1. General Information


Postgraduate studies in smart connected systems aim to provide quality and top European education and training to ICT engineers with in-depth knowledge of smart systems connected via the Internet of Things (IoT). Upon completion of their studies, these engineers will be able to take responsible positions in the processes of planning, design, programming, management, testing and monitoring of smart IoT systems and work with various types of the latest embedded technologies, including new IoT business aspects. >

  • Name of the proposer: University "Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, Faculty of Information Sciences and Computer Engineering - FINKI
  • Study Program Name: Academic Second Cycle Studies in Smart Connected Systems
  • Scientific-research area: technical-technological
  • Field: Computer Engineering & Informatics
  • Area: Information Systems and Networks
  • The value of postgraduate studies is 60 ECTS or 120 ECTS credits .
  • Duration of studies: 2 or 4 semesters .
  • One academic year consists of two semesters lasting 30 weeks (1 semester = 15 weeks).
  • The first semester consists of subjects, while the second has a smaller number of subjects and is reserved for the final project, ie. for the master's thesis.
  • Admission Requirements : Completed undergraduate studies in the field of informatics or computer technology and informatics with a minimum of 240 credits. For study directions that carry less than 240 credits, exams offered in the introductory layer are added.
  • Introductory layer : Students who have earned less than 240 credits during their studies are offered a set of differential introductory courses. After their successful realization, the student acquires the right to continue with the second year of postgraduate studies.
  • First semester: 3 Mandatory courses and 2 electives, one of which may be from the University list.
  • Second semester: 1 Mandatory and 1 elective, which can be from the university list (only if in the first semester the subjects are selected at the Faculty level) and a final project of 18 ECTS
  • 1 ECTS credit corresponds to 30 hours of total work engagement
  • The number of contact hours is 4
  • The academic title or degree obtained after graduation is

- Master in Information Science and Computer Engineering in the field of smart connected systems


2. Introductory layer


The introductory layer is intended for students who study for less than four years or have earned less than 240 credits from previous studies.

Table 1: List of introductory layer items

РБ Subject Semester ECTS
1 Mandatory subject 1 of Table 2 VII 6
2 Mandatory subject 2 of Table 2 VII 6
3 Mandatory subject 3 of Table 2 VIII 6
4 Mandatory subject 4 of Table 2 VIII 6
5 Elective course 1 1 VII 6
6 Elective 2 1 VII 6
7 Elective course 3 1 VII 6
8 Elective 4 1 VIII 6
9 Elective course 5 1 VIII 6
10 Selection from the university list of free courses VIII 6

[1] Selection from the lists of subjects from the introductory layer of all master studies at the Faculty of Information Sciences and Computer Engineering

Elective courses can be selected from the proposed list of courses of the study program, Table 2, or from the proposed lists of courses from the introductory layer of other study programs of the Faculty of Information Sciences and Computer Engineering. The choice of courses should be made in accordance with the previous knowledge of the candidate and the necessary knowledge to continue with the postgraduate studies in Internet technologies. Only one free choice of subject is allowed which is on the university list of subjects for the first year of two-year postgraduate studies.


Table 2:   List of items

РБ New Code / Subject Semester ECTS Prerequisite2
1 CSEW705   Innovation in ICT   V 6  
2 CSEW502   Microprocessor Systems V 6  
3 CSES627   Sensor Systems VI 6  
4 CSEW525   Personal and Ad Hoc networks V 6  
5 CSES813   ARM architecture VIII 6  
6 CSES604   Embedded Computer Systems VI 6  
7 CSES608   Digital Signal Processing IV 6  
8 CSES405   Wireless mobile systems  VI 6  
9 CSEW702   Web based systems  VII 6  
10 CSEW519   Mobile platforms and programming  VII 6  


[2] The titles of the courses are given according to the curricula of the undergraduate studies at the Faculty of Information Technologies and Computer Engineering, UKIM, Skopje. Students who have graduated from other institutions will have to show passed exams in subjects appropriate to the above in order to meet the prerequisites for the respective subject.


After the successful completion of all ten courses and 60 credits, the student with previously acquired 180 ECTS credits (or completed three-year studies) continues with the courses from the second academic year of postgraduate studies - Table 3 (IX and X semester).


3. Studies

Table 3: List of Postgraduate Courses

РБ Subject Semester З / И ECTS
1 Building the Internet of Things and Security IX З 6
2 Acquisition and data processing systems IX З 6
3 Smart City IX З 6
4 Elective IX И 6
5 Elective IX И 6
6 Developing IoT applications and IoT platforms X З 6
7 Elective X И 6
8 Master Thesis X З 18


The following table shows the electives from the study program

Table 4: Electives

РБ New code /   Subject Semester ЕКТС
1 PS-I-01   Data Analysis from Related Systems X 6
2 PS-I-02   Sensory data fusion IX 6
3 ПС-И-03   Smart mobility X 6
4 ПС-И-04   Smart contracts in IoT IX 6
5 PS-I-05   Smart Energy Networks IX 6
6 ПС-И-06 Smart and connected healthcare X 6
7 PS-I-07  IoT for Environmental Systems IX 6
8 PS-I-08   Open & Related Data X 6
9 ПС-И-09  Smart production and monitoring systems X 6
10 PS-I-01   Smart Financial Systems and Stock Exchange IX 6
11 IT-I-01   5G: Fifth Generation Wireless Mobile Systems IX 6
12 ИТ-И-04   E-business IX 6
13 ИТ-И-11 Smart Sensor Networks X 6
14 IT-I-13   Network Virtualization and Cloud Computing X 6
15 ИТ-И-18 Data Science IX 6
16 ИС-И-21   Sensor-robotic systems X 6
17 СИ-И-01   Time series analysis and forecasting  IX 6
18 EI-Z-03   Implementation of Geographic Information Systems  X 6


The student can choose a course from the list of offered elective courses from all study programs of the second cycle of studies. The list of offered electives can be found on this   link .