MSc in Electronics Engineering

General

Program Description

  • Start: August 2021
  • Place of study: Linköping
  • Level: Second cycle

The program provides a competitive education in digital, analog and radio-frequency (RF) integrated circuits (IC) and System-on-Chip (SoC) design, combined with in-depth knowledge in signal processing, application-specific processors, embedded systems design, modern communications systems, and radio transceiver design.

Modern society depends on reliable and efficient electronics. Mobile phones, the Internet, computers, and TVs are just a few examples that constantly improve in terms of functionality, performance, and cost. In addition, a growing number of concepts and technologies significantly improve areas such as mobile and broadband communication, healthcare, automotive technology, robotics, energy systems management, entertainment, consumer electronics, public safety and security, industrial applications, and much more. This suggests that there will be vast industrial opportunities in the future, and high demand for skilled engineers with the knowledge and skills required to lead the design of such complex integrated circuits and systems.

World-class research activities

The program is organized by several strong divisions at the Department of Electrical Engineering and the Department of Computer and Information Science. They offer world‐class research activities covering the entire field of integrated electronic design, state‐of‐the‐art laboratories and design environments, and close research collaboration with many companies worldwide. Our 60 researchers and 10 internationally recognized professors have excellent teaching experience.

Design-project courses with the latest software

The program begins with courses in digital communication, digital integrated circuits, digital system design, analog integrated circuits, and an introduction to radio electronics.

Later on, you choose between the following two specializations:

  • System-on-Chip, with a focus on digital System-on-Chip design and embedded systems.
  • Analogue/Digital and RF IC design, with a focus on the design of mixed analog/digital and radio-frequency integrated circuits.

Several design-project courses provide excellent opportunities for you to improve your design skills. You will be introduced to the state-of-the-art circuit and system design environments and CAD tools which are being used in the industry today. If you take the VLSI Design course, you will design real chips using standard CMOS technology. These chips are sent for fabrication and later measured and evaluated in a follow-up course. Only a few select universities around the world have the know-how and capability to provide such courses, and LiU is one of them.

Syllabus

Purpose

The objective of this master's program is to provide a strong and competitive education in Electronics Engineering, with emphasis on the design of integrated circuits and System-on-Chip in advanced semiconductor technologies as well as embedded systems. The motivation behind the program is the growing global demand for electronics engineers with knowledge and skills in the design of digital, analog, and Radio Frequency (RF) integrated circuits and System-on-Chip (SoC), combined with in-depth knowledge in signal processing, application-specific processors, embedded systems design, modern communications systems, and radio transceivers design. Mobile phones, the internet, PCs, and TVs, are just a few examples that constantly improve functionality, performance, and cost.

In addition, there is a growing number of concepts and technologies which will significantly improve areas such as mobile and broadband communications, healthcare, automotive, robotics, energy systems management, entertainment, consumer electronics, public safety and security, industrial applications, and much more. This indicates that there will be large industrial opportunities in the future, and also a large demand for competent engineers with the required knowledge and skills to lead the design of such complex integrated circuits and systems.    

Aim

Knowledge and reasoning in mathematics, natural sciences, and engineering

Graduates from the Master's program in Electronics Engineering should

  • have solid knowledge in the design of integrated circuits and System-on-Chip (SoC), as well as an in-depth understanding of signal processing, application-specific processors, embedded systems design, and modern communications systems.
  • understand, formulate, and solve the complex problems related to the design of integrated circuits and system-on-chip.
  • be able to apply modern methodologies for the design of integrated circuits and systems.
  • be able to carry out modeling, simulation, and physical design of RF, analog, and digital integrated circuits and systems in advanced semiconductor technologies.
  • be able to make effective use of computers and Computer-Aided Design (CAD) tool environments.
  • be able to carry out measurement and evaluation of integrated circuits and systems.

Personal and professional skills and attributes

Graduates from the Master's program in Electronics Engineering should

  • be able to formulate a model for a relevant problem and critically evaluate its validity.
  • be creative, enterprising, and take responsibility for the own contribution to the solution of a problem.

Interpersonal skills: teamwork and communication

Graduates from the Master's program in Electronics Engineering should

  • 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

Graduates from the Master's program in Electronics Engineering should

  • have a deep insight into the broad field of science and engineering: from initial concepts to implementation aspects.
  • be aware of the impact of science and engineering on society.

Content

The program comprises two years of studies and includes both compulsory and elective courses.

The first semester consists of a set of compulsory courses providing the necessary knowledge in digital and analog integrated circuits, telecommunications, RF electronics, and the design of digital systems. From the second semester, the students must follow one of the two specializations, focusing either on digital system-on-chip design and embedded systems or on the design of mixed analog/digital and radio frequency integrated circuits. 

Career opportunities

This program has produced many talented electronics engineers currently working in leading companies and research organizations worldwide. Graduates can expect excellent career opportunities in major research and development centers, both in industry and in academic institutions. They are specifically trained and qualified to work as IC design engineers in major semiconductor, IC, and telecom companies. Electronics is generally a key part of product developments for many IT companies, hence there is a wide range of job opportunities for expert electronics engineers.

Entry requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering or equivalent. The Bachelor's degree (equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen) shall be from an internationally recognized university.
  • 20 ECTS credits in mathematics/applied mathematics and/or applications of mathematics, including linear algebra and transform methods.
  • English corresponding to the level of English in Swedish upper secondary education (English 6/B). This is normally attested by means of an internationally recognized test.

The 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 
Last updated Oct 2020

About the School

In close collaboration with the business world and society, Linköping University (LiU) conducts world-leading, boundary-crossing research in fields including materials science, IT and hearing. In the ... Read More

In close collaboration with the business world and society, Linköping University (LiU) conducts world-leading, boundary-crossing research in fields including materials science, IT and hearing. In the same spirit, the university offers many innovative educational programs, many of them with a clear vocational focus, leading to qualification as, for example, doctors, teachers, economists, and engineers. Read less
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