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Embedded Electronics Engineering - Master's Programme

Master's programme · 2 years · 120 credits

A somewhat blurry detail picture of a chip

Description

Embedded Electronics Engineering offers a wide perspective, where digital and analogue integrated circuits and systems design is regarded as one unit in which different domains interact. The focus is on silicon-based semiconductor technology, e.g., CMOS, where billions of devices are used to build a system on a single chip. As evident from the on-going semiconductor shortage and from European Union initiatives, such as the EU Chips Act, the skill set developed in this programme is in high, international demand.

Integrated circuits are a strategic asset and key enabling technology for digital transformation, automated cars, cloud, Internet of Things, 5G/6G, and supercomputers. This programme is demanding and unique in its offering, a perfect preparation for your future career. The programme spans areas from radio frequency (RF) circuits to data conversion and digital, processors, circuits and systems. Another distinguishing feature is that circuit design is linked to many emerging application areas, including AI, machine learning, big science facilities (e.g., European Spallation Source), and in particular wireless communication, where RF front-ends are co-designed with digital baseband, which provides the opportunity to build complete transceivers.

Based on the tight relations between the university and the local industry, the programme is closely linked with world-leading companies, ensuring that our courses maintain high industrial relevance. Some students’ degree projects have resulted in patent registrations and the opportunity to publish work at international conferences and journals. Examples of companies where students have performed their degree projects include Ericsson, Sony, Axis Communications, ARM, Volvo Cars, Oticon A/S, and NXP.

Mandatory courses

  • Design of Embedded Systems
  • Introduction to Structured VLSI Design
  • Analogue IC Design
  • Digital IC Design
  • Integrated A/D and D/A Converters
  • Patent and Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)
  • IC Project I
  • IC Project II
  • Master’s degree project

Electives at the Faculty of Engineering of total 30 credits.

List of courses in this programme: https://www.lth.se/english/study/taeee

Special features of the programme

  • Focus on applied studies in digital IC design, analogue RF IC design and mixed signal/data conversion IC design, including soft skills such as how to identify and protect inventions.
  • Hands-on laboratory work using modern CAD tools, IC technologies, and hardware platforms (e.g. FPGA).
  • Taught by world-leading researchers and with strong links to research in the field.
  • After the initial taught courses, students undertake a large project, starting from a digital or analogue design and carrying it through to completion and, in some cases, silicon realisation and system demonstration.
  • Tight connection to and strong support from local industry (leading international companies).

Career prospects

After completing this programme, you will be ready for a career, or further research studies, in circuits and systems with a focus on VLSI design. Designers in this area are very attractive on the global job market.

Lund itself is a part of one of the fastest growing regions in Europe, with a large concentration of companies in the field, such as Sony, Ericsson, Axis Communications, ARM, Volvo Cars, Mellanox, Oticon and GN Resound. The European Spallation Source (ESS) and MAX IV, both located in Lund, also offer students exciting career opportunities. Graduates are employed by companies in Lund, such as Ericsson, Axis Communications, Sony, and ARM Sweden, while others have moved on to international companies like Borg Warner, Mellanox and Huawei.

An intriguing and challenging career option is to continue towards a PhD. The project courses and the final semester degree project offer students opportunity to work alongside our current PhD students and senior researchers to get a taste of what a career in research is like. This route is popular with our Master’s students, and many graduates have chosen to continue their studies at Lund University. Other students have also moved on to PhDs at Chalmers University of Technology, and Twente University in the Netherlands, to name a few.

Requirements and selection

Entry requirements

A Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, computer science or equivalent. Completed courses in mathematics (calculus, differential equation, transform theory and linear algebra) of at least 30 credits/ECTS, as well as completed coursesin basic circuit theory, electronics, analogue electronics and digital electronics corresponding to at least 30 credits/ECTS in total. The applicant must have basic programming skills (at least one course) and knowledge of electronic description languages, such as VHDL/Verilog. English 6.

Selection criteria

The selection is based on academic qualifications and on a statement of purpose.

English language requirements

Most of Lund University’s programmes require English Level 6 (unless otherwise stated under 'Entry requirements'). This is the equivalent of an overall IELTS score of 6.5 or a TOEFL score of 90. There are several ways to prove your English language proficiency – check which proof is accepted at the University Admissions in Sweden website. All students must prove they meet English language requirements by the deadline, in order to be considered for admission.

