We live in an increasingly connected world where not only people but also a rapidly growing number of sensors and devices are going on-line. The digitalisation of society and industry is discussed every day, including concepts such as the Internet of Things, smart homes, the Smart Grid and autonomous vehicles. Graduates from the programme will lead this development with a solid foundation in wireless communications, networking and data analysis.
Information and Network Engineering at KTH
To maintain and develop the high-tech industry around the world, engineers are needed who cannot only use but also understand and develop new solutions for advanced communication systems and for methods used to analyse and process the huge amounts of information that flow in different networks.
To an increasing degree, this need is also seen outside the traditional information and communications technology sector. Examples include the new sector of companies based on cloud services as well as the more conventional manufacturing industry and the motor vehicle industry, to mention just a few.
This programme will prepare you for a future professional role by providing a broad basis in communications and data analysis. You will choose one of four tracks that will provide you with in-depth knowledge in the area.
Information engineering focuses on machine learning, pattern recognition, information theory and signal processing.
Multimedia processing and analysis focus on problem-oriented solutions for multimedia signals such as video, images, and audio using principles of data analysis and coding.
Communications engineering is focused on wireless communications with the possibility of specialising in communication theory, coding, machine-type communications or antenna design.
Networked systems focus on the design, performance analysis, management and, not the least, security of wired and wireless networks and networked systems.
In addition to the technical aspects of the coursework, there are also many non-technical elective classes on offer to prepare you for your future career in industry or academia. These courses aim to improve your capabilities in areas such as project management, leadership or technical English.
KTH’s close collaboration with leaders of research and industry not only ensures that the programme meets the needs and expectations of the industry but also connects you with your future employers during your studies.
Master's degree project
The degree project amounts to one semester of full-time work and is usually undertaken during the final semester. The project may be undertaken in either an industry setting, at a KTH department, or at another technical university or research institute anywhere in the world.
Examples of degree projects made by former students
Machine Learning in Defensive IT Security: Early Detection of Novel Threats
Automated Visual Evaluation of and Electrode with Neural NetworksTowards Exploiting Noisy Intermediate-Scale Quantum Computers for Quantum Support Vector Machines
Hierarchical Clustering-based Dynamic Subarrays for Hybrid Beamforming Massive MU-MIMO
Development and Testing of Performance Assessment Equipment for Elite Fencers
This is a two-year programme (120 ECTS credits) given in English. Graduates are awarded the degree of Master of Science. The programme is given mainly at KTH Campus in Stockholm by the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (at KTH).
Data Analytics, Signal Processing, Digital Communications, Multimedia Processing, Networking, Machine Learning and Network Security.
The master’s programme in Information and Network Engineering has been designed to provide a solid foundation in the strongly connected fields of networking, communications, multimedia processing and data analysis, with the opportunity of gaining expertise in one of these areas.
The programme prepares you for a future professional role in research and development. There are many companies in the Stockholm area working with telecommunication technologies, as well as in emerging areas such as the internet of things, cloud computing or industry digitalisation. Graduates of the programme are working at companies like Google, Skype, Ericsson, Huawei technologies, Telia company, Nokia, ÅF, Cisco, ABB, Avida finans and Scania.
A majority of graduates find work in research and development at companies in the field of communications and digitalisation. Elective courses with strong theoretical content in the fields of networking and information engineering benefit students with interest in a research career, and provide a good basis for doctoral studies in Sweden or anywhere in the world.
Information and Network Engineering will continue to be pivotal in how our societies operate, and KTH will play an important role by providing talent and creativity for the future.
System developer, algorithm developer, PhD student, network engineer, researcher, computer vision engineer, lecturer, product portfolio cost analyst.
"KTH seemed like the best option for me and I like the fact that there are a lot of courses from which to choose, depending on your interests and it is flexible in relation to what you have learnt in the past."
