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Computer Science - master


Duration:2 Years
Credits (ECTS):120
Qualification:Master of Science in Computer Science
Admission requirements:Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or similar qualification, with a major in computer science (min 80 ECTS)
Application deadline:Nordic applicants: 15 April | International applicants: 1 December
Application code:Nordic applicants: 4008 | International applicants: 2017

Programme description

The programme supply you with a solid foundation in computer science, combined with deeper and more detailed understanding and skills within your chosen area of specialization in the master thesis.  

The program consists of four mandatory courses in computer science, a total of 40 ECTS credits, and 20 ECTS credits of elective courses. The elective courses may be within topics such as economics, management, psychology and entrepreneurship. The program concludes with a master thesis of 60 ECTS credits. The master thesis can also be done in collaboration with an external IT-company.  

Since the study programme is very experimental with a lot of practical programming exercises and laboratory work emphasis is placed on that the students are acquiring computer science and engineering skills. The computer science courses are directly connected to the on-going research carried out by the academic staff at the department.

Programme structure

Term 10 ects 10 ects 10 ects
First term (autumn)
Optional course
Second term (spring)
Optional course
Third term (autumn)
Fourth term (spring)

Learning outcomes

For each program at the UiT there are set targets for knowledge, analytical understanding, skills and competences that a student has reached by the end of studies.  

Knowledge - The candidate has ...

Skills - The candidate can ...

General competence - The candidate ...

Teaching and assessment

To complete the program until the master's degree requires motivation and targeted work effort. To achieve the learning outcomes for the study program, students must expect to spend more than 40 hours a week in the study from the study start, including lectures, group hours, laboratory work and self-taught self-study.

The program offers a varied teaching programme while most courses are intensive and project oriented. In lectures, theory and academic theme are examined. In the group work, students are expected to be active in discussions of issues in the subject matter. Students work in laboratories where compulsory assignments are solved to acquire practical skills in designing, building and maintaining computer systems, either individually or in teams with other students.

In addition to collaborating with other informatics students, the students will also work with people who have knowledge in other areas. In order to train this, it is important that the student takes an active role, is present and contributes to the learning environment, both in organized teaching and otherwise during the weeks where the students cooperate and largely learn from each other.

All academic staff who teach the study programme are active researchers in various research projects. The courses are based on relevant research and are related to the departments research activity. As a student, you will be able to engage in projects in the research laboratories along the way. Special curriculum and master theses are often part of a larger project context, in a working community in a research group. In the work on these assignments, individual guidance is provided from the department's academic staff.

Language of instruction

The language of instruction is English and all of the syllabus material is in English. Examination questions will be given in English, but may be answered either in English or a Scandinavian language.

Also the Master's thesis may be written either in English or a Scandinavian language.

Exchange possibilities

Exchange stays at other educational institutions in Norway or abroad can by agreement be included in the programme. The Department of computer science has subject-specific exchange agreements (Erasmus +) with several universities in Europe where the agreements with the Technical University of Munich, Germany and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands are recommended.

Students can carry out an exchange stay in the second semester of the study. The courses scheduled for completion during the exchange period must be pre-approved in consultation with the department. The department will in each case assess how and to what extent external courses can replace mandatory subjects in the student's education plan at UiT.

Students wishing to carry out an exchange stay as part of the study programme must contact the department administration in good time before leaving, no later than the semester start of the semester before departure. The pre-approved courses are included as part of the study at UiT. If the student do not accomplish the pre-approved arrangemnent this may lead to extended study time.

The amount of work should be representative of the period during which the student is on exchange stays.

Job prospectives

After graduating with a Master's degree in Computer Science, you can work all over the world within many different industries, for instance IT, mobile, health, teaching and oil. The work is typical as system developers, engineers, scientists or consultants, within areas such as web, mobile phones, data security, computer games, 3D- and film animation, search engines, operating systems, databases and network. It is common among the candidates to hold manager positions and to establish their own enterprise.

Access to further studies

On successful completion of the degree programme, students may be qualified for admission to a PhD programme in Science, depending on satisfactory grades in the Master's and Bachelor's degree. PhD-programme in Science are offered at the UiT.