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Telecommunications Engineering MEng (Hons)

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Overview

MEng (Hons) Telecommunication Engineering offers an integrated route that combines undergraduate and postgraduate levels of study over four years. It teaches the theory of telecommunications coupled with the required software tools.

Please note that this course is only open to applications for September 2018 entry. To view other courses which are open for 2017 recruitment, please visit our course finder.

5 reasons to study here

Industry relevant: Established academic team that maintains a strong research output and extensive research links with industry through consultancy works and Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs).
Growth area: Opens a range of career opportunities in an expanding field including: work within an equipment manufacturer, network infrastructure provider or service provider, research work or undertaking design and development projects.
Career progression: Extends studies to Masters level and provides greater breadth and depth of study, which is the quickest and easiest way to become a Chartered Engineer (CEng).
Laboratory access: Significant laboratory-based practical teaching to support lecture material.
Work experience: complete your third year in a paid professional work placement.

This degree course covers...

This is a technical telecommunications engineering course and you'll benefit from an established academic team that maintains a strong research output. The course has significant laboratory-based practical teaching to support the rigorous lecture material. This course covers:

  • mathematics
  • design and practice
  • circuits and signals
  • analogue and digital
  • Digital Signal Processing (DSP)
  • optical and microwave communications

You can apply for undergraduate student funding for this course, so you can gain a postgraduate level qualification without the financial pressures normally associated with further study.

This course is subject to validation and content may change.

Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
Full-time
Duration
4 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Part-time
Duration
5 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Part-time
Duration
6 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus

Case studies

Modules

Year 1

  • Engineering mathematics and modelling
    This module consolidates the mathematical skills that underpin the BEng engineering degrees. It's specifically designed to cater for the wide differences in mathematical background of 1st year students, as well as to prepare you for the Advanced Engineering Mathematics and Modelling module that you'll take in the second year. Assessment methods: 50% coursework, 50% exam.
  • Design and practice
    This module will cover material design activities, team work, creative problem-solving, project management, sustainable development principles, personal development planning, report writing communication, Computer-Aided Design (CAD), employability and transferable skills. It's also a work-based module for part-time students, utilising the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) to provide supporting teaching material and assessments. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Engineering principles
    This module will help you develop your understanding of essential scientific principles for the study of engineering to degree level. It's designed to be accessible to students with a range of prior science specialisation. The module comprises two blocks of study. These will introduce the principles of measurement systems and units, thermal physics and mechanical and electrical principles. Assessment methods: 40% coursework, 60% exam.
  • Introduction to digital electronics
    This module aims to teach you some introductory material that an electronic engineer should know before proceeding with any digital designs. The material in this module is divided into two parts. The first part will cover the analysis and implementation of Boolean Logic circuits and their modelling using a proprietary CAD and VHDL (VHSIC Hardware Description Language). The second part of the module will focus on analysis and implementation of Sequential Logic circuits, their modelling and implementation using Programmable Logic Devices. Assessment methods: 50% coursework, 50% exam.
  • Engineering computing
    This is an introductory module that will address the engineering formation as well as programming knowledge and skills. It will enable you to appreciate the role and importance of software and computers in engineering, and so provide you with the impetus to quickly become competent in their use. Assessment method: 100% coursework. 
  • Introduction to electrical and electronic engineering
    This module will cover the essential material relevant to the fundamentals of both electrical and electronic engineering. Starting with basic circuit elements, Ohm’s Law and Kirchhoff’s Law, the first half of the module will introduce basic and more advanced circuit analysis techniques such as Node Voltage and Mesh Current methods, progressing onto Source Transformation techniques and the basics of semiconductors (Diodes, BJTs and Op-Amps). Then, the electrical part will cover DC responses of RC, RL and RLC circuits and finally AC sinusoidal circuit theory and power systems and three phase circuits. Assessment methods: 50% coursework, 50% exam.

