Master of Telecommunication and Network Engineering

Choose Telecommunication and Network Engineering at La Trobe

  • Use industry-recognised design suites.
  • Learn software tools and programming languages such as Matlab, Embedded C, and industry-recognised integrated development environments (IDEs).
  • Work with a range of laboratory equipment, such as power supplies, signal generators, PCs, development boards, digital storage oscilloscopes and spectrum analysers.
  • Get experience with real-world digital systems through a range of hands-on projects including advanced LabView programming and simulated network design scenarios using Opnet design software.
  • Understand what is required to start up and operate a business.

Career outcomes

Telecommunications is a global industry and the Master of Telecommunication and Network Engineering will prepare you for diverse opportunities in Australia and overseas.

When you combine studies in network engineering you'll be able to work in the design and development of new systems including computer networks, signal processing, wireless systems, and hardware and software development.

This course equips you for careers in:

  • research and development
  • telecommunication design
  • broadband digital communication
  • defence organisations
  • mobile communications
  • advanced network engineering.

Our graduates have found employment as business analysts, network engineers, development engineers, programs analysts and technical project leads.

What you'll learn

You'll learn how to:

  • analyse and solve problems in real-world digital systems.
  • use industry-recognised software suites to analyse and design communication and electronic systems.
  • apply the necessary analytical tools (Fourier analysis, linear systems concepts) in the study of modern communication systems.
  • develop circuit design skills using Altium.
  • use routing algorithms and important protocols.
  • identify techniques for analysing security and privacy issues by using key network security tools and applications.
  • use a cellular planning software tool to plan, design and operate cellular mobile networks.

Course structure

Year 1Semester 1 Semester 2
 Academic Integrity Module (online)Engineering Project B
 Advanced Signal ProcessingCommunication Networks
 Engineering Practice Telecommunication Design Exercise
 Telecommunications Engineering 
 Communication Systems or Applied Management for Engineers 
Year 2Semester 1Semester 2
 Pervasive Network DesignMobile and Pervasive Computing
 Intermediate Network EngineeringAdvanced Network Engineering
 Network Design exercise or Electronic Design Exercise or Electronic Engineering Major Project ANetworks, Systems and Web Security
  Personal Mobile Communications

For full details, see the handbook. Once you've chosen your subjects, you can see your provisional timetable.

For information regarding course accreditation, registration or memberships, please refer to the course details.

Staff profile

Dr David B Tay

Dr Tay, who lectures in electronic engineering, received his doctorate at Cambridge University after gaining degrees in engineering and mathematics in Australia. He taught at Singapore's Nanyang Technological University before joining La Trobe's Department of Electronic Engineering in 1999.

Dr Tay is a member of DSP Technical Committee in the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society and is the associate editor for the International Journal Multidimensional Systems and Signal Processing. His research is focused on wavelets and filter banks, although he is also interested in biomedical engineering and machine learning. His recent articles on wavelets have been published in the journal Signal Processing.

See Dr Tay's full staff profile.

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