Software Engineering of Distributed Systems, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • English (book IELTS)
    Language
University rank #173 (WUR) ,
Emerging computer networks and communication technology provide a new technological foundation for designing software systems. The systems become distributed, reconfigurable and adaptive, and their components employ a high degree of autonomy. This Software Engineering of Distributed Systems programme is offered by the KTH Royal Institute of Technology.

About

Software Engineering of Distributed Systems at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology

This is an exciting and rapidly evolving field where there is a continuous demand for qualified software engineers on the world labour market. 

The set of devices in which distributed software applications may operate, ranges from workstations to PDAs. New technological developments create considerable demand from industry and for engineers who are able to design software systems utilising these developments. This Master’s programme is intended to be an educational response to such industrial demand. It provides students with state-of-the-art knowledge of the field and develops their practical skills in order to meet current industrial requirements, as well as enhancing their ability to adapt to the new developments of tomorrow’s technology.

The program is course-based. 60 ECTS must be obtained from the set of compulsory courses (this includes degree project) and 60 ECTS can be obtained from the set of elective courses. The programme offers two specialization tracks: software track and security track. Among the set of elective courses for these specializations, four courses (30 ECTS) for each of these tracks must be elected from the lists of corresponding elective courses for the tracks.  

The final term is dedicated to the degree project with one set of thesis topics provided by faculty. Many students choose to conduct their project in collaboration with industry, either in Sweden or abroad, and others are interested in pursuing their project in a university abroad. The choice of degree project depends on the students’ plans for future industrial or research work.

Career

Since the programme is oriented to educate software engineers with comprehensive knowledge of recent advanced methods and technologies in distributed software systems, opportunities for graduates to find a job are extensive. The programme qualifications allow students to work in a multitude of companies developing or maintaining software, and this is a huge market. Many students have been offered permanent positions either in Sweden or abroad even before they graduate. 

Feedback from former students shows that they very much appreciate the knowledge of modern technologies they learned from the programme, and this knowledge enables them to be very competitive in the labour market. Likewise, there are many examples of graduates becoming key employees in their companies by promoting these modern technologies.

A large number of students also target an academic career, and many of them have proceeded to PhD student positions in well-known universities all over the world.

Programme Structure

Courses Included

  • Distributed Systems, Basic Course
  • Modern Methods in Software Engineering
  • Distributed Artificial Intelligence and Intelligent Agents
  • Programming of Interactive Systems
  • Ubiquitous Computing
  • Constraint Programming
  • Distributed Computing, Peer-to-Peer and GRIDS
  • Internet Security and Privacy
  • Research Methodology and Scientific Writing
  • Data-Intensive Computing
  • Data Mining
  • Scalable Machine Learning and Deep Learning
  • Networks in Data Science
  • Product Realization Processes I
  • Internet Security and Privacy
Degree project and thesis

There are several opportunities for degree projects in the programme, with one set of thesis topics provided by faculty. Many students choose to look for their theses in industry, either in Sweden or abroad, and others are interested in pursuing their project in foreign universities. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • 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.

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  • 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

To be considered eligible for the programme you must fulfil both the general and specific admission requirements. The general admission requirements are the same for all programmes at KTH while the programme specific requirements vary between the programmes.

Programme specific admission requirements

A Bachelor's degree in computer science or equivalent degree, corresponding to at least 180 ECTS credits, including courses in mathematics, information technology or computer science equivalent to at least 90 ECTS credits.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    16087.5 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 32175 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    Free
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
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  • Non-EU/EEA/Swiss citizens: The full programme tuition fee is SEK 310 000
  • EU/EEA/Swiss citizens: There are no tuition fees for EU/EEA/Swiss citizens

Funding

Every year a limited number of KTH Scholarships are awarded based on academic excellence. Recipients of the KTH Scholarship will have their tuition fee waived for the first and the second year, provided that the study results during the first year are satisfactory.

Applications for the KTH Scholarship for studies beginning in autumn will be open December 1 - January 15.

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