Year 2

  • Advanced engineering mathematics and modelling
    This module consolidates the mathematical skills that underpin the BEng engineering degrees. It's specifically designed to cater for the wide differences in mathematical background of 1st year students, as well as to prepare you for the Advanced Engineering Mathematics and Modelling module that you'll take in the second year. Assessment methods: 50% coursework, 50% exam.
  • Circuits, signals and systems
    This module introduces methods to mathematically model circuits, signals and systems required for the engineering of electrical, electronic, telecommunication and control systems. It shows how to model and analyse complex signals with Fourier series, Fourier transforms and Laplace Transforms. The direct and indirect method of convolution is used to find the time response of systems to given inputs. First and second order LTI dynamical systems are modelled with transfer functions and their zero-state and zero-input responses predicted when the inputs are any function of time. The frequency responses of some common LTI two port filter circuits are studied. A MATLAB/SIMULINK workshop enables understanding of signal synthesis using the Fourier series, finding the frequency spectra of complex and noisy signals using FFT, and the time response and the frequency response of systems. Assessment methods: 30% coursework, 70% exam.
  • Analogue and digital electronics
    This module examines basic analogue and digital electronic circuit design and applications, along with some investigation of mixed signal systems involving analogue and digital circuit techniques.
  • Engineering software C++
    This module introduces the syntaxes and programming skills of computer language C++ and briefly OOP (Object Oriented Programming). The module is delivered in the way of 2 hours teaching, 2 hours computer workshops and 2 hours tutorials per week. Assessment methods: 50% coursework, 50% exam.
  • Team design project
    This is a skills-based module developing your understanding of the design process within engineering, including factors that need to be taken into account in identifying and meeting requirements for new products (used to mean outcome of a process and can include specifications for a tangible product, or process, or system), such as working within Regulatory, professional and Standards requirements, developing practical skills, working as part of a team, handling information, project planning and management, and report-writing and presentation skills. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Fundamentals of communication
    This module provides an understanding of fundamental principles of communication theory and transmission channels. It deals with signals and processes, Fourier analysis, random signals and processes, correlation and convolution, and noise analysis. It also addresses the basic principles and theories of typical transmission channels for communications, namely, transmission lines, microwave, radio and optical fibre channels. Assessment methods: 50% coursework, 50% exam.

Year 3

Optional placement year

Year 4

  • Innovation and enterprise
    In the rapidly changing world around us, it's imperative that you're able to think dynamically to create advantage in your life. This module encourages you to question what you see and experience around you and in your prospective engineering field with an aim to enhance your creativity to discover new and better ways of doing things. It aims to equip you with methods and processes to recognise opportunities and to plan on harnessing commercially viable benefits that may exist from exploiting those opportunities in a sustainable fashion. This might be a product or service (such as consultancy or contract management). The application of project management principles will help to define the critical path of a proposed business and how the many processes involved (planning, market research, market placement, finance, operations, human resources etc.) are interlinked throughout the initial planning exercise and how they can change over time. You'll be expected to reflect on what you can contribute towards a group. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Analogue and digital communication systems
    This module provides a deeper understanding of modern communication theory, communication system performance analysis and a brief overview of wireless communication technologies. The areas covered are analogue, discrete and digital communication systems, modulation techniques, multiplexing, principles of digital modulation and wireless communication systems. Particular emphasis is given to current digital communication technologies and architectures, design approaches and applications. Assessment methods: 30% coursework, 70% exam.
  • Individual project
    The Individual Major Project requires you to plan, execute, review and report upon a major piece of technical work directly related to your degree discipline. In this regard, this module provides you with the opportunity to develop a high degree of subject-specific expertise. This module differentiates from others on the course taken due to the high degree of autonomous study expected. This flexibility should be seen as an opportunity to explore new areas of interest and to acquire new and often unexpected skills. The work undertaken within the project will require you to develop your own methodology in advance of presenting solutions to the studied problem. It's therefore expected that project will include evidence and demonstration of detailed research of the subject matter, practical demonstration of understanding of the material, testing and evaluation of the practical elements, detailed reporting, discussion and conclusions of the entire project, and a high level of written presentation and grammar skills. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • DSP for communications
    Today, digital signal processing (DSP) is widely used in radio receivers, computers, and many other applications where signals need to be processed. DSP is based upon the fact that it is possible to build up a representation of the signal in a digital form. This module is intended for students who have had prior exposure to university mathematics, and signal and system theory. It introduces fundamental concepts, algorithms and applications of digital signal processing, starting from a description of how signals can be represented as digital waveforms and how systems may be modelled as digital filters. The module investigates the processing and analysis of discrete signals using the most common approaches and algorithms for communication applications. Assessment methods: 30% coursework, 70% exam.
  • Optical and microwave communications
    This module will engage you with practical and theoretical aspects of optical and microwave communication technology. The module will divided into two parts. The first part will introduce the key semiconductor devices photonic components that comprise optical communication systems. Operation principles of optical transmitters and receivers will be described. The lectures will also provide the design techniques for typical optical fibre transmission systems, as well as their application scenarios through carefully selected design examples. The second part of the lecture series will cover microwave communication systems incorporating line of sight (LOS) issues, high frequency transmission and detection schemes along with optical-microwave integration e.g. Radio Over Fibre (RoF) techniques via application examples. A trade-off among the system cost, transmission speed and distance will be considered from the point of view of engineering design. This module will carefully take advantage of topics taught elsewhere such as Long-term Evolution (LTE) and Ultra-wideband (UWB) for application scenarios. Both theory and engineering applications are balanced to teach the module. Assessment methods: 50% coursework, 50% exam.

