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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, and protocols. However, modern systems and applications are also treated, for instance, cellular systems (GSM, 3G) and the Internet.

Outline of Course Curriculum

The course curriculum can be roughly divided into three main blocks: (1) fundamentals of digital communications, (2) wireless applications, and (3) network applications. There are mandatory courses in all three blocks, designed to give a broad overview and a solid foundation for advanced studies. The application blocks contain four elective courses that give more in-depth knowledge, and students are required to follow two of these courses (however, not necessarily from the same block). Moreover, there is the optional course Computer Introduction, which introduces the participants to the computer environment at Chalmers and covers the bare minimum of unix and C and MATLAB programming. This course is not required, but highly recommended.
The following list of courses shows to which block the courses belong. Courses marked with * are mandatory.

Fundamentals of Digital Communications

  • Computer Introduction (optional)
  • Digital Communications*
  • Probability and Random Processes*
  • Data Compression*
  • Applied Signal Processing*
  • Statistical Digital Signal Processing*

Wireless Applications

  • Wireless Communications*
  • Satellites in Communications and Navigation (elective)
  • Microwave Engineering for Communications (elective)

Network Applications

  • Data Communications*
  • Internet Technology (elective)
  • Advanced Internet Technology (elective)

Master's thesis

The program is concluded with a 20-credit thesis project carried out at a company or at Chalmers or some other academic institution. The project can be made in Sweden or abroad.

Program Requirements

To pass the program, the student needs to complete all mandatory courses (marked with * in the list above), two elective courses (not necessarily from the same block), and the Master's thesis.

Program Prerequisites

To be eligible, a student must have a strong background in mathematics and passed courses in the following topics at the undergraduate level, preferably during studies in Electrical or Computer Engineering. Suitable programs at Chalmers are E, D, and F.
· 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: convolution, impulse and frequency responses (both continuous-time and discrete-time)
· Computers: basic programming skills

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