Networks and Distributed Systems, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English
If you want to plan the future broadband network, design security systems or be part of the team behind the next AAU-satellite, you may consider the master’s programme in Networks and Distributed Systems at Aalborg University.


As a specialist in networks and distributed systems, your competences will be in high demand. You will become an expert in the systems we surround ourselves with daily – both large and small systems in which computers interact with their surroundings and other computers.

The systems are everywhere even though we may not notice them on a daily basis. It can for instance be systems measuring humidity and temperature as part of climate control in buildings. The system’s collected data may be used to form a strategy for the use of radiators and ventilators in the building.

Another example could be mobile phone systems which are small computers themselves, actually more powerful than office computers only a few years back. The mobile phone must be able to contact and be contacted by a mobile network when you text or speak, etc. Your job could be to construct a mobile able to apply several different technologies as required. The mobile may also be required to cooperate with other systems. Other examples:

  • Home banking and payment systems which need to be extra robust against faults and attacks
  • When vital parts of cars, trains or aeroplanes communicate, faults must be handled safely, protecting driver/pilot and passengers
  • When the telephone operator roll out the future broadband via fibre networks or wireless networks for mobile users, the establishment phase as well as the usage phase must be under control, ensuring no loss of customers or money

As an engineer in Networks and Distributed Systems, you have the opportunity to play a deciding role in development of such systems.


The master's programme in Network and Distributed Systems from Aalborg University covers various topics which qualifies you for a wide range of jobs in top companies all over the world.

Career opportunities include:

  • System architect or developer
  • System administrator
  • Security consultants
  • Network consultants
  • Network planner
  • Network specialist
  • Project Manager
  • Jobs within Research & Development
  • IT-administrators
  • and much more ...

Programme Structure

1st Semester Project Examples
  • Real-time networks over IP protocol
  • Networks for satellite communication
  • Intelligent control of capacity in wireless networks
  • Intelligent networks for disaster areas
  • Control systems for field robots
1St Semester Courses
  • Stochastic processes
  • Distributed real-time systems
  • Communication networks and ambient intelligence (elective)
  • Wireless PHY/MAC fundamentals (elective)
2nd Semester Project Examples
  • Routing in wireless ad-hoc networks betweren cars
  • Localisation in wireless networks
  • Analysis of network traffic
  • Wireless sensor networks for gathering seismographic data
2nd  Semester Courses
  • Wireless systems performance
  • Fault detection, isolation and modelling
  • Network performance and applications

Detailed Programme Facts

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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    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).

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Academic Requirements

The following programmes qualify for the master's in Networks and Distributed Systems:

Full bachelors
  • Electronics and Computer Engineering
Guest/exchange programmes
  • Electronics and IT (5th-6th semester are offered in English)
  • Internet Technologies and Computer Systems (5th-6th semester are offered in English)

Applicants with other backgrounds within electrical engineering, computer science, computer engineering or similar will be individually assessed by the Study Board of Electronics and IT.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    12400 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12400 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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92,200 DKK

Living costs for Aalborg

  • 5790 - 8150 DKK/month
    Living Costs

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