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Wireless Communication Systems, MSC in engineering

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Wireless Communication Systems, MSC in engineering

Note! The Master's prohramme is not open for enrolment from 2020

The master's programme in Wireless Communication Systems at Aalborg University aims to educate engineers with competences within wireless communication systems and associated connectivity concepts. Particular focus is given to small terminal behaviour and system radio resource control under dynamic radio channel and traffic conditions. 

The supporting topics include radio wave propagation and antenna systems processing, wireless communication signals and access techniques, application adaptation and user device interaction and wireless communication systems and deployment.

The programme is supported by two of the strongest research groups at Department of Electronic Systems, with world class laboratory and tools. Consequently, you will have amble possibility to work with the newest and most challenging theoretical and practical wireless communication topics.

4th best in the world

If you choose to study engineering at Aalborg University, you will be studying at one of the best universities in the world. In March 2018, our engineering programmes were named best in Europe and fourth best in the world according to a report commissioned by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  

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.

Compulsory for all non-AAU bachelors

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.

"You learn because you actually need those tools to solve your problem."

“I think studying at the AAU the master’s programme Wireless Communication Systems is a great experience. Academically, you get in touch with relevant and state-of-the-art technologies and knowledge. This is done in a way that I find quite interesting, because the PBL model assigns you a relevant problem to solve. This approach diverges from the typical lecture-lecture-lecture-exam and instead makes the student a more active participant in the learning process. You learn because you actually need those tools to solve your problem. Equally important, personally, the PBL model teams you up with other students from all around the world who becomes your close friends and by working together, you develop important skills in terms of project management.”

Juan Cabrera, Student of Wireless Communication Systems

My motivation was Problem Based Learning

"The motivation to choose Wireless Communication Systems for my postgraduate studies at the Department of Electronic Systems at Aalborg University was rather a simple one: Problem based learning. You get to be a part of a team to do a project for the duration of the semester, which actively promotes teamwork and creativity. And Aalborg University provides for all of that, not only giving you access to laboratories, equipment, research material, latest books and publications, but providing your group with a room for your use for the duration of your study. I am really satisfied with the education and the studying conditions I was provided at Aalborg University."

Georgi Samardzhiev, MSC Radio Network Planning and Optimisation Engineer with Huawei Technologies, Bulgaria

“The Master’s programme in Wireless Communication Systems at Aalborg University was a logic choice for me, because I hold a Bachelor’s in Communication Systems.

At AAU, you work on large projects in groups. The great thing about the projects was that they required some of the theory which was taught in the courses of each semester and made us get hands-on and try to apply the learned principles. I think this is a good way of going in-depth into a specific topic. For instance, we were studying machine-type communication and how communication protocols perform for various types of machine-type data traffic. We also worked on optimising such protocols with advanced techniques such as interference cancellation. Students have access to labs 24/7. This is great, especially when you want to get that remaining task done so you can go home satisfied.

My group and I wrote our master’s thesis in collaboration with Kamstrup. It was a nice experience to get an idea of what it is expected in the industry. And it was nice to see that our research work turned out to be useful for their R&D team.”

Alexandru is currently pursuing his PhD degree at AAU. His topic is ultra-reliable communication systems.

Alexandru-Sabin Bana

Job and career

There are many different career opportunities for a graduate of Wireless Communication Systems. In todays networked world, wireless communication plays an essential role. We are all quite familiar with personal mobile communication devices, but wireless communication can enhance the functionality of about any everyday product, from passive wireless systems for product identification to networked and autonomous wireless systems on small or large scale.

Your role will be to help develop new communication solutions for wireless connectivity, plan wireless systems or devise procedures for their operation, and possibly assist with specialist knowledge on integration of wireless connectivity for new applications and products. Like many of our previous candidates you will have opportunities with large international companies who seek the expertise that this education gives you, work with start up R&D initiatives- or pursue an academic research career.