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Master’s Programme in Communication Systems

The international master’s programme in Communication Systems is a 2-year (120 ECTS) education leading to the degree of Master of Science. The program is taught entirely in English. The programme is coordinated by the Communication Systems division at LiU and students will have access to a world-class research environment. LiU is located close to the Mjärdevi Science Park of Linköping that hosts many high-tech companies in the information technology and communications industry, including Ericsson and Saab.

This master’s programme is highly competitive and aimed at the top students only. To enter the program, candidates need a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering or equivalent from an internationally well-renowned university. Candidates need a strong background in mathematics (in particular: linear algebra, signals and systems, Fourier methods, and probability theory). Candidates must be proficient in written and oral English. Knowledge of computer programming (Matlab and/or C++ or similar) is required for most master thesis and project work.

The programme offers a range of courses with a solid theoretical nucleus in communication theory, and prepares the students for a continued career as engineers working in industry or as Ph.D. students. As the communication technology becomes an integral part of our society, there can be career opportunities in both the traditional communication companies and other industries that will integrate the technology into their products. The programme offers a project course where the students will learn working in teams, project management, and where students get opportunity to apply their knowledge in practice.

During the first year, all courses are compulsory. During the fall of the second year, the students can choose from a number of elective courses from the general area of electrical and computer engineering, mathematics and physics. Most courses in the programme are given by the divisions on Communication Systems, Information Coding, and Automatic Control of the department of Electrical Engineering (ISY) at LiU.

The first 3 semesters consist of coursework and the final (4th) semester is dedicated to the master thesis project. The thesis project can be carried out either in the university, at a company, or abroad (the academic requirements are the same).

The Master’s programme is also offered as a commissioned education to companies, organizations, and authorities.

Read an interview with one of our alumni.

Admission/How to apply

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Autumn, Year 1 Spring, Year 1 Autumn, Year 2 Spring, Year 2
Signal Theory Digital Signal Processing Wireless Communications Multiple Antenna Communications Communication Systems, CDIO project course (12 ECTS) M.Sc. Thesis
Detection and Estimation of Signals Internet
Data Compression Image and Audio Coding Modern Channel Coding, Inference and Learning
Digital Communication Communication, Ethics and Sustainable Developmen Information Networks
Advanced C++ programming
Microwave engineering
Antenna theory
Radio electronics
Networks: Models, Algorithms and Applications

In the above table, all courses except the project course, are worth 6 ECTS. For details on the electives in the fall of year 2, please see the study handbook (link below).

In addition to the courses in the table above, during the first semester (first year) students will also be required to take a 3 ECTS course on Introduction to Advanced Academic Studies. The aim of this course is to prepare the students for advanced academic studies and also to let the students learn the academic culture in general.

Here is a link to the study handbook (general information about the syllabus) and study handbook (curriculum).

Powerpoint presentation of the program (from 2015): follow this link


For specific questions about the Communication Systems master program curriculum, please contact Emil Björnson. Any questions that relate to admissions or residence permits should be directed to the LiU Admissions office, not to the program director.

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Last updated: 2017 01 24   16:49