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As a student of this Computer Systems and Networks master’s programme, delivered at the Chalmers University of Technology, you will develop a solid grasp of computer systems and networks through a broad, yet in-depth, training experience in the field of Computer Science and Engineering.

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Overview

You will acquire theoretical knowledge and engineering skills in:

  • Parallel and Distributed Systems
  • Computer Security and Dependability
  • Computer Systems Engineering
  • Communication Networks
Programme description

The Computer Systems and Networks programme at the Chalmers University of Technology instills a set of essential skills that prepare you to work in Information and Computing Technology (ICT).Courses in Computer Networks, Fault Tolerant Computer Systems, Parallel and Distributed Systems, Computer Architecture, Computer Security, and Real-Time Systems are taught by internationally recognised faculty in Computer Science and Engineering.

In addition to academic training in skills related to algorithm design, programming languages and computer systems engineering, you will gain hands-on experience with emerging technologies and have opportunities to participate in cutting-edge research.This programme is the first within Chalmers to provide the necessary preparation to contribute to ubiquitous computing, cyber-physical systems, and other rapidly growing areas in the expanding ICT industry. If you are interested in becoming a technology expert in these and other areas, the programme provides excellent background for pursuing doctoral studies.

Why apply

You will learn the design methodologies used to construct computer systems and networks. Such methodologies include Fault-Tolerant Distributed Algorithm Design, Concurrent Programming, Computer Systems Engineering, Systems Programming, and Secure and Dependable Systems Design. The coursework is designed to develop both your theoretical knowledge and practical expertise.
For example, you will learn how to:

  • design a system based on new and existing components (Systems Engineering)
  • understand low-level hardware/software interaction, develop systems and applications (Programming)
  • analyse performance and system design limitations (Distributed Computing) and
  • assess, evaluate, and design systems, programs and applications to increase security and dependability (Systems Design).

Rather than concentrating on a single aspect of computer systems and networks, the courses provide the broad, practical and up-to-date experience required by major ICT companies who develop computer systems and networks.

Career opportunities

The programme has been carefully designed to be relevant to a growing industrial and governmental ICT sector. In particular, the healthcare, e-commerce, aerospace, automotive, and telecom industries all rely on secure, dependable, safe, and energy-efficient computing systems and communication networks.

The programme gives you the opportunity to combine academic training with engineering work experience, a combination that opens up diverse career paths, such as becoming:

  • the Chief Technology Officer who takes responsibility for the company’s technological development plan and influences its competitiveness in the market
  • the Systems Architect and Designer who builds computer systems and design networked applications and protocols
  • the Project Manager responsible for driving specific projects by choosing technical directions and leading people
  • the Software Engineer who develops systems and run-time software that interfaces to the hardware platform
  • the Security and Network Specialist who oversees company computer resources to ensure that sensitive data and services are only accessible to authorized users.
Research connections

The faculty behind the programme has an established track record of academic, industrial and scientific accomplishments in the following research areas:

  • Computer Security
  • Dependable Real-Time Systems
  • Distributed Computing and Systems
  • Computer Architecture
  • Computer Communications and Computer Networks

As a student, you will be invited to take part in such research through seminars, thesis projects, and other individual and group projects. Past research collaborations including master-level students have yielded many innovations and accompanying scientific publications. Moreover, many of these students have been accepted to Ph.D. studies at Chalmers and other leading institutions worldwide.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Computer Networks
  • Operating Systems
  • Technical Writing in Computer Systems and Networks
  • Computer Architecture
  • Computer Security
  • Distributed Systems
  • Real-Time Systems
  • Elective Courses
  • Thesis

Audience

The programme trains professionals in the field of Computer Science and Engineering. We welcome applications from graduates of Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Information Engineering, Software Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechatronics, Mathematics and Physics.

Key information

Duration

  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

Language

English
IELTS or TOEFL needed

Credits

120 ECTS

Delivered

On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
6.5 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
90 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.
62 (required)

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree with a major in: Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Automation and Mechatronics, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Physics, Mathematics, Software Engineering.
  • Prerequisites: Mathematics (including Calculus (at least 7,5 cr.) and Linear Algebra (at least 7,5 cr.)), Introduction to Computer Engineering (at least 5 cr.), Programming in a General-Purpose Language (e.g. C/C++/Java/Haskell or similar (at least 7,5 cr.)) and one of the following courses: Discrete Mathematics and/or Mathematical Statistics and/or Probability Theory and/or Algorithms and/or Data Structures (at least 7,5 cr.)
  • Preferable course experience: Finite Automata Theory and Formal Languages

Tuition Fee

  • International

    14551 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14551 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Free
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • 140 000 SEK/ academic year;

Funding

Scholarships are a great source of funding for Master's students who are liable to pay tuition fees. Chalmers University of Technology offers numerous scholarship opportunities. Some of these are administered by the university itself and others by external institutions.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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