Welcome letter Master´s Programme in Telecommunication Systems – Autumn-23

Congratulations on your admission!

Welcome to the Master´s Programme in Telecommunication Systems

at Blekinge Institute of Technology!

The programme runs full-time from 28 August 2023 to 8 June 2025. Please note, to keep your place on the programme, you must fulfil the steps in the section below: “Procedure to join the programme”. The mandatory course registration online will open 28 July and close 9 August. 

We expect you to be present at campus Karlskrona on the first day 28 August and participate in the programme introduction at 10.00 CET in room J1610. 

We strongly suggest that you participate in the introduction week, beginning 21 August, including introductory- and social activities. Make sure to visit the Student portal for a detailed programme. 

Please visit the page for newly admitted students where you will find useful and practical information, including support and help with your next steps. 

Today’s telecommunications systems are, to a large extent, based on software. It is clear from the recent developments in the form of Software Defined Networking (SDN), Network Function Virtualization (NFV), and Cloud Computing. We find the Internet Protocol, programming, and mathematics in their cores. Hence, please refresh these skills before the program starts. I would also recommend refreshing your English understanding, reading, and writing. Most of the material (lectures, books, assignments) is in English, and you must write several academic reports during your studies here. 

A warm welcome to BTH!

Patrik Arlos

Programme manager

patrik.arlos@bth.se

Procedure to join the programme

  1. Tuition fee (deadline 15 May)

Non-EU/EEA students are required to pay tuition fee. Visit the tuition fee page for information and access your BTH tuition fee account. If the payment is not received by BTH by the deadline, you will lose your place on the programme. 

  1. Apply for a residence permit (as soon as possible)

Non-EU/EEA students admitted to on-campus programmes must apply for a residence permit to study in Sweden. The tuition fee must be paid before submitting the residence permit application. Visit the Migration agency home page for more information.  

  1. Activate student account (from 2 April)

You can activate student account when you receive an e-mail from BTH regarding your student account. More information and a link to activation are available on Student Portal – Get started. If you have not received an e-mail regarding student account one week before the registration period closes, please contact the IT Helpdesk. 

  1. Register for the courses (28 July to 9 August)

You must register for the courses to keep your place on the programme. Register in Ladok for students, instructions are on Student portal – Get started. You can find the registration periods here. If you cannot carry out the registration yourself, contact studentreception@bth.se. 

  1.  Programme introduction (28 August)

If you cannot participate in the programme introduction, report this by email to the programme manager. 

Equipment and digital tools

BTH requires students to use their own computers for studies. Your programme might have specific hardware or software requirements, make sure to check here if your program is listed and find out what you need. Additionally, for online education, ensure you have a camera, a headset with a microphone, and an internet connection.

All programs and courses use the online learning management system Canvas. Once you activate your student account and register for a course, you can access your Canvas course page. You can find more information about Canvas, Zoom, and other digital tools you have access to here.

As we are working quite a lot with Linux, Virtual machines, and containers, you should prepare yourself to be comfortable working with Linux and different tools for Virtualization. For Linux, you must know how to install and update packages, work with scripts and terminals, build software from source code, work with Git, and use basic SSH. For Virtualization, we use different systems and tools. It is good if your computer has VirtualBox installed and you are comfortable operating with it, i.e., creating VMs and networks, importing and exporting appliances, and understanding how the host and the VM can interact (both via network and shared folders). You need more knowledge if your daily driver is a Mac (especially an M1 or M2-based device). Usually, our VMs are x86/AMD64 based.

Programme and courses

You can find programme syllabus and information on the programme's web page and Canvas page.

Courses during the initial semester:

, 7,5 hp Period: 2023-August-28 until 2023-October-29 Kurskod: DV1457

, 7,5 hp Period: 2023-August-28 until 2023-October-29 Kurskod: DV1619

, 7,5 hp Period: 2023-October-30 until 2024-January-14 Kurskod: DV1566

, 7,5 hp Period: 2023-October-30 until 2024-January-14 Kurskod: DV2636

The first two classes, Programming in UNIX Environment and Computer Communication, are quite practical. Hence, I recommend that you read the prerequisites for both classes to know what is required from you. If you have not been programming for a while refresh your C/C++ knowledge. Also, you should view the prerequisites for the next two classes, Network and System Security and Introduction to Cloud Computing, so that you can already start preparing for them.

Further questions?

If you still have questions after reading this welcome letter and visiting
International student guide, please contact studentreception@bth.se.

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