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What will I learn?

The backbone of modern telecom infrastructure consists of optical fibre-based systems in combination with wireless technologies. Medical applications of photonics and microwaves are numerous, and sensing applications include radar, environmental monitoring and radio astronomy. Satellite based microwave systems aid our everyday life, e.g. television broadcasting, navigation and weather forecasts, and are used in remote sensing of the Earth and space geodesy.

Programme description

Over the past decades, photonics and wireless technology have grown at an exceptional rate and investments in future telecom systems will have a profound impact on social and economic development, but everything wireless needs hardware.

This programme offers a unique opportunity to study a combination of subjects for which Chalmers has world-class facilities: Onsala Space Observatory with radio telescopes and equipment to study the Earth and its atmosphere, the Nanofabrication Laboratory with a clean-room for research and fabrication of advanced semiconductor devices and integrated circuits, and research laboratories with state-of-the-art photonics and microwave measurement equipment.

We focus on applied science and engineering, where we combine theory with hands-on practise, labs and projects. We are involved in cutting edge research and the manufacturing of components for e.g. microwave and millimeter wave electronics, instruments for radio astronomy and remote sensing, optical fibres, lasers, and microwave antennas.

As a student of this programme, you will gain solid knowledge in wireless, photonics and space engineering as well as specialised skills in a chosen sub-field. You will be prepared for a career in the field through studies of wireless and optical communication components and systems, RF and microwave engineering, photonics, and space science and techniques.

Elective courses

Students can choose from a wide range of elective courses, including the following:

  • Image processing
  • Modern imaging
  • Introduction to communication engineering
  • Radioastronomical techniques and interferometry
  • Applied signal processing
  • Introduction to microsystem packaging
  • Fundamentals of micro- and nanotechnology
  • Introduction to law​
  • Computational electromagnetics​
  • Implementation of digital signal processing systems​

Career opportunities

As an alumni graduating from this programme you will work as a technical specialist in design, development, or production of hardware for microwave and photonic technologies. The great mix of both small and large companies, regionally and globally located, ensures a high employability. Wireless and fibre optical communication between people as well as the emerging field of communication between machines are rapidly increasing and will need more specialists with solid knowledge in hardware for microwave, photonics and space technology. It is a global industry, and there are alumni from this program working in many countries across the globe.

Chalmers has large and internationally recognised research laboratories in photonics, microwave and millimeter wave electronics, antenna engineering, and advanced receivers for space observatories. A Master’s degree from this programme is the perfect background for pursuing PhD studies at these laboratories, as well as at other university laboratories abroad specialised in the same field.

Which department am I in?

Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience - MC2

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

Venue

Chalmers University of Technology

Johanneberg Campus,

Chalmersplatsen 4,

GOTHENBURG,

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 with a major in Electrical Engineering, Engineering Physics, Physics or Engineering Mathematics.

Prerequisites: Mathematics (at least 30 credits) (including Linear algebra, Multivariable analysis and Fourier analysis) and Electromagnetic field theory.

Preferable course experience: High-frequency electromagnetic waves.

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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