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Study a graduate program in telecommunications

What will I study in a graduate telecommunications program?

Are you interested in how people communicate with each other? Want to be involved in the next generation of internet security systems? The telecommunications industry is developing rapidly and has been for the last few years. After completing a graduate telecommunications program, you could become part of it.

Graduate telecommunications programs will allow you to be at the forefront of developments in the industry, such as security, web services, communications, mobile and wireless technologies, networks and protocols, as well as coding. You will also investigate recent developments in these areas, whilst looking ahead to the future of the telecommunications industry.

As a postgraduate, the scientific and/ or engineering skills that you have will be invaluable to you as you undertake your telecommunications graduate program.

Length of program

The length of a telecommunications graduate program depends on where you study. Masters programs last the following duration in each country:

  • UK – One year full time/two year part time
  • US – 1-2 years
  • China – 2-3 years
  • Canada – 1-2 years

Entry requirements

An undergraduate degree related to science or engineering will usually be required in order for you to get a place on a graduate telecommunications program. This should be a 2:1 or above, or the international equivalent.

If you are not a native of the country in which you are planning to undertake your graduate telecommunications program it is likely that you will be required to take a language test in order to9 prove your proficiency.

Career development

Taking a graduate program in telecommunications will prepare you for a career as a leader in this fast paced industry.

There are various parts of the industry that you could go into, depending on which telecommunications graduate program you have chosen. If you have taken a telecommunications management course, for example, you could find yourself managing a team or working as a project manager or team leader on a large scale. Other jobs include telecommunications engineer or telecommunications consultant. The business and technological skills you will have gained will set you up for a variety of roles within this sector.

Alternatively, you could decide to further your academic career with further study or with research.

Fees and funding

How much you pay in tuition for your graduate telecommunications program depends on the country that you choose to study in. As a rough guide, expect to pay the following in these countries per year:

  • UK - £7,500 - £12,000
  • USA - $5,000 - $30,000
  • Canada - $11,400-$37,100
  • China – RMB 20,000-30,000

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