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:
- Eight taught modules (15 credits each): Six core modules and two optional modules (see below)
- A research project worth 60 credits (see below)
- Advanced Wireless Systems and Networks (ES96TLink opens in a new window)
- Information Theory and Coding (ES4E7Link opens in a new window)
- Radiowave Propagation and Wireless Communications Theory (ES4F1Link opens in a new window)
- Optical Communication Systems (ES4C4Link opens in a new window)
- Communication and Information Engineering Design Project (ES9ZCLink opens in a new window)
- Research Methods and Professional Skills (ES9ZNLink opens in a new window)
Optional modules (choose 2)*
- Signal Processing (ES3C5Link opens in a new window) +
- Microwave Engineering and RF Circuits (ES3E6Link opens in a new window) ++
- ASICs, MEMS and Smart Devices (ES434Link opens in a new window)
- Data Mining (from Computer Science) (CS429Link opens in a new window)
- Foundations of Data Analytics (from Computer Science) (CS430Link opens in a new window)
- Image and Video Analysis (From Computer Science) (CS413Link opens in a new window)
+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 (ES97NLink opens in a new window)
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
- Design of Radio Devices using Metamaterials
Please note that the detailed module information available via the hyperlink is applicable for the current academic year (2022-23).
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.
Please follow the hyperlinks below to find out more about relevant academics and their research interests:
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 minimum 2:i undergraduate UK Honours degree or equivalent international qualification, in an engineering, physical sciences or mathematical subject
- You can see how your current degree score or GPA equates to the British system on the International Office's equivalent scores tableLink opens in a new window.
- We are willing to consider applications from students with lower qualifications on a case-by-case basis, particularly when the applicant can evidence relevant employment, practical experience or strong performance in undergraduate modules related to their proposed postgraduate course of study
- To ensure you have the essential foundations for the course, and depending on your overall academic profile, we may require you to take a mathematical skills test
- 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.
- 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 hereLink opens in a new window for details of Band A scores.
How to apply
Applications for 2023 entry will open in October 2022. More information about the application process is available on the University websiteLink opens in a new window.
Type of course: Postgraduate Taught
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 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.
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.
- Find out more at our Virtual Open Day
- Contact the Course Coordinator Dr Chen and School of Engineering Team.
- Application Enquiries contact the Postgraduate Admissions Team.
- Find out more about Postgraduate Engineering at Warwick.
- Telephone: +44 (0) 24 7652 2046 or +44 (0) 24 7652 4826
School of Engineering
University of Warwick
Communications and Information Engineering is an exciting degree course that provides training in both recent advances and classical theories of communications and information technologies.
You will have a chance to do individual and group projects with our high reputed staff in the frontiers of communications and information engineering, such as 5G/6G, broadband networks, UAV communications, Internet of Things, and cyber security, to prepare yourself for a career in the telecommunications industry and beyond."
Dr Yunfei Chen, Course Coordinator
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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.
31 July 2023
Course Start Date
2 October 2023
Location of study
School of Engineering, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL, United Kingdom
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
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.