Communication Engineering

120 credits (MSc, 2 years)

Mankind has always communicated, but the means of communication changes. Over the past century, communication technologies have had a fundamental impact on how we carry out our daily lives. Besides using the internet and mobile phones for interpersonal communication; businesses, banking, transportation systems, TV and radio broadcasts and smart power grids rely on advanced communication technology.

In a constant and rapidly evolving field, you as a communication engineer will be needed to design and build the systems of the future.

Programme aim

Society today is firmly rooted in electronic communication systems, and it is hard to imagine life without them.

Global systems such as TV, radio, the Internet and wired and mobile telephones have a fundamental impact on the way we live and work.

In the near future, we will see rapid development of e.g.

  • sensor network communication,
  • algorithms to decrease energy consumption of communication networks,
  • tele-presence systems that reduce the need for transportation of people,
  • communication as it becomes an increasingly prominent aspect of vehicles and transportation,
  • many more areas.
Exactly what the future will bring is unknown, but some things are almost certain: there will still be advanced communication systems - some of them will be different from what the world knows today and communication engineers will be needed to develop and maintain them.

Programme description

Global communication systems have not only changed the world but are also advancing at an exceptional rate. Future communication systems will form the foundation for a sustainable and intelligent society where people and equipment can be connected anywhere, any time – with anything. A high degree of connectivity will be a key enabler for new innovative technologies and applications that can benefit from information sharing.

Evolving technologies are e.g. 5G mobile communications, machine communications, fibre optical links and networks, and sensor network communication, with emerging new applications such as remote and assisted medical diagnosis and treatment, traffic and vehicle safety, environmental monitoring, maximizing efficiency and reliability in smart grid infrastructure, and tele-presence systems that reduce the need for energy consuming transportation of people.

In order to gain insight into communication systems of the future, and to develop such systems, solid analytical skills and an understanding of the fundamental principles of digital information transmissions are essential.

Besides the fundamentals in communication engineering we focus on e.g. random signal analysis, stochastic methods for digital modulation and coding, applications of digital signal processing, optical fibres and lasers and information theory and coding.

The combination of theoretical and applied knowledge in systems that apply on a global scale gives you a toolbox and a degree in Communication Engineering for a lifelong learning process in communication technologies.

Who should apply

You should apply if you find the future outlook for communication engineers interesting, and have the following skills at a bachelor’s level: signals and systems theory (including linear systems and transforms), mathematical analysis (including probability and linear algebra) and basic programming. Basic knowledge in data communications is recommended but not required.

Why apply

In order to gain insight into communication systems of the future, and to develop such systems, solid analytical skills and an understanding of the fundamental principles of digital information transmissions are essential, where mathematics and signal processing are important tools. The combination of theoretical and applied knowledge prepares students with a degree in Communication Engineering for a lifelong learning process in communications.

Educational methods

The pedagogical structure of the programme is targeted towards learning system design processes as practiced in the communication industry. In general, the educational methods are based on what are expected from engineering graduates in an industrial environment, with specific emphasis on building and refining problem-solving skills, team work and presentation skills. Certain emphasis is placed on solving complex tasks by defining subtasks and interfaces, performing these subtasks independently, and assembling the results. All courses in the program are permeated by the principles of sustainable development. You get the opportunity to interact with the industry via guest lectures and study visits. Finally, the Master’s Thesis gives you training in individual research, project planning, documentation and presentation. It can be carried out at the University, industry or another university/research institute.
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Please note that the above schematic view corresponds to the academic year starting in autumn 2015. Minor changes may occur.

Programme content in detail

You will find the programme content in detail, incl. syllabus and description of the courses for the current year in the Student Portal, the intranet for enrolled students at Chalmers.

Programme content in detail, incl. syllabus and description of the courses

Career opportunities


Most of the alumni of this programme work as technical specialists in design, development, and maintenance of communication technology. Some have progressed to leading positions in the industry and academia.


Several international telecom players like Ericsson and Huawei actively recruit our graduate students on a regular basis. And there are plenty of smaller companies specializing in the area of communications in Sweden that have recruited students from our programme. The emerging field of machine communications will offer plenty of opportunities. E.g., recently the automotive industry has evinced interest in engineers with advanced knowledge in communication technologies, given that all modern cars include an internal communication network, and vehicle-to-vehicle communication. Vehicular safety systems is currently a progressing area of design, development and research. Many of our former students are also pursuing a Ph.D. degree at various European and American universities.


Research connections


The department is actively engaged in research and development projects with world leading companies such as Ericsson, Volvo, Nokia Solutions and Networks, Orange Labs etc. The professors at the department are themselves internationally recognized in their respective fields and are engaged in collaborative research with researchers from the top universities around the world.


Department of Signals and Systems

Published: Thu 11 Nov 2010. Modified: Fri 21 Oct 2016