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Electrical Engineering

MSc in Engineering, 5 years, 300 hp (ECTS Credits)

Electrical engineering makes use of that part of physics that is in any way concerned with electricity. This can be anything from electronic components for computers to the generation and use of electricity. Some of the areas under rapid development using the latest techniques are mobile communications, computer science, environmental engineering and biomedical engineering.
The programme in Electrical Engineering provides those who are interested in physics, mathematics and engineering with many advantages:

• the key to today’s high-tech society
• many alternatives both during and after the programme
• a broad selection of areas of specialisation connected with research
• an internationally valid education
• highly sought-after and timeless qualifications

The programme

The complete programme in Electrical Engineering covers 5 years and is equivalent to 300 credits. The main goal of the programme is to provide students with good qualifications in the analysis and synthesis of electronic systems. Courses that provide deep knowledge on both systems and individual components are therefore important ingredients of the programme. This, together with the breadth of the programme and training in quickly becoming familiar with new areas, makes graduates very attractive on the labour market. The work that can be carried out by electrical engineers stretches from the management of production lines to the development of new industrial products, or pure research.

Areas of specialisation

The programme in Electrical Engineering is very broad and offers no less than 10 areas of specialisation. Several of them are variations of the corresponding areas of specialisation in the programmes in Engineering Physics, Computer Science, Information & Communication and Mechanical Engineering at LTH, while others are unique to the Electrical Engineering programme. The courses provide leading-edge competence in their respective areas.

Automatic control and automation
Automatic control and automation is the study of dynamic systems with feedback, and is generally applicable, for example, in industrial, economic and biological systems. It is natural for an electrical engineer to combine this basic subject with qualifications in automation, to learn, for example, how to deal with information in real time in order to optimise flows of materials and energy. Robotics is one area of application.

Biomedical engineering
This is an extremely multidisciplinary area of specialisation and the courses cover a wide range of subjects from the technology behind modern equipment for the diagnosis, measurement and processing of the body’s own electrical signals, to projects involving the use of state-of-the-art research equipment. Ultrasound diagnostics, laser technology and pacemakers are three prominent areas of research at LTH.

Communications systems
The area of specialisation deals with several aspects and levels of communications, from network architecture and construction to the properties of electromagnetic waves in systems. Examples of areas of application are the internet, computer networks, mobile communications and WLAN.

Energy and the environment
Our future depends on how well we succeed in the efficient conversion and transport of energy so as to cause as little effect on the environment as possible. This subject has developed into an enormous area of research and development.

Images and computer graphics – the analysis of existing digital images, for example X-ray and satellite images. Students also learn how to design images and computer graphics, for example, for computer games.

Production management and entrepreneurship
Many students who study electrical engineering end up in high managerial positions. This area of specialisation provides the opportunity to obtain a degree that combines engineering and economics to about the same extent as in the programme for Industrial Management and Engineering.

Radio- and nanoelectronics
The rapid development of radio-based communications has led to a demand for engineers qualified in high-frequency electronics, wave propagation, antennae and basic system concepts. Nanoelectronics will be a tool of increasing importance in future developments.

Signals and sensors
The measurement, interpretation and processing of signals are important parts of an electronic system. This means measuring various physical quantities as accurately as possible, and converting analogue signals to digital ones. Important aspects include the sampling and reconstruction of analogue signals, the design of different kinds of digital filters, and process modelling.

Software in systems
Almost all electronic systems are controlled by computers. Electrical engineers with special qualifications in programming and developing large program systems are in great demand on the labour market.

System-on-chip and processor design – the design of both digital and analogue systems using modern silicon technology involving billions of transistors to make up a system on a single chip. Many of the courses take the form of projects where students learn about design, construction and verification.