Year 5

  • Technical research and professional skills
    This module provides training for the skills that are necessary for successful completion of Master's level studies in the near future and for professional development in the long-term. More specifically, the course teaches how to search and gather relevant technical information, how to extract the essence from a piece of technical literature, how to carry out a critical review of a research paper, how to write a feasibility report, how to give presentations and put your thoughts across effectively, and how to manage a project in terms of time and progress in a group project environment. These are designed to enhance the technical and analytical background that is necessary for the respective Master's stream. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Microwave communication and broadband access technologies 
    This module provides a comprehensive approach to teach the system aspects of microwave communication technology, with the emphasis on applications to broadband access networks, radio over fibre (RoF), radio frequency (RF) over Ethernet, and high-speed solutions to last-mile wired & wireless access, respectively. This module covers the key microwave devices/components that comprise communication systems. The operation principles of microwave transmitters, receivers, repeaters, antennas, conventional and advanced microwave communication systems will be described. The lectures will also provide the knowledge for understanding typical microwave link design, power budget analysis, and broadband access networking. A trend of developing next generation access networks will be also described. Throughout the lectures, appropriate engineering design cases and application examples will be carefully selected in order to enhance your practical learning. Assessment methods: 30% coursework, 70% exam.
  • Wireless communications and satellite systems
    This module will provide you with a deep understanding of some of the main aspects of wireless communication technologies, various radio channel models, wireless communication networks and satellite communication systems. Particular emphasis will be given to current and emerging wireless technologies and architectures, design approaches and applications. Assessment methods: 30% coursework, 70% exam.
  • Smart receivers and transmission techniques 
    This module is a further in-depth study of some advanced processing and transmission techniques in wireless communication systems. This module will help to equip you with practical understanding regarding some basic core process and design within the wireless transmission systems, in particular, evolving from previous (2G, 3G) to current (4G) generation of wireless mobile transmitter and smart receiver techniques. Some potential future (5G) generation of mobile wireless techniques will also be included. Assessment methods: 30% coursework, 70% exam.
  • Group project
    This module is designed to provide you with the experience of working in an asset team to solve a real world problem using industrial data for the development of a specific asset. You'll be grouped into teams of 3-4 members and you'll undertake a specific role in respect of the design calculations and analysis. You'll work full-time on this project under time constraint, using donated field data. The project results will be presented orally to an expert panel and the group will submit a report detailing their investigation and recommendations for development of the field. Assessment method: 100% coursework.

All modules are assessed by a mix of examinations, assignments, reports, presentations and other formats.

Employability

There are diverse employment opportunities in this expanding field. You could work for an equipment manufacturer, network infrastructure provider or a service provider, carrying out research, or working on the design and development projects, or production of data networks, broadband networking, optical fibre and microwave communications, wireless and mobile communications, cellular mobile networks or satellite systems.

Key skills

The vocational approach to teaching taken at LSBU will have a positive impact on your employability. This is because our graduates understand the theory, but can also confidently apply that learning and adapt their skills to the workplace.

