Radio Systems

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Drive innovation in wireless technologies by designing, analysing, and optimising radio systems for telecommunications, the Internet of Things, and beyond.

Today’s interconnected world is increasingly reliant on wireless technologies. As a result, there is a demand for skilled professionals who can develop and manage systems of interconnected devices, such as (mobile) phones, smartwatches, or smart meters connected to central stations. However, these systems also bring a lot of challenges. For example, what techniques can you employ in signal processing to mitigate noise and improve signal quality? How can you design radio systems that meet the high signal processing requirements of 5G or 6G wireless network technologies? If you want to devise solutions for these and similar challenges, the specialisation in Radio Systems is right for you.

“The number of antennas in contemporary communication systems is increasing, and this poses a unique set of challenges. For example, how should you position the antennas to maximise energy efficiency? What signal processing techniques should you employ to achieve maximum efficiency, enabling the use of compact batteries?”

Prof. Dr. André Kokkeler, programme mentor Radio Systems

What is Radio Systems?

In this specialisation, you will learn about radio propagation, channel modelling, antenna systems, and signal processing. What exchange occurs between transmitters and receivers equipped with multiple antennas? Everything between the transmitting and receiving antennas is a wireless channel and you will learn to use specialised equipment to characterise, measure, and later emulate the channel. What’s more, you will explore different antenna types and their operational principles. Additionally, you will learn to design and optimise array antennas and investigate antenna measurement techniques. As signal generation and processing are at the core of every radio system, you will acquire skills in signal acquisition and information extraction and learn to use dedicated circuits and microcontrollers.

Examples of courses you will follow within this specialisation:
  • Explore the essential principles of the physical layer design of wireless communication systems in the course Wireless Communication Systems.
  • In the course 5G/6G Communication and Sensing Channels, you will learn to optimise the design of radio systems, effectively countering the challenges that may arise during their installation.
  • Learn the key aspects of classical and array antenna theory, design, and measurement techniques and apply your knowledge in a hands-on laboratory exercise in the course Smart Antennas.

We are working in close collaboration with the Digital Society Institute, so you will learn from industry experts. What’s more, thanks to our collaboration with Nedap, NXP, and similar companies, you will expand your internship and research prospects. Learning by doing is central to our specialisation, and you will have access to modern facilities, including the anechoic room where you can conduct antenna and electromagnetic compatibility tests.

What will you learn?

As a graduate of the Master's in Electrical Engineering with a specialisation in Radio Systems, you have acquired specific scientific knowledge, skills, and values that will help you in your future career.

  • Knowledge

    After completing this Master’s specialisation, you:

    • have a thorough understanding of the physical layer (channels, antennas, and processing steps) of wireless communication systems;
    • have a fundamental understanding of radar and wireless sensing;
    • understand the different wireless communication standards and techniques.
  • Skills

    After successfully finishing this Master’s specialisation, you:

    • can design and dimension a wireless communication system;
    • are able to perform experiments using wireless communication or sensing devices and test equipment;
    • can analyse the performance of wireless communication systems as well as radar or wireless sensing systems.
  • Values

    After completing this Master’s specialisation, you:

    • understand the importance of academic integrity;
    • understand the need to stay up to date with the latest advancements and industry trends in the field of radio systems;
    • understand that accuracy and attention to detail are critical for optimal performance.

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Is this specialisation not exactly what you are looking for? Maybe one of the other specialisations suits you better.

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