Wireless Communication Systems, MSc in Engineering

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Wireless Communication Systems (WSC) is a two-year master's programme (120 ECTS). Below is an overview of the four semesters, including descriptions of each course and project. 

See also the curriculum for the master’s programme in Wireless Communication Systems. Here, you may find details on courses and projects as well as information on the programme’s legal basis, etc.


All bachelors enrolled in the programme who have not obtained their bachelor's degree from Aalborg University must take part in a course on problem based learning (PBL) as part of the 1st semester project. In case non-AAU bachelors get credit transfer for the 1st semester, they will be asked to take part in a course ensuring that they are trained in working according to the PBL-model. Read more about PBL here.

1st SEMESTER; wireless radio transmission and problem based learning (PBL)

On the 1st semester, you will carry out your semester project under the heading of Wireless radio transmission and problem based learning. The objective is two-fold; 1) to teach you to design, implement and analyse a solution to a practically occurring communication problem, to apply theories to transmit signals over stationary stochastic channel, to establish a communication system chain and to perform suitable test of implemented application to verify its consistency with established specifications, and 2) to train you in working according to a scientific method and to report results in scientific forms such as papers and posters. The PBL part is focused on training you in working according to the PBL concept at Aalborg University.

1st semester courses

  • Stochastic processes
  • Wireless PHY/MAC fundamentals

You will learn about signal processing and communication in relation to telecommunication, including design, analysis and implementation. The 1st semester also focuses on solutions to practical problems in the telecommunication business. Often, the solutions demand use of stochastic signal processing and/or transmission of signals. The problems are often a non-ideal connection exposed to some kind of noise.

2nd SEMESTER; Wireless communication in dynamic settings

The 2nd semester project has as its overall theme “Wireless communication in dynamic systems” – with focus on either antenna systems or radio systems – the choice is yours. No matter which of the two you choose, you will learn about among others digital communication of analogue or digital data over a stochastic fading channel, performance enhancing properties of multi antenna system or other technology, in a wireless communication system, with focus on the lower layers of the communication chain.

2nd semester course

  • Wireless system performance

In the single course on the 2nd semester, you will learn about among others link budget analysis, wave types, power vs. protection margins, dynamic radio channel characterisation, short terms descriptions, channel hardening/diversity, radio resource allocation, methods for fixed and dynamic channel allocation, cellular concept and handā€over, link and MAC control, Power control, AMC, wireless network performance and traffic analysis, dynamic routing, transport – congestion control – performance impact, wireless network architectures, short range infra-structures and cellular infra-structure.

3rd SEMESTER; Multi-agent wireless systems

The project theme on the 3rd semester is “Multi-agent wireless systems”. Here, you will work with a problem within advanced wireless communication in a multi-user or multi-network setup. The entire system consists of several individual communication connections which are viewed as a whole in relation to performance optimisation. Multiple access is combined with advanced physical access methods (modulation and spatial coding) for multi-user communication.

3rd semester courses

  • Multi agent radio communication
  • Antennas and propagation

In the courses, you will learn about among others advanced access, distributed antenna systems, short range communications, cognitive radio and dynamics spectrum sharing, time reversal techniques, requirements for antennas in a scattering radio environment, propagation of scattering modelling for multiple antenna systems, phase screen methods and diffraction, etc.

4th SEMESTER; master’s thesis

The 4th semester has no courses because it is reserved entirely for working on your master’s thesis. The latter is carried out much like the project work you have done on the previous semesters. The objective is for you to develop specialist skills within chosen subjects, to broaden your insight into the academic field of wireless communication systems with regards to theories, methods and central elements and their interrelationships.

Your thesis must include a practical and/or theoretical examination of one or more problems within the subject you have chosen. You can choose to work alone or in a small group of students.

You also have the option of combining the 3rd semester project with your thesis and thus work on your thesis for two semesters.

More about the programme

Study Method at AAU - Problem Based Learning

Study Method at AAU - Problem Based Learning

The study method at AAU is called Problem Based Learning (PBL). Together with your fellow students you will work with real life problems by way of problem based project work.

learn more about Pbl at aau