MSc by Research (Wireless Communications) 

Felix Forster

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Felix Forster 
International Postgraduate Engineering Student

Entry requirements

2:2 Honours Degree in a numerate science from a UK university (or equivalent). 

This programme will equip you with meaningful in-depth research to prepare you for further research or a career in industry.

Connections with the world-renowned Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies (AIPT)
In-depth research project provides a basis for further PhD level research, or specialist entry into industry
Opportunity to carry out a research project in collaboration with industry experts
Gain the specialist knowledge required to kickstart your career

Duration of programme:
Full Time:
1 year full-time: three months taught modules on campus and a nine month individual project.
Part Time:
2 years

Start date:
Intake: Up to 10 per year for UK/EU students and 15 per year for international students

Subject Requirements:
Applicants must achieve a minimum of a 2:2 Honours Degree in a numerate science from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification. The Programme Director may conduct an interview in person or by telephone.

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements 


EU (home) rate £4052    

£2026 (for part-time: internal and external)

Non-EU (overseas) £15500
£7,750 (for part-time: internal and external)

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

Wireless communications is a ubiquitous technology which will be critical to establishing the Internet of Things. On this course you will combine taught material central to your research as well as advanced knowledge obtained from your research project.  The Aston Adaptive Communications Research Group has expertise in LTE, machine to machine communication, multimedia transmission and ad-hoc networking. The course will enhance your employability throughout the wireless communications industry.

This programme trains aspiring academic and industrial research scientists. The programme consists of a training aspect of taught components (equivalent to 3 modules approximately during the first 3 months) and a significant interdisciplinary research project.

In additional to the research skills module (ISI4001), students will study approximately 20 credits of material relevant to their research topic and experience. This material will be determined through a training needs analysis undertaken in collaboration with their project supervisor.

Exemption from these modules may be arranged through APL or APEL, provided this is done prior to enrolment.

In Electronic Engineering we can supervise projects in the following areas. In addition, applicants may also suggest their own project.

Possible projects (Wireless Communications):

·         Quantitative analysis of failure in Wireless Sensor networks

Wireless sensor networks will form a backbone for the "Internet of Things" vision for the future. As the applications develop there will be a need to consider the network characteristics as part of the overall functional safety design of systems. The aim of this project is to study how node failures in a wireless sensor network affect an overall system failure rate for different network topologies and protocols.

·         Linear Topology Wireless Sensor Networks

There are numerous applications for wireless sensor networks which require linear network topologies. These include the monitoring of oil pipelines, power lines and railway and roadside monitoring. The aim of this project will be to examine how well current network protocols operate in these scenarios and to develop and optimise a protocol optimised specifically for them.

Students will have the opportunity to carry out a research project in collaboration with industry and through this learn about the application context of technology and the interaction between research and business.

Students will get access to appropriate computational and experimental facilities.

Aston University offers Wi-Fi connection, modern lecture/tutorial rooms, computer labs, lounge area, good learning resources and publications are available in the library and many electronically.

You can find out more about our Postgraduate scholarships for international students here.  If you are a UK or EU student, please email seaspgtaught@aston.ac.uk for information on funding.

Click on the Apply now button below. In the Apply Online enter the following information:

a.       Select University School – Engineering & Applied Science

b.      Entry Month – September (There is only one intake for this course)

c.       Attendance Type – Full Time

d.      Degree Type – Postgraduate Research

e.      Degree Programme – Master of Science By Research (Full Time September 2016)

Once you have entered this information then select Apply for selected Degree Programme


Postgraduate Research Admissions Officer

T: +44 (0)121 204 3500
E: seasres@aston.ac.uk

Interested? We would love to hear from you.

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