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 in which there is a continuous demand for qualified software engineers on the world labour market.

Application open

Application through University Admissions in Sweden.

16 October 2017: Application opens
15 January 2018: Application deadline
1 February 2018: Deadline for supporting academic documents (all applicants) and documentation of fee exempt status (if required) or receipt of application fee (if required)
6 April 2018: Notification of selection results

Non-EU/EEA/Swiss citizens: The tuition fee for the full programme 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.

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

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

Programme director: Mihhail Matskin
Programme coordinator: masters@ict.kth.se

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 demands. 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 credits must be obtained from the set of compulsory courses (this includes the degree project) and 60 ECTS credits can be obtained from the set of elective courses. The programme offers two tracks: Software track and Security track. Among the set of elective courses for these specialisations, four courses (30 ECTS credits) for each of these tracks must be elected from the lists of corresponding elective courses for the tracks. The final term is dedicated to the degree project with one set of thesis topics provided by faculty. Many students choose to conduct their project in collaboration with industry, either in Sweden or abroad, and others are interested in pursuing their project in a university abroad. The choice of degree project depends on the students’ plans for future industrial or research work.

TOPICS Covered

Distributed systems, software engineering, distributed artificial intelligence and intelligent agents, programming web-services

Courses

Career

Since the programme is oriented to educate software engineers with a 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. Alumni can be found working in companies such as Ericsson, Spotify, Google, Nasdaq, Netlight, Scania group and SEB. 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 doctoral positions in well-known universities all over the world.

AFTER GRADUATION

Software development, enterprise architect, consulting, entrepreneur, project manager, researcher, business development

Students

Find out what students from the programme think about their time at KTH.

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"Sweden is the country of education, technology, and advancements in all aspects of life"

Meet the students

Faculty and research

The research goal of the department is to continue strong research in fundamental aspects of software and computer systems, central areas within Computer Science, with a focus on cloud computing, service computing, social networks, time aware systems, data science, and applied AI as well as Software Engineering.

Changes in the programme may occur.

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