagation, digital transmission, satellite communications, mobile communications, satellite networks and wireless applications. All this has been enriched by new modules in satellite networking and product management. You will learn how to use the latest computer-aided engineering tools and techniques for the design, manufacture and testing of electronic products.

Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 1 Year September Treforest A
  • Product Management and Integrating Case Studies
  • Applied Digital Signal Processing
  • Mobile Communication Technologies
  • Satellite Communications
  • Digital Communications Systems
  • Six month Internship
  • MSc Major Project*


  • Wireless and Personal communications
  • Satellite Networking

*60 credit module

The above information is a sample module description for illustrative purposes. Modules and module content may change from time to time.


MSc Mobile and Satellite Communications is delivered in three major blocks that offer an intensive but flexible learning pattern, with two entry opportunities for applicants each year – February and September. There are six taught modules and an 18-week major project. If you study part-time, you will complete three modules each year and a project in Year Three. The use of block-mode delivery makes modules available to students who want to continue in full-time employment while studying for the MSc and to short course participants.


Typically, each module will be assessed through 50% coursework and 50% examination.


In addition to providing dedicated Mac and PC labs, we have specialist facilities for the whole range of courses. We’ve recently opened a Calypto lab, which has software licences and support for the Catapult C toolset. This is used to develop advanced electronic products, such as the next generation of smart phones, more quickly and cost-effectively and to help engineers overcome design challenges in the increasingly complex world of board and chip design. The lab is sponsored by Calypto Design Systems Inc, a leader in electronic design automation. We are one of only four UK universities and 60 universities globally that have been granted permission to use the software, worth £1.9m.

The Faculty’s new Renesas Embedded Systems lab comprises 25 new high-end terminals running cuttingedge tools. The facility was designed in collaboration with Renesas, the world’s leading supplier of microcontrollers, whose sponsorship helps ensure that students are always working with the latest technologies and development tools.

A minimum 2:2 Honours degree in an engineering subject, computing, physics or mathematics. If you do not have these qualifications, we will consider your case individually. The course welcomes international applicants and requires an English level of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

Fees apply to new students starting a course in the academic year indicated. Full-time fees are per year and part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course. USW Postgraduate Bursary is now available for new UK and EU students starting an eligible course in 2018-19. International Scholarships are also available for self-funding international students.

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU:  £6000

    Please note the full-time UK and EU fee is £9000, however USW is offering a full-time UK and EU bursary of £3000 which means students pay £6000

  • Full-time International:  £13000 

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

Apply directly to the University if you are applying for a part-time, professional or postgraduate course, an Erasmus/Exchange programme, the Legal Practice (part-time) course, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution.    

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Admissions statement 

Advancements in technology such as the increased use of Wi-Fi, are creating exciting career opportunities for graduates with the right skills. Graduates of this Masters award can enter the telecommunications industry in many different roles, conduct research or work towards a PhD.

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