Aston University: Smart Telecom and Sensing Networks (SMARTNET)

InstitutionAston University View institution profile
Department School of Engineering and Applied Science
Telephone 0121 204 4810
Study type Taught


Telecommunications plays a critical role in our increasingly technological age. The successful development of 5G networks around the world will enable economic development and drive economies.

SMARTNET provides unique training in the fields of optical and 5G wireless networking, photonic devices, digital signal processing and big data, and offers you exceptional prospects for career development.

During this one year course, you’ll benefit from the extensive involvement of a wide range of industrial partners who will provide input during the course, supporting you as you work on your masters project.

We also run a two year ERASMUS-funded joint Masters course in partnership with two universities in Europe. This course includes spending time at different locations to maximise the expertise across the three universities.

What you’ll learn

You’ll study a range of subjects highly relevant to both industry and society. These will include optical and wireless networks, sensing networks, 5G technologies, photonics networks, digital signal processing and big data methods. As well as being of fundamental academic importance, these are critical subjects for the global future of information and communication technologies. 

There are six pathways on our SMARTNET course:

  • 5G broadband infrastructures

  • Advanced 5G network architectures

  • Energy efficient smart networks

  • High capacity 5G network systems

  • Connectivity technologies for smart network systems

  • Big data analytics and 5G.

Our course will also provide you with the skills to develop innovative solutions to difficult problems as well as the opportunity to put your learning into practice as you work on real-world challenges.


Aston University

Aston University is a stimulating and enjoyable place to study. We pride ourselves on providing a modern, supportive and multicultural environment and are committed to giving you the opportunity to achieve your full potential. You will learn in a friendly and diverse community in the centre of Birmingham, a vibrant and multicultural city in the heart of the UK.

You will be taught by both academic experts and practitioners who bring a wealth of real world experience into the classroom. There is an emphasis on learning by doing, to ensure that you gain practical experience by applying …

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