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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

Our MSc Communications & Information Engineering will provide students with comprehensive training in the essential elements of modern communication and information engineering.

The degree allows students to gain an understanding of the information-theoretic underpinnings alongside the physical-layer aspects of optical and radio transmission. You’ll cover developments in radio network architectures and deployment and have the opportunities to study digital multimedia storage and communication technologies, data analytics and data mining in terms of algorithms and goals in real-world problems. 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’).

After graduation you’ll be well equipped for employment opportunities in modern information and communication engineering, which is currently undergoing a revolution. Recent graduates from the course occupy positions in a variety of industries in the UK and worldwide, including core network provision, logistics, software support and data communication equipment/services, as well as banking, oil and gas, and fashion. The course is also the perfect platform for progression to a research degree.

The MSc degree (totalling 180 credits) comprises:

  1. Eight taught modules (15 credits each): Six core modules and two 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)
  • Radiowave Propagation and Wireless Communications Theory (ES4F1)
  • Optical Communication Systems (ES4C4)
  • Communication and Information Engineering Design Project (ES9ZC)
  • Research Methods and Professional Skills (ES9ZN)

Optional modules (choose 2)*

  • Signal Processing (ES3C5) +
  • Microwave Engineering and RF Circuits (ES3E6) ++
  • ASICs, MEMS and Smart Devices (ES434)
  • Data Mining (from Computer Science) (CS429)
  • Foundations of Data Analytics (from Computer Science) (CS430)
  • Image and Video Analysis (From Computer Science) (CS413)

    +Must not be taken by students that took ES3C5 previously
    ++Must not be taken by students that took ES3E6 previously

*Optional module lists are subject to change each year to keep the student learning experience current and up to date. We 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. Recent 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

This information is applicable for 2021 entry. Please note that the detailed module information available via hyperlink is applicable for the current academic year (2020-21).

Given the interval between the publication of courses and enrolment, some of the information may change. It is important to check our central website before you apply. Please read our terms and conditions to find out more.

Research activity

Please follow the hyperlinks below to find out more about relevant academics and their research interests:

Dr Mark Leeson

Dr Yunfei Chen

Dr Tianhua Xu

Dr Subhash Lakshminarayana


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 requirement: All applicants will be expected to know the prescribed mathematical concepts shown here. 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. We reserve the right to request that you undertake a short online test assessment.

  • 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.

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Apply for 2021 entry

There is a non-refundable online application fee for taught postgraduate courses of £60 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
Type of course: Postgraduate Taught
Degree: Communications and Information Engineering (MSc) (P-H641)


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

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 2021

Course Start Date
4th October 2021

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

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The University of Warwick provides an inclusive working and learning environment, recognising and respecting every individual’s differences. We welcome applications from individuals who identify with any of the protected characteristics defined by the Equality Act 2010.