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Build tomorrow’s technology

Build technology for the information society

The Master’s in Computer Science covers this fascinating and hyper-relevant discipline from multiple angles. The technical side of Computer Science deals with computer operations, like system software, computer networks and programming environments. The theoretical foundations cover the limits of what can be computed, computational efficiency, correctness, and the intricacies of concurrent execution. Software engineering studies construction and maintenance of large and often mission-critical software systems that need to be maintained by large teams of people. Because of its prominent role in everyday life, non-functional aspects of information technology are gaining importance in Computer Science, most notably the energy efficiency of data centres and the security of computer systems.

The start dates of this programme are September 1st and February 1st.

Note: the track Computer Systems and Security is no longer available as part of this Master’s programme since September 2021. We offer a new Master’s programme Computer Security. For more information go to www.vu.nl/csec.

Tracks

The Master's in Computer Science is a two-year programme that currently offers seven distinct tracks: 

  • Big Data Engineering
  • Foundations of Computing and Concurrency
  • Internet and Web Technology
  • Parallel Computing Systems
  • Software Engineering and Green IT 
  • International track: Global Software Engineering European Master
  • International track: Software Engineers for Green Deal

Each track comprises five mandatory core courses – relating to Computer Science in general and your track specifically – plus certain restricted choices and electives. You’ll also carry out your Master’s project and write your thesis in the second half of your second year.

(The track Computer Systems and Security is no longer be available as part of this Master’s programme since September 2021. We offer a new Master’s programme Computer Security. For more information go to www.vu.nl/csec.

Summary

The Master's in Computer Science is a two-year programme that currently offers seven distinct tracks: 

  • Big Data Engineering
  • Foundations of Computing and Concurrency
  • Internet and Web Technology
  • Parallel Computing Systems
  • Software Engineering and Green IT 
  • International track: Global Software Engineering European Master
  • International track: Software Engineers for Green Deal

Each track comprises five mandatory core courses – relating to Computer Science in general and your track specifically – plus certain restricted choices and electives. You’ll also carry out your Master’s project and write your thesis in the second half of your second year.

(The track Computer Systems and Security is no longer be available as part of this Master’s programme since September 2021. We offer a new Master’s programme Computer Security. For more information go to www.vu.nl/csec.

Summary

The Master's in Computer Science is a two-year programme that currently offers seven distinct tracks: 

  • Big Data Engineering
  • Foundations of Computing and Concurrency
  • Internet and Web Technology
  • Parallel Computing Systems
  • Software Engineering and Green IT 
  • International track: Global Software Engineering European Master
  • International track: Software Engineers for Green Deal

Each track comprises five mandatory core courses – relating to Computer Science in general and your track specifically – plus certain restricted choices and electives. You’ll also carry out your Master’s project and write your thesis in the second half of your second year.

(The track Computer Systems and Security is no longer be available as part of this Master’s programme since September 2021. We offer a new Master’s programme Computer Security. For more information go to www.vu.nl/csec.

Summary

The Master's in Computer Science is a two-year programme that currently offers seven distinct tracks: 

  • Big Data Engineering
  • Foundations of Computing and Concurrency
  • Internet and Web Technology
  • Parallel Computing Systems
  • Software Engineering and Green IT 
  • International track: Global Software Engineering European Master
  • International track: Software Engineers for Green Deal

Each track comprises five mandatory core courses – relating to Computer Science in general and your track specifically – plus certain restricted choices and electives. You’ll also carry out your Master’s project and write your thesis in the second half of your second year.

(The track Computer Systems and Security is no longer be available as part of this Master’s programme since September 2021. We offer a new Master’s programme Computer Security. For more information go to www.vu.nl/csec.

Summary

The Master's in Computer Science is a two-year programme that currently offers seven distinct tracks: 

  • Big Data Engineering
  • Foundations of Computing and Concurrency
  • Internet and Web Technology
  • Parallel Computing Systems
  • Software Engineering and Green IT 
  • International track: Global Software Engineering European Master
  • International track: Software Engineers for Green Deal

Each track comprises five mandatory core courses – relating to Computer Science in general and your track specifically – plus certain restricted choices and electives. You’ll also carry out your Master’s project and write your thesis in the second half of your second year.

