Computer Systems and Networks, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • English (schedule IELTS)
    Language
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.

About

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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    575

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:

    90

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Bachelor´s degree (or the equivalent) with a Major in: Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering or Electrical Engineering.

Prerequisites: Mathematics (including Linear algebra or Discrete mathematics), Algorithms and/or Data structures (at least 7.5 credits and Programming (at least 7.5 credits).

English Language Proficiency

The most common and important scores that are accepted are

  • IELTS (academic training), 6.5 (with no part of the test below 5.5)
  • TOEFL (Internet based): 90 (with a minimum of 20 on the written part)
  • TOEFL (paper based): 575 (with a minimum of 4.5 on the written part)

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

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

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

Living costs for Göteborg

  • 7552 - 13940 SEK/month
    Living Costs

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Funding

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