The specialisation in Concurrency and Parallel Programming gives you a unique and valuable opportunity to become an expert at designing and implementing concurrent and parallel software that can leverage the capabilities of modern hardware, from smartphones to clouds and supercomputers. Our courses are up-to-date and taught by world-class researchers and experts in concurrency and parallel programming.
Why this programme?
The specialisation in Concurrency and Parallel Programming, within the Master Programme in Computer Science, provides you with a unique and valuable opportunity to become an expert at designing and implementing concurrent and parallel software that can