How to prove your English proficiency – universityadmissions.se

Country-specific requirements

Check if there are any country-specific eligibility rules for you to study Master's studies or Bachelor's studies in Sweden.

Country-specific requirements for Bachelor's studies – universityadmissions.se

Country-specific requirements for Master's studies – universityadmissions.se

Apply

Start Autumn Semester 2022

Day-time Lund, full time 100%

In English

Study period

29 August 2022 - 2 June 2024

Application

Closed for applications

Start Autumn Semester 2023

Day-time Lund, full time 100%

In English

Study period

28 August 2023 - 8 June 2025

Application

Will open for applications 2022-10-17

How to apply

Lund University uses a national application system run by University Admissions in Sweden. It is only possible to apply during the application periods.

When to apply for studies

Step 1: Apply online

  • Check that you meet the entry requirements of the programme or course you are interested in (refer to the section above on this webpage).
  • Start your application – go to the University Admissions in Sweden website where you create an account and select programmes/courses during the application period.
    Visit the University Admissions in Sweden website
  • Rank your programme/course choices in order of preference and submit them before the application deadline.

Step 2: Submit documents

  • Read about how to document your eligibility and how to submit your documents at the University Admissions in Sweden website. Follow any country-specific document rules for Master's studies or Bachelor's studies
    Country-specific requirements for Bachelor's studies – universityadmissions.se
    Country-specific requirements for Master's studies – universityadmissions.se
     
  • Get all your documents ready:
    - official transcripts and high school diploma (Bachelor's applicants)
    - official transcripts and degree certificate or proof of expected graduation (Master's applicants)
    - passport/ID (all applicants) and
    - proof of English proficiency (all applicants).
     
  • Prepare programme-specific documents if stated in the next paragraph on this webpage.
  • Upload or send all required documents to University Admissions before the document deadline.
  • Pay the application fee (if applicable – refer to the section below on this webpage) before the document deadline.

* Note that the process is different if you are applying as an exchange student or as a part of a cooperation programme (such as Erasmus+).
* If you have studied your entire Bachelor's programme in Sweden and all of your academic credits are in Ladok, you do not have to submit transcripts or your diploma when applying for a Master's programme. However, there may still be other documents you need to submit! See the link below. 

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Programme-specific documents

In addition to the documents mentioned under Step 2, you must also submit the document 'Summary sheet and statement of purpose' when you apply for this programme. To do this you need to:

  1. Fill in our template.
  2. Save the template as a PDF.
  3. Upload the PDF to your account at universityadmissons.se.

Template for the summary sheet and statement of purpose (PDF, new window)

No additional programme-specific documents (such as a CV or letters of recommendation) are required when you apply for this programme.
 

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Tuition fees

Non-EU/EEA citizens

Full programme/course tuition fee: SEK 310 000

First payment: SEK 77 500

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Citizens of a country outside of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are required to pay tuition fees. You pay one instalment of the tuition fee in advance of each semester.

Tuition fees, payments and exemptions

EU/EEA citizens and Switzerland

There are no tuition fees for citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.

Application fee

If you are required to pay tuition fees, you are generally also required to pay an application fee of SEK 900 (approximately EUR 100) when you apply at the University Admissions in Sweden website. You pay one application fee regardless of how many programmes or courses you apply to.

Paying your application fee – universityadmissions.se

Exemptions from paying the application fee – universityadmissions.se


*Note that there are no tuition or application fees for exchange students or PhD students, regardless of their nationality.

Scholarships & funding

Lund University Global Scholarship programme

The Lund University Global Scholarship programme is a merit-based and selective scholarship targeted at top academic students from countries outside the EU/EEA.

Lund University Global Scholarship

Swedish Institute Scholarships

The Swedish Institute offers scholarships to international students applying for studies in Sweden at Bachelor's, Master's, PhD and post-doctoral levels.

Scholarship options at the Swedish Institute website

Country-specific scholarships and funding options

Lund University has agreements with scholarship organisations and funding bodies in different countries, which may allow applicants to apply for funding or scholarships in their home countries for their studies at Lund University.

External scholarships

Information about scholarships from external organisations