Master's Programme in Communication Systems, 120 credits

This programme offers a broad curriculum on communication technology focusing on both the fundamental principles of systems engineering and the practical design of digital and wireless communication systems.

Communication Systems, Master's Programme - Second admission round mainly for Swedish and EU/EEA students

Autumn 2019, Full time 100%, Linköping

Communication Systems, Master's Programme

Autumn 2019, Full time 100%, Linköping

We are living in an increasingly networked society. The number of mobile phone users is rising by 50 million per month, while video streaming and social networking are pushing data volume demands. New applications for the internet-of-things are set to revolutionise the coming decades by creating a new paradigm in which not only humans but also machines communicate with each other. The exponential growth in the use of communication devices requires skilled engineers to drive technological development and inspire new inventions.

The Communication Systems master’s programme has a solid theoretical base in communication systems engineering. Topics covered include communication theory, coding, modulation, signal processing, and the design and optimisation of communication systems and networks. This programme is highly competitive. Applicants must have advanced skills in mathematics and a strong sense of dedication.

Mandatory and elective courses

The first year comprises mandatory courses in communication systems engineering, such as digital communication, wireless communication, information networks, and data compression. The third semester offers elective courses in electrical and computer engineering, mathematics and physics. It also includes a compulsory project, during which students learn project management, apply their knowledge to build a communication system, and work in teams with other students. The final semester is devoted to your thesis, which may be carried out in collaboration with a tech company, such as Ericsson or Saab, or as an internal project at the university.

Award-winning 5G research

Most courses have traditional lectures and tutorials, and all courses include practical laboratory work. Linköping University is at the forefront of research into 5G, the next-generation of cellular network technology, and you will learn the core concepts in this programme. We are a partner in the EU-sponsored 5GWireless project and a member of the Swedish government’s strategic initiatives ELLIIT and Security-Link. Our seminal, award-winning research on the Massive MIMO multi-antenna technology is conducted in collaboration with Ericsson Research, Nokia Bell Labs, and other prominent partners. You will thus get the opportunity to learn 5G-related topics from renowned experts.

Syllabus and course details

A detailed syllabus, curriculum, and information on the courses you may take can be found in our study information database via the link below. Entry requirements and tuition fees can be found by selecting the show more function at the top of the page. 

Career opportunities

The programme prepares you for a career in engineering within several branches of telecommunications – not only with traditional communication companies, but also start-ups and companies that are taking the first steps to realise the Internet-of-things. Graduates may also continue with PhD studies in various fields of communications, such as 5G, machine-to-machine communication, satellites, RFID, and positioning. Our alumni have found employment as senior software developers, technical coordinators for product development and researchers into defence communications.

Student testimonial:

YANG Ching Hsiang – Taiwan – Current Student

''Most people go for exchange to the US; I just wanted to go see how it is and experience living in Northern Europe.


I have different experiences and they are very valuable. The professors always gave us information on further research and that helped a lot. 

They have experience in the field and give us an insight into what is going on right now and what will be the future innovations.''


Current research at Linköping University

Telecommunications research at Linköping University ranks #23 in the world according to the Shanghai academic ranking of world universities.

Source , ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2018 - Telecommunication Engineering

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