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What will I learn?

Programme aim

In order to drive the development of future's high-performance computer systems, whether for software or hardware development, it is necessary to have a holistic view. This view combines how algorithms specified in a high-level language can utilize given computational structures and how computational resources should be designed and managed to achieve the high demands on computational performance and energy utilization as required by the future digital society.

The main topic and fundamental idea behind the programme is how the needs of future industries in terms of high computational performance and energy efficiency can be met with systematic methods based on the latest research results in the field of computer systems engineering. The Master's Programme in High-Performance Computer Systems aims to provide these cutting-edge skills.

Programme description

The Master’s Programme in High-Performance Computer Systems:

aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of how a complete computer system consisting of multiple layers of software and hardware interact to provide ultimate functionality, performance and energy efficiency characteristics;

offers a deep understanding of different topics in the areas of computer architecture, computer graphics and real-time systems, which are required to master the design of future computer systems that achieve exceptional computational performance (using general purpose and accelerator processing elements) and energy efficiency for demanding emerging applications;

offers the possibility to dive deep into innovation and entrepreneurship, with special emphasis on how technical ideas can be transformed into businesses either as a startup or as part of existing organizations.

The Programme includes courses on advanced computer architecture as well as techniques to help deliver high performance from parallel programs. In addition, the programme offers the possibility for students to specialize in the areas of computer architectures and sustainable computing, computer graphics, or real-time systems. In addition, the students may also choose a track on Entrepreneurship. As part of their training, the students are offered a course covering generic skills such as technical writing and presentation, research methodology, and ethics.

Finally, in order to complete the programme the students have to complete a 30 credit Master Thesis project where the acquired knowledge and skills are put into practice. This project offers the opportunity for students to work with world renowned top faculty researchers that are involved in key projects related to the HPC strategy such as the European Processor Initiative (EPI) and use a variety of advanced systems available at the SNIC Science Cloud and the Chalmers Center for Computational Science and Engineering (C3SE).

Why apply

This programme is for all students who would like to acquire in-depth knowledge, abilities, skills and methodologies in the area of Computer Engineering and in particular in the field of High-Performance Computer Systems.

More specifically, it is for those students that aim at developing their knowledge, abilities, skills and methodologies needed to:

  • be able to lead and participate in software development as well as computer hardware for general and specific computer applications with high demands on computational performance and/or energy efficiency;
  • be able to carry out development work in the technological forefront in national as well as international environments in general and with expert knowledge in any of the following computer systems core subjects: computer architecture, real-time systems and computer graphics;
  • develop innovative technology and in methodologies needed to take an innovative idea to the market.

Which department am I in?

Department of Computer Science and Engineering

Study options

Full Time (2 Years)

Tuition fees
SEK140,000.00 (10,88,647) per year
EU/EEA Citizens are not required to pay fees.
Start date

Expected August 2022


Chalmers University of Technology

Johanneberg Campus,

Chalmersplatsen 4,


SE-412 96, Sweden

Entry requirements

For students from United States

To fulfill the general entry requirement for the second cycle (master’s level), the prospective student must either hold a degree of Bachelor or Degree of Bachelor of Science in Engineering (minimum 3 years/ 180 hp) in Science, Engineering, Technology or Architecture from an internationally recognized university, according to the official guidelines by the Swedish Council for Higher Education published at universityadmissions.se. Programme-specific requirements include a bachelor’s degree (or the equivalent) with a major in (one or several alternatives will be listed) and prerequisites (one or several courses selected as necessary for the specific programme) and for three particular programmes a portfolio is required. English language requirement: IELTS (academic training): 6.5 (with no part of the test below 5.5); TOEFL (Internet based): 90 (with a minimum of 22 on the written part); TOEFL (paper based): 575 (with a minimum of 4.5 on the written part); Pearson PTE Academic - Score of 62 (writing 61).

For international students

Bachelor’s degree (or the equivalent) with a major in: Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Automation and Mechatronics, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Physics, Software Engineering or related subjects.

Preferable course experience: Basic computer organization, Machine-oriented programming, Principles of concurrent programming, Mathematical modelling and problem-solving.

Accepted tests and minimum results required: IELTS Academic: an overall mark of 6.5 and no section below 5.5; TOEFL Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1-6) in written test, total score of 575, TOEFL Internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0-30) in written test, total score of 90; Pearson PTE Academic: Score of 62 (writing 61); C1 Advanced (CAE), Cambridge English: Advanced (Certificate in Advanced English), or Cambridge ESOL Level 2 Certificate in ESOL International, Level C1.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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