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Wireless Communications - Master's Programme

Master's programme · 2 years · 120 credits

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Can you imagine spending a week without your mobile phone? Or using your laptop without an internet connection? Over the last decades we have witnessed a revolutionary development of mobile wireless networks, giving us high-speed access to the internet wherever we are. But even with the latest 5G standard in place, a number of challenges will remain to be solved by advanced engineers. With the predicted large-scale expansions of internet-of-things (IoT) and massive machine-type communications (MTC / M2M), the number of connected devices will continue to increase.

Future applications such as the real-time wireless control of autonomous vehicles (intelligent transportation / traffic safety) or collaborating machines (Industry 4.0) will lead to entirely new requirements in terms of reliability and on-time delivery of information. Sustainable smart cities and the digitalization of society heavily rely on connected systems, leading to a broad range of job opportunities for our graduates. 

The Shanghai ranking (ARWU) ranks Lund University as #18 in the world in the field of Electrical and Electronic Engineering in 2019. Lund University has excellent resources and offers students the opportunity to learn from world-leading researchers. The programme is demanding and uniquely tailored. Focusing on the physical and lower layers, the aim is to give our students an in-depth system knowledge, which requires insights into the various components in a wireless system. 

Special features of the programme

  • The programme features both theoretical and practical learning, plenty of group assignments and presentations, allowing students to develop supplementary skills that increase their attractiveness in the job market.
  • Education is closely linked to research at the department. All teachers are themselves educated to PhD level or higher and actively engaged in research.
  • Courses are taught by world-leading researchers in the field. Our department is recognized for designing the first fully digital massive MIMO testbed in the world, a technology that has now found its way into 5G. Recently, a first channel sounder for millimeter-wave massive MIMO has been developed.
  • A well-designed composition of compulsory courses gives our students a solid foundation for working as a wireless communications engineer. Three elective courses can be chosen among many different topics.

Full list of courses in this programme:

Degree project

All of our students undertake a research project for their Master's thesis. The project can be academic in nature, or developed within the industry. These projects can lead to patent registrations and successful entrepreneurial initiatives. Examples of companies where students have performed their thesis are Bitcraze, Bombardier, Ericsson, Huawei Technologies, Lite-on Mobile, and Procera Networks (all located in Sweden) and FTW (Austria). 

Career prospects

The programme provides students with a solid base for a career in wireless communications, in industry or academia. Our graduates have skills for both research and development, e.g. understanding and developing future wireless systems, developing wireless networks for special applications and understanding and enhancing existing solutions.

The surrounding area is home to a number of global brands in the field such as Ericsson, Huawei, and Sony. Other companies with operations close to Lund University include Axis, ARM Sweden and Volvo. Many students start working with these companies directly after graduation. The European Spallation Source (ESS) and MAX IV large-scale research facilities, located in Lund, also offer students many career opportunities.

For some students, their career option is to continue towards a PhD. The thesis offers students the opportunity to work alongside our PhD students to see what a career in research is like. This route is very popular with our Master’s students, and many graduates have chosen to continue their studies at Lund University or at other universities.

Requirements and selection

Entry requirements

A Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, computer engineering, information technology or equivalent. Completed courses in mathematics (including calculus, linear algebra, and probability theory) of at least 30 credits/ECTS. The applicant must also have knowledge in signals and systems (including linear systems and transforms), basic programming, electromagnetic field theory and circuit theory, corresponding to at least 30 credits/ECTS. 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 Master's studies or Bachelor's studies in Sweden.

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Start Autumn Semester 2022

Day-time Lund, full time 100%

In English

Study period

29 August 2022 - 2 June 2024


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 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

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 290 000

First payment: SEK 72 500

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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.

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*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