Master's programme in Communication Systems
The KTH master’s programme in Communication Systems offers students a strong fundamental education in key knowledge areas, whilst providing a broad scope of academic courses and specialisations to choose from. This highly relevant field is becoming increasingly important to how our societies function, and our global information infrastructure will continue to demand well-rounded specialists in the future.
Communication Systems at KTH
The programme takes a holistic view on the Internet infrastructure together with its services and applications, and covers the important fields required to develop global communication systems for next generations. Students will learn about the fundamental design principles behind the Internet, which have enabled the explosive growth, and that has stimulated the growth of new business ideas and ventures. The programme also covers novel concepts and topics such as cloud computing, software-defined networking, 5G mobile network technology, and Internet-of-Things.
Students work in a research environment with ample experimental resources and in close contact with the industry – including leading system manufacturers, service developers and providers, and advanced early adopters. The first study period consists of mandatory core courses, which provide in-depth knowledge in the areas of communication systems and networks. The programme continues with specialisation tracks including some mandatory courses within the track and a wide range of elective courses, allowing the student to specialise within the programme subject areas. Many courses are problem-oriented, with self-directed and project-based work. The fourth term is devoted to the master's degree project. The purpose of the degree project is for students to demonstrate the skills acquired during the programme by applying them to solve realistic problems. The topic of the degree project may be suggested from a number of sources such as a professor, external agency, an industry collaborator or the student but should be relevant to the focus of the course work.
Today’s technical challenges are about developing network systems to support a wide range of applications and connected devices, ensuring that the next generation of communication systems is scalable, flexible, secure, and sustainable. These systems will give users global access to a large variety of possibilities, ranging from advanced services based on sensor data produced by large amounts of constrained devices to cloud-based distributed services for computation and storage empowered by high-performance networks and powerful connected data centers. Commercialisation of these new ideas will create value for users, vendors, operators and society in general. Consequently, entrepreneurship, product realisation and economics are inextricably linked to communication systems.
The programme provides an excellent basis for a career in research and development, as well as in network design and management. Former students can be found in academia, as well as in the industry – on the producer side, with system manufacturers and operators, and on the consumer side, with industry, in the public sector and among regulators. There is a huge demand for network designers and administrators, especially in emerging markets in developing regions. Finally, as evidenced by Google, Skype, Spotify and others, there are rich opportunities for entrepreneurs to change the world.
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Changes in the programme may occur.