Communication Systems, Master's Programme

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

Autumn 2022 / Full-time / Linköping

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

Autumn 2022 / Full-time / Linköping

Communication Systems, Master's Programme

Autumn 2023 / Full-time / Linköping

Closed for late application

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

Autumn 2023 / Full-time / 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.

Wireless communication, information networks, data compression

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 participating in 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 and write your thesis on a beyond-5G topic.

Syllabus and course details

A detailed syllabus, curriculum and information on courses, including literature, can be found in our Study information database via the link below. For entry requirements and tuition fees, please click the ”Admission requirements” tab at the top of the page.



Would you like to learn more about the Communication Systems programme? Replay this webinar for prospective students with Associate Professor Emil Björnson and former student Mohamed Jaoua, recorded in November 2018.

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Wireless Future

LiU Associate Professor Emil Björnson and LiU Professor Erik G Larsson are running the popular YouTube channel Wireless Future. It features tutorial videos, lecture material and technical presentations related to communication systems. Check it out here.

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 doctoral 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.

Alumni insights

Ching-Hsiang Yang – Taiwan

”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.”


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