(The track Computer Systems and Security is no longer be available as part of this Master’s programme since September 2021. We offer a new Master’s programme Computer Security. For more information go to www.vu.nl/csec.

Summary

The Master's in Computer Science is a two-year programme that currently offers seven distinct tracks: 

  • Big Data Engineering
  • Foundations of Computing and Concurrency
  • Internet and Web Technology
  • Parallel Computing Systems
  • Software Engineering and Green IT 
  • International track: Global Software Engineering European Master
  • International track: Software Engineers for Green Deal

Each track comprises five mandatory core courses – relating to Computer Science in general and your track specifically – plus certain restricted choices and electives. You’ll also carry out your Master’s project and write your thesis in the second half of your second year.

(The track Computer Systems and Security is no longer be available as part of this Master’s programme since September 2021. We offer a new Master’s programme Computer Security. For more information go to www.vu.nl/csec.

Summary

The Master's in Computer Science is a two-year programme that currently offers seven distinct tracks: 

  • Big Data Engineering
  • Foundations of Computing and Concurrency
  • Internet and Web Technology
  • Parallel Computing Systems
  • Software Engineering and Green IT 
  • International track: Global Software Engineering European Master
  • International track: Software Engineers for Green Deal

Each track comprises five mandatory core courses – relating to Computer Science in general and your track specifically – plus certain restricted choices and electives. You’ll also carry out your Master’s project and write your thesis in the second half of your second year.

(The track Computer Systems and Security is no longer be available as part of this Master’s programme since September 2021. We offer a new Master’s programme Computer Security. For more information go to www.vu.nl/csec.

Summary

The Master's in Computer Science is a two-year programme that currently offers seven distinct tracks: 

  • Big Data Engineering
  • Foundations of Computing and Concurrency
  • Internet and Web Technology
  • Parallel Computing Systems
  • Software Engineering and Green IT 
  • International track: Global Software Engineering European Master
  • International track: Software Engineers for Green Deal

Each track comprises five mandatory core courses – relating to Computer Science in general and your track specifically – plus certain restricted choices and electives. You’ll also carry out your Master’s project and write your thesis in the second half of your second year.

(The track Computer Systems and Security is no longer be available as part of this Master’s programme since September 2021. We offer a new Master’s programme Computer Security. For more information go to www.vu.nl/csec.

  • Big Data Engineering

    Summary

    The Master's in Computer Science is a two-year programme that currently offers seven distinct tracks: 

    • Big Data Engineering
    • Foundations of Computing and Concurrency
    • Internet and Web Technology
    • Parallel Computing Systems
    • Software Engineering and Green IT 
    • International track: Global Software Engineering European Master
    • International track: Software Engineers for Green Deal

    Each track comprises five mandatory core courses – relating to Computer Science in general and your track specifically – plus certain restricted choices and electives. You’ll also carry out your Master’s project and write your thesis in the second half of your second year.

    (The track Computer Systems and Security is no longer be available as part of this Master’s programme since September 2021. We offer a new Master’s programme Computer Security. For more information go to www.vu.nl/csec.

  • Foundations of Computing and Concurrency

    Summary

    The Master's in Computer Science is a two-year programme that currently offers seven distinct tracks: 

    • Big Data Engineering
    • Foundations of Computing and Concurrency
    • Internet and Web Technology
    • Parallel Computing Systems
    • Software Engineering and Green IT 
    • International track: Global Software Engineering European Master
    • International track: Software Engineers for Green Deal

    Each track comprises five mandatory core courses – relating to Computer Science in general and your track specifically – plus certain restricted choices and electives. You’ll also carry out your Master’s project and write your thesis in the second half of your second year.

    (The track Computer Systems and Security is no longer be available as part of this Master’s programme since September 2021. We offer a new Master’s programme Computer Security. For more information go to www.vu.nl/csec.

