Postgraduate study
Based in Wroclaw in Poland and Nottingham, this course provides advanced training in telecommunications technology.
18 months full-time
Entry requirements
A 2:1 degree or equivalent in Electrical and/or Electronic Engineering, or other relevant degree
6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element)

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses may be available
Start date
UK/EU fees
£7,785 - Terms apply
International fees
£22,815 - Terms apply
The University of Nottingham, UK and Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland



The Msc Modern Telecommunications is a joint course between the Departments of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at The University of Nottingham, UK and Electronics at Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland.

Key facts

  • The course will provide the technical knowledge and skills to equip you for a leading career in communications, electronic or photonic engineering, and computer engineering.
  • The University of Nottingham has been recognised as delivering a Gold standard in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), which aims to recognise and reward excellent learning and teaching.

Full course details

Applicants must have a 2:1 degree or equivalent in Electrical or Electronic Engineering, or other relevant degree.

The course is divided into three semesters, starting in January in Wroclaw and transferring to Nottingham for the second semester in September. For the third semester you will transfer back to Wroclaw to undertake your research project.

Modules cover the application of photonic engineering, photonic communications and photonic instrumentation and are delivered by internationally leading researchers in these fields, providing real world problems and examples.

Academic English preparation and support

If you need additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you may be able to attend a presessional course at the Centre for English Language Education, which is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK.

Students who successfully complete the presessional course to the required level can progress to postgraduate study without retaking IELTS or equivalent.

A specialist engineering course is available and you could be eligible for a joint offer, which means you will only need to apply for your visa once.




180 credits (90ECTS) of taught courses are taken along with a 60 credit (30ECTS) research project module, see examples below:

Semester one modules - Wroclaw University  (total 60 credit/30ECT)

  • Optical Networks - 12 credits (6ECTS)
  • HF Techniques in Telecommunications - 10 credits (5ECTS)
  • Optimisation Methods - 6 credits (3ECTS)
  • Numerical Methods - 6 credits(3ECTS)
  • Mathematics - 10 credits (5ECTS)
  • Mathematical Statistics - 6 credits (3ECTS)
  • Foreign Language A2 - 4 credits (2ECTS)
  • Foreign Language B2+ - 2 credits (1ECTS)
  • Physics - 2 credits (1ECTS)
  • Public Relations - 2 credits (1ECTS)

Semester two - The University of Nottingham (total 60 credits/30ECT)

  • Instrumentation and Measurement with Project - 20 credits (10ECTS)
  • Photonic Communications Components - 10 credits (5ECTS)
  • Embedded Computing - 10 credits (5ECTS)
  • Optical Communications - 10 credits (5ECTS)
  • Power Electronics Integration - 10 credits (5ECTS)
  • HDL for Programmable Logic - 10 credits (5ECTS)

Semester three - Wroclaw University

  • Masters Thesis Preparation 10 credits (5ECTS)
  • Masters Thesis 50 credits (25ECTS)

The above is a sample of the typical modules that we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Due to the passage of time between commencement of the course and subsequent years of the course, modules may change due to developments in the curriculum and information is provided for indicative purposes only.



See information on how to fund your masters, including our step-by-step guide.

Please visit the faculty website for information on any scholarships currently available through the faculty.

Faculty of Engineering Postgraduate Scholarships

UK/EU Students

Funding information can be found on the Graduate School website.

Please visit the faculty website for information on any scholarships currently available through the faculty.

Government loans for masters courses

The Government offers postgraduate student loans for students studying a taught or research masters course. Applicants must ordinarily live in England or the EU. Student loans are also available for students from Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

International and EU students

Masters scholarships are available for international students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study. You must already have an offer to study at Nottingham to apply. Please note closing dates to ensure your course application is submitted in good time.

Information and advice on funding your degree, living costs and working while you study is available on our website, as well as country-specific resources.


Careers and professional development

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2014, 97% of postgraduates in the Engineering Faculty who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £28,738 with the highest being £40,000.*

*Known destinations of full-time home higher degree postgraduates 2014/15. Salaries are calculated based on those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Career destinations for our graduates in the department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering include IT business analysts, systems designers, programmers, software development professionals and production technicians, as well as electrical engineers and engineering professionals.

Career Prospects and Employability

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers* and can offer you a head-start when it comes to your career.  

Those who take up a postgraduate research opportunity with us will not only receive support in terms of close contact with supervisors and specific training related to your area of research, you will also benefit from dedicated careers advice from our Careers and Employability Service.  

Our Careers and Employability Service offers a range of services including advice sessions, employer events, recruitment fairs and skills workshops – and once you have graduated, you will have access to the service for life.

* The Graduate Market 2013-2017, High Fliers Research.

Boost your earning potential

Which university courses boost graduate wages the most? Studying with us could help you to earn more.

  • We are second highest in the UK for female engineering graduate earnings, five years after graduation
  • We are second highest in the Midlands for male engineering graduate earnings, five years after graduation

(Source: Institute for Fiscal Studies data:



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This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.

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