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Communication engineering, MSc

120 credits (2 years)

Please note, this programme will no longer be open for application. The courses will be incorporated into a new programme, Information and communication technology. ​

We live in the age of information, where communication and information processing are at the heart of our modern society. Intelligent transportation systems, smart cities, traffic safety, positioning and navigation, eHealth, Industry 4.0, and cloud services, all rely on our ability to store, share, process, and deliver massive ​amounts of data. In a constantly and rapidly evolving field, you as a communication engineer will be needed to rethink, design, and build the systems of the future to enable the interconnected world. ​

Communication engineering master's programme at Chalmers ​​​

We are witnessing an explosion of information services and applications, in both volume and variety. These services include social networks, video sharing and streaming, and cloud computing. Providing these services on a wide scale requires the ability to globally store, share, process, and deliver massive amounts of data. Therefore, there is a tremendous need for know-how to tackle this data flooding and the accompanying challenges. Furthermore, the need for communication engineers goes far beyond the conventional data delivery and storage problem. A striking example is intelligent transportation systems and traffic safety: a world of autonomous vehicles will not be possible without the integration of communication, information processing, positioning, and navigation. Other evolving fields of the “interconnected world” where the knowledge of communication engineers is vital for their development are the Internet-of-things, Industry 4.0, environmental monitoring, and smart grids, to name only a few.

In the Communication engineering master's programme, we prepare you for an advanced engineering career in the fields of communication and information science, by acquiring deep theoretical and applied knowledge, the competence to conduct complex projects, and the passion for discovery. As a graduate student of this programme, you will be able to contribute to the development of the transformative and disruptive technologies that are needed to enable the interconnected world.
In the core courses of the programme, the focus lies in providing you with solid analytical skills and an understanding of the fundamental principles of communication and information processing, random signal analysis, applications of digital signal processing, antennas, information theory, and coding theory. The master's programme offers several suggested specialization tracks, with a generous number of courses to choose from.

Specialization course packages

Depending on how you select and combine your courses, you can pursue a specialization of your interest and tailor your education towards a certain application or towards more fundamental topics. Compose your own – or choose one of our suggested specialization course packages: Mobile communication, Internet-of-Things, Industry 4.0, eHealth, Smart Society, Intelligent Transportation Systems, RF Hardware Design, Optical Communication, Satellite and Sensing Systems, and Information Processing. Furthermore, among the compulsory elective courses, there are four research-oriented courses of a more advanced nature than the others.

Educational methods

In general, the educational methods have a specific emphasis on building and refining problem-solving skills, teamwork, and presentation skills. In the programme, you also get the opportunity to interact with the industry via guest lectures and study visits. The Master’s thesis gives you training in individual research, project planning, documentation and presentation.

Topics covered

The subjects of communications system, IT, electronics, electrotechnics and telecommunications are fundamental areas in the Communication engineering master’s programme. The courses included in the programme plan handle topics such as mobile communication, Internet-of-Things, Industry 4.0, eHealth, Smart Society, Intelligent Transportation Systems, RF Hardware Design, Optical Communication, Satellite and Sensing Systems, and Information Processing.

Master's programme structure

The master's programme runs for a duration of two years, leading to a Master of Science (MSc) degree. During each year, students can earn 60 credits (ECTS) and complete the programme by accumulating a total of 120 credits. Credits are earned by completing courses where each course is usually 7.5 credits. The programme consists of compulsory courses, compulsory elective courses and elective courses.

Compulsory courses year 1

During the first year the programme starts with five compulsory courses that form a common foundation in Communication engineering. Each course is usually 7.5 credits.
  • Introduction to communication engineering
  • Digital communications
  • Random signal analysis
  • Applied signal processing
  • Wireless communications

Compulsory courses year 2

In the second year you must complete a master's thesis in order to graduate. The thesis may be worth 30 credits or 60 credits depending on your choice.
  • Master’s thesis 

Compulsory elective courses* select at least 3 

  • Image analysis
  • Wireless networks
  • eHealth
  • Multimedia and video communications
  • Optoelectronics
  • Microwave engineering
  • Image processing
  • Wireless link project
  • Fiber-optical communication
  • Remote sensing
  • Introduction to integrated circuit design
  • Radar system and applications
  • Network security
  • Computer networks
  • Fundamentals of photonics
  • Laser engineering
  • Electromagnetic waves and components
  • Satellite communications
  • Satellite positioning
  • Introduction to electronic system design
  • Mixed-signal system design

Elective courses

  • Matrix, analysis with applications, advanced level
  • Error control coding, advanced level
  • Information theory, advanced level
  • Bayesian statistics



The Master’s degree in communication engineering will prepare you to work at the frontier of technology in areas ranging from multimedia communication, data storage, intelligent transportation, traffic safety, positioning and navigation, wireless networks, and Internet-of-things; areas where information processing plays a decisive role.

The generality of the methods and skills taught in the programme prepare you to work within virtually any branch of industry. A salient example is the Internet-of-things for smart cities, where virtually all components across the city (vehicles, buildings, infrastructure, etcetera) will be interconnected and communicate with each other to create safer, more efficient, and sustainable cities. Its full development involves the automotive industry, network service providers, and energy management companies, which are all in demand of communication engineers.

Our students are well equipped for leading positions in globally operating companies worldwide. In the Gothenburg area, international players, such as Ericsson, Huawei, Volvo Cars and Volvo Trucks, Zenseact, Saab group, ABB, Ruag Space, and Autoliv, actively recruit our graduate students. There are also plenty of smaller companies, start-ups and consultancy companies specializing in communications in Sweden. The prospective jobs range from research and development to project management, and consultancy. Many of our former students also pursue a PhD degree at Chalmers or at various European and American universities.

Research within Communication engineering

The Department of Electrical Engineering comprises the largest research group in communications in Sweden, and one of the leading research groups in Europe. The research activities include information and communication theory, coding theory, distributed data storage, caching and computing, vehicle-to-vehicle communication for traffic safety, positioning and navigation, cyber-physical systems, and wireless and optical communications. The researchers at the department are internationally recognized in their respective fields and are engaged in collaborative research with researchers from top universities around the world. The department is also actively engaged in research and development projects with world leading research bodies and companies, such as the German Aerospace Center, Ericsson, Volvo, Nokia-Bell Labs, and Orange Labs, to name a few.

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