Study structure

Electronic Systems Design - Master's Programme, 2 years - Trondheim

Programme structure

The Master of Science in Electronic Systems Design is a two-year full-time programme of study (120 ECTS). Each study year is divided in two semesters

There are six programme options in the Master's Programme: 

Acoustics for Communication, Environment and Sensing

This specialisation provides knowledge about sound in air, water and building materials, as well as acoustic measurement techniques and signal processing. It also teaches about hearing sound perception.

Applications are found in; environmental acoustics and noise, indoor and building acoustics, underwater communications, acoustic remote sensing and music and audiology.

Analog Circuit Design and Radio Systems

This specialisation trains the student in methods and technology for the design and simulation of analog, mixed and RF integrated circuits with emphasis on low-power consumption. Examples are; D/A and A/D converters, ASIC for MEMS, RF and CMOS.

It provides an overview of components that are part of radio systems. Applications can be found in analysis, construction, and fabrication technologies of microwave and high-speed components, antennas and MMIC circuits and RF instrumentation and measurement techniques.

Design of Digital and Embedded Systems

In this specialisation, you learn to specify and design digital systems. This often includes an embedded processor with software you write yourself.

You learn to design integrated circuits and systems on chip, and to use software tools for design of circuits and systems. You also gain insight into modelling, verification, testing and optimisation of such systems for power, performance, and area. You may learn to distribute the design on hardware, software, and operating systems, and to master high-level languages for the implementation and programming of such systems.

Some example applications are energy-efficient systems for equipment in the medical field, environmental monitoring, high-speed data processing, battery control, pressure-sensitive sensors, and advanced wireless communication.

Nano Electronics and Photonics

This specialisation teaches the underlying ideas of how electronic and photonic components are fabricated and how they work at a a quantum level.

It also describes how electromagnetic radiation can be used for component characterisation, photo sensing and for medical imaging.

Applications are found in the R&D of novel electric, magnetic and photoniccomponents for information storage, improved speed and low-power consumption, and new methods for medical characterization of tissue.

Signal Processing and Communications

This specialization provides knowledge in digital signal processing, communications and information theory and their applications within broadband communications, multimedia technology, sensor networks, the internet of things and medical image processing.

It teaches about systems for wireless communications, design of automatic medical systems, space and navigational systems.

Applications can be found in surveillance systems covering everything from medical patients to the environment and natural resources. Other examples are systems for disabled, and intelligent systems for energy surveillance (smart grids).

Space Systems

This specialization you can learn about space related topics such as satellite navigation, physics in space, instruments and algorithms for remote sensing and analysis, communication systems, and building of satellites.

This specialization is a collaboration with the Department of Engineering Cybernetics and you can chose subjects from both departments.

Project and Master’s theses can be done in collaboration with a growing industry or with research communities at NTNU and the NTNU SmallSat lab.

Dual degree in Electronic systems at NTNU and TU-BERLIN

The Dual Degree programme between NTNU in Trondheim, Norway, and TUB is a two-year Master's double degree. Students that successfully complete the programme will be awarded a Master Degree in Electronic Systems Design from NTNU and a Master Degree in Computer Engineering from TUB.

Up to five students from Electronic Systems Design will be able to participate in the programme each year.

Programme components and admission details regarding the NTNU/TU-Berlin dual degree programme.

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Study plan