Embedded Systems, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Full programme)
    Tuition (Full programme)
  • English
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 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.
  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


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.

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.


The programme leads to a Master of Science (120 credits) with Embedded Systems as the main field of study.

Programme Structure

The programme includes a wide range of courses which can be selected based on personal interest or prior studies. Elective subjects can be chosen from all areas of the university as part of an individual profile. Examples of courses include:

  • Construction and Programming of Embedded Systems
  • Automated Control
  • Networking
  • Distributed Systems
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Modelling and Verification of ­Computer Systems and Software
  • Real-time Systems and Signal ­Processing
  • Digital Electronics Design.

There are also many opportunities to participate in research projects conducted at Uppsala University. Many of the courses are taught by internationally renowned researchers.

The final semester in the programme is devoted to a full-time thesis project.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: August 28, 2017
  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go To The Course Website
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Academic Requirements

For Master's level studies, applicants must have a Bachelor's degree from an internationally recognised university. Applicants who have not been awarded a Bachelor's degree but are in their final year of studies may be conditionally admitted.

Applicants must also demonstrate proficiency in English, and this is usually done through an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL, IELTS or equivalent.

For detailed information about requirements, click the button Visit programme website.

Tuition Fee Per Full Programme

  • EUR 30561 International
  • Free EU/EEA

Application Fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 72500

Tuition fee, total: SEK 290000


Uppsala University provides several different scholarships for students. The scholarships cover exclusively the tuition fees for courses within the programme, i e 30 credits per semester.

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