StudyQA — Master: Advanced Wireless Communication Systems — University Paris South (Paris XI)

Advanced Wireless Communication Systems

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: French
Foreign:$ 526 / Year(s) Deadline: Jun 30, 2023
178 place StudyQA ranking:1726 Duration:

The Master SAR is the renewal of the Master "Wireless Communications" (in French: Master "Systèmes de Radiocommunications") at SUPELEC and of the Master "Networks and Telecommunications" (in French: Master "Réseaux et Télécommunications") of University Paris-Sud 11. The purpose of this new Master's program is to train future researchers through research in the broad field of wireless communications with emphasis on wireless channel modeling, information theory, communication theory, and resource management in wireless networking (wireless network information theory and applications). The syllabus, which is intentionally ambitious (about four hundred scheduled hours), aims to bring students to a very deep understanding of the material that is close to current research. A firm background in mathematics and statistics is thus required.

The program corresponds to the second year of a two-year European master degree curriculum. The academic year is divided in two semesters :

  • The first semester (referred to as S3) has two periods: first, a one-month intensive period of mathematical (refresher) courses, followed by a second four-month period dedicated to advanced courses (modules) in communication theory and network theory.

  • The second semester (referred to as S4) also has two periods: first, a two-month period of research-oriented lectures (research seminars) in parallel with the realization of an individual research project, followed by a four-month introductory research internship.

The series of mathematical (refresher) courses intend to provide students with a sound knowledge of mathematical concepts and theoretical tools. Advanced courses in semester S3 prepare the students to understand the research-oriented lectures in semester S4. These research-oriented lectures (also referred to as research seminars) address the most recent concepts and trends in wireless communications. They discuss important notions, advanced mathematical tools and sophisticated algorithmic methods. Each meeting may for example assume the form of a reading group, presenting and discussing a landmark paper (or group of key papers) centered on a particular topic. More generally, they bring some flexibility in the syllabus by enabling a prompt evolution of the proposed modules so as to cover emerging research topics or the organization of non-scheduled courses by visiting professors and invited speakers.

First semester (S3) Second semester (S4)
Mathematical (refresher) courses Research seminars
Advanced courses in communication theory Research project
Advanced courses in network theory Internship

In compliance with European standards, the two semesters are equal in terms of ECTS credits (30 ECTS credits for each) and the academic year represents 60 ECTS credits.

Contents of the academic year Volume ECTS
Mathematical (refresher) courses 48H 4
Advances courses in communication theory 132H 16
Advanced courses in network theory 78H 10
Research seminars 72H 5
Research project 96H 5
Internship --- 20

Students have to attend all the modules in semester S3 without customized path. Educational registration is thus automatic in those modules. During semester S4, students must attend at least ten seminars chosen from all of the proposed seminars. All choices or combinations are not allowed since some seminars call for others as prerequisites. The educational registration to research seminars is semi-annually. The research seminars are also open to the Ph.D. students of all the institutions in the PRES UniverSud Paris. If fewer than eight students (including Ph.D. students) register for a seminar, it will be cancelled and the students registered for the seminar can register for other seminars.

List of courses and seminars

Semester S3 - Mathematical (refresher) courses

Name of module Code Scheduled volume
Mathematical Basis for Communications SAR-B1 24H/1 EE/2 ECTS
Elements of Probability Theory SAR-B11 12H/
Estimation/Decision theory SAR-B12 12H/
Mathematical Basis for Networks SAR-B2 24H/1 EE/2 ECTS
Elements of Optimization Theory SAR-B21 12H/
Queuing Theory SAR-B22 12H/

Semester S3 - Advanced courses in communication theory

Name of module Code Scheduled volume
Elements of Information Theory SAR-C1 24H/1 EE/3 ECTS
Physical and Statistical Modeling of Wireless Channels SAR-C2 24H/1 EE/3 ECTS
Principles of Digital Communications SAR-C3 24H/1 EE/3 ECTS
MIMO Communications and Multiple Access SAR-C4 24H/1 EE/3 ECTS
Source and Channel Coding SAR-C5 36H/1 EE/4 ECTS
Fundamentals of Source Coding SAR-C51 6H/
Channel Coding SAR-C52 30H/

Semester S3 - Advanced courses in network theory

Name of module Code Scheduled volume
Network Architectures and Performance SAR-N1 30H/1 EE/4 ECTS
Cellular Communications SAR-N2 24H/1 EE/3 ECTS
Wireless Local Area and Ad Hoc Networks SAR-N3 24H/1 EE/3 ECTS

Semester S4 - Research seminars

Name of seminar Code Scheduled volume
Network Information Theory SAR-S1 12H/
Codes on Graphs and Iterative Decoding SAR-S2 12H/
Joint Source-Channel Coding SAR-S3 12H/
Random Matrix Theory SAR-S4 12H/
Multiuser MIMO Communications SAR-S5 12H/
Theoretical Foundations of Mobile Flexible Networks SAR-S6 12H/
Advanced Resource Allocation Strategies SAR-S7 12H/
Network Performance SAR-S8 12H/
Game Theory and Distributed Networks SAR-S9 12H/
Wireless Sensor Networks SAR-S10 12H/
Advanced Networking Aspects in Mobile Networks SAR-S11 12H/

To apply to the Master SAR, students must have successfully passed the first year of another Master program in applied mathematics, statistics, applied physics, electrical engineering or computer science at a French college or university or at a foreign university. More precisely, students must show proof of (at least) 240 ECTS credits. All ECTS credits obtained from past successfully completed courses will be taken into account within the framework of this specific educational program.

  • The application form duly completed and signed.
  • A photograph.
  • A curriculum vitae.
  • A covering letter specifying the reasons for which the Applicant wishes to enroll the Master SAR.
  • Three letters of recommendation from teachers or teachers-researchers willing to attest that the Applicant possesses the abilities and skills necessary to enroll the Master SAR program and in which said teachers or teachers-researchers justify his or her standpoint. The letters of recommendation should preferably be sent directly by the teachers or teachers-researchers to the Secretariat, by e-mail, fax or any other means. It is the Applicant's responsibility to make sure that the three letters of recommendation reach the Secretariat in time.
  • A detailed description of the last two years of studies including syllabus, length (in hours) mark obtained for each module and ranking. The Applicant may also describe any other higher education.
  • Two envelopes with sufficient postage or international reply coupons for students living abroad.


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