As a student in this program, you will attain a solid grasp of computer systems and networks, through an education both broad and deep. The program will endow you with a set of essential skills to prepare you to work in the fields of Information and Computing Technology.
You will gain hands-on experience with the latest technologies and research in algorithm design, programming languages, and computer systems engineering, as well as theoretical knowledge and engineering skills in cyber security, computer systems engineering, dependable real-time systems, and distributed computing and systems.
You will be taught courses by internationally recognized computer science and engineering faculty, in subjects including computer networks, parallel and distributed systems, computer architecture, cyber security, and real-time systems. In addition to academic training in skills related to algorithm design, programming languages, and computer systems engineering, you will gain real experience with emerging technologies, and have opportunities to participate in cutting-edge research.
This master's program is the first at the Chalmers University of Technology to provide the necessary preparation to contribute to rapidly growing new areas in the ICT industry, such as ubiquitous computing and cyber-physical systems. If you are interested in taking your expertise in these and other areas further, the program will also give you an excellent background for pursuing doctoral studies.
During the program, you will learn to design methodologies used to construct computer systems and networks — fault-tolerant distributed algorithm design, concurrent programming, computer systems engineering, and secure and dependable systems design, for example.
We welcome applications from a diverse range of graduates in relevant fields. Rather than concentrating on a single aspect of computer systems and networks, the courses provide the broad, practical, and up-to-date experience required by major ICT companies to develop computer systems and networks. The aim is to create the next generation of professionals in the field of computer science and engineering.
The master’s program has been carefully designed to be relevant to a growing industrial and governmental ICT sector. In particular, the healthcare, e-commerce, aerospace, automotive, and telecom industries all rely on secure, dependable, safe, and energy-efficient computing systems and communication networks.
The master’s program gives you the opportunity to combine academic training with engineering work experience, a combination that opens up diverse career paths, such as becoming:
the Chief Technology Officer who takes responsibility for the company’s technological development plan and influences its competitiveness in the market;
the Systems Architect and Designer who builds computer systems and designs networked applications and protocols;
the Project Manager responsible for driving specific projects by choosing technical directions and leading people;
the Software Engineer who develops systems and run-time software that interfaces to the hardware platform;
the Security and Network Specialist who oversees company computer resources to ensure that sensitive data and services are only accessible to authorized users.
General entry requirements
A Bachelor's degree in Science, Engineering, Technology, or Architecture
To fulfill the general entry requirement for a Master's program at Chalmers (at advanced level/the second cycle), the prospective student must hold a degree that is equivalent to a Swedish Bachelor's degree (minimum 3 years, 180 Swedish higher education credits) in either Science, Engineering, Technology or Architecture.
All applicants must document their formal academic qualifications to prove their eligibility. Only documentation from internationally recognized universities will be approved by the Swedish Council for Higher Education which manages the website universityadmissions.se.
If an applicant is also a holder of a second degree such as a Master's degree, that may be to fulfill specific (course) requirements, it cannot be used to fulfill the general entry requirement on its own.
In your final year of Bachelor's Studies
Students in their last year of studies who don't yet have documentation of their soon-to-be-completed degree can be accepted.
Degrees that are constructed on one another cannot consist of the same course
Applicants who fulfill the general entry requirements for the second cycle (master’s level) programs and eventually specific entry requirements can be admitted to a master’s program. Applicants cannot be evaluated as unqualified in the qualifying academic merits which include courses from the program’s plan in those programs that they have applied for if that occurs.
Courses included in an earned first cycle degree (bachelor’s level) or professional qualification of at least 180 cr. (180hp) or the equivalent foreign qualification that are prerequisites for master’s qualifications may not be included in the higher qualifications. This also applies to prerequisite courses for master’s programs, regardless of whether they are included in the underlying qualification. *
*) Local Qualifications Framework for Chalmers University of Technology - first and second cycle qualifications.
Restrictions for Citizens from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea)
Chalmers cannot admit applicants with citizenship of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea only to any program or course, due to the Council Regulation (EU) 2017/1509 of 30 August 2017 concerning restrictive measures against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and repealing Regulation (EC) 329/2007.
For applicants with double citizenship of which one is of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and the other of another country, the citizenship of the other country has precedence in this respect.​