Master in Computing Science

Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology

Program Description

Master in Computing Science

Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology

Our Master Programme in Computing Science is directed towards students how want to develop a deep understanding of the field, together with a scientific attitude characterized by logical reasoning and critical analysis. We want to make sure that you cannot only repeat and apply the facts you have learned, but also extend that knowledge by drawing your own conclusions. In the best of cases, this will enable you to continue your education on a PhD programme at Umeå University or somewhere else. At the very least, you should have acquired the knowledge and skills making it possible for you to work with challenging scientific problems in industrial research and development. Our teachers, who at the same time are successful scientists in the areas they teach, will help you to reach this goal.


For successful studies, you need both 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. Last but not least, you must be familiar with fundamental concepts from the theory of computation such as automata, formal languages, computability, and computational complexity.

Structure of the Programme

There aretwo start-upcourses that all enrolled students are required to take (with the exception of students whose transcripts already contain equivalent courses), namely Efficient Algorithms and Problem Complexity, and Computer Organization and Architecture. Before the programme starts, you and the programme director will agree on two additional courses completing these two, to create a good basis for your the rest of your studies.

The courses of the programme consist to a varying degree of lectures, seminars, group exercises, and tutoring in connection with different kinds of assignments. Assignments are usually mandatory and constitute an important part of the program. In many cases, they include some sort of software development. The solution to assignments and its presentation may include both oral and written elements. The expected work load for following the programme and completing the studies in time is 40 hours per week, even though the time explicitly allocated for lectures, group exercises and computer labs is typically much less than 40 hours. Thus, it is up to you to decide upon what is the best way to make use of your time.

The programme ends with a master thesis comprising 30 ECTS credits. Prior to the master thesis, you will attend the course Student Conference in Computing Science that lets you train scientific writing and how to conduct a small research project of your own choice.

The language of all parts of the programme, including teaching material, is English. However, it is not guaranteed that courses outside the programme, which may be necessary to complete insufficient pre-requisites, will be offered in English. Students able to speak Swedish may, to a certain degree, even take courses taught in Swedish.

Degree and career

The programme offers advanced knowledge in Computer Science, to a great extent leaving it up to you to choose your areas of specialization. In combination with the emphasis the programme puts on a scientific approach, this provides you with a firm basis for future doctoral studies, but also for specialized positions in industry.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated June 2, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Aug. 2017
2 years
Full time
270,000 SEK
Request Info
Application still open for EU citizens
Start date Aug. 2017
Sweden Umeå
Application deadline Request Info
Application still open for EU citizens
End date Request Info
Duration 2 years
Price 270,000 SEK