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Communication Technology, Master

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The M.Sc. programme in Communication Technology at Aalborg University is comprised by four semesters where you work with gradually more complex subjects.

See also the curriculum for the master’s programme in Communication Technology. Here, you may find details on courses and projects as well as information on the programme’s legal basis, etc.

COMPULSORY FOR ALL NON-AAU BACHELORS

All bachelors enrolled in the programme who have not obtained their bachelor's degree from Aalborg University must take part in a course on problem based learning (PBL) as part of the 1st semester project. In case non-AAU bachelors get credit transfer for the 1st semester, they will be asked to take part in a course ensuring that they are trained in working according to the PBL-model. Read more about PBL here.
 

1st semester

In the 1st semester, there are two courses and one project module. The courses provide you with the basis for taking part in the semester project on communication systems. The purpose of this semester is to provide you with knowledge and understanding of the components and functionalities that make up a (wireless) communication system. Additionally, you will become familiar with a basic toolbox for analysing various aspects of communication systems.

Project module

Courses (each 5 ects)


2nd semester

This semester focuses on the different sources of errors in communication systems as well as the techniques and methods used as countermeasures to increase robustness and achieve high performance. Both the RC and NDS specialisations have a mandatory course where these aspects are covered, either from the wireless channel perspective or from a protocol and distributed systems perspective, respectively.
 

Specialisation in radio communication

Courses (each 5 ects)

Electives (choose one):

Project module 1: Robust and High Performance Communications (10 ECTS)

Project module 2: Wireless Communication in Dynamic Settings (10 ECTS)
 

Specialisation in Networks and distributed systems

Courses (each 5 ECTS)

Project module 1: Robust and High Performance Communications (10 ECTS)

Project module 2: Distributed Systems Design (10 ECTS)


3rd semester

In the 3rd semester, you have different options which are comprised by a variety of combinations of courses and projects.

The options you have depend on which specialisation you have chosen; Radio Systems (RS) or Networks and Distributed Systems (NDS).

Below, you may find a list of your options including which project and/or course modules are included. 
 

Specialisation in Radio Communication


Option A

Courses

Electives (choose one - each 5 ects)

The project module (20 ECTS)


Option B

Course

The project module


Option c

The project module


Option D

You may choose to carry out your master's thesis as a so-called long master's thesis. This means that you spend both your 3rd and 4th semester on your master's thesis (50 ECTS).  If you choose this option, your master’s thesis must include experimental work, and your choice must be approved by the study board. You must also attend two courses which you must choose among the following electives (each 5 ECTS):

Specialisation in networks and distributed systems
 

Option a

Courses (electves - choose two - each 5 ects)

The project module (20 ects)


Option b

Courses (ELECTVES - CHOOSE one - EACH 5 ECTS)

THE PROJECT MODULE (25 ECTS)


Option c

THE PROJECT MODULE


Option d

You may choose to carry out your master's thesis as a so-called long master's thesis. This means that you spend both your 3rd and 4th semester on your master's thesis (50 ECTS).  If you choose this option, your master’s thesis must include experimental work, and your choice must be approved by the study board. You must also attend two courses which you must choose among the following electives (each 5 ECTS):


4th semester

In the 4th semester, you either continue working on your master’s thesis, or you start up this work. 

Specialisation in Radio Communication (30 ECTS)

Specialisation in Networks and Distributed Systems (30 ECTS)

You specialise in a subject of your own interest, as you carry out your master's thesis research project either by yourself or as part of a small group of two-three people.

When you have finished your master’s thesis, you are Master of Science in Engineering in Communication Technology with specialisation in either Radio Systems or Networks and Distributed Systems.

Study Method at AAU - Problem Based Learning

Study Method at AAU - Problem Based Learning

The study method at AAU is called Problem Based Learning (PBL). Together with your fellow students you will work with real life problems by way of problem based project work.
 

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