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MSc Communications and Information Engineering (H641)


Communications and Information

Receive comprehensive training in the essential elements of modern communication and information engineering

The course provides students with comprehensive training in the essential elements of modern communication and information engineering. The information-theoretic underpinnings are provided in conjunction with physical-layer aspects of both optical and radio transmission, as well as signal processing methods. Furthermore, the course covers developments in radio network architectures and deployment. The optional modules are topical and diverse, encompassing the design of application specific integrated circuits, micro-electromechanical systems and optical engineering. Cross-discipline options from the Department of Computer Science offer key insights into approaches for dealing with the explosion in data collected in modern society ('big data'). In particular, the course provides students with opportunities to study digital multimedia storage and communications technologies, data analytics and data mining, in terms of algorithms and goals in real-world problems.

Graduates will be well equipped for employment opportunities in modern information and communication engineering, which is currently undergoing a revolution. Recent graduates occupy positions in a variety of industries in the UK and worldwide, including core network provision, logistics, software support, and data communication equipment/services. The School has strong links with a number of leading telecommunications companies. Moreover, this course is the perfect platform for progression to a research degree.

Please note that the information on these webpages is applicable for 2019 entry. We are currently reviewing this course for 2020 entry. Please check this webpage again in Spring 2019 for the latest information regarding 2020 entry.

The MSc degree (totalling 180 credits) comprises:

  1. Eight taught modules (15 credits each): Five core modules and three optional modules (see below)
  2. A research project worth 60 credits (see below)

Core modules

    • Advanced Wireless Systems and Networks (ES96T)
    • Information Theory and Coding (ES4E7)
    • Antenna, Propagation and Wireless Communications Theory (ES4D2)
    • Optical Communication Systems (ES4C4)
    • Signal & Image Processing (ES4C8)

    Optional modules (choose 3)*

      • ASICs, MEMS and Smart Devices (ES434)
      • Optical Engineering (ES4C5)
      • Data Mining (from Computer Science CS909)
      • Foundations of Data Analytics (from Computer Science) (CS910)
      • Image and Video Analysis (CS413)

      *Optional module lists are subject to change each year to keep the student learning experience current and up to date. We are currently reviewing the optional module list for Communications and Information Engineering and recommend that you check this webpage again in future for the most up-to-date information.

      Individual research project (ES97N)

      The individual research project is an in-depth experimental, theoretical or computational investigation of a topic chosen by you in conjunction with your academic supervisor. Typical project titles include:

        • Network coding for underwater communications
        • Nanoscale communication networks
        • Forward Error Correction for Spectrally Sliced Transmission
        • Routing Algorithm Design for Mobile Ad Hoc Networks
        • Logical Stochastic Resonance
        • Design of Radio Devices using Metamaterials
        • Nonlinear Effects in Optical Fibre Transmission


                          In order to come to Warwick you need to hold an unconditional offer. All applicants must satisfy the general postgraduate admissions requirements and also those of the course which they wish to pursue.

                          • A second class UK honours degree or equivalent in a relevant branch of engineering or science degree.
                            • You can see how your current degree score or GPA equates to the British system on the International Office's equivalent scores table.
                          • Two academic references. You should nominate referees who can provide an informed view of your academic ability and suitability for your chosen programme of study.
                          • Maths statement: A brief statement written by you that confirms that you understand the level of mathematics required for this course. We ask that you look at the problems shown on the link for the prescribed mathematical concepts and see if you can do them. All applicants will be expected to know the prescribed mathematical concepts and the onus is on the individual to ensure that they understand the required material. In order to cope easily with the course we are looking for competence in the majority of mathematics that is taught in the first and second year of an undergraduate Engineering or Physics course.
                          • English Language Qualification: If your first language is not English you will be expected to obtain one of the following recognised English Language qualifications:
                            • IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.5 with no component less than 6.0
                            • TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 92 with minimum components; Reading 22, Listening 21, Speaking 23, Writing 21
                            • Other tests are accepted, click here for details of Band A scores.


                          We ask you to use our online application form because it is the quickest and most efficient method for applying for admission to postgraduate courses.

                          There is a non-refundable online application fee for taught postgraduate courses of £55 for online applications. Unpaid applications remain within the system for 20 days from completing the application form online before being withdrawn automatically. For payment details please contact Postgraduate Admissions

                          Application Form Course Details:
                          Department: School of Engineering
                          Course Type: Taught
                          Degree: Communications and Information Engineering


                          Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.

                          There are two main costs for students undertaking postgraduate study - academic fees and living expenses.

                          Tuition fees

                          Tuition fees are payable for each year of your course at the start of the academic year, or at the start of your course, if later. For details of the fees and how to pay, please review the Warwick Student Finance pages - Engineering are 'Standard Course Fees Band 2.

                          Living expenses

                          As well as tuition fees, students should budget for accommodation, food, books and other general expenditure such as clothes or leisure. Living costs will depend upon your lifestyle and spending patterns.

                          International students must be able to prove they have the necessary funds to cover these expenses. For more information on all costs see living expenses.


                          The School of Engineering offer scholarships throughout the year, check the page regularly for the latest funding opportunities.

                          Postal address:

                          Postgraduate Office
                          School of Engineering
                          Library Road
                          University of Warwick
                          CV4 7AL

                          I took the CIE MSc as a sabbatical year from a long career in software engineering, with the intent to move into a comms engineering role. The course has met all my expectations, with good grounding in the fundamental technologies, e.g. antennas and wave propagation, advanced wireless networks, optical comms, and I also took the opportunity to take optional courses in data mining and data analytics. Most of the modules have small class sizes, and the lecturers have been very proactive in offering help on difficult topics and happy to engage with students.

                          Vince, MSc in Communication and Engineering student 2017/18

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                          Essential Information

                          Degree title:

                          Degree of Master of Science in Communications and Information Engineering (MSc)


                          1 year full time
                          A 12 month registration taking into account 30 weeks of teaching during the academic year and project work throughout.

                          Application deadline
                          31st July 2019

                          Course Start Date
                          30th September 2019

                          Location of study
                          School of Engineering, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL, United Kingdom

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                          This information is applicable for 2019 entry. We are currently reviewing this course for 2020 entry. Please check this webpage again in Spring 2019 for the latest information regarding 2020 entry.