M.Sc. Computer Systems and Networks

Chalmers University of Technology

Application deadline: January 15
Tuition fee:
  • Free (EEA)
  • € 16,000 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2014, September  2015
Credits: 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
Languages:
  • English
Location:
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time
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Description

Everything wants to be connected. Enter the Computer Systems and Networks programme and shape the new boundaries in computing.

Today, computer science and engineering is going through a fundamental shift. It is a challenging task to understand and analyse the behaviour of existing computer systems, even for
well-trained experts.

The Computer Systems and Networks Master's Programme aims to develop a solid grasp of computer systems and networks by introducing a broad, yet rigorous, training in this important field of engineering and research.

Theoretical knowledge and engineering skills are acquired in:

  • Computer Systems
  • Communication Networks
  • Distributed Systems
  • Secrurity and Dependability

Who should apply

The program trains professionals in the field of Computer Science and Engineering. We welcome applications from graduates of Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Information Engineering or Electrical Engineering.
The new Computer Systems and Networks Master’s Programme is the result of two older programmes being merged – Networks and Distributed Systems and Secure and Dependable Computer Systems. These programs attracted many domestic and international students.

The new programme is especially suitable for students who have graduated from computer science and engineering programmes and who have excelled at their studies.

Why apply

One of the programme's teaching philosophies is that a solid grasp of computer systems and networks can be developed by studying the different methodologies used to construct computer systems and networks such as system engineering, computer architecture, programming and distributed computing. Consequently, coursework requires students to solve problems from the area of system and network design that involve the abovementioned aspects and techniques.
For example, we learn how to:

  • Design a system based on new and existing components (System Engineering),
  • Understand the low-level hardware/software interaction (Computer Architecture)
  • Develop systems and applications (Programming)
  • Analyze the performance and limitations of the designed system (Distributed Computing).

The programme's holistic philosophy equips its graduates with a wide range of industry-related engineering skills. Rather than concentrating on a single aspect of computer systems and networks, the courses provide the practical and up-to-date experience required by the major IT companies that develop computer systems and networks.

Research connections

The world-class faculty behind the programme has a long-term, established track record in industrial and scientific research communities.

Career opportunities

The programme has great industrial relevance. Engineers with a deep, solid understanding of communicating systems are attractive on the job market. There are many institutions within government, administration and healthcare as well as within e-commerce, aerospace and the automotive industries that depend highly on reliable communication.

The programme gives students the opportunity to combine academic training with engineering work experience. This combination opens up a wide range of career opportunities, such as:

  • Chief Technology Officer: Takes responsibility for the company's technological development plan and influences its competitiveness in the market.
  • Systems Architect and Designer: Builds computer systems and designs networked applications and protocols.
  • Project Manager: Takes responsibility for carrying out technology-related projects.
  • Software Engineer: Creates the software that drives the hardware and makes computer systems work.
  • Security and Network Specialist: Oversees company computer networks and ensures that a company's sensitive data and services are only accessible to authorized users.
  • Doctoral Students/Scientists: Investigates computer systems and carries out research on computer networks to obtain a Ph.D. degree in computer science and engineering.

Contents

Course plan

The Advanced Introductory Courses - provide the necessary background

Computer Networks (7.5 credit units)

How does the Internet work? How are new computer networks designed? What are the methods for making sure that our networks function correctly and are efficient? How do we program applications that communicate? This course teaches fundamental issues in network technologies, builds the knowledge on the TCP/IP suite and emerging network technologies.

Dependable Computer Systems (7.5 credit units)

What is dependability? How can we guarantee reliability? When can we say that our system design is safe? This advanced level introductory course considers four major system properties: security, reliability, timeliness and functionality.

Advanced Topics in Computer Systems and Networks (7.5 credit units)

How do you find an interesting Master thesis project? What are the exciting topics in the field of Computer Systems and Networks? How can we learn from the professional literature about these topics? This course covers a broad range of topics and is intended for students planning to carry out a thesis project in the area of Computer Systems and Networks.

Operating Systems (7.5 credit units)

Operating systems exist everywhere where computer systems exist, not just in workstations but also in vehicles, phones and embedded industrial systems. The course provides an introduction to the design and implementation of operating systems. Students who have taken this course in the Bachelor studies can take an elective course instead.

The Topic-Related Course Sequences - serve as the backbone of the Master's programme. At least two sequences out of three are required

Distributed Systems (7.5+7.5 credit units)

How can we build reliable, communicating distributed systems? The overall aim of the course is to provide an understanding of the challenges you are confronted with when developing such systems as well as the benefits gained from such systems.

