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Entry requirements

Interested in studying the master’s programme in Communication Systems? To be eligible you must meet the admission requirements of the programme and include the documents stated below in your application. All applications are assessed according to predetermined selection criteria set for the programme.

Admission requirements

To be eligible for the programme, you must have been awarded a bachelor's degree, be proficient in English and meet the programme-specific requirements.

Bachelor's degree

A bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish bachelor's degree, or equivalent academic qualifications from an internationally recognised university, is required. Students who are following longer technical programmes, and have completed courses equivalent to a bachelor's degree, will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Students in their final year of undergraduate studies may apply and, if qualified, will receive a conditional acceptance. These applicants must include a written statement according to the instructions given by University Admissions . Students in the final year of undergraduate studies at a Swedish university do not have to provide a written statement in order, if qualified, to receive a conditional acceptance. They must, however, have completed 150 ECTS credits in the bachelor’s programme by 1 February.

English proficiency

English language proficiency equivalent to (the Swedish upper secondary school) English course B/6 is required. The requirement can be satisfied through a result equal to, or higher than, those stated in the following internationally recognised English tests:

  • TOEFL Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1-6) in written test, total score of 575.
    TOEFL ITP is not accepted.
  • TOEFL iBT internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0-30) in written test, total score of 90.
    TOEFL iBT Home Edition is accepted.
  • IELTS Academic/IELTS UKVI: A minimum overall mark of 6.5, with no section lower than 5.5
  • Cambridge ESOL: Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) Certificate in Advanced English or Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) (Certificate of Proficiency in English)
  • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): Minimum score of 90
  • University of Michigan, ECPE (Examination for the certificate of Proficiency in English)
  • Pearson PTE Academic: Score of 62 (writing 61)

The language requirement can also be fulfilled through previous university and upper secondary school studies. More information on recognised English tests, previous studies, and required documents is provided by University Admissions .

​Specific requirements for the master's programme in Communication Systems

A Bachelor of Science, corresponding to 180 ECTS credits, in Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Engineering or Information Technology, including courses in

  • computer science, basic data/telecom and internetworking, computer systems (computer architecture and operating systems) and programming corresponding to at least 60 ECTS credits,
  • mathematics, including calculus, linear algebra and mathematical statistics or probability theory, corresponding to at least 30 ECTS credits

Application documents

Your application is not complete without the required documents. Please only submit the requested general and programme specific documents listed below.

General documents

  1. Certificates and diplomas from previous university studies
  2. Transcript of completed courses and grades included in your degree
  3. Proof of English proficiency
  4. A copy of your passport including personal data and photograph, or other identification document

Specific documents for the master's programme in Communication Systems

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of Motivation
  • 2 Letters of recommendation
  • Relevant work experience

Instructions for programme specific documents

These are instructions for the different programme specific documents that can be requested by KTH. Only submit the documents requested by the programme to which you apply (the documents listed above). For example, if a summary sheet is not requested above, it should not be submitted.

Letter of motivation/Autobiographical statement

The letter of motivation is intended to explain the reasons you have chosen the specific programme at KTH, and what you hope to gain from it. Include a short autobiographical statement covering the development of your academic and professional pursuits, extra-curricular activities, the relevance of your academic, professional, and other related experience to your proposed study at KTH. A well-written letter of motivation will explain why you want to further your studies in your chosen programme, and how your interests and skills will contribute to your success in the programme, and to your future career. Your letter of motivation should not exceed 500 words (no more than one page), and must be written in English. KTH does not use standardized forms or templates for the letter of motivation, since the letter/s should be personal. If you are applying to multiple programmes that require a letter of motivation you should submit a letter addressed to each programme.

Curriculum Vitae, C.V.

Your C.V. is intended to clearly and concisely outline your academic and professional history. The C.V. should provide information about your own academic background, work experience, computer literacy, and other facts that list important achievements and attributes, such as degrees, awards, special knowledge and skills, or publications. Your C.V. should also list the contact information of your references if required by the programme. Your C.V. must be written in English. KTH does not require a standardized template for CV’s but there are many excellent guides to writing a C.V. available online.

Letters of recommendation

Two letters of recommendation may be required to be submitted with your application. If possible, one letter should be from an academic referee who knows you well, and the other from a person who has known you in a professional environment. Please ask your referees to be specific and detailed in their explanation of why you would be a good choice for admission to the programme. The letters should include full contact details for the referee. If your referee would like to send your letter of recommendation in support of your application directly to University Admissions in Sweden, it must clearly state your full name and application number and be sent by regular post. If the letters are in a language other than English, you must also provide an English translation.

Degree project proposal

Carefully formulate a brief preliminary degree project proposal. The purpose of this proposal is to provide you with an opportunity to express your interest in a specific topic in the context of the programme. This proposal is a part of the overall evaluation of your application but if you are admitted to a programme you will, however, have the opportunity to choose another thesis topic. Your statement should not exceed 500 words (no more than one page). The proposal must be written in English.

Summary sheet

The summary sheet is to be submitted either by filling out an online form on the programme page or by filling in a separate document that is to be uploaded with the rest of your supporting documents. If a summary sheet is required, it will be specified in the list of programme specific documents above. If you have any questions on how to fill out the summary sheet, please contact the programme directly.

Any questions regarding the specific entry requirements and the above documents should be directed to the programme contact found on the programme pages.

How to submit your documents

  • Most applicants can upload all documents in their application on universityadmissions.se.
  • The documentation requirements and academic qualifications may differ between countries.
  • No documents should be sent to KTH unless you are instructed to do so.
  • The authenticity of your documents may be verified with the issuing institution. Applications made with fraudulent documents will be rejected and legal action may be taken. Incomplete applications will not be processed.

Required documents, how to submit them and country specific information (University Admissions)

Selection criteria

The selection process is based on the following criteria: university, previous studies (for instance GPA, grades in specific subjects and English), motivation for the studies (for instance letter of motivation, references, degree project proposal and relevant work experience). The evaluation scale is 1-75.

Applicants with education from a Swedish university
The same admission requirements and application process apply for students with a bachelor's degree from a Swedish university or students enrolled in a longer programme. If the university uses Ladok and the same personal identity number is used at the university and on universityadmissions.se the applicant does not need to submit transcripts of records or degree certificates.

Recognition of prior learning
Previous studies or professional experience may qualify you for studies or enable you to finish your studies earlier.

Read more about recognition of prior learning 

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