Embedded Systems, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Full programme)
    Tuition (Full programme)
  • English (take IELTS)
The Master Programme in Embedded Systems provides students with a world-class education in computer and systems engineering with a focus on design, implementation, and analysis of embedded systems. The Embedded Systems programme is offered at Uppsala University.


The programme is closely connected to cutting-edge research at Uppsala University, and as a student you will gain skills and knowledge that are highly relevant on the national and international labour market, both in industry and academia.

Many devices applied routinely in our daily life, for instance cell phones, washing machines, cars, or even airplanes are controlled by embedded computers. Devices may contain hundreds of microprocessors and millions of lines of program code, all of which are essential for correct functioning of a system. Embedded computer systems are a decisive factor for industries and societies. The development of embedded systems requires sophisticated technical skills within disciplines such as computer science, electronics, and mathematics

The programme covers both theoretical and practical aspects of embedded systems, and conveys skills and knowledge that are highly relevant to the national and international labour market. Courses offered include both traditional and project-oriented training, covering a wide range of topics relevant for embedded systems as well as industry and workplace-related skills. The programme also provides considerable flexibility and opportunity to create a personal profile through choice of elective subjects from other areas of the university.

The Embedded Systems programme is offered at Uppsala University.

Uppsala University is a leading research institute in embedded systems. The programme is developed and conducted as a close collaboration between major research centres: the UPMARC centre studies multi-core computers and parallel systems; the WISENET conducts research in wireless sensor networks; in addition, the Swedish Vinnova innovation programme on Internet-of-Things is coordinated from Uppsala. Education is well-integrated with research at both centres, with many courses being taught by staff with well-established international reputation.

An important goal of the programme is the ability to write embedded software in a range of development environments and programming paradigms. You will be able to quickly utilise new languages and programming environments. The degree also focuses on problem analysis, formulation of design requirements and implementation of systems using the latest technology. You will also be able to summarise existing knowledge and recent research results in the area.


Embedded systems are a major global market, controlling a broad range of every­day and specialised devices.

The programme is central to today’s and tomorrow’s labour market, both in Sweden and internationally. With a Master in Embedded systems from Uppsala University you are well prepared for a career in industry or research.

People with a strong computer science education, combined with knowledge of, and skills in, design and development of embedded systems are in great demand on the labour market.

Embedded systems are a vital element of modern motor vehicles. Skills in embedded systems development are in demand with employers such as General Motors, Volvo, BMW, Mercedes, Toyota, Mazda, Scania and others.

There are also applications in aeronautics and robotics, with employers such as ABB, or in communications, with companies including Ericsson or Huawei, just to name a few major areas.

Programme Structure

Semester 1
Introduction to Studies in Embedded Systems
Real Time Systems
Micro-controller Programming
Introduction to Computer Control Systems

Semester 2
Programming Embedded Systems
Wireless Communication and Networked Embedded Systems
Accelerating Systems with Programmable Logic Components

Semester 3
Model-based Design of Embedded Software
Automatic Control II
Embedded Control Systems
Project in Digital Electronic Constructions

Semester 4
Degree project

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Take IELTS test
  • Minimum required score: 575

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score: 90

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university. The main field of study must be engineering, mathematics or computer science.
Also required is:

  • 30 credits in mathematics; and
  • 30 credits in computer science, including courses in programming, computer architecture and operating systems.

Students are selected based on:

  • a total appraisal of quantity and quality of previous university studies; and
  • a statement of purpose (1 page).

Tuition Fee Per Full Programme

  • EUR 30370 International
  • Free EU/EEA

Application Fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 72500

Tuition fee, total: SEK 290000


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