  • Internet & Web Technology

    Summary

    The Master's in Computer Science is a two-year programme that currently offers seven distinct tracks: 

    • Big Data Engineering
    • Foundations of Computing and Concurrency
    • Internet and Web Technology
    • Parallel Computing Systems
    • Software Engineering and Green IT 
    • International track: Global Software Engineering European Master
    • International track: Software Engineers for Green Deal

    Each track comprises five mandatory core courses – relating to Computer Science in general and your track specifically – plus certain restricted choices and electives. You’ll also carry out your Master’s project and write your thesis in the second half of your second year.

    (The track Computer Systems and Security is no longer be available as part of this Master’s programme since September 2021. We offer a new Master’s programme Computer Security. For more information go to www.vu.nl/csec.

  • Parallel Computing Systems

    Summary

    The Master's in Computer Science is a two-year programme that currently offers seven distinct tracks: 

    • Big Data Engineering
    • Foundations of Computing and Concurrency
    • Internet and Web Technology
    • Parallel Computing Systems
    • Software Engineering and Green IT 
    • International track: Global Software Engineering European Master
    • International track: Software Engineers for Green Deal

    Each track comprises five mandatory core courses – relating to Computer Science in general and your track specifically – plus certain restricted choices and electives. You’ll also carry out your Master’s project and write your thesis in the second half of your second year.

    (The track Computer Systems and Security is no longer be available as part of this Master’s programme since September 2021. We offer a new Master’s programme Computer Security. For more information go to www.vu.nl/csec.

  • Software Engineering and Green IT

    Summary

    The Master's in Computer Science is a two-year programme that currently offers seven distinct tracks: 

    • Big Data Engineering
    • Foundations of Computing and Concurrency
    • Internet and Web Technology
    • Parallel Computing Systems
    • Software Engineering and Green IT 
    • International track: Global Software Engineering European Master
    • International track: Software Engineers for Green Deal

    Each track comprises five mandatory core courses – relating to Computer Science in general and your track specifically – plus certain restricted choices and electives. You’ll also carry out your Master’s project and write your thesis in the second half of your second year.

    (The track Computer Systems and Security is no longer be available as part of this Master’s programme since September 2021. We offer a new Master’s programme Computer Security. For more information go to www.vu.nl/csec.

  • International track: Global Software Engineering European Master

    Summary

    The Master's in Computer Science is a two-year programme that currently offers seven distinct tracks: 

    • Big Data Engineering
    • Foundations of Computing and Concurrency
    • Internet and Web Technology
    • Parallel Computing Systems
    • Software Engineering and Green IT 
    • International track: Global Software Engineering European Master
    • International track: Software Engineers for Green Deal

    Each track comprises five mandatory core courses – relating to Computer Science in general and your track specifically – plus certain restricted choices and electives. You’ll also carry out your Master’s project and write your thesis in the second half of your second year.

    (The track Computer Systems and Security is no longer be available as part of this Master’s programme since September 2021. We offer a new Master’s programme Computer Security. For more information go to www.vu.nl/csec.

  • International track: Software Engineers for Green Deal

    Summary

    The Master's in Computer Science is a two-year programme that currently offers seven distinct tracks: 

    • Big Data Engineering
    • Foundations of Computing and Concurrency
    • Internet and Web Technology
    • Parallel Computing Systems
    • Software Engineering and Green IT 
    • International track: Global Software Engineering European Master
    • International track: Software Engineers for Green Deal

    Each track comprises five mandatory core courses – relating to Computer Science in general and your track specifically – plus certain restricted choices and electives. You’ll also carry out your Master’s project and write your thesis in the second half of your second year.

    (The track Computer Systems and Security is no longer be available as part of this Master’s programme since September 2021. We offer a new Master’s programme Computer Security. For more information go to www.vu.nl/csec.

Fellowships and internships

A limited number of fellowships are available for (partial) funding of this Master’s through the VU Fellowship Programme. The application deadline for the VU Fellowship Programme is 1 February. More information can be found here

Change your future with the Computer Science programme

Change your future with the Computer Science programme

On completing this Master’s programme, you can choose from a variety of careers, ranging from software development to system design, at organisations spanning from local companies up to the big multi-national players. As a graduate in Computer Science, you could also found your own startup company and monetise your product idea, or continue your academic career and apply for a PhD position.

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