The program is designed to prepare students for advanced engineering careers or Ph.D. studies in the field of communications. This rapidly advancing field of science and technology will continue to have an immense impact on human, social, and industrial life in the foreseeable future. The emphasis of the program is placed on fundamental principles for digital communications: coding, modulation, signal processing, transmission, and protocols. The design of modern communication systems and applications is also covered, including cellular systems and the Internet.
A strong background in mathematics and passed courses in the following topics at the undergraduate level are required, preferably during studies in Electrical or Communication Engineering.
Applicants must explicitly indicate in their applications where these skills have been acquired.
- Probability theory: random variables, distributions, expectations
- Electronics: basic electrical circuit theory, measurement techniques
- Signals and Systems Theory: Fourier transforms and series, Laplace transforms, z transforms, linear and time-invariant systems
- Computers: basic programming skills
Outline of course curriculum
The courses cover the fundamentals of digital communications, wireless applications, and network applications. There are mandatory courses in all of these three blocks, designed to provide a broad overview of the area. The application blocks include four elective courses, giving a more in-depth knowledge in a specific topic, of which each student should choose two. Many of the courses have a theoretical focus and rely on advanced mathematical methods.
The elective courses, of which each student should choose two, give a more in-depth knowledge in a specific communication technology, ranging from the Internet to microwave links, satellites, and optical fibers.