This module can be taken as an Short Course for Credit or a Standalone Short Course.

For more information please go to the 'Upgrade to a professional qualification' section.

Communication Systems aims to provide an understanding of modern military and commercial communications systems, the threats that they face and the measures that may be taken to protect them.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • DurationFive days
  • LocationCranfield University at Shrivenham
  • Cost

    £2,070 - Short Course for Credit fee

    £1,750 - Standalone Short Course fee

    Concessions available

What you will learn

On successful completion of the module you will be able to:

  • assess and evaluate the modern communications systems studied in terms of their performance in a hostile environment,
  • identify the main electronic surveillance and attack threats to a communications system and propose defensive measures to these threats,
  • explain the main analysis methods employed in communications EW in the time, spectral and spatial domains,
  • model and analyse the performance of modern communication systems,
  • relate the performance of a modern military communication system to its design characteristics,
  • analyse and evaluate the impact of electronic attack on a communications network using a power budget and quantify the effect of electronic defence measures.

Core content

 Course topics:

  • multiplexing and multiple access,
  • fibre-optic communications,
  • error correction codes,
  • wideband multicarrier techniques,
  • cryptography,
  • GSM 1st and 2nd generation cellular radio systems,
  • GPRS and EDGE,
  • enhancements to GSM and the evolution towards 3G,
  • military communication systems,
  • introduction to communications electronic warfare,
  • electronic attack, surveillance and defence,
  • communications EW receivers,
  • FFT-based channelised receiver architecture,
  • direction-finding,
  • commercial and military EW systems: visiting lecturers from Rohde and Schwartz,
  • military tactical data links,
  • adaptive signal processing,
  • spectral estimation.

Upgrade to a professional qualification

When taken as a Short Course for Credit, 10 credit points can be put towards either the Military Electronic Systems Engineering MSc, Military Electronic Systems Engineering Foundations PgCert, or   Communication Electronic Warfare PgCert.

Find out more about short course credit points.

Who should attend

This course is suitable for those who need an understanding of modern military and commercial communications systems, the threats that they face and with the measures that may be taken to protect them.

Students must have completed Communication PrinciplesElectromagnetic Propagation and Devices and Signal Processing, Statistics and Analysis in order to take this as a Short Course for Credit. There are no prerequisites if taken as a Standalone Short Course.



A limited number of MOD sponsored places are available.

Location and travel

Cranfield Defence and Security (CDS) is a Cranfield School based at the Ministry of Defence establishment on the Oxfordshire/Wiltshire borders.

Shrivenham itself lies in the picturesque Vale of the White Horse, close to the M4 motorway which links London and South Wales. It is 7 miles from Swindon, the nearest town, which lies off the M4 at the hub of Britain’s motorway network.

Bath, Cheltenham, Bristol and Oxford are all within an hour’s drive and London less than two hours away by car.

All visitors must be pre-booked in at reception by the person they are visiting on the campus.

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How to apply

To apply for this course please use the online application form.

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