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 paradigm in which machines communicate with each other. The exponential growth in the use of communication devices needs 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, and students will need advanced skills in mathematics and a strong sense of dedication.
Mandatory and elective courses
The first year (two terms) comprises mandatory courses in communication systems engineering, such as digital communication, wireless communication, information networks, and image and audio coding. The third term offers elective courses within 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 term is devoted to the thesis, work for which may be carried out in collaboration with a tech company, such as Ericsson or Saab, or as an internal project in the university.
Most courses have traditional lectures and tutorials, and all courses include practical laboratory work. The Communications Systems division at Linköping University is at the forefront of research into 5G, the next-generation of mobile network technology. The division is particularly known for its seminal research on massive MIMO systems, which is carried out in a collaboration with Lund University, Ericsson and Bell Labs, among others. The division is a partner in the EU-sponsored FP7-MAMMOET project, and a member of the Swedish government’s strategic initiatives ELLIIT and Security-Link.