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Master's Programme in Computing Science

  • Number of credits 120 Credits
  • Study time 2 years (full time)
  • Level Master’s Degree
  • Starting Autumn Term 2018

Do you want to expand your knowledge in problem solving and programming? The Master’s programme in Computing Science is directed towards students who want to achieve further understanding of the field and develop a scientific attitude characterized by logical reasoning and critical analysis. Following your degree you can enter PhD studies or development work in computing science in a company.

While studying

Necessary prerequisites for being able to follow the programme are theoretical knowledge and practical skills regarding algorithmic problem solving, including well-developed programming skills. In particular, you must be able to program in programming languages such as C, Java, and Python and, if necessary, quickly become acquainted with further programming languages. You must also be familiar with the basics of discrete mathematics and fundamental concepts from the theory of computation such as automata, formal languages, computability, and computational complexity.

Thesis completes your studies

During the first semester of the programme you will take four courses of which two are mandatory: Artificial Intelligence – Methods and Applications and Efficient Algorithms. The two remaining courses are Database System Principles and Computational Complexity. The latter two are not mandatory, but are pre-selected and highly recommended. Towards the end of the programme, after taking a number of elective courses, you will take the course Student Conference in Computing Science that gives a hands-on introduction to scientific writing. This course will prepare you for your master thesis comprising 30 ECTS credits, which completes your studies.

Software development

The programme courses consist of lectures, seminars, group work and tutorials in conjunction with different types of assignments and laboratory work. These assignments are usually mandatory and often consist of software development of some kind. Count on a 40-hour work week even if there are fewer hours scheduled. You are expected to organize your work by yourself in a way that suits you and your studies.

Your teachers are also scientists in the fields in which they teach. All tuition is in English.

Programme overview

Career opportunities

The scientific way of thinking that characterizes the programme yields a solid foundation for future PhD studies, but also ables you to work independently with specialised positions in industry. You may find your future workplace at a university or private research institute or with companies such as Ericson, Facebook, Volvo, Tieto or an overwhelming number of smaller IT-related companies.

Common job titles:

  • Researcher
  • Project leader in the IT-business
  • Systems developer
  • Algorithm designer
  • Data consultant

Continue with PhD studies

Following your degree you can either apply for positions as a PhD student in Computer Science or related areas all around the world, or for jobs in industry, where highly educated computer scientists are highly sought-after, or in the public sector.

Application and eligibility

Master's Programme in Computing Science, 120 hp

Visa tillfällen för föregående termin Autumn Term 2018 Det finns inga senare terminer för kursen

International admission round

Programme starts

Autumn Term 2018

Type of studies

100%, Daytime

Study location

Umeå

Language

English

Number of places

20

Eligibility

A Bachelor's or Bachelor of Engineering degree (equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen or Högskoleingenjörsexamen, 180 ECTS) from an internationally recognised university. Special requirements are: a) A minimum of 75 higher education credits in Computer Science and a minimum of 22.5 higher education credits in Mathematics including a course that mediates basic logic skills. b) Good theoretical and practical knowledge and skills regarding algorithms and data structures, programming in different programming languages such as Java and C++. Courses on the theoretical foundations of Computer Science comprising at least 7.5 ECTS credits. Exclusively theoretical knowledge in programming and software design does not provide a sufficient basis for the programme. English proficiency equivalent to English A/5.

Selection

Academic credits

Application code

UMU-M5024

Application

Online applications are now open. You will be transferred to Universityadmissions.se. Application deadline is 15 January 2018.

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

SEK900

Tuition fee, first instalment

SEK67,500

Total fee

SEK270,000

Second admission round for EU/EEA citizens

Programme starts

Autumn Term 2018

Type of studies

100%, Daytime

Study location

Umeå

Language

English

Number of places

20

Eligibility

A Bachelor's or Bachelor of Engineering degree (equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen or Högskoleingenjörsexamen, 180 ECTS) from an internationally recognised university. Special requirements are: a) A minimum of 75 higher education credits in Computer Science and a minimum of 22.5 higher education credits in Mathematics including a course that mediates basic logic skills. b) Good theoretical and practical knowledge and skills regarding algorithms and data structures, programming in different programming languages such as Java and C++. Courses on the theoretical foundations of Computer Science comprising at least 7.5 ECTS credits. Exclusively theoretical knowledge in programming and software design does not provide a sufficient basis for the programme. English proficiency equivalent to English A/5.

Selection

Academic credits

Application code

UMU-05024

Application

The online application opens 15 March 2018 at 13:00 CET. Application deadline is 16 April 2018.

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

SEK900

Tuition fee, first instalment

SEK67,500

Total fee

SEK270,000

Contact us

Contactpersons for the programme are: Frank Drewes, Program Coordinator

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Programme is given by
Faculty of Science and Technology