Master in Communication Systems
The KTH Master’s programme in Communication Systems offers students a strong fundamental education in key knowledge areas, whilst providing a broad scope of academic courses and specialisations to choose from. This highly relevant field is becoming increasingly important to how our societies function, and our global information infrastructure will continue to demand well-rounded specialists in the future.
The programme focuses on the integration of the Internet and mobile network technologies to develop global communication systems for next generations. 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 a wide range of elective courses, allowing students to focus on their individual areas of interest depending on their career objectives. Many courses are problem-oriented, with self-directed and project-based work.
The purpose of the degree project is for students to demonstrate the skills acquired during the programme, by applying them to solve realistic problems. The student writes a thesis, which must be approved by an examiner from one of the degree project courses in the curriculum, and presents it for critique; the topic of the thesis may be suggested from a number of sources – a professor, external agency, an industry collaborator, or the student – but should be relevant to the focus of the course work.
The Internet and mobile phone networks are among the most powerful technologies of our time. Today’s challenges are to integrate them and make them scalable, secure and sustainable. 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.
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Last updated September 23, 2016