Your smartphone is probably the most well-known example of an advanced embedded system; a handheld low-power device that carries out signal processing at the same time as it is able to entertain its user with computer games, internet sessions, and streaming audio/video. What makes a system embedded is that system functionality must be implemented in hardware and software within very challenging constraints, such as performance, power consumption, real-time demands, reliability, and size.
The aim of this programme is to educate engineers that can design, implement and verify advanced embedded electronic systems based on hardware and software. The programme graduates will gain knowledge and skills in a variety of areas, such as integrated circuit technology, computer design, industrial design methodologies and industrial design software suites. Programme graduates will be qualified to work as productive engineers in industrial teams designing state-of-the-art embedded products or intellectual property, or to undertake graduate studies leading to a doctorate in the field of electronic system design.
Who should apply
As far as study background, most of our students have a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering or in Computer Science and Engineering. In particular, you need skills in electronic and computer fundamentals, including digital system design using VHDL/Verilog and basic programming.
This programme is designed to address the entire design challenge of embedded systems. During the first fall semester three compulsory courses will give you a solid design platform in preparation for the spring design project, when all students will participate in a programme-wide embedded system design project; here, the knowledge and skills acquired during the fall are put to use in the design of a prototype embedded system. By adding elective courses from one of the three main profiles - System Design, Computer Systems and Electronics Production - each student can combine breadth with a certain depth.
An overarching idea of the programme is to facilitate progression of key knowledge and skills throughout the courses that lead up to the big spring project. The programme makes use of progressive educational methods such as small projects, hands-on design exercises, flipped classroom teaching and scientific writing. Also, examination is adapted to the learning outcomes which means that the traditional written exam is complemented by, for example, report and log book writing, project demonstrations and oral examinations.
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Entry requirements (academic year 2017/18)
General entry requirements
To be eligible an applicant must either be a holder of a Bachelor's degree in Science/Engineering/Technology/Architecture or be enrolled in his/her last year of studies leading to such a degree. General entry requirements in detail
Chalmers Bachelor’s degree
Are you enrolled in a Bachelor’s degree programme at Chalmers now or do you already have a Bachelor’s degree from Chalmers? If so, different application dates and application instructions apply.
Specific entry requirements
Bachelor's degree (or the equivalent) with a Digital Design profile and a Major in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Telecommunication Engineering, Automation and Mechatronics Engineering, Engineering Physics or the equivalent
Prerequisites: Mathematics (at least 30cr.) (including Linear Algebra, Calculus, Differential Equations and Transform theory), Electronic and computer fundamentals (including Electric circuit theory, Electronics, Digital Fundamentals, Digital system design using VHDL/Verilog, Computer organization), Basic Programming, Signals and Systems (including Control and Filter fundamentals)
Preferable course experience: Advanced computer organization, Electrical measurements, Semiconductor devices or Microelectronics and Programming (C/C++)
English Language Proficiency
The most common and important scores that are accepted are
- IELTS (academic training), 6.5 (with no part of the test below 5.5)
- TOEFL (Internet based): 90 (with a minimum of 20 on the written part)
- TOEFL (paper based): 575 (with a minimum of 4.5 on the written part)
Citizens of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)
Chalmers cannot admit applicants with citizenship only of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea due to the European Council Regulation U2017/01157/UH concerning restrictive measures against DPRK. Applicants with double citizenships of which one is of Democratic People's Republic of Korea and the other of another country, the citizenship of the other country has precedence in this respect.
Questions regarding the application and admission process:
Specific questions about the programme's content:
Per Larsson-Edefors, Director of Master's Programme, firstname.lastname@example.org
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 in the Student Portal, the intranet for enrolled students at Chalmers. (Note that the information relates to the current academic year.)
Programme content in detail, incl. syllabus and description of the courses
The opportunities for students graduating from this programme are excellent given the trend of embedded system permeating all aspects of life. Our graduates find jobs in Swedish companies like Volvo, Ericsson, Saab Electronic Defence Systems, Cobham Gaisler, or in international companies such as RUAG, Atmel, ARM, Nordic Semiconductors, Texas Instruments, NXP, or they work as consultants.
Around one fifth of our graduates continue in research schools, earning their PhDs in the general area of embedded electronic system design. Several of our students take part in research projects, both at Chalmers and in companies. Since the start of the programme in 2007 more than 15 scientific papers in international conferences have featured one or more students from the programme as co-authors.
Research opportunities in this field are excellent worldwide. At Chalmers, we have a strong research environment and the programme is solidly based on the research performed within the departments of Computer Science and Engineering, Microtechnology and Nanoscience, and Signals and Systems. The programme is also one of the cornerstone programmes within the field of information and communication technology, one of Chalmers’ main research areas.
Department of Computer Science and Engineering