Communication Systems, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
The Communication Systems master's programme at Linköping University offers a broad curriculum in communication systems focusing on the fundamental principles of systems engineering and the design of digital and wireless communication systems.


The programme offers a range of courses with a solid theoretical core in communication systems engineering. Topics covered include: communication theory, coding, modulation, signal processing, and design and optimisation of communication systems and networks.

The first year comprises a set of mandatory courses in communication systems engineering, for example: Digital Communications, Wireless Systems, Information Networks, and Image and Audio Coding. The second year consists of elective courses within electrical and computer engineering, mathematics, physics, and a degree project in the end. In addition, the second year includes a mandatory project course that teaches students project management skills and gives them the opportunity to apply their knowledge in a team environment.

The programme is given in close collaboration with the industry. Students will both have access to an extensive network of contacts and get the opportunity to complete their degree project in cooperation with Swedish high-tech companies.

Career opportunities

The programme prepares students for a career in engineering within telecommunications, or PhD studies. Being coordinated by the Communication Systems division at Linköping University, the programme provides access to a world-class research infrastructure to its students. Current projects at the division focus on the design and optimisation of wireless communications networks and signal processing for communications.

Programme Structure

Courses Included
  • Signal Theory
  • Information Networks
  • Digital Communication
  • Internetworking
  • Digital Communication
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Data Compression
  • Wireless Systems
  • Digital Communication Continuation Course
  • Image and Audio Coding
  • Radio Communication
  • Wireless Systems
  • Intellectual property rights
  • Communication Systems project course
  • Modern Channel Coding, Inference and Learning
  • Advanced Programming in C++
  • Microwave Engineering
  • Cryptology
  • Communication Systems project course
  • Advanced Programming in C++
  • Antenna Theory
  • Radio Electronics

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:


    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:


    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:


    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

  • Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering or equivalent. The Bachelor's degree (equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen) shall be from an internationally recognised university. 
  • 30 ECTS credits in mathematics/applied mathematics relevant to the programme including courses in linear algebra, probability theory and signals and systems
  • English corresponding to the level of English in Swedish upper secondary education (English 6/B). This is normally attested by means of an internationally recognised test.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    13126 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 26252 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
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  • 252000 kr

Living costs for Linköping

  • 7140 - 11270 SEK/month
    Living Costs

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