Mar from Spain
Graduates from KTH have the knowledge and tools for moving society in a more sustainable direction, as sustainable development is an integral part of all programmes. Three key sustainable development goals addressed by the master's programme in Information and Network Engineering are:
9 Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
11 Sustainable Cities and Communities
12 Responsible Consumption and Production
Both communication and information analysis plays a crucial role in enabling technologies for achieving several of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, for example in the development of smart cities, safe and efficient transport systems and resource-efficient production. In the programme-integrating course The Sustainable Information and Network Engineer, students are given an opportunity to analyse, reflect on and discuss yet more practical cases where their technical expertise can contribute to a more sustainable world.
Faculty and research
The master’s programme in Information and Network Engineering is offered by the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at KTH. The field of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at KTH is currently ranked 17th in the world by QS. The area of Telecommunication Engineering at KTH is ranked 32nd in the world by Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), the Shanghai ranking. Faculty from the departments in Information Science and Engineering, and Network and Systems Engineering, is teaching courses within this programme and all teachers are also active researchers in the area.
To be eligible for the programme, you must have been awarded a bachelor's degree, be proficient in English, and meet the programme-specific requirements.
A bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish bachelor's degree, or equivalent academic qualifications from an internationally recognised university, is required. Students who are following longer technical programmes, and have completed courses equivalent to a bachelor's degree, will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Students in their final year of undergraduate studies may apply and, if qualified, will receive a conditional acceptance. These applicants must include a written statement according to the instructions given by University Admissions. Students in the final year of undergraduate studies at a Swedish university do not have to provide a written statement in order, if qualified, to receive a conditional acceptance. They must, however, have completed 150 ECTS credits in the bachelor’s programme by 1 February.
English language proficiency equivalent to (the Swedish upper secondary school) English course B/6 is required. The requirement can be satisfied through a result equal to, or higher than, those stated in the following internationally recognized English tests:
TOEFL Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1-6) in written test, a total score of 575.
TOEFL ITP is not accepted.
TOEFL iBT internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0-30) in written test, a total score of 90
IELTS Academic/IELTS UKVI: A minimum overall mark of 6.5, with no section lower than 5.5
Cambridge ESOL: Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) Certificate in Advanced English or Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) (Certificate of Proficiency in English)
Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): Minimum score of 90
The University of Michigan, ECPE (Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English)
Pearson PTE Academic: Score of 62 (writing 61)
The language requirement can also be fulfilled through previous university and upper secondary school studies. More information on recognized English tests, previous studies, and required documents is provided by University Admissions.
Specific requirements for the master's programme in Information and Network Engineering
A Bachelor’s degree of 180 ECTS credits, or equivalent, including:
at least 6 months of studies (corresponding to 30 ECTS) within electrical engineering, electronics, computer engineering, computer science or applied mathematics.
basic mathematics courses within single variable and multivariable calculus, linear algebra and mathematical statistics or probability theory.
at least one course in computer programming (preferably Python, Java or C) with a passing grade.
a course on signals and systems with a passing grade, including material about time-continuous and time-discrete systems, sampling, linear filters and systems, and transform methods (Fourier, Laplace and Z).
It is recommended that the applicant has experience of problem-solving using numerical computing languages like MATLAB.
Your application is not complete without the required supporting documentation. The following general and programme-specific documents must therefore be included in the application in the specified order:
Certificates and diplomas from previous university studies
Transcript of completed courses and grades included in your degree
Proof of English proficiency
A copy of your passport including personal data and photograph, or other identification documents
Specific documents for the master's programme in Information and Network Engineering
Letter of motivation
Two letters of recommendation (in English)
Relevant work experience, if applicable
Summary sheet *
*In order for your application to be considered complete, you need to fill out the online summary sheet. If you do not include a summary sheet, this may negatively affect your evaluation score. Please be sure to fill out all of the required information before you submit the form.
If you have questions regarding the summary sheet please contact the programme directly.