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Wireless Communications Engineering

Wireless Communications Engineering, Master´s Programme in Electronics and Communications Engineering, Master of Science (Technology) (2 years)


  • Cutting-edge knowledge in wireless communications both at physical and network layers. Shanghai Ranking´s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2020: # 51–75 Telecommunication Engineering

  • Capability to design and implement wireless solutions, e.g., for 5G and beyond 5G networks and systems, Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices, and smart, energy-efficient wireless sensor applications.

  • Solid competence in the latest radio engineering methods, tools, and technologies.

  • Ability to design RF electronics for smart devices and mobile systems.

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The programme will equip you with core knowledge and skills on the latest methods, tools and technologies related to:

  • steerable Intelligent antennas for 5G MIMO and SDMA systems
  • communication networks
  • computer engineering
  • electronics
  • 5G and 6G wireless communication systems
  • information theory
  • stochastical and digital signal processing
  • radio channels, and
  • radio engineering.

The two-year programme has two specialisation options:

  • Radio Access and Networks, and
  • RF Engineering.

Radio Access and Networks concentrates on designing and applying radio access technologies both at physical layer and at network layer for 5G, IoT, and future mobile system generations.

RF Engineering focuses on essential radio system components and provides knowledge on the design of integrated RF and DSP circuits for mobile handsets, base stations, 5G devices, IoT applications, and smart and energy efficient sensors.

Students can select either the Radio Access and Networks (WCE-RAN) or Radio Frequency Engineering (WCE-RF) study option. In addition to the student’s preference, the field of his/her Bachelor's or equivalent studies and the possible interview are taken into account when the study option is confirmed.

There are no entrance-exams or pre-determined quotas of study places for WCE-RAN and WCE-RF study options. It is important to notice that mandatory courses of one specialization option can be taken as elective courses in other option, if a student wishes to broaden his/her expertise into the area of other study option.

Optional module makes it possible to widen your expertise into:

  • artificial intelligence
  • machine learning
  • machine vision
  • mobile and social computing
  • signal processors, and
  • video and biomedical signal processing.

" The programme is built on 35 years of groundbreaking research and collaboration with global leaders, such as Nokia, and an ambitious 6G research vision for the 2030 wireless era. "

Students applying for the programme must possess an applicable B.Sc. degree in one of the following fields of study: communications engineering, electronics & electrical engineering, or computer engineering.

The skills gained in the programme give you a solid academic knowledge base and capability to design future wireless communications networks at the system level. As a Master’s degree holder, you can design, implement and develop 5G and beyond 5G systems, enabling hardware and applications.

Possible job titles include:

  • chief engineer
  • design engineer
  • development engineer
  • maintenance engineer
  • patent engineer
  • program manager
  • project manager
  • radio network designer
  • research engineer
  • RF engineer
  • sales engineer
  • system engineer
  • test engineer, and
  • university teacher


The Centre for Wireless Communications (CWC) at the University of Oulu, a trail-blazing research unit with more than 180 researchers from 30 countries, is in charge of the programme. Focusing strongly on industry relevance in 5G and future 6G systems, CWC also takes into account the societal impact of its research initiatives. The world-class research of CWC will give you connections and opportunities which help you in moving forward in your career. CWC provides a number of jobs for trainees and Master’s thesis students, with a possibility to continue as a doctoral student, and even as a post-doctoral researcher.

Centre for Wireless Communications (CWC) runs WCE in tight collaboration with 6G Flagship –  the vigorous 8-year research and co-creation programme for 5G adoption and 6G innovation appointed by the Academy of Finland, a governmental funding agency for high-quality scientific research. As 5G enters its deployment phase, 6G Flagship supports global industry in the finalization of the 5G standard especially through joint projects, trials and demonstrations. At the same time, 6G Flagship experts are already working on essential technology components and solutions needed for the 2030 wireless era and seeking for major scientific breakthroughs in the interrelated domains of wireless connectivity, device and circuit technologies, distributed intelligent computing, and novel applications and services. Verticals such as Industry 4.0, Health, Energy and Autonomous Driving gain special attention in the programme. With its approach, 6G Flagship envisions a future society, which is data-driven and enabled by near instant, unlimited wireless connectivity.

Centre for Wireless Communications (CWC) offers fixed-term Research Assistant (RA) positions for a limited number of most talent students applying for the International Master's Degree Programme in Wireless Communications Engineering (WCE) in January 2021. The students should start their two-year Master's studies in Oulu in September 2021.