Accelerating spectrum innovations through research and experimentation

The National Spectrum Centre (NSC) is a pioneering partnership between Aberystwyth University, Welsh Government and stakeholders involved in radio spectrum technologies.

With a main base on the University’s Gogerddan campus, this innovation and research facility harnesses the potential of wireless technologies in the UK and provides research expertise, infrastructure and training for the next generation of radio systems engineers.

The project will also lead to the creation of high-value jobs in Mid Wales and the development of the region as a world-leading centre of spectrum-based technologies, research and testing.

The NSC is being developed to help address the rapidly growing demand for new applications and technologies which use radio spectrum, including areas such as intelligent farming; the Internet of Things; autonomous land, sea and air vehicles; remote health monitoring and beyond 5G.


The NSC will be based on a hub-and-spoke model, with a central observatory on the University’s Gogerddan campus near Aberystwyth as well as a variety of outdoor radio range environments for testing and experimentation.



Aberystwyth University’s Department of Physics offers an MSc degree in Radio Spectrum Engineering, which covers underlying theory and applications of the radio spectrum, and involves core theory for the field, research-led themes, practical applications, and engineering skills modules.