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Efficient algorithms

  • Number of credits 7.5 credits
  • Level Master’s level
  • Starting Autumn Term 2023

About the course

The course covers data structures and techniques for constructing efficient algorithms, including their analysis with respect to efficiency. It stresses the importance of adapting standard algorithms and data structures to the peculiarities of both the given problem and the underlying hardware, because efficiency does not only depend on the intrinsic asymptotic efficiency of an algorithm, but also on the context in which it is applied.

Typical algorithmic techniques are divide-and-conquer, greedy methods, and dynamic programming. As efficient data structures form the basis for many of these techniques, important data structures, their analysis and advantages and disadvantages depending on circumstances are covered as well. Examples of data structures to be covered are heaps, disjoint sets, and tree data structures.

Application and eligibility

Efficient algorithms, 7.5 credits

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28 August 2023


30 October 2023

Study location




Type of studies

Daytime, 50%

Required Knowledge

At least 90 ECTS, including 60 ECTS Computing Science, or at least 120 ECTS within a study programme. At least 7.5 ECTS programming; 7.5 ECTS data structures and algorithms; 7.5 ECTS discrete mathematics; and 7.5 ECTS formal languages. 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



Online applications are now open. You will be transferred to Universityadmissions.se. Application deadline is 17 April 2023. 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