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Start: August 2022
Place of study: Linköping
Level: Second cycle
This program offers a broad curriculum on communication technology focusing on both the fundamental principles of systems engineering and the practical design of digital and wireless communication systems.
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 revolutionize 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 program has a solid theoretical base in communication systems engineering. Topics covered include communication theory, coding, modulation, signal processing, and the design and optimization of communication systems and networks. This program is highly competitive. Applicants must have advanced skills in mathematics and a strong sense of dedication.
Wireless communication, information networks, data compression
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 program. 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.
The Communication Systems master's program offers a broad curriculum in communications systems focusing on the fundamental principles of systems engineering and the design of digital and wireless communications systems. This master's program is highly competitive and requires a high amount of effort and dedication from the students.
The Communication Systems master's program prepares the students for a continued career as engineers working in the telecommunications industry or as Ph.D. students. Students will have access to world-class research infrastructure at Linköping University. Current projects focus on the design and optimization of wireless communications networks and signal to process for communications.
Specifically, the program offers a range of courses with a solid theoretical nucleus in communication systems engineering. Topics covered include communication theory, coding, modulation, signal processing, and design and optimization of communication systems and networks. The program is given in close association with the industry and students will have access both to an extensive network of industry contacts and opportunities to complete their master's thesis work.
Graduates from the Master's program in Communication Systems should in
Knowledge and reasoning in mathematics, natural sciences, and engineering
have a solid knowledge of signal theory, telecommunication theory, and modern wireless communication systems.
have specialized knowledge in modern radio communications and baseband signal processing techniques
be able to carry out modeling, simulation, and design of modern communication links and networks.
Personal and professional skills and attributes:
be able to formulate a model for a relevant problem and critically evaluate its validity.
be creative, enterprising, and take responsibility for their own contribution to the solution of a problem.
Interpersonal skills: Teamwork and communication:
be capable of teamwork and active collaboration within a group by sharing tasks and responsibilities
be able to initialize, plan, carry out and evaluate scientific and engineering projects
be able to communicate and to give presentations in English, orally and in writing
Conceiving, designing, implementing, and operating systems in the enterprise and social context:
shape a deep insight into the broad field of science and engineering, from initial concepts to implementation aspects
Teaching and working methods
The program comprises four semesters and begins with two semesters of compulsory courses in communication systems engineering, for example, digital communications, wireless systems, information networks, and image and audio coding. From the third semester, the students can select a set of elective courses from the general area of electrical and computer engineering, mathematics, and physics. In addition, the third semester includes a compulsory project course that teaches the students project management skills and gives them the opportunity to apply their knowledge in practice in a team environment. The final (4th) semester is dedicated to the master thesis project. The thesis project can be carried out either in the university, at a company, or abroad (the academic requirements are the same).
Popular science description of the activities at Communication Systems
Today's society relies more and more on fast and secure communications infrastructure. This is a trend that will continue. Information technology, and especially perhaps mobile communications, has changed people's lives.
Resource Allocation and Energy Efficiency in Wireless Networks
The demand for wireless data traffic increases exponentially. To keep up with the growth, an ambitious but necessary goal for the next-generation wireless networks is to deliver 1000x higher data rates per km2 than today.
Energy-Efficient Digital Signal Processing
Energy efficiency in signal processing hardware is vital for several reasons, in particular, to reduce the environmental impact, to increase standby times, to make batteries smaller and lighter, and to simplify the cooling of circuits.
Physical layer security in massive MIMO
The inherent openness of the wireless channel makes wireless communication between two legitimate parties susceptible to attacks from a third party, the adversary. These attacks can be divided into two classes: eavesdropping and jamming.