This programme is delivered by the world-leading Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies
Develop the skills and knowledge to contribute to the development of a 5G network infrastructure
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Course outline and modules
Telecommunications plays a critical role in our increasingly technological age. The successful development of 5G networks around the world will enable economic development and drive economies.
SMARTNET provides unique training in the fields of optical and 5G wireless networking, photonic devices, digital signal processing and big data, and offers you exceptional prospects for career development.
During this one year course, you’ll benefit from the extensive involvement of a wide range of industrial partners who will provide input during the course, supporting you as you work on your masters project.
We also run a two year ERASMUS-funded joint Masters course in partnership with two universities in Europe. This course includes spending time at different locations to maximise the expertise across the three universities.
What you’ll learn
You’ll study a range of subjects highly relevant to both industry and society. These will include optical and wireless networks, sensing networks, 5G technologies, photonics networks, digital signal processing and big data methods. As well as being of fundamental academic importance, these are critical subjects for the global future of information and communication technologies.
There are six pathways on our SMARTNET course:
• 5G broadband infrastructures
• Advanced 5G network architectures
• Energy efficient smart networks
• High capacity 5G network systems
• Connectivity technologies for smart network systems
• Big data analytics and 5G.
Our course will also provide you with the skills to develop innovative solutions to difficult problems as well as the opportunity to put your learning into practice as you work on real-world challenges.
We have strong relationships with a wide range of multi-national organisations who contribute significantly to the course through their own expertise.
These businesses are: Airbus (UK), OTE (Greece), Orange Labs (France), FAZ Technology (Ireland), Coriant R&D (Germany), Yenista (France), Arden Photonics (UK), Keopsys (France), Orange Polska (Poland), CEMENTYS (France), EKINIOS (France), KTN (UK), EPIC (France), Network Rail (UK), Branscan (UK), Thales (France) and Nokia Bell Labs (France).
- For graduates with a Bachelor’s degree in telecommunications, electronics, electrical engineering, computer science, physics, mathematics or similar.
- 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. For more information about qualifications view our Aston in your country webpage.
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.
Learning, teaching and assessment
Learning will be a combination of formal lectures, seminars, workshops as well as individual and group projects and presentations.
• 5G Signal Processing
• Radio Systems and Personal Communication Networks
• Optical Networks
• Mobile Data Networks
• Machine Learning
• MSc Dissertation
You will then need to choose three out of the following modules:
• Broadband Wireless Networks
• Modelling and Characterisation of Fibre Photonic Devices
• Digital Communications and Information Theory
• Project Management
• Optical Communications Systems
• Strategic Management and Finance
• Internet of Things
• Introduction to Parallel Programming Techniques
Assessment will be through a combination of assignments and exams, with a major project contributing to the final grade.
Fees and scholarships
UK/EU students (2020/21)
Annual tuition fees: £7,600
International students (2020/21)
Annual tuition fees: £16,000
Tuition fees are reviewed annually and may increase in subsequent years in line with inflation linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI) to take account of the University’s increased costs of delivering the Programme. When undertaking a placement year a placement year fee applies.
This course will give you not only the theoretical knowledge but also the necessary transferable skills to play a leading role in the design, operation and optimisation of future telecommunication systems.
On graduation, you will be a telecommunications engineer with a broad knowledge base and you’ll also have developed other skills you need in industry, including effective communication and an understanding of the importance of collaboration.
There is a huge demand from industry for graduates with these skills and this course also provides a clear pathway to further study and research.
Aston University is a diverse, close community and welcomes international students on many of our postgraduate programmes. Students from over 120 different countries chose to study with us every year and Aston is not only a great place to study, based in the centre of Birmingham it’s also a great place to live.
Post-study work visa
Aston University welcomed the creation of a new immigration route which will enable international students to remain in the UK for two years after they have completed their studies to find work. The new post-study work visa will apply to international students starting undergraduate and postgraduate courses from 2020.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Why study this SMARTNET course at Aston?
You’ll graduate with a masters qualification in an area where these is currently a high demand for skills. This will put you in a strong position as you enter the market as a telecommunications engineer.
- What will I be doing on the SMARTNET course at Aston?
You will be gaining the specialist knowledge and skills you need to be at the forefront of 5G network development. You’ll learn through a series of taught modules and by undertaking a major project.
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