Communication Systems, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • English (book IELTS)
    Language

About

Communication Systems at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Communication Networks have evolved dramatically over recent decades. Accommodating the data traffic generated by anticipated billions of users and trillions of digital devices necessitates continuous technological evolution. Novel internet and wireless infrastructure will be needed to cater for these challenging and unprecedented growth and performance characteristics. 

The programme takes a holistic view of the internet infrastructure together with its services and applications, and covers the topics required to develop communication systems for the next generation. The programme also covers novel concepts and topics, the current trends on the internet such as cloud computing, software-defined networking, 5G mobile network technology, and the Internet-of-Things. Students will also learn about the fundamental design principles behind the internet, which has enabled explosive growth and has in turn stimulated the introduction of new business ideas and ventures..

Students work in a research environment with ample experimental resources and in close contact with the industry – including leading system manufacturers, service developers and providers, and advanced early adopters. The first study period consists of mandatory core courses, which provide in-depth knowledge in the areas of communication systems and networks. The programme continues with specialisation tracks including some mandatory courses within the track and a wide range of elective courses, allowing the student to specialise within the programme’s subject areas. 

Many courses are problem-oriented, with self-directed and project-based work. The fourth term is devoted to a master's degree project. The purpose of this degree project is for students to demonstrate the skills they have acquired during the programme by applying them to solving realistic problems. The topic of the degree project may be suggested by a faculty member, an external agency, an industry collaborator, or the student themselves, but should be relevant to the focus of the course work, and must be approved as a topic by the potential degree project examiner.

Career

Today’s technical challenges concern developing network systems in order to support a wide range of applications and connected devices, while ensuring that the next generation of communication systems is scalable, flexible, secure, and sustainable. These systems will give users global access to a large variety of possibilities, ranging from advanced services based on sensor data produced by large amounts of constrained devices to cloud-based distributed services for computation and storage empowered by high-performance networks and powerful connected data centres. Commercialisation of these new ideas will create value for users, vendors, operators and society in general. Consequently, entrepreneurship, product realisation and economics are inextricably linked to communication systems.

The programme provides an excellent basis for a career in research and development, as well as in network design and management. Former students can be found in academia, as well as in the industry – on the producer side with system manufacturers and operators, and on the consumer side with industry, in the public sector, and among regulators. There is a huge demand for network designers and administrators, especially in emerging markets in developing regions. Finally, as evidenced by Google, Skype, Spotify, and others, there are rich opportunities for entrepreneurs to change the world.

Programme Structure

Courses Included

  • Network Programming with Java
  • Research Methodology and Scientific Writing
  • Internet Security and Privacy
  • Advanced Internetworking
  • Building Networked Systems Security
  • Programming of Interactive Systems
  • Distributed Computing, Peer-to-Peer and GRIDS
  • Developing Mobile Applications
  • Design of Fault-tolerant Systems
  • Dimensioning of Communication Systems
  • Network Services and Internet-based Applications
  • Advanced Internetworking II
  • Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV)
  • Wireless Communication Systems
  • Wireless Transmission Techniques
  • Wireless and Mobile Network Architectures
  • Optical Networking
  • Technology-based Entrepreneurship
  • Communication System Design
  • Management of Networks and Networked Systems
  • Network Algorithms
  • Networked Systems Security
  • Advanced Networked Systems Security
  • Network Programming with Java
  • Product Realization Processes I
  • Sensor Based Systems
  • Performance Evaluation for Network Engineering
  • Wireless Networks

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.

    Book IELTS
  • 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

Programme specific admission requirements

A Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Engineering or Information Technology, including courses in

  • computer science, basic data/telecom and internetworking, computer systems (computer architecture and operating systems) and programming corresponding to at least 60 ECTS credits,
  • mathematics, including calculus, linear algebra and mathematical statistics, corresponding to at least 30 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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