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Machine Learning, Systems and Control - Master's Programme

Master's programme · 2 years · 120 credits

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The amount of available data in the world is exploding and advanced algorithms are used to extract information for use in different applications such as self-driving cars, optimised manufacturing, improved healthcare and more energy-efficient systems. The Master’s programme in Machine Learning, Systems and Control prepares students for a flexible future-proof career within this general area where advanced algorithms are used to analyse large datasets in a wide range of applications combining methods of statistical analysis, mathematics, signal processing, image analysis and control theory. Demand for experts with such knowledge is growing, meaning an optimistic job market for graduates.

The programme is a result of collaboration between the departments of Mathematics, Automatic Control, Computer Science and Electrical and Information Technology at Lund University.

The Shanghai ranking (ARWU) ranks Lund University on place 17 among top universities in the world in the field Electrical and Electronic Engineering for the year 2018 and on place 49 in the field of Automatic Control. Lund University has excellent resources and can offer students the opportunity to learn from world-leading researchers. Research and education are closely linked, and the four involved departments have a long tradition of successful cooperation within education and research. All of our teachers have PhD’s or higher and are actively engaged in research.

You will have some freedom to choose courses fitting your personal interest and can choose between two tracks with slightly different compulsory courses and a set of elective courses facilitating a preference towards e.g. machine learning, control systems, image analysis, artificial intelligence, robotics. The courses included in the programme are kept to a high international standard. The programme features both theoretical and practical learning, as well as group assignments and presentations.

In addition to courses, all of our students undertake a research project for their Master’s thesis. The project can be done either in cooperation with industry or be of an academic nature and can be carried out either locally or abroad. Located next to the engineering faculty there is a lively science park, Ideon, with a long tradition of innovations within software, internet of things, telecommunication, energy and new materials.

Full list of courses in this programme:

Career prospects

A Master of Science in Machine Learning, Systems and Control provides students with a solid base for a career in both industry and academia and the necessary skills for both research and development in different areas of industry. The programme also provides a good foundation for PhD studies in the field. The surrounding region is home to a number of global brands such as Sony, Ericsson, Axis. Other companies with operations close to Lund University include Volvo, DB Schneider, Tetra Pak, and ARM Sweden. A large proportion of our engineering students start working with these companies directly after graduation or create their own startup company, sometimes with the help of Venture Lab business incubator. Within the near future, there will be two large-scale European and international research centres – ESS and MAX IV – offering even more exciting opportunities for our students.

Closed for applications

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Programme Director

Bo Bernhardsson

Email: msc [dot] mlsc [at] lth [dot] lu [dot] se

Programme Director

Mikael Nilsson

Email: msc [dot] mlsc [at] lth [dot] lu [dot] se

International Coordinator

Sabine Richardson

Email: msc [dot] mlsc [at] lth [dot] lu [dot] se

Requirements and selection

Entry requirements

A Bachelor's degree in science, technology, engineer­ing, mathematics (STEM) or equivalent. Completed courses in mathematics (linear algebra, calculus in one and several variables, transforms and linear filtering) of at least 30 credits/ECTS as well as one completed course in mathematical statistics, one in computer programming or computer science and one in control engineering. 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.

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Country-specific requirements

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

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Start Autumn Semester 2024

Day-time Lund, full time 100%

In English

Study period

2 September 2024 - 7 June 2026


Closed for applications

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.
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  • 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
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  • Get all your documents ready:
    - official transcripts and high school diploma (Bachelor's applicants)
    - official transcripts and degree certificate or proof that you are in the final year of your Bachelor's (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

Template for the summary sheet and statement of purpose – Machine Learning (PDF, 498 kB, new window)

No additional 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 340 000

First payment: SEK 85 000

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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 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.

*Note that there are no tuition or application fees for exchange students or doctoral/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 Master's level.

Scholarship information on 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

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