M.Sc. On Campus

Communications and Signal Processing

University of Leeds

12 months
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This Communications and Signal Processing programme from University of Leeds will give you a thorough introduction to all the different aspects of DSP as it relates to the communications landscape, as well as specialist knowledge from your choice of optional modules. 


Digital signal processing (DSP) is at the core of the communications revolution. Research is constantly being carried out to develop new DSP algorithms, allowing mobile broadband services, ‘Internet of Things’ applications and other technologies to be delivered to a growing number of users. Statistical signal processing is also fundamental to all aspects of the parallel robotics revolution, including sensing, localisation and the now ubiquitous discipline of machine learning.

Our embedded systems/ FPGA lab will give you hands-on experience using the DSP technology that can be found in cars, robots, cellular phones, GPS and other technologies, and you’ll learn from expert researchers at the forefront of their fields.

You’ll also benefit from specialist industrial lectures, allowing you to relate the theoretical and design aspects of communications and signal processing to practical problems and real-world constraints.

Career opportunities

On completing this Communications and Signal Processing programme from University of Leeds, you will have obtained the skills that will lead to employment in any area of the communications/signal processing industry including optical networking, DSP design and implementation, cellular mobile, RF planning, broadband systems and general communications research and development.

Graduates have gone on to work for organisations such as the National Grid, Ericsson Telecommunications, ARM, Imagination Technologies, Cisco Systems, AECOM, Deep Sea Electronics, Huawei, Intel Corp., the Technology and Strategy Board and many more.

This masters degree course is also an excellent base from which to pursue a PhD and possibly an academic career.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Modern Industry Practice
  • Wireless Communications Systems Design
  • Digital Signal Processing for Communications
  • Optical Communications Networks
  • Data Communications and Network Security
  • FPGA Design for System-on-Chip
  • Embedded Microprocessor System Design

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in electronic/electrical engineering, computing, mathematics or physics. Applicants must have strong marks in relevant modules incuding communications and digital signal processing.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Leeds

637 - 1103 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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