Wireless Communications and RF Systems, Electrical Engineering

Tampere University
2 years
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
Fall 2023
Tampere University

About this program

Wireless Communications and RF Systems, Electrical Engineering

Digitalisation is here to stay. The ongoing 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. Digitalisation will have an impact on a wide range of industries, such as energy, transportation, logistics and manufacturing.

Another prevailing trend in society and industry is robotisation. Modern inventions, such as self-driving cars and drones, strongly rely on highly efficient and reliable wireless communications while also utilising radio-based positioning and sensing/radar technologies. Wireless communications and radio frequency (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), 5G mobile communication networks and sensing/radar systems are the three most important application domains.

Tampere University offers a unique learning environment for Wireless Communications.

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Admission requirements

General eligibility

To be eligible to apply to a master’s program at Tampere University, you must have:

  1. Bachelor’s degree - nationally recognized first cycle degree
    • an applicable bachelor’s degree at a university or a university of applied sciences in Finland
    • a bachelor's degree completed in a university outside Finland which provides eligibility for equivalent University master’s degree studies in the country in which it was awarded.
      • with a minimum scope of 180 ECTS credits, three to four years of full-time study
      • from a relevant field for the master’s degree program that you’re applying to
      • from a recognised institution of higher education
  2. A good command of the English language for academic purposes.

Program-specific eligibility criteria

The previous degree should be from a field closely related to the Master's program you are applying to. In the Master’s program in Electrical Engineering the previous degree has to be in one of the following (or highly related) fields:

  • electrical engineering or other applicable field with proficiency in mathematics, physics and elementary programming skills

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

The specialisation of Wireless Communications and RF Systems in the Master's program in Electrical Engineering includes courses with a strong emphasis on the underlying fundamental concepts, practical problem-solving, hands-on projects, and state-of-the-art simulation, design and measurement tools used in industry. Depending on your choice of specialisation, you will gain in-depth knowledge of wireless communications systems, high-frequency/RF circuits and techniques or navigation and positioning as follows:

  • focus area in Wireless Systems provides you with a comprehensive understanding of fundamental digital communication techniques and the operating principles of all modern and emerging wireless systems as well as associated transmitter and receiver modules and signal processing methods. The studies may 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, analog and digital signal processing in radio communications devices, radio transceiver solutions, or digital computing platforms.
  • focus area in Navigation and Positioning provides you with a thorough understanding of and competencies related to positioning systems and devices, including not only satellite-based positioning but also other modern positioning techniques. Performance optimisation, device-level signal processing, computing platforms and circuit structures, and navigation calculus are some of the central elements of this focus area.
  • focus area in Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits provides you with in-depth knowledge of radio transceiver circuits and systems and, in particular, radio frequency application specific integrated circuits (RF-ASICs) in wireless communications devices. Special emphasis is placed on modern computer aided design, analysis and measurement tools and silicon processes.
  • focus area in High Frequency Techniques provides students with a comprehensive understanding of high frequency electronics, circuits and techniques and has a strong focus on relevant electromagnetic phenomena and characteristics. Central elements include high frequency circuit and antenna design and the fundamentals of radio frequency measurements.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.


Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA citizens: 12000 € per academic year.

You will not be required to pay the fee if you are:

  • an EU/EEA citizen
  • equivalent to EU/EEA citizen (i.e. citizen of Switzerland)
  • already reside in Finland (a continuous A or a permanent P/P-EU residence permit), or have an EU Blue Card issued in Finland. The exempting residence permit must be valid when you are applying for studies and at least until 1 August i.e. when the study right commences. Please note that a residence permit in another EU/EEA country does not exempt you from the tuition fee.


Degree earned

Master of Science (Technology)

Extent of studies

120 ECTS

Study objectives

The studies in Wireless Communications and RF Systems deal with fundamental wireless communications and RF technologies, which are crucial in enabling the future programmable and connected world, including a wide variety of applications ranging from everyday consumer products to high-end industrial machines and robots as well as space science. The Internet of Things (IoT), 5G/6G mobile communication networks and sensing/radar systems are the three most important application domains. After completing the degree, students will have extensive competencies and the required fundamental understanding and practical skills to work as an R&D engineer, designer or take on other demanding expert and engineering positions in wireless communications, RF systems, and related industries.

Continuing studies

Following the successful completion of the program, our graduates eligible to apply for admission to doctoral programs in Finland or abroad.

Career paths

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 global mobile communications industry is a massive employer with an annual volume of close to 900 billion USD. The field offers excellent career prospects worldwide. With the utilisation of the communications infrastructure penetrating into all industry sectors as a result of digitalisation, experts in communications engineering also have a broad range of career prospects, for example, in the smart energy, transportation and automotive industries as well as in different production and manufacturing industries which are outside the basic ICT field.

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