Security (7.5+7.5 credit units)

What is security? Can you really make computer systems and networks secure? Is it really necessary that there are so many attacks and intrusions over the Internet? And so much spam? These are a few relevant questions that are addressed in the Computer Security course. We scrutinize the reasons for such security problems and suggest methods and mechanisms for protection. We also provide some modeling, metrication and evaluation approaches that facilitate understanding of the fundamental issues in the area.

Real-Time Systems (7.5+7.5 credit units)

These course addresses the software design process for embedded systems with special non-functional requirements on reliability and timeliness. The course first describes preferable design options for software architecture, programming language, and run-time system mechanisms. The second course addresses performance aspects in the design of single- and multiprocessor systems with special requirements on reliability and timeliness.

Elective courses (30 credit units)

Broader perspective elective courses can be chosen freely. These courses could be selected from the above list of course sequences and/or theme-related elective courses, such as Fault-tolerant Computer Systems, Cryptography and Programming Language Based Security.

Thesis (30 credit units)

The thesis can be performed in an industrial context as well as in the context of a research group at Chalmers.
Some students aiming for a research oriented thesis may be given the possibility to apply for a 15 credit research project or extended their research thesis work to 60 credit units.

Requirements

To be eligible an applicant must either be a holder of a Bachelor's degree in Science/Engineering/Architecture or be enrolled in his/her last year of studies leading to such a degree.

Specific entry requirements

Bachelor´s degree (or the equivalent) with a Major in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering or Electrical Engineering.
Prerequisites: Computer communications, Algorithms and/or Data structures, Programming (C, C++ or Java) and Mathematics (including Discrete Mathematics and Linear algebra).

English Language Proficiency

The most common and important scores that are accepted are

  • IELTS (academic training), 6.5 (with no part of the test below 5.5)
  • TOEFL (Internet based): 90 (with a minimum of 20 on the written part)

The application period for the academic year 2014/15 opens 1 December 2013.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

60 (Grade C)
TOEFL paper-based test score : 575
TOEFL iBT® test: 90

Funding

Scholarships administered by Chalmers University of Technology for Master's Studies in 2013

  • The Avancez Scholarships are 75% tuition fee waivers awarded by Chalmers University of Technology and are funded by the Chalmers Foundation. These scholarships are available to all students who are liable to pay tuition fees i.e., students with non-EU/EEA nationality.
  • The iPOET (International Programme Office for Education and Training) Scholarships are 75% tuition fee waivers funded by the Government of Sweden. They are allocated and awarded by Chalmers University of Technology. These scholarships are available to all students who are liable to pay tuition fees i.e., students with non-EU/EEA nationality.
  • The Chalmers Mastercard Scholarship for a Master's Student from Central America, South America or Mexico is a 280 000 SEK reduction of the tuition fee (70 000 SEK reduction/ semester).
  • The FlexLink Scholarship for a Master's Student from China is a 100% tuition fee waiver along with possibilities for internship and a final master thesis project.
  • The Mölnlycke Health Care Scholarships for Master's Students from China and the US are 100% fee tuition waivers with possibilities for summer internships and a final master thesis project.
  • The Sievert Larsson Scholarship Fund (within Friends of Chalmers) offers a 100% tuition fee waiver and living expenses to students of Thai nationality who aim to study on a Master’s programme at Chalmers University of Technology.
  • The Volvo Cars’ scholarships are a 100% tuition fee waiver awarded to 2 Chinese students with the guarantee of participation in the VESC (Volvo Engineering Student Concept) programme which includes a summer job, master thesis project, mentorship and possible employment at Volvo Cars Corporation.
  • The US Friends of Chalmers Scholarship is a fund scholarship comprising USD 35 000 (i.e. a reduction of the tuition fee by USD 8750 per semester) and is awarded to one student of US citizenship.
  • The Volvo Group Scholarship Programme is a 100% fee tuition fee waiver awarded to students of Indian nationality and Chinese nationality. The Scholarship includes possibilities for internships during the summer, a final Master thesis project and mentorship.

Note: Being granted alternative funding from external patrons does not affect the possibility of obtaining scholarships from Chalmers, as an applicants financial status is not taken into account during the nomination process.

Adlerbert Foreign Student Hospitality Fund - Only open for international students who have been admitted to, and enrolled on, a Master's Programme at Chalmers. Thus, prospective students cannot apply. Students can be awarded the scholarship a maximum of two times. The application period opens in late January and closes in late February. Consequently, it is only possible to apply during this period of a student's first and second year.

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