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Student Information from Communication Systems

Ph.D. Program

The division of Communication Systems offers graduate education leading to to the degrees of Tekn. Lic (licentiate) and Ph.D. (teknologie doktor). The program consists of two parts: a course curriculum and research that leads to a dissertation. The research topic should be within the general area of communication systems, and wireless networks in particular. To be admitted to Ph.D. program, students need a M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering or equivalent. Typically, a Tekn. Lic. degree takes 2-3 years and a Ph.D. degree takes 4-5 years. Ph.D. students in the division are employed by the university (monthly salary) and spend 80% of their time on research and 20% on departmental duties (mainly assisting with undergraduate and master level education).

The division is currently in an expansive phase and we are recruiting Ph.D. students. Please see the link "Open position" in the menu to the left for more information.


For both the Ph.D. degree and the Licentiate degree a thesis must be produced, published and publicly defended. The work with the dissertation normally takes place within one of the research projects in the division. The material in the dissertation should normally have been published in internationally renowned journals and conferences.

Graduate courses

Graduate courses are offered in various forms, either as regular classes, in seminar form, or as indivividual courses for self study. The examination may be written, oral, consist of homework, or be a combination of these.

Ph.D. courses typically give between 6 and 12 ECTS credits each. The required minimum number of credits are

  • Tekn.Lic. degree: 45 ECTS (amounts to about 30 weeks of full-time study)
  • Ph.D. degree: 90 ECTS (amounts to about 60 weeks of full-time study)

1.5 ECTS (1 credit unit in the old system) corresponds to about one week of full time study.

Courses are selected individually for each graduate student. The basic principle is that the courses should give a broad and adequate theoretical basis for the thesis. Students are encouraged to take courses in related topics, e.g., automatic control, electronics, computer engineering, image processing/coding, antennas, mathematics and statistics, to the extent it is suitable for the research project.

Typical courses include the following: Communication theory, Wireless communications, Detection and estimation theory, Statistical signal processing, Communication networks, Information and coding theory. For Ph.D. courses given by the division of Communication Systems, please go here.


Ph.D. students are expected to actively participate in the seminar activities in the division. Normally, each student gives one seminar per semester on a topic related to her/his research. Students are also expected to regularly attend international conferences and present their research.

Ph.D. students are expected to participate in the supervision of Master thesis students.

Please direct questions to Prof. Erik Larsson.

Page responsible: Erik G. Larsson
Last updated: 2019 07 29   15:48