The master's programme in Computer Science provides you with outstanding career opportunities and excellent opportunities for doctoral studies all over the world. After graduation you can pursue careers as, for example, software developer, IT consultant, game developer, IT designer, IT project manager, systems engineer or business process engineer.
Computer Science at KTH
The master’s programme in Computer Science provides a broad education in computer science with the possibility to specialise within different subjects. You will learn the methods for constructing computer programmes, including theoretical foundations and the practical ability to develop products and systems. During the programme, you will meet prominent guest lecturers from the industry and guest lecturers from other universities.
The programme starts with mandatory courses in advanced algorithms, artificial intelligence, machine learning, computer security, internet protocols, and research methodology to give you an insight into different areas of computer science. In the second semester, you choose one of the eight specialisations to gain in-depth knowledge in a field of computer science. The specialisations are closely connected to the department’s world-class research groups.
This specialisation involves methods for managing and analysing data from various sources, such as biomolecular sequence data, images and video, text.
Students learn to design and to develop interactive systems with modern development methodologies. The specialisation also aims to provide a deeper knowledge of how to systematically evaluate interactive systems.
The specialisation in cognitive systems is about developing applications with artificial intelligence - abilities traditionally associated with people. In the specialisation, you can choose to specialise towards robotics and vision or conversational systems (systems that interact through human languages, such as voice assistants, social robots and chatbots).
This specialisation focuses on techniques for mathematical modelling and numerical simulation of physical, chemical and biological systems. This can be the basis for virtual experiments such as simulated crash tests, but also for building interactive virtual environments, for example, for computer games.
Software Technology is about methods and tools for designing, developing and maintaining different types of software. Within the specialisation, you can choose to specialise towards programming languages, compilers and program semantics or towards software engineering, automated testing and large-scale development of reliable and secure software.
Security and Privacy
This specialisation is about the theory and practice of security, ranging from concepts to implementation, at different layers (hardware, network, system, application) and based on various foundations (cryptography, formal methods, systems).
Theoretical Computer Science
Theoretical Computer Science is about the abstract and mathematical methods to study algorithms. Students learn to use formal methods and focus on verifiable properties of software and software systems.
Visualisation and Interactive Graphics
This specialisation stretches from basic visualisation and graphics to modern research in the field. Visualisation is mainly about making large and complex data understandable with the help of graphics but has applications in computer games and other virtual environments.
The programme also consists of 30 ECTS credits (one semester) of elective courses which you can choose from a wide range of courses within computer science, to specialise further in your field of interest or broaden to new areas within computer science. The programme ends with the master’s degree project, which involves participating in advanced research or design projects in an academic or industrial environment, in Sweden or abroad.
This is a two-year programme (120 ECTS credits) given in English. Graduates are awarded the degree of Master of Science. The programme is given mainly on the KTH Campus in Stockholm by the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (at KTH).
Software technology, algorithm analysis, computer security, artificial intelligence, networks, scientific computing, visualisation, machine learning, cognitive systems, theoretical computer science, data science.
The master's programme in Computer Science focuses on the acquisition of skills necessary for a career at the frontline of modern software technology. Graduates have found work at companies such as Google (USA, Switzerland), Spotify, Oracle, Ericsson, Dice and Accenture.
The programme also prepares students for a career in research or continued studies towards a doctoral degree. Former students have continued their studies on the doctoral level in among other Sweden, US, Germany, Russia.
Software developer, researcher, IT consultant, data analyst, game developer.
"Students here not only acquire broad knowledge in their major but also become specialists in one area. Because I have plans to pursue a PhD degree, I can say that it is really important for me to find out my own interests. And KTH helps me in this."
Yuxuan from China
Graduates from KTH have the knowledge and tools for moving society in a more sustainable direction, as sustainable development is an integral part of all programmes. The three key sustainable development goals addressed by the master's programme in Computer Science are:
8 Decent Work and Economic Growth
9 Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
11 Sustainable Cities and Communities
You will learn how to develop smart digital solutions to various societal needs. Digital technologies are now rapidly replacing older, often inefficient and resource-wasting, systems. You will acquire both the theoretical foundations and the practical skills needed to find sustainable computer-based solutions which connect the customer’s dreams with technical state-of-the-art possibilities.
Computers are a natural and essential part of modern industry, innovations and new infrastructure. Central societal structures, such as banking, primary healthcare and transport, are currently in a phase of dramatic transition, and others are expected to follow. As a skilled expert in computer science and software development, you will be a key player in steering these changes in a positive direction.
Faculty and research
The School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science is one of five schools at KTH. The school conducts research and education in electrical engineering, computer science, and information and communication technology.
To be eligible for the program, you must have been awarded a bachelor's degree, be proficient in English and meet the program-specific requirements.
A bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish bachelor's degree, or equivalent academic qualifications from an internationally recognised university, is required. Students who are following longer technical programmes, and have completed courses equivalent to a bachelor's degree, will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Students in their final year of undergraduate studies may apply and, if qualified, will receive a conditional acceptance. These applicants must include a written statement according to the instructions given by University Admissions. Students in the final year of undergraduate studies at a Swedish university do not have to provide a written statement in order, if qualified, to receive a conditional acceptance. They must, however, have completed 150 ECTS credits in the bachelor’s programme by 1 February.
English language proficiency equivalent to (the Swedish upper secondary school) English course B/6 is required. The requirement can be satisfied through a result equal to, or higher than, those stated in the following internationally recognised English tests:
TOEFL Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1-6) in written test, a total score of 575.
TOEFL ITP is not accepted.
TOEFL iBT internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0-30) in written test, a total score of 90
IELTS Academic/IELTS UKVI: A minimum overall mark of 6.5, with no section lower than 5.5
Cambridge ESOL: Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) Certificate in Advanced English or Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) (Certificate of Proficiency in English)
Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): Minimum score of 90
The University of Michigan, ECPE (Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English)
Pearson PTE Academic: Score of 62 (writing 61)
The language requirement can also be fulfilled through previous university and upper secondary school studies. More information on recognised English tests, previous studies, and required documents is provided by University Admissions.
Specific requirements for the master's program in Computer Science
A bachelor’s degree corresponding to 180 ECTS credits, or equivalent, including courses in:
Mathematics: three different subjects of a total of 22,5 ECTS. Among those subjects, there must be a course in one-variable calculus, a course in linear algebra and a course in discrete structures.
Computer Science/Information Technology: three different subjects of a total of 22,5 ECTS. Among those subjects, there must be a course in object-oriented programming, a course in algorithms and data structures and a course in computational complexity.
A course in Calculus in several variables is required to follow some of the tracks.
Your application is not complete without the required supporting documentation. The following general and programme specific documents must therefore be included in the application in the specified order:
Certificates and diplomas from previous university studies
Transcript of completed courses and grades included in your degree
Proof of English proficiency
A copy of your passport including personal data and photograph, or other identification documents
Specific documents for the master's programme in Computer Science
Letter of Motivation
Letters of recommendation
Summary sheet *
*In order for your application to be considered complete, you need to fill out the online summary sheet. If you do not include a summary sheet, this may negatively affect your evaluation score. Please be sure to fill out all of the required information before you submit the form.
If you have questions regarding the summary sheet please contact the programme directly.