Prerequisites for Communication Technologies and System Design

Academic requirements for this programme

National Applicants (holding a Bachelor from Denmark)

 (Applicants must demonstrate skills in a number of the following subjects)

  • Mathematics (linear algebra, analysis, diferential equations, fourier transforms, probability theory)
  • Linear systems and circuit theory (time continuous and time discrete systems)
  • Analog and digital design (emphasis on digital design)
  • Software engineering including programming (C or equivalent)
  • Fundamental classical electromagnetics in simple media
  • Basic telecommunication, data communication, or communication theory

The merits and qualifications of the applicants will be considered individually, based on the submitted material. The level of the qualifications compared to other applicants will also be of importance.

Notice that the MSc Eng programme is very broad such that each prerequisite is not of equal use in all study lines. This is described further with the study lines and the descriptions for the individual courses.

Students holding a BSc Eng in Electronics or Computer Science have access to be admitted to the MSc Eng in Communication Technologies and System Design provided that their programmes have included elements of  communication technologies. The DTU BSc Eng programmes listed below serve as a guideline.

The following BSc Eng programmes at DTU give students legal rights to admission to the MSc Eng programme in Communication Technologies and System Design: 

The following BSc Eng programmes at DTU give students access to admission to the MSc Eng programme in Communication Technologies and System Design: 

Students holding a BSc Eng in Electronics or Computer Science give students access to the MSc Eng in Communication Technologies and System Design provided that their programme have included elements of communication technologies.

Bachelors in Software Engineering from The Faroe Islands have access to admission.

Students from the following Bachelor in Engineering (BEng) programmes at DTU: 

and students from BSc Eng programme:

may be admitted subject to having completed 10 ECTS credits from the list below:

02158 Concurrent Programming 5 point Autumn E1B (Thurs 13-17)
10303 Condensed Matter Physics and Nanoscale Materials Physics 10 point Autumn E4 (Tues 13-17, Fri 8-12), Spring F4 (Tues 13-17, Fri 8-12)
30035 Engineering Electromagnetics 10 point Autumn E1A (Mon 8-12) and Autumn E5A (Wed 8-12)
30400 Electromagnetics 10 point Autumn E1 (Mon 8-12, Thurs 13-17)
30405 Introduction to Wireless Technologies 5 point Spring F1A (Mon 8-12)
34020 Optics and photonics 5 point Spring F1B (Thurs 13-17)
34120 Electromagnetism for communication 5 point Spring F1B (Thurs 13-17)
34210 Introduction to digital communication 5 point Spring F3A (Tues 8-12)
34313 Introduction to Data Communication Networks 5 point Autumn E4B (Fri 8-12)
34315 Internet of things – application and infrastructure implementation 5 point Spring F2B (Thurs 8-12)
34322 Communication Network for Control and Data Acquisition 5 point Spring F4A (Tues 13-17)
34333 Technologies for Mobile communication and cellular IoT 5 point Spring F5A (Wed 8-12)
34334 Advanced Data Networks and Cyber Security 5 point Autumn E2A (Mon 13-17)
34338 Telecommunication programming projects with Arduino 5 point January

Other National and International (holding a Bachelor from outside Denmark) Applicants

B Eng in IT or in Electrical Engineering from other Danish universities and International applicants are admitted if they fulfill the requirements above or similar requirements.

The academic requirements may be fulfilled differently. This will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the head of study.


General admission requirements

Only applicants holding a relevant Bachelor of Science in Engineering, a Bachelor in Engineering (diplomingeniøruddannelse) or a Bachelor of Natural Science degree can be admitted to a Master of Science in Engineering programme. The bachelor's degree must be less than ten years old.

The individual MSc Eng programme states in detail which bachelor programmes qualify and whether applicants must complete supplementary educational activities.

Requirements for supplementary educational activities can equate to up to 30 ECTS credits and are specified as a list of courses under the individual MSc Eng programmes.

The specific requirements must be met before graduating from the bachelor's programme or in connection with conditional admission to a particular MSc Eng programme. The courses must be passed prior to the commencement of studies within one year from the conditional admission.

Supplementary educational activities in connection with conditional admission to an MSc Eng programme do not form part of the MSc Eng programme, and tuition fees are charged. If the supplementary courses have not been passed within the specified deadlines, the conditional admission to the programme is withdrawn.

The Master of Science in Engineering programmes are offered in English. Therefore applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English (B-level, IELTS, TOEFL, CAE)

DTU offers an Honours Programme as part of all MSc  Eng. programmes. The admission requirements are described at

Specific prerequisites for the Industry MSc Eng Programmes

The prerequisites are similar to the specific ones that apply to the 2-year-programmes, but in addition, the applicant must have a job relevant to the studies with a workload of at least 25 hours a week, or the applicant may be self-employed in a start-up company. Read more about the rules on