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This programme focuses on the design of integrated circuits and System-on-Chip in advanced semiconductor technologies. This requires a broad spectrum of knowledge and skills across many fields within engineering and science.
The programme provides a competitive education in digital, analogue and radio-frequency (RF) integrated circuits (IC) and System-on-Chip (SoC) design, combined with in-depth knowledge in signal processing, application specific processors, embedded systems design, modern communications systems, and radio transceiver design.
Modern society depends on reliable and efficient electronics. Mobile phones, the Internet, computers and TVs are just a few examples that constantly improve in terms of functionality, performance and cost. In addition, a growing number of concepts and technologies significantly improve areas such as mobile and broadband communication, healthcare, automotive technology, robotics, energy systems management, entertainment, consumer electronics, public safety and security, industrial applications, and much more. This suggests that there will be vast industrial opportunities in the future, and a high demand for skilled engineers with the knowledge and skills required to lead the design of such complex integrated circuits and systems.
World-class research activities
The programme is organised by several strong divisions at the Department of Electrical Engineering and the Department of Computer and Information Science. These divisions, which include more than 60 researchers and 10 internationally recognised professors, have excellent teaching experience, world-class research activities that cover nearly the entire field of integrated electronic design, state-of-the-art laboratories and design environments, and close research collaboration with many companies worldwide.
Design-project courses with the latest software
The programme starts with courses in digital communication, digital integrated circuits, digital system design, analogue integrated circuits, and an introduction to radio electronics, providing a solid base for the continuation of the studies.
Later on, a large selection of courses enables students to choose between two major tracks:
The programme offers several large design-project courses, giving excellent opportunities for students to improve their design skills by using the state-of-the-art circuit and system design environments and the CAD tools used in industry today. For instance, students who take the course VLSI Design will design real chips using standard CMOS technology that will be sent for fabrication, measured and evaluated in a follow-up course. Only a few universities in the world have the know-how and capability to provide such courses.
This programme is based on internationally renowned education and research in integrated electronics, and has produced many talented electronics engineers now working in leading companies and research organisations all over the world. The programme is strongly supported by electronics companies in Sweden. Graduates from this programme can expect excellent career opportunities in major research and development centres, both in industry and in academic institutions worldwide. They are specifically trained and qualified to work as IC design engineers in major semiconductor, IC and telecom companies. Moreover, electronics is generally a key part of product developments for many companies in the IT industry, and there is a wide range of job opportunities for expert electronics engineers.
Notes about fees for this course
Citizens from countries outside the EU/EEA and Switzerland must pay tuition fees for higher education in Sweden. Exceptions might apply. For detailed information please check www.universityadmissions.se. Higher education studies for citizens of EU/EEA countries and Switzerland are free of charge.
Generally, tuition fees at Linköping University are between SEK 80,000 and 136,000 per academic year.
Tuition fees at Linköping University include the following benefits:
Selection for the January application round is based on merit rating (grade tariff) at three levels. If necessary, applicants within the same merit group will be selected by lot.
Courses overlapping each other regarding contents are not allowed to be included in the degree. Courses used for the Bachelor's degree can never be included in the Master's degree.
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