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The Study programme syllabus is adopted 2015-02-19 by Dean of Education

Entry requirements:

General entry requirements:

Basic eligibility for advanced level


Specific entry requirements:


English proficiency:

An applicant to a programme or course with English as language of instruction must prove a sufficient level of English language proficiency. The requirement is the Swedish upper secondary school English course 6 or B, or equivalent. For information on other ways of fulfilling the English language requirement please visit Chalmers web site.


Undergraduate profile:

Major in Electrical Engineering, Automation and Mechatronics Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Information Engineering, Information Technology, Telecommunications, Communication Engineering, Mathematics or Engineering Physics



Mathematics (at least 30 cr.) (including Linear algebra and Probability), Signals and systems theory (including Linear systems and transforms) and Basic programming

General organization:


The aim of the Master's programme Communication Engineering is to prepare students for advanced engineering careers or Ph.D. studies in the field of communication engineering, by developing not only knowledge about the communication systems in today's society but also a solid competence in the fundamental principles by which such systems, present as well as future, and with a sustainable development in focus, are designed.


Learning outcome:

Knowledge and understanding

After completion of the programme Communication Engineering, students should be able to...

  1. describe complex communication system in terms of blocks (subsystems or "black boxes") and their interfaces
  2. describe the main principles and functions of some modern digital communication standards
  3. formulate information-theoretic limits for data transmission and storage and elaborate on their implications
  4. describe mathematical models for typical communication channels and use them to compute input - output relations
  5. explain how various forms of coding can achieve robustness against transmission errors or compact digital representations of data

Skills and abilities

After completion of the programme Communication Engineering, students should be able to...

  1. apply stochastic methods in the design and analysis of communication systems or parts thereof
  2. apply signal processing algorithms in the design and analysis of communication systems or parts thereof
  3. design and optimize functions in a communication system that satisfy given requirements on the performance and interfaces, using appropriate scientific methods and software tools
  4. evaluate communication systems by simulating them
  5. work in teams with different compositions towards common goals, including solving complex tasks by dividing them into subtasks
  6. communicate their results and judgements, as well as underlying background knowledge, with appropriate consideration of the purpose, medium, audience and ethical responsibilities

Depending on the chosen course package, students should also be able to...

  1. design and verify consumer electronics, with digital as well as analog content, with a system-oriented approach
  2. model, design and develop transmitting and receiving photonic systems for fiber-optic links
  3. model, design and develop transmitting and receiving microwave systems for, e.g., high-frequency radio and microwave links
  4. develop applications and services for biomedical communication, signal processing and diagnosis
  5. develop robust and secure applications and systems for the internet and other computer networks
  6. use and develop satellite and spacecraft systems for communications and positioning, including navigation
  7. independently solve problems in communications and signal processing using advanced mathematical analysis

Formulation of judgements and attitudes

After completion of the programme Communication Engineering, students should be able to...

  1. relate the technical specifications of a communication system to its role in society, including economical, environmental, and ethical considerations, as well as to regulation and standardization
  2. reflect upon how communication technology interacts with the physiology of the human being, including aspects of health and perception, and which responsibilities this places on the engineer
  3. independently acquire information and learn about functions and principles of future communication systems and theoretical advances in the field
  4. justify simplifications and assumptions made in the modelling and analysis of communication systems and parts thereof

These learning outcomes together fulfill the Swedish Degree Ordinance for the Master's degree and the "civilingenjör" degree, as specified in the Swedish statutes (SFS 2006:1053), and they are organized in the same format.


Extent: 120.0 c



The master's thesis work (30 credits) should deal with a clearly defined topic within the Communication Engineering area. It can be carried out at Chalmers, in industry, in research institute or at other universities. The thesis and the examiner has always to be approved by the programme coordinator of Communication Engineering. To start the thesis work the student must have passed 45 credits of courses from the programme. Students pursuing the five-year Master of Science in Engineering training must have passed at least 225 credits before beginning work on a thesis.

There is a possibility to carry out an extended master¿s thesis project (60 credits) with a clear research orientation. There will only be a limited number of such theses available (applied for in competition with your fellow students), and the requirements of the students are higher than for a normal thesis. A goal of a 60 credit thesis is to produce research results good enough to be presented at international conferences or journals. For further information please refer to the course syllabus or contact the master program coordinator.

More information is found in the Student Portal.


Courses valid the academic year 2015/2016:

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The skills achieved in the mandatory block of courses are applied and enhanced in the semi-elective block, in which the most modern communication systems are studied. Based on the theoretical principles learnt in the mandatory courses, the students get insight into not only how these systems work but also why they were designed in a certain way and what their limitations are.

The semi-elective courses are divided into hardware-related and algorithm-related courses, and it is recommended that students at least to some extent decide which will be their main area between these two. Thus, it is recommended that the students choose either (at least) three algorithm-related or three hardware-related courses among the set of semi-elective courses, and fill up with more courses of their interest. However, this is a recommendation, not a requirement.

Observe that prerequisites may apply to some elective courses; students should themselves verify that their background is adequate before selecting.

 Degree requirements:
  Degree of master of science (120 credits):
Passed courses comprising 120 credits
Passed advanced level courses (including degree project) comprising at least 90 credits
Degree project 30 credits
Advanced level courses passed at Chalmers comprising at least 45 credits
Courses (including degree project) within a major main subject 60 credits
Fulfilled course requirements according to the study programme
The prior award of a Bachelors degree, Bachelors degree in fine arts, professional or vocational qualification of at least 180 credits or a corresponding qualification from abroad.

See also the system of qualifications

Title of degree:

Master of Science. The name of the Master's programme and the major subject Electrical Engineering are stated in the degree diploma. Any specializations and tracks are not stated.


Major subject:

Electrical Engineering

Other information:

Many nontechnical courses are also included among the courses that can be part of the degree, to supplement the technical courses above with general competencies that may be useful in the professional role of a communication engineer, such as management, environment, society, economy and English.

Students carrying out a 60 credits thesis can apply to take all three compulsory electives in year 1. Please contact the Director of Studies for Electrical Engineering for more information.


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