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Master Program in Network Services and
Presentation of the program
The field of
communication has radically changed our lives and societies. We now take
communication services that only have become widely available during the last
ten years for granted: for instance, the Web and its search engines; Internet
and mobile telephony; peer-to-peer file sharing, podcasting, as well as audio
and video streaming. Such services affect our daily lives, they free us in the
choice of how and where we work, relax, play and socialize. The design of
communication networks and services is therefore central for future developments
of our societies. KTH offers a unique Master's program in Network Services and
Systems that provides the competence needed to work in this dynamic, challenging
and highly interesting field of engineering.
The program gives a
deep knowledge of network systems and the services they provide, and it prepares
the student to work at the forefront of research and development in these areas.
The services include novel uses of communication in the health and medical field,
in addition to data and multimedia communication in wireless networks and the
Internet. The program addresses the vital area of management of systems and
services. The skill-set includes analytic and simulation tools for evaluating
the performance of the systems, as well as a sharpened proficiency in
program is taught entirely in English and is offered free of tuition; a limited
number of scholarships to cover living expenses is offered on a competitive
basis. The program starts in August 2008. The application deadline is
February 1, 2008. The program is intended for students holding a B.Sc. degree in
electrical, computer engineering computer science or applied math.
The program is 2 years long (120 ECTScredit units), and consists of
3 semesters of full-time coursework and a one semester thesis
project. Many of the courses in this program will be taken
jointly with Ph.D. students at KTH. The general goals are to give indepth
technical knowledge and to prepare the students for doing research.
The program is
structured as a single track in two one-year long parts. The first part gives a
solid introduction to the systems and services, and to performance evaluation.
The second part is an introduction to research in the field. It is ended by a
six-month long master's thesis project that allows the student to demonstrate
the knowledge and skills in advanced independent work.
The first year is
taught at the Campus Haninge in the southern part of Stockholm and the second
year is taught at the main campus of KTH. All students will have personal
academic advisors selected among the faculty members involved in the program.
The advisors will support the students to reach their full potential in the
program. Research talks, company presentations, field trips and other
extracurricular activities will add to the formal parts of the program by
motivating a learning that goes beyond the matererial in the courses. The
students will be divided into study group to train teamworking and to ensure
that different academic and cultural backgrounds are mixed.
The program is
demanding and only those with a solid performance from their undergraduate
studies will have the necessary preparation to succeed with the studies.
Electrical and computer engineering, computer science and applied mathematics
provide suitable academic backgrounds, but it is open to all students of
engineering, science and mathematics according to the general and specific
The program is
managed and taught by the Laboratory for
Communcation Networks at the KTH
School of Electrical Engineering and the Computer Communication group of the
KTH School of Technology and Health.
All courses carry
7.5 credits in the European credit transfer system; the Master's thesis is 30 credits.
The thesis project
allows the student to manifest that she or he has acquired mastery of the design
of network services and systems. Many projects will be part of our ongoing
research projects, but we will also invite industrial projects that meet our
expectations in testing the skills and knowledge of the student. The projects
are expected to lead to publishable results and are hence also a first step on a
continuation towards a research career.
The thesis work requires
the student to plan, execute and document the project work in a professional
manner. The expecation is that the student will demonstrate the highest standard
of work that he or she is able to perform.
Our program is well
aligned with the needs of both manufacturers of network systems and providers of
network services. There is a high demand world-wide for talented and
well-prepared engineers at the Master's level in development and operations, and
for researchers in both industry and university for those who continue towards a
insights to the career prospects by inviting guest lectures from industry to our
courses and by offering field trips and company presentations.
Network Services and Systems Master Program
School of Electrical Engineering
KTH - Royal Institute of Technology
SE - 100 44 Stockholm,
Phone: +46 8 7907315
Program directors: Prof. Gunnar Karlsson and Associate Professor Thomas
Please direct all questions regarding admission to the program coordinator (C. Forssman).
Program coordinator: Cecilia Forssman