Can you imagine spending a week without your mobile phone? Or using your laptop or tablet without an internet connection? Wireless devices have become an essential part of our daily life. Over the last decades, we have witnessed a revolutionary development of mobile wireless networks, giving us high-speed access to the internet wherever we are. But even with the latest 5G standard in place, a number of challenges will remain to be solved by advanced engineers. With the predicted large-scale expansions of internet-of-things (IoT) and massive machine-type communications (MTC / M2M), the number of connected devices will continue to increase. In addition, future applications such as the real-time wireless control of autonomous vehicles (intelligent transportation/traffic safety) or collaborating machines (Industry 4.0) will lead to entirely new requirements in terms of reliability and on-time delivery of information. Sustainable smart cities and the digitalisation of society heavily rely on connected systems, leading to a broad range of job opportunities for our graduates. The programme will prepare you for an exciting career as an expert in the field of wireless communications and related areas.
The Shanghai ranking (ARWU) ranks Lund University as #18 in the world in the field of Electrical and Electronic Engineering for the year 2019. Lund University has excellent resources and can offer students the opportunity to learn from world-leading researchers in state-of-the-art laboratory facilities. The programme is demanding and uniquely tailored, perfect preparation for your future career in wireless communications. With a focus on the physical and lower layers, the aim is to give our students an in-depth system knowledge, which in turn requires insights into the various components in a wireless system. All courses included in the programme hold a high international standard.
All of our students undertake a research project for their Master's thesis. The project can be academic in nature or developed within the industry. These projects can lead to patent registrations and successful entrepreneurial initiatives. Examples of companies where students have performed their thesis include Bitcraze (Sweden), Bombardier (Sweden), Ericsson (Sweden), FTW (Austria), Huawei Technologies (Sweden), Lite-on Mobile (Sweden), and Procera Networks (Sweden).
Special features of the programme:
The programme features both theoretical and practical learning, plenty of group assignments and presentations, allowing students to develop supplementary skills that increase their attractiveness in the job market.
Education is closely linked to research at the department. All teachers are themselves educated to PhD level or higher and actively engaged in research.
Courses are taught by world-leading researchers in the field. Our department is recognized for designing the first fully digital massive MIMO testbed in the world, a technology that has now found its way into 5G. Recently, a first channel sounder for millimetre-wave massive MIMO has been developed.
A well-designed composition of compulsory courses gives our students a solid foundation for working as a wireless communications engineer. Three elective courses can be chosen from a variety of different topics.
Digital Communications (7.5 credits)
An Introduction to Wireless Systems (7.5 credits)
Digital Communications – Advanced Course (7.5 credits)
Antenna Technology (7.5 credits)
Wireless Communication Channels (7.5 credits)
Network Architecture and Performance (7.5 credits)
Wireless System Design Principles (7.5 credits)
Multiple Antenna Systems (7.5 credits)
Project in Wireless Communications (7.5 credits)
Master’s degree project (30 credits)
Electives (22.5 credits in total)
The programme provides students with a solid base for a career in wireless communications – either in industry or academia. Our graduates have the necessary skills for both research and development, e.g. understanding and developing future wireless systems, developing wireless networks for special applications and understanding and enhancing existing solutions.
The surrounding area is home to a number of global brands in the field such as Ericsson, Huawei, and Sony. Other companies with operations close to Lund University include Axis, ARM Sweden and Volvo. Many students start working with these companies directly after graduation. The European Spallation Source (ESS) and MAX IV large-scale research facilities, both located in Lund, also offer students many exciting career opportunities.
For some students, the most interesting career option is to continue towards a PhD. The thesis offers students the opportunity to work alongside our PhD students to get a taste of what a career in research is like. This route is very popular with our Master’s students, and a large number of graduates have chosen to continue their studies at Lund University or other universities in Sweden, Europe or worldwide.