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Distributed Systems

  • Number of credits 7.5 credits
  • Level Master’s level
  • Starting Spring Term 2025

About the course

The goal of this course is to introduce basic knowledge to understand how modern distributed systems operate. Our focus will be on distributed algorithms and on practical aspects that should be considered when designing and implementing real systems. Some topics that will be covered are causality and logical clocks, synchronization and coordination algorithms, transactions and replication, and end-to-end system design. Although students will need to learn various distributed algorithms, this is not only a theoretical course. Thus, computer based assignments will be used extensively so that students will gain practical experience designing and implementing real systems. In addition the course will explore recent trends exemplified by current highly available and reliable distributed systems.

Application and eligibility

Distributed Systems, 7.5 credits

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25 March 2025


8 June 2025

Study location




Type of studies

Daytime, 50%

Required Knowledge

At least 90 ECTS, including 60 ECTS Computing Science or 120 ECTS within a study programme. At least 7.5 ECTS data structures and algorithms; 7.5 ECTS systems programming; 7.5 ECTS operating systems; and 7.5 ECTS data communication and computer networks. Proficiency in English equivalent to the level required for basic eligibility for higher studies.

Entry requirements


Academic credits Applicants in some programs at Umeå University have guaranteed admission to this course. The number of places for a single course may therefore be limited.

Application code



The online application opens 16 September 2024 at 13:00 CET. Application deadline is 15 October 2024. How to apply

Application and tuition fees

As a citizen of a country outside the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees for studies at Umeå University.

Application fee

SEK 900

Tuition fee, first instalment

SEK 17,850

Total fee

SEK 17,850

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Course is given by
Department of Computing Science