We are living in an increasingly networked society. The number of mobile phone users is rising by 50 million per month, while video streaming and social networking are pushing data volume demands. New applications for the internet-of-things are set to revolutionise the coming decades by creating a new paradigm in which not only humans but also machines communicate with each other. The exponential growth in the use of communication devices requires skilled engineers to drive technological development and inspire new inventions.
The Communication Systems master’s programme has a solid theoretical base in communication systems engineering. Topics covered include communication theory, coding, modulation, signal processing, and the design and optimisation of communication systems and networks. This programme is highly competitive. Applicants must have advanced skills in mathematics and a strong sense of dedication.
Mandatory and elective courses
The first year comprises mandatory courses in communication systems engineering, such as digital communication, wireless communication, information networks, and data compression. The third semester offers elective courses in electrical and computer engineering, mathematics and physics. It also includes a compulsory project, during which students learn project management, apply their knowledge to build a communication system, and work in teams with other students. The final semester is devoted to your thesis, which may be carried out in collaboration with a tech company, such as Ericsson or Saab, or as an internal project at the university.
Award-winning 5G research
Most courses have traditional lectures and tutorials, and all courses include practical laboratory work. Linköping University is at the forefront of research into 5G, the next-generation of cellular network technology, and you will learn the core concepts in this programme. We are a partner in the EU-sponsored 5GWireless project and a member of the Swedish government’s strategic initiatives ELLIIT and Security-Link. Our seminal, award-winning research on the Massive MIMO multi-antenna technology is conducted in collaboration with Ericsson Research, Nokia Bell Labs, and other prominent partners. You will thus get the opportunity to learn 5G-related topics from renowned experts.
Top-ranked in Telecommunication Engineering
According to ShanghaiRanking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2018, Linköping University ranks 23rd in Telecommunication Engineering.
- Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering or equivalent. The Bachelor’s degree (equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen) shall be from an internationally recognised university.
- 30 ECTS credits in mathematics/applied mathematics, including courses in linear algebra, probability theory and signals and systems.
- A course in basic programming.
- English corresponding to the level of English in Swedish upper secondary education (English 6/B). This is normally attested by means of an internationally recognised test.
Selection for the January application round is based on merit rating (grade tariff) at three levels. If necessary, applicants within the same merit group will be selected by lot.
- Group 1: High
- Group 2: Good
- Group 3: Low
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