Master's programme in Software Engineering of Distributed Systems

Emerging computer networks and communication technology provide a new technological foundation for designing software systems. The systems become distributed, reconfigurable and adaptive, and their components employ a high degree of autonomy. This is an exciting and rapidly evolving field where there is a continuous demand for qualified software engineers on the world labour market.

Application open

Application is open until April 18 2017.

16 January 2017: Application deadline
1 February 2017: Deadline for supporting academic documents (all applicants) and documentation of fee exempt status (if required) or receipt of application fee (if required)
24 March 2017: First notification of selection results
12 April 2017: Last date to reply to your offer

Non-EU/EEA/Swiss citizens: The full programme tuition fee is SEK 310 000
Non-EU/EEA/Swiss citizens are generally required to pay an application fee of SEK 900.

EU/EEA/Swiss citizens: There are no tuition fees for EU/EEA/Swiss citizens
EU/EEA/Swiss citizens are not required to pay an application fee.

Degree awarded: Master of Science
Duration: Two years (120 ECTS credits)
Location: KTH Kista, Stockholm
Programme start: Late August
Language of instruction: English

Programme director:
Mihhail Matskin

Programme coordinator:

Software Engineering of Distributed Systems at KTH

The set of devices in which distributed software applications may operate, ranges from workstations to PDAs. New technological developments create considerable demand from industry and for engineers who are able to design software systems utilising these developments. This Master’s programme is intended to be an educational response to such industrial demand. It provides students with state-of-the-art knowledge of the field and develops their practical skills in order to meet current industrial requirements, as well as enhancing their ability to adapt to the new developments of tomorrow’s technology.

The program is course-based. 60 ECTS must be obtained from the set of compulsory courses (this includes degree project) and 60 ECTS can be obtained from the set of elective courses. The programme offers two specialization tracks: software track and security track. Among the set of elective courses for these specializations, four courses (30 ECTS) for each of these tracks must be elected from the lists of corresponding elective courses for the tracks.



Since the programme is oriented to educate software engineers with comprehensive knowledge of recent advanced methods and technologies in distributed software systems, opportunities for graduates to find a job are extensive. The programme qualifications allow students to work in a multitude of companies developing or maintaining software, and this is a huge market. Many students have been offered permanent positions either in Sweden or abroad even before they graduate. Feedback from former students shows that they very much appreciate the knowledge of modern technologies they learned from the programme, and this knowledge enables them to be very competitive in the labour market. Likewise, there are many examples of graduates becoming key employees in their companies by promoting these modern technologies.

A large number of students also target an academic career, and many of them have proceeded to PhD student positions in well-known universities all over the world.


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For questions regarding programme content and specific admission requirements, feel free to contact the programme coordinator or programme director.

Programme director:  Mihhail Matskin
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Changes in the programme may occur. 

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