Master in Information Sciences
Information Sciences is the multidisciplinary area spanning Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and its practical application in society. Are you interested in how information is created and processed in companies and organizations? Are you more interested in the application of technology than technology for its own sake? Do you believe it is important to consider the role of people, organizations, and cultures in the design, modeling, communication and sharing of information? If so, then the Master’s program in Information Sciences at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is an excellent choice for you.
Information Sciences combines technology and organizational studies on the one hand, with technology and culture on the other. It features courses that keep you ahead of the rapid pace of developments within this sector. The program focuses on web applications and internet research for the e-society of the future, including areas such as e-business and e-entertainment. The Master’s program seeks to promote scientific insight and a sense of social responsibility. You will be required to select courses with a total value of 15 credits from a list of approved courses which are rooted in our international research.
Our Master’s courses may change from year to year to reflect ongoing developments and international Information Sciences research. They can include guest courses, SIKS National Graduate Research School courses, and courses on other new topics taught by the university staff. Our current courses include Information Retrieval, E-Business Innovation, Software Architecture, Ontology Engineering and Multimedia Design Case.
The program in a nutshell
The Master’s in Information Sciences trains you to become an outstanding professional who is capable of independent and team problem solving with regard to the design, application and practical use of complex information systems in organizations.
We have re-organized the program of the Master Information Sciences for the academic year 2011-2012. The new program is given in collaboration with the UvA program "Information Studies - Human-Centered Multimedia". This UvA master program admits students with a similar bachelor as the VU IMM bachelor. The program is the result of intensive discussions over the past year, involving both tutors and the student members of the Curriculum Committees (OLCs).
The program is set up in such a way that you can still follow the majority of the courses at VU Amsterdam if you prefer. VU and UvA courses are scheduled on different weekdays, to prevent travel overhead. New programs always carry risks; we promise to handle all problems resulting from this in a fair manner, making exceptions where necessary. We thank you in advance for your cooperation!
Graduates of the program work in a wide range of industries and public institutions, both inside and outside the ICT sector. They take on positions as consultants, analysts, designers, project coordinators, ICT program managers, and researchers. Specific examples include jobs as an e-business architect in international consultancy, a Web editor for a broadcasting company, an ICT manager at a bank/insurance company, and an ICT coordinator in a museum. Typically, graduates get jobs in which they play a liaison role between ICT and non-ICT people: they speak both ‘languages’. And there is an enormous demand for such people. Of course, the program also prepares you for further education as a scientific researcher.
The requirements are split up into Masters’ specialization specific requirements and general requirements.
Specific requirements master’s program
- Students with a Dutch preliminary education
The Master’s is open to students with an academic Bachelor's degree in Information Sciences or in related fields like Computer Science, Informatics, Business Analytics or Artificial Intelligence. If you have a Bachelor’s degree in a related field, you may conditionally enroll for the Master’s program in Information Sciences. The general entry requirement is successful completion of a number of relevant university courses (either at Vrije Univeristeit Amsterdam or equivalent), typically including the following subjects:
- Information Sciences courses: Business Modelling and Requirements Engineering, Human-Computer Interaction, Information Sciences project.
- Computer Sciences courses: base-level courses in Programming, Software Engineering, and Databases.
- Courses from other disciplines (business/economics, social sciences, culture & communication studies).
- Students with a Dutch HBO education
Holders of diplomas from selected Dutch HBO programs may be granted admission after following a Pre-Master’s program. This Pre-Master’s program is worth 30 ECTS credits. Applicable HBO programs include:
- Business Computer Science
- Communication systems
- Computer technology
- Engineering, design, and innovation
- HEAO business computer science
- Industrial automation
- Computer Science
- Computer and information science
- Network Infrastructure Design (NID)
- HTS Technical computer science
- Information engineering
- If you have a diploma that is not listed above but is closely related to those mentioned, please contact Dr. Pieter de Leenheer.
- Study program Pre-master for HBO graduates
For further information regarding procedures on composing the pre-Masters Program for Dutch HBO graduates see Study program pre-master for HBO graduates (Dutch)
General language proficiency requirements
VU Amsterdam requires international applicants to take an English test and to submit their score as a part of the application. Exceptions are made for students who have completed their education in Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia or who have obtained an international Baccalaureate or European Baccalaureate diploma.