Communications and Signal Processing students
  • Postgraduate taught
  • MSc

Communications and Signal Processing

Develop an in-depth knowledge of modern information engineering problems and their solutions.

Develop an in-depth knowledge of modern information engineering problems and their solutions

Get industry recognition by achieving an accredited degree, awarded by the Institution of Engineering and Technology

Apply computational principles to solve communication and signal processing problems

Course key facts

Minimum entry standard

  • First class Honours (minimum of 75% overall) in electrical/electronic engineering or a related subject with a substantial electrical/electronic engineering component

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Course overview

Explore the theoretical and practical solutions that can help overcome problems at the forefront of communications and signal processing on this course. 

You'll examine mobile communications in a world moving towards 5G, key aspects of wireless communication, and gain insights into the challenges of modern day signalling and processing. 

Learning is delivered through a blend of lectures, tutorials and practical laboratories, which will provide you with an in-depth knowledge in-depth knowledge and critical awareness of a subject area that forms the basis of modern information engineering.

You'll also complete a substantial individual research project in an area of your interest.

The knowledge and skills you’ll gain on this course, will give you the opportunity to enter a wide range of industries including communication, signal and image processing, machine learning and finance or go into further research.


This page is updated regularly to reflect the latest version of the curriculum. However, this information is subject to change.

Find out more about potential course changes.

Please note: it may not always be possible to take specific combinations of modules due to timetabling conflicts. For confirmation, please check with the relevant department.

You'll take all of the following core modules.

Core modules

You’ll choose four optional modules.

Optional modules

You'll also carry out an individual research project in an area of your interest.

The project is assessed by a written report and poster presentation.

You’ll have an academic mentor to support you throughout the project.

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council.

It meets the full academic requirements for registration as an Incorporated Engineer and partially meets the academic requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.

Our accreditation agreement with the Institution of Engineering and Technology is renewed every 5 years, and the current agreement runs between 2019 and 2023.

Teaching and assessment

Balance of teaching and learning


  • Lectures and classes
  • Laboratory work
  • Research project

  • 40% Lectures and classes
  • 20% Laboratory work
  • 40% Research project

Teaching and learning methods

  • Person at lectern giving speech
  • Seminars
  • Blackboard virtual learning environment
    Virtual learning environment
  • Problem-solving classes
  • Software laboratory
  • Individual and group projects
  • A person studying independently
    Independent study

Balance of assessment


  • Coursework
  • Examinations
  • Practical

  • 50% Coursework
  • 40% Examinations
  • 10% Practical

Assessment methods

  • Person completing coursework
  • A person completing a written exam
    Written exams
  • Oral presentations
  • Person making a presentation
    Poster presentations
  • Papers from a written report
  • Individual research project

Entry requirements

We consider all applicants on an individual basis, welcoming students from all over the world.

How to apply

Apply online

You can submit one application form per year of entry. You can choose up to two courses.

Application deadlines – Round 3 closes on Friday 24 May 2024

Tuition fees

Home fee

2024 entry


Overseas fee

2024 entry


How will studying at Imperial help my career?

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Electrical and electronic engineering graduates at Imperial are highly sought after in a wide range of sectors.


These include electrical engineering, computer engineering and computer science.

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Other potential career paths include consultancy, finance, or management.

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Our graduates often pursue further study in master's programs or doctoral research.

Terms and conditions

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You can find further information about your course, including degree classifications, regulations, progression and awards in the programme specification for your course.

Programme specifications