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Communication Technology and Entrepreneurship (MSc)

1 year (full-time) / n/a (part-time) / n/a (distance / e-Learning)

Course Aims

The aim of this course is to provide, at an advanced level, knowledge and skills in wireless and microwave communication engineering. This programme is designed to meet the urgent need for specialists trained in this field – specialists who will be responsible for facing the challenges posed by ever-developing new technology. In addition, it will allow students the opportunity to gain valuable skills in entrepreneurship and starting a business.

Special Features

Course Description

The course will allow people to develop expertise in new and evolving areas, such as advanced microwave computer aided design and communication systems engineering. The course will cover laboratory time and advanced engineering management alongside modules in HF and RF engineering, advanced microwave CAD, fabrication and testing, advanced communication systems, advanced communication networks and non-linear RF designs and concepts. This will complement the acquisition of skills in business and entrepreneurship.

The structure of the course is twelve modules taught over seven months, followed by a five month industrially related project within the field.

Applicants to the MSc programme will have the opportunity to make an additional application to the Alacrity Foundation. If successful, the five month industrial project will be based within the Foundation at Newport and attract a tax free stipend of £13,800 from month nine of their MSc programme. Participants will then be required to commit to the Alacrity programme for an additional fifteen months.

Applicants who do not join Alacrity will be offered projects supported by Cardiff Business School.

Alacrity provides successful candidates the opportunity to join the Foundation’s ‘boot camp’. The Alacrity ‘boot camp’ is a proven methodology for commercialising technology and for creating successful companies. Alacrity projects are at the leading edge of technology and offer opportunities for new standards to be created, new methods and processes to be developed and the potential for the patenting of products. Students will have a unique opportunity to work on innovative projects using the latest software development tools and methodologies requiring creative problem solving. Graduates have the opportunity to transform innovative project ideas (sourced from global industry partners) into market-leading products and to be founders of a start-up company. Graduates will have the opportunity to work in areas such as:

Subject matter of the projects will be focused primarily on software, targeting technology areas including telecommunications, cloud services and mobile applications -areas for which the Foundation’s industry partners have the most influence in global markets. The relationship with industrial partners is what makes Alacrity’s internship unique and exceptional as projects that are customer driven with a high probability of success will trigger the incorporation of a start-up company. Successful graduates will have an equity stake in the company and most importantly will have access to venture capital funding.

The project work is varied and intellectually challenging and it may require you to learn new languages and techniques. The added bonus is that your application will likely be used by many thousands of people. You will have the opportunity to see how the software and products that you create will impact across a vast range of market sectors.

Participants who are successful with their MSc will gain real world technology product development experience, learn best practices and build an exceptional network from seasoned and successful entrepreneurs. Skills and knowledge are gained in a variety of business and technology disciplines that equip the participants to manage the operations of a new technology company upon project completion. Alacrity applicants will require at least twenty four months visa entitlement from the start of the MSc.

The MSc in Communication Technology and Entrepreneurship is supported by academic staff from the School of Engineering and the Cardiff Business School.

Assessment: Examinations, coursework and an individual project.

Modules Available

Autumn Semester
Spring Semester

Choose two from:  

Dissertation to be pursued after successful completion of all other modules  

Entry Requirements

An upper 2nd class honours degree in Electrical or Electronic Engineering or a similar field from a good UK university or an equivalent international degree qualification. If you have a good 2:2 or equivalent, or relevant industrial experience, we'll give your application individual consideration.

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to pass IELTS exams. The minimum requirement is an IELTS score of 6.5. Please see our English language requirements for more information.

Tuition Fees 2016/17

Fees quoted are for the academic session 2016/17. For programmes lasting more than one year, tuition fees for subsequent years of study are subject to an increase of no more than 4.5% per year.

  UK & EU International
Full-time £11,270 £19,000
Part-time n/a n/a
Deposit n/a Includes a £1,000 deposit. More information about our deposit policy.

Next intake: September each year

School Contact

Name: Postgraduate Admissions Office, School of Engineering  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 0050 



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