Communication Networks have evolved dramatically over recent decades. Accommodating the data traffic generated by anticipated billions of users and trillions of digital devices necessitates continuous technological evolution. Novel internet and wireless infrastructure will be needed to cater for these challenging and unprecedented growth and performance characteristics. The KTH master’s programme in Communications Systems will prepare you for a career in such an essential field for our society.
Communication Systems at KTH
The programme takes a holistic view of the internet infrastructure together with its services and applications and covers the topics required to develop communication systems for the next generation. The programme also covers novel concepts and topics, the current trends on the internet such as cloud computing, software-defined networking, 5G mobile network technology, and the Internet-of-Things. Students will also learn about the fundamental design principles behind the internet, which has enabled explosive growth and has, in turn, stimulated the introduction of new business ideas and ventures.
Students work in a research environment with ample experimental resources and in close contact with the industry – including leading system manufacturers, service developers and providers, and advanced early adopters. The first study period consists of mandatory core courses, which provide in-depth knowledge in the areas of communication systems and networks. The programme continues with specialisation tracks including some mandatory courses within the track and a wide range of elective courses, allowing the student to specialise within the programme’s subject areas. Many courses are problem-oriented, with self-directed and project-based work. The fourth term is devoted to a master's degree project. The purpose of this degree project is for students to demonstrate the skills they have acquired during the programme by applying them to solving real problems. The topic of the degree project may be suggested by a faculty member, an external agency, an industry collaborator, or the student themselves, but should be relevant to the focus of the coursework, and must be approved as a topic by the potential degree project examiner.
Internet infrastructure, internet security, wireless networks, internet-of-things, cloud computing, software-defined networking and network function virtualization, 5G mobile network technology, mobile applications and services, optical communication systems and networks, techno-economic and business model analysis of telecom systems and services.
Today’s technical challenges concern developing network systems in order to support a wide range of applications and connected devices while ensuring that the next generation of communication systems is scalable, flexible, secure, and sustainable. These systems will give users global access to a large variety of possibilities, ranging from advanced services based on sensor data produced by large amounts of constrained devices to cloud-based distributed services for computation and storage empowered by high-performance networks and powerful connected data centres. Commercialisation of these new ideas will create value for users, vendors, operators and society in general. Consequently, entrepreneurship, product realisation and economics are inextricably linked to communication systems.
The programme provides an excellent basis for a career in research and development, as well as in network design and management. Former students can be found in academia, as well as in the industry – on the producer side with system manufacturers and operators, and on the consumer side with industry, in the public sector, and among regulators. There is a huge demand for network designers and administrators, especially in emerging markets in developing regions. Finally, as evidenced by Google, Skype, Spotify, and others, there are rich opportunities for entrepreneurs to change the world.