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Full time | Edinburgh Campus | 1 year | SEP

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1 year

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

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Course Summary


This is an advanced MSc programme in the rapidly expanding area of telecommunications engineering. The programme offers a balance between theory and practice (hardware and software based projects) and is aimed at telecommunications, electrical, electronic, physics/mathematics and computer engineering graduates.

5G Technologies

The programme explores the use and application of engineering principles in the specification, design, development and deployment of telecommunications. Specialised training is provided across key 5G technologies including -

Fibre Optic Communications
Satellite Communications
Antenna and RF Technologies
Internet of Things
Networks and Security
Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence

Students will develop a detailed knowledge of telecommunication networks and gain the specialist skills, techniques and practices to work in the current and future (5G and beyond) telecoms industry. Graduates will be equipped to develop and implement creative solutions to the problems encountered in terrestrial networks, satellite networks, and Internet of Things (IoT).

Industry Leading Teaching

The MSc Telecommunications at Heriot-Watt is ranked in the UK top 10 for Telecommunications Engineering by the Academic Rankings of World Universities. Our programme is delivered by academic leaders in the field of Senors, Signals and Systems and three of our acadmics are IEEE Fellows, awarded for extraordinary accomplishments in their field of expertise.


Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an incorporated engineer and partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a chartered engineer.

Students will also achieve PGDip and PGCert awards in this course.


Fibres and Nonlinear Optics
Multi-Disciplinary Group Project
Information Theory and Communications
Principle Of Mobile Communications
Computer Network Security
Sensors, Actuators and IoT
Critical Analysis and Research Preparation
Satellite Networks and Communication
MSc Thesis Project
Sampling and Computational Imaging
Antenna Engineering and Applications
RF Mobile Communications Systems
Scalable Inference and Deep Learning

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students should have preferably, but not exclusively, a First or Second Class Honours Degree in a suitable numerate Science or Engineering subject. Recognised overseas equivalents will apply.