Wireless Communications and RF Systems
Degree programme: Electrical Engineering
Name of degree: Master of Science (MSc)
Language of instruction: English
Scope of degree: 120 ECTS
Duration of studies: 2 years
Wireless Communications – Connecting People and Things
Digitalisation is here to stay. The on-going digitalisation builds on an efficient communications infrastructure. Communication is not only for humans: 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 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, rely strongly on highly efficient and reliable wireless communications solutions.
Wireless communications and RF technologies enable the making of a wide variety of applications ranging from everyday consumer products to high-end industrial machines, robots and space science. The Internet-of-Things (IoT) and 5G mobile communication networks are the two most important application domains.
Our students will gain a deep competence, fundamental understanding and practical skills to act as an R&D engineer, designer or expert in wireless communications and related industries. Depending on the focus area, the skills are tailored towards wireless communications systems, high-frequency/RF circuits and techniques or navigation and positioning as follows:
- Wireless Systems focus area provides a comprehensive understanding of the fundamental digital communication techniques and operating principles of all modern and emerging wireless systems, as well as associated transmitter and receiver modules and signal processing methods. The studies can be further tailored and deepened towards profound communication theoretic aspects and methods (modulation, coding and detection schemes, radio interface design), mobile cellular systems and associated planning and optimisation solutions, analogue and digital signal processing in radio communications devices, radio transceiver solutions, or digital computing platforms.
- Navigation and Positioning focus area gives a thorough understanding and competence related to positioning systems and devices, satellite based positioning and other modern positioning techniques. Performance optimisation, device-level signal processing, computing platforms and circuit structures, and navigation calculus are some of the central elements in this focus area.
- Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits focus area provides deep knowledge on radio transceiver circuits and systems and, in particular, radio frequency application specific integrated circuits (RF-ASIC's) in wireless communications devices. An emphasis is placed on modern computer aided design, analysis and measurement tools and silicon processes.
- High Frequency Techniques focus area offers a comprehensive understanding on high frequency electronics, circuits and techniques, with a strong focus on relevant electromagnetic phenomena and characteristics. Central elements include high frequency circuit and antenna design and radio frequency measurement fundamentals.
The contents of your major subject can also be composed as a combination of two or more focus areas, with opportunities for personalisation depending on your specific interests. This major includes courses with a strong emphasis on the underlying fundamental concepts, practical problem-solving and hands-on projects, as well as the latest modern simulation, design and measurement tools used in the industry. Students will have a possibility to get hands-on experience in commercial mmWave systems using the available testbed.
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
Our graduates are typically employed by mobile communication network operators, R&D houses, wireless chipset, device and network vendors, consulting companies and research institutes. Overall, the mobile communications industry is a massive employer with close to 900 billion USD yearly volume. Global business offers great national and international career prospects. Furthermore, the communications infrastructure is the basis for the on-going digitalisation process in several industries. Thus, communications engineering experts also have great career prospects in, for example, smart energy, transportation and automotive industries, as well as in different production and manufacturing fields outside the traditional ICT field.