Wireless, photonics and space engineering​ master's programme at Chalmers
Emerging infrastructure like data centers and new applications such as industrial automation and autonomous driving will require unprecedented investments in photonics and wireless technology. The space industry is likewise transforming, with increasing private businesses and offering new and ubiquitous satellite constellation services for global communications, navigation, Earth observation and space science.
The master’s programme Wireless, photonics and space engineering at Chalmers will prepare you to meet these future challenges by giving you the basic knowledge in photonic and microwave devices, and how these components work at the system level.
Wireless, photonics and space engineering students at ChalmersYou will be offered an unique opportunity to learn about applied electromagnetics by studying a combination of subjects for which Chalmers has world-class facilities. The Onsala space observatory​ has radio telescopes and instruments to study the Earth and the Universe. The Nanofabrication laboratory ​is one of the best equipped university cleanrooms in Europe for research and fabrication of advanced semiconductor devices and integrated circuits. The research laboratories are equipped with state-of-the-art photonics and microwave measurement equipment including the Kollberg Laboratory.
The lectures are given by world-leading researchers and industry professionals, They bring advanced and contemporary knowledge to the lectures they teach. The programme offers a diverse range of learning activities: lectures, tutorial exercises, home assignments, projects, teamwork activities and practical laboratory work. Furthermore, the focus in each of these learning activities is on understanding the concepts and the implications. The aim of the learning in the programme is not to provide you with all the answers, but rather in helping you to ask the right questions.
The programme encompasses technology and fundamentals of electromagnetic components and systems. The courses included in the programme cover topics such as monolithic microwave and photonic integrated circuits, lasers, wireless and fiber optic communication systems, optoelectronics, satellite communication and positioning, antennas, sensor systems and space techniques. Together the research laboratories cover phenomena and applications of electromagnetic waves on all frequencies from microwaves to visible light.
Master's programme structure
The master's programme runs for a duration of two years, leading to a Master of Science (MSc) degree​. During each year, students can earn 60 credits (ECTS) and complete the programme by accumulating a total of 120 credits. Credits are earned by completing courses where each course is usually 7.5 credits. The programme consists of Compulsory courses, Compulsory elective courses and Elective courses.
Compulsory courses year 1
During the first year the programme starts with five compulsory courses that form a common foundation in wireless, photonics and space engineering. Each course is 7.5 credits.
Electromagnetic waves and components
Wireless and photonics system engineering
Space science and techniques
Photonics and lasers
Compulsory courses year 2
In the second year you must complete a master's thesis in order to graduate. The thesis may be worth 30 credits or 60 credits depending on your choice.
Compulsory elective courses
Through compulsory elective courses, you can then specialize in wireless, photonics or space engineering, or a combination thereof.​​​​​ During year 1 and 2, you need to select at least 3 compulsory elective courses out of the following in order to graduate.
Active microwave circuits
Electromagnetic sensor systems
Radar systems and applications
Design of MMIC
Semiconductor devices for modern electronics
Millimeter wave and THz technology
Fiber optical communication
Wireless link project
You will also be able to select courses outside of your programme plan. These are called elective courses. You can choose from a wide range of elective courses, including the following:
Introduction to communication engineering
Radioastronomical techniques and interferometry
Applied signal processing
Introduction to microsystems packaging
Fundamentals of micro- and nanotechnology
Introduction to law​
Implementation of digital signal processing systems​
The industry is in the middle of the fourth industrial revolution, where the physical and digital worlds blend, and skilled experts in wireless and photonics technologies are needed. The telecom, aerospace, medical and automotive industries are all expected to grow in the coming years and students who have graduated from this programme will be in high demand. Our alumni work as technical specialists in design, research, development or production of wireless and photonics components, and systems.
Entrepreneurship is strong in the region including many small enterprises and start-ups, for example Omnisys Instruments (electronic systems for space), Medfield diagnostics (medical imaging), Bluetest (antenna test systems), Iloomina (photonic integration) and Gapwaves (integrated waveguide technology). The region is also a leading European R&D and industrial node including large companies such as Ericsson, Saab, Nvidia and RUAG Space. Ericsson is one of the world's leading information and communication companies and has one of its R&D centers located in Gothenburg, Saab offers defence and security systems, Nvidia develops chip units, including photonics, for mobile computing and datacenter infrastructure, and RUAG Space develops antennas, data handling systems and on-board computers for the space sector.
The opportunities for an academic career are also excellent and a master’s degree from this programme is a perfect background for pursuing PhD studies in our research fields. Chalmers is internationally recognized for the cutting-edge research in microwave electronics, photonics, antennas, THz and mm waves, radio astronomy, plasma physics, space geodesy and remote sensing.
General entry requirements
An applicant must either have a Bachelor's degree in Science/Engineering/Technology/Architecture or be enrolled in his/her last year of studies leading to such a degree.
Specific entry requirements​
Bachelor's degree with a major in Electrical Engineering, Engineering Physics, Physics or Engineering Mathematics
Prerequisites: Mathematics (at least 30 credits) (including Linear algebra, Multivariable analysis and Fourier analysis) and Electromagnetic field theory
Preferable course experience: High-frequency electromagnetic waves.