Master's programme in Embedded Systems
Embedded Systems are the most common form of computer systems, utilising around 98 percent of all manufactured processors for their applications – from sewing machines and cars, to satellites and power plants. The common denominator for these systems is high-level demands on functionality and reliability.
Embedded Systems at KTH
The purpose of this master’s programme is to provide a broad education in embedded systems with the opportunity to specialise in areas that cover theoretical as well as practical aspects of embedded systems development. Special emphasis is placed on engineering skills, integration of software and hardware, system design, integration, verification and the management of the design process.
The programme offers four tracks:
- The Embedded Electronics track addresses the problems of integrating sensors and communication devices into SoC/ASIC and PCB-based embedded systems, with a focus on Internet of things.
- The Embedded Platforms track addresses the problems of designing and assembling an embedded single-/multi-/many-core CPU platform, including embedded software
- The Embedded Software track addresses the problems of designing and maintaining embedded software running on single-/multi-/many-core systems, including computer hardware fundamentals.
- The Embedded Control track addresses the problems of designing electronics/embedded systems that are closely integrated with mechanical systems.
During the final term students demonstrate their individual skills acquired during the programme through a degree project where they solve a realistic problem. The student writes a thesis report, demonstrates and defends the results. The focus of the project may be proposed by the student, an examiner, a company, a public agency or any other external organization, but the project plan must be approved by the examiner of one of the thesis project courses in the curriculum. The degree project may also be performed at universities or companies abroad.
The programme also offers two dual degree tracks, one with Khalifa University in the Arab Emirates and one with University of Electronic Science and Technology of China. These tracks result in a dual degree.
The enormous price and performance developments of electronics, coupled with their flexibility and programmability, creates considerable opportunities for innovation. At the same time, the industry is experiencing problems with sustaining competence in the area, and facing major challenges in managing the integration of software and hardware.
Potential employers of Embedded Systems graduates are companies that develop electronic components and embedded systems in all possible areas. The programme has a broad industrial contact network through ICES – the KTH Innovative Centre for Embedded Systems. ICES member companies support implementation and student activities in the programme, such as trainee positions, master’s thesis projects and pilot projects, offering participants an excellent bridge into the industry or further education in the form of doctoral studies.
Find out what students from the programme think about their time at KTH.
* Embedded Systems is also listed within subject area information and communication technology.
Changes in the programme may occur.