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COURSE TITLE Master of Science in Communications and Computer Engineering








Second Cycle

Level 7

5 Semesters

Part-time (by Research)


This programme of study is also offered on a full-time basis. Please consult the Registrar’s website for more information pertaining to courses offered by the University.

The intention of this course is to instill scientific rigour in the endeavour to propose improvement in the area of specialisation. This course will acquaint the student with skills pertaining to dissertation preparation and presentation methodology. In particular, the students will acquire skills in the research, augmentation, evaluation, presentation, defence and scientific procedure of the selected field. The presentation shall consist of the student's appraisal of a subject area relate to that of the dissertation.

The Course shall be offered in areas of study in ICT where the Faculty can offer expert guidance and supervision. Students will be required to write a dissertation in one of the areas listed to which 84 ECTS credits are assigned and shall consist of approximately 45,000 words, as directed by the Board on registration.

Research Areas:

Computer Networks and Telecommunications
• Adaptive and Intelligent Techniques in Wireless Systems
• Cognitive Radio Systems
• Automation in Network Management
• Wireless Sensor Networks and Telematics
• Error Control Coding and its applications
• Multimedia Communications
• Resilient Multimedia Transmission
• Telecommunications and Network Modeling

Computer Modeling and Simulation
• Intelligent Computer Aided Design
• Generative Shape Grammars
• Transport Telematics

Signal processing and Pattern Recognition
• Video Surveillance Systems
• Automation of Assessment in eTutor Systems
• Multimedia Indexing
• 3D video coding
• Music signal processing
• Speech technology related to the Maltese language
• Speech Synthesis for on-line applications
• Distributed speech recognition
• Use of the MPEG 7 standard for Audio annotation

Computer Systems Engineering
• Digital Games Platforms and Devices
• Real Time Operating Systems for Microcontrollers

Applicants interested in pursuing an M.Sc. by Research with the Department of Communications and Computer Engineering are to consult with staff members of the department before submitting their application and research proposal. Applications received without such a proposal will not be accepted. If required, this process may be coordinated by contacting the Head of Department.
LEARNING OUTCOMES The student will be able to demonstrate acquired expertise, define hypothesis, define originality, expound ideas and defend them through evaluation and orally.
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AND ACCESS TO FURTHER STUDY On completion of the course, students will have the opportunity to either pursue a research career in academia, or within other Research and Development establishments, or be eligible to more lucrative career opportunities and career growth paths within the ICT industry.
COURSE INTENDED FOR This course is intended for students who have completed the Bachelor's degree within an ICT area and who now wish to pursue specialization within this or a related ICT area. This course in not intended for graduates from non ICT disciplines. This course shall be offered in areas of study in which the Faculty can offer expert guidance and supervision and subject to the availability of resources in the various departments within the Faculty.
The course shall be open to applicants in possession of one of the following qualifications:

(a) the degree of Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (Honours) – B.Sc. I.T. (Hons) - with at least Second Class Honours or

(b) the degree of Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) – B.Eng. (Hons) - with at least Second Class Honours in an ICT related area of study or

(c) any other honours degree with a strong ICT component which the Board deems comparable to the qualifications in (a) or (b).

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2015.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.



Last Updated: 22 November 2017
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Units not attracting a sufficient number of registrations may be withdrawn without notice.
Unless for exceptional approved reasons, no changes to the programme of study for a particular academic year will be made once the students' registration period for that academic year begins.

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