As a graduate you'll have a number of practical key skills that will make you an attractive prospect to employers, such as, the ability to complete analytical investigative work, laboratory and workshop techniques and safe practice, and experience working independently or as part of a team.

What to expect from your career

Telecommunications Engineers design and install equipment used for transmitting wired phone, cellular, cable and broadband data. It involves working with complex networks, switching systems and copper or fibre optic cabling.

Using their technical expertise, they provide a range of services and engineering solutions related to different modes of communication and information transfer, such as: radio and satellite communications wireless telephony services, internet and broadband technologies.

Day-to-day duties for telecom engineers can vary widely, depending on specialisation – such as telephone networks or broadband systems. Engineers can work in research and development (R&D), creating the products of tomorrow, or they can work on implementing these products and solving how to insert them into a client's network. Most telecom engineers work usual office hours, although travel to different sites can be required.

Telecom engineers need strong interpersonal skills, and the ability to problem-solve and think creatively. They typically work for telecom service providers and communications software developers, but there are plenty of opportunities available with equipment and infrastructure manufacturers and public sector bodies as well.

The integrated MEng (Hons) Telecommunications Engineering degree offers the most direct route to achieving CEng professional registration, which can open up even more options for career progression.

Entry-level telecom engineers tend to earn salaries around £20,000-£30,000, with experienced chartered engineers able to earn up to £70,000. (All About Careers)

Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.

Placements

For those students who choose to take the four year sandwich course, the third year is spent on an industrial placement in the UK and our industrial placement team will provide the necessary guidance, support and advice. 

This 4-year Sandwich option is a great opportunity to understand the way that the industry functions and to gain an appreciation of the priorities in the commercial environment.

European placement opportunity

The European Studies endorsement is available on all our BEng courses. If you choose to complete a sandwich year abroad you will study German at our partner institution, Hochschule Bremen, and then complete the year with an industrial placement in Germany.

Staff

Ya Bao

School/Division: Engineering / Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Ya joined LSBU in 2001 and prior to that had been an associate professor in Southwest Jiaotong University (China) and visiting researcher at the University of Leeds.


James Barnham

School/Division: Engineering / Mechanical Engineering and Design
Job title: Senior Lecturer in Design and Practice

James works as part of the Nathi Puri Institute team within LSBU and is a passionate product designer with interests in many technical areas and markets.


Alessio Corso

School/Division: Engineering / Mechanical Engineering and Design
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Alessio has lectured in Higher Education since 2010 and has worked in industry as a Product Design Engineer, specialising in medical products.


Prof. Mohammad Ghavami

School/Division: Engineering / Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Job title: Professor of Telecommunications Engineering

Mohammad Ghavami is Professor of Telecommunications Engineering and the founder and leader of BiMEC research group. His research interests include UWB, smart antenna systems and biomedical applications of wireless technology.


Dr Paul Klimo

School/Division: Engineering / Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Paul is Course Director of the MSc in Mechatronics, Robotics and Embedded Systems.


Juquan Mao

School/Division: Engineering / Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Job title: Lecturer in Telecommunications Engineering

Juquan's teaching includes modules relating to computer system and networks, electrical and electronics, both at UG and PG levels.


Dr Perry Xiao

School/Division: Engineering / Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Job title: Associate Professor; Course Director, MRes in Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Dr Xiao's research focuses on the development of novel infrared and electronic sensing technologies for skin measurements and industrial Non-Destructive Testing. He is also a director and co-founder of Biox Systems Ltd, a university spin-out company, which designs and manufactures AquaFlux (trans-dermal water loss measurements) and Epsilon (capacitive imaging).


Dr Jian-Guo Zhang

School/Division: Engineering / Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Dr Zhang's research interests include ultrahigh-speed all-optical communication systems, photonic switching networks, avionics optical fiber data buses/LANs, gain-switched semiconductor lasers, femtosecond mode-locked fiber lasers, and address code design for optical code-division multiple access (OCDMA).


Facilities

Our excellent facilities enable you to gain hands-on engineering experience of design, implementation, testing and measuring - and of producing your own products. There are seven fully equipped laboratories that are exclusively for Electronic Engineering and Telecommunications Engineering students. 

