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Master's Programme in Computing Science

  • Number of credits 120 Credits

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 enables 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 apply for positions as a PhD student in Computer Science or related areas all around the world. You can also work in the industry, where highly educated computer scientists are highly sought-after, or in the public sector.

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Programme is given by
Faculty of Science and Technology
Contact persons for the programme are:
Frank Drewes, Program Coordinator