Communication Systems and Networks
Degree programme: Information Technology
Name of degree: Master of Science (MSc)
Language of instruction: English
Scope of degree: 120 ECTS
Duration of studies: 2 years
Effective communication networking makes the world go digital
Digitalisation is here to stay. The on-going digitalisation builds on an efficient communications infrastructure. Communication is not only for humans anymore: The Internet-of-Things and the Industrial Internet are the forerunners of a connected and programmable world where things are also able to communicate. The digitalisation will, without doubt, impact highly industries such as energy, transportation, logistics and manufacturing.
Another prevailing trend in the society and industries is robotisation. Modern inventions, such as self-driving cars and drones, also rely strongly on highly efficient and reliable wireless communications solutions.
The studies in Communication Systems and Networks place a special emphasis on Future Internet and evolving and emerging (4G, 5G and beyond 5G) wireless broadband and multi-service communication systems. While the focus is on radio access systems and networking levels, also physical layer digital communication techniques and system-level RF aspects are within the scope of the major.
During your studies, you may specialise in either of the two focus areas: Networking or Radio Systems and Networks. Depending on your personal interests, you may also build your major whilst combining the two areas.
Networking covers various aspects of wired and wireless packet switched networks and the Future Internet. The compulsory courses focus on various aspects of local and wide area wireless and wired networks providing an in-depth knowledge of concepts like TCP/IP protocols suite, MAC-level algorithms and methods, networking paradigms (e.g., peer-to-peer networking). Optional courses cover various advanced subjects including network planning and dimensioning, traffic modelling, performance analysis and simulation of wireless networks. Current research topics include the development of concepts and technologies for the future evolution of cellular systems (beyond LTE), Internet of Things and nano-networking.
The Radio Systems and Networks develops skills for the theoretical understanding and practical optimization and planning of wireless radio communication systems and networks, like 3GPP HSPA, LTE, and LTE-Advanced, 5G New Radio, as well as IEEE 802.11 type WiFi systems, based on a deep understanding of radio communications, radio propagation and system-level RF issues. It introduces the fundamental aspect of optimising the radio access system performance through the modulation, detection and coding techniques and through the design of the radio network topology and radio resource management functions. In-depth understanding of waveform, modulation and coding related aspects is also developed during the studies.
Our courses have a strong emphasis on the underlying fundamental concepts, practical problem-solving and hands-on projects utilising modern simulation, design, and measurement tools also used by industry. Students will have a possibility to get hands-on experience in commercial mmWave systems using the available testbed.
Advanced studies and MSc thesis projects are closely linked to the research activities of the Wireless Communications research group in our department of Electronics and Communication Engineering at TUT, which has active collaboration with industry.
To become a MSc graduate you will need to complete the degree programme worth 120 ECTS. The modern study methods consist of lectures, exercises, assignments, independent studying and examinations. Courses are worth 90 ECTS and the remaining 30 ECTS are awarded for successfully completing a master's thesis. Each ECTS is equal to an average workload of 27 hours.
The programme consists of the following study modules
Communication Systems and Networks graduates are typically employed by mobile communication network operators, R&D houses, wireless device and network vendors, consulting companies, and research institutes. The global mobile communications industry is a massive employer with close to 900 billion USD yearly volume, and, thus, there are great national and international career prospects. Furthermore, the communications infrastructure is the basis for the on-going digitalisation process in several industries. Thus, as a communications engineering expert, you will also have great career prospects in, for example, the energy, transportation and automotive industries, as well as in different production and manufacturing fields outside the traditional ICT field.