You have free access to these labs except when there is a scheduled class in progress. You'll be supervised by experienced and dedicated academic staff and technicians who can assist you with most practical aspects of the curriculum.

Teaching and learning

Our teaching staff have a great amount of experience. Whether they're teaching, carrying out research or involved in consultancy for industry they have the skills to make a difference to you. You'll learn in a modern, well-equipped environment complete with sophisticated technology. 

Approach to learning

You'll learn through lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical work. Taking on both group and individual projects, we assess your work through a mixture of coursework and exams, with project and laboratory work counting towards your final award. We also teach you the life skills of effective communication, problem solving, project planning and team working that will set you apart and give you the best chance of getting the job you want after you graduate.

Hands-on engineering

The amount of project-based learning that you'll do on an engineering degree varies from university to university. At LSBU we offer 'design-make-test' projects throughout the degree course rather than concentrating them all into your final year. This means that you'll adapt theoretical principles to solve real-world engineering problems very early on in your university career. This experience of delivering innovation makes you attractive to employers. Innovation is at the very heart of what an engineer does on a day-to-day basis. Engineers look for practical ways of making things better, more efficient, cheaper, safer, stronger, more resilient, quicker, more integrated and more effective. Our engineering courses will teach you first-hand how to develop these crucial skills and traits.

Prepared for modern engineering practice

In reality most engineers will find themselves working side-by-side in multi-disciplinary project teams. One of the greatest professional assets that you can have is the ability to function well in this team set-up. That's why some of our modules are shared across all our engineering courses. These modules are about understanding the commercial priorities that shape engineering practice and problem-solving. Guest lecturers from world-renowned companies, such as Rolls Royce, have lectured on these modules.

Personal Tutoring

As an Engineering student, you will be allocated a named tutor during your first three weeks at LSBU.  The role of your tutor is to be your primary contact for academic and professional development support.

Your tutor will support you to get the most of your time at LSBU, providing advice and signposting to other sources of support in the University.  
They should be the first person at the university that you speak to if you are having any difficulties that are affecting your work. These could be academic, financial, health-related or another type of problem.

You will have appointments with your personal tutor at least twice a semester. Some meetings will be one-to-one and others will be in small groups.  You can contact your tutor for additional support by email or in person.

Entry requirements

2018 Entry

  • A Level AAB or;
  • BTEC National Diploma DDD or;
  • Access to HE qualifications with 24 Distinctions and 21 Merits including 3 Distinctions in Maths and 3 Merits in Physics or;
  • Equivalent level 3 qualifications worth 144 UCAS points
  • Level 3 qualifications must include Maths
  • Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).

We welcome qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.0 or Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.

How to apply

International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode
Full-time
Duration
4 years
Start date
September
Application code
H641
Application method
Mode
Part-time
Duration
5 years
Start date
September
Application code
H641
Application method
Mode
Part-time
Duration
6 years
Start date
September
Application code
4621
Application method

Please note that this course is only open to applications for September 2018 entry. To view other courses which are open for 2017 recruitment, please visit our course finder.

All full-time undergraduate students apply to the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) using the University's Institution Code L75. Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply webpage for undergraduate students.

All part-time students should apply directly to London South Bank University and full details of how to do this are given on our undergraduate How to apply webpage.

Accommodation

Students should apply for accommodation at London South Bank University (LSBU) as soon as possible, once we have made an offer of a place on one of our academic courses. Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.

Finance

It's a good idea to think about how you'll pay university tuition and maintenance costs while you're still applying for a place to study. Remember – you don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance. Read how to pay your fees as an undergraduate student.

Fees and funding

Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursaries Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

Part-time
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £6935International fee: £10937.5
AOS/LSBU code: 4621Session code: 1PS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £35453.33
International £52500

Fee prices

For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for undergraduate students.

Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a home, EU or international student for fee-paying purposes by reading the UKCISA regulations.

Possible fee changes

The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any governmental guidance or decisions.

The fees for international students are reviewed annually, and additionally the University reserves the right to increase tuition fees in line with inflation up to 4%.

Scholarships

We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on our scholarships page.

Case studies

Select a case study and read about practical project work, students' placement experiences, research projects, alumni career achievements and what it’s really like to study here from the student perspective.

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Enrolling

Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our new students pages.

 
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