About this program
Embedded Electronic System Design, MSc
Probably the most well-known example of an advanced embedded system is your smartphone — a handheld, low-power device that carries out signal processing while simultaneously running applications, streaming services, and games for the user. An embedded system is one where the functionality is implemented into the hardware and software according to very challenging constraints — performance, power consumption, real-time demands, reliability, and size.
This master's programme will educate and inspire the next generation of engineers to design, implement and verify advanced embedded electronic systems based on hardware and software. You will gain knowledge and skills in many areas, including integrated circuit technology, computer design, industrial design methodologies and industrial design software suites. You will be qualified to work as an engineer in industrial teams, designing state-of-the-art embedded products and intellectual property, or to undertake further studies and pursue a doctorate in the field.
The programme addresses the entire design challenge of embedded systems. During the first semester, three compulsory courses will give you a solid education in fundamental concepts of design. Then, in the spring, all students in the programme participate in an embedded system design project, putting the knowledge and skills acquired during the first semester to the test. You will work closely with local companies and industry, allowing you to explore an exciting and diverse array of applications — everything from satellite signal processors and musical synthesisers to medical electronics.
To fulfil the general entry requirement for a Master's programme at Chalmers (at advanced level/the second cycle), the prospective student must hold a degree that is equivalent to a Swedish Bachelor degree (minimum 3years, 180 Swedish higher education credits) in either Science, Engineering, Technology or Architecture.
- All applicants must document their formal academic qualifications to prove their eligibility. Only documentation from internationally recognized universities will be approved by the Swedish Council for Higher Education which manages the website universityadmissions.se.
- If an applicant is also holder of a second degree such as a Master's degree, that may be as to fulfil specific (course) requirements, it cannot be used to fullfill the general entry requirement on it's own.
English language requirement
The requirement is English proficiency equivalent to or above the Swedish upper secondary school English course 6. You can meet the requirement by achieving the required score on an internationally recognised English test. Completed upper secondary education or previous university studies in some countries can also fulfil the requirement.
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Compulsory courses year 1
During the first year the programme starts with four compulsory courses that form a common foundation in Embedded electronic system design. Each course is usually 7.5 credits.
- Design of digital electronic systems
- Introduction to integrated circuit design
- Methods for electronic system design and verification
- Embedded electronic system design project
Compulsory courses year 2
In the second year you must complete a master's thesis in order to graduate. The thesis may be worth 30 credits or 60 credits depending on your choice.
- Master's thesis
Scholarships & funding
Scholarships are a great source of funding for Master's students who are liable to pay tuition fees. Some of these are administrated by Chalmers and others by external institutions. Additional scholarships may be appended to the list and applicants are therefore encouraged to check this webpage regularly.
Please visit the university website for more information.
Tuition fee: 160 000 SEK/academic year
*EU/EEA Citizens are not required to pay fees
The opportunities for students graduating from this programme are excellent given the trend of embedded system permeating all aspects of life. Our graduates find jobs in Swedish companies like Volvo, Ericsson, Saab Electronic Defence Systems, Cobham Gaisler, or in international companies such as RUAG, Atmel, ARM, Nordic Semiconductors, Texas Instruments, NXP, or they work as consultants.
Around one fifth of our graduates continue in research schools, earning their PhDs in the general area of embedded electronic system design. Several of our students take part in research projects, both at Chalmers and in companies. Different grants allow our students to travel to conferences: Since the start of the programme, we have had around 20 scientific papers published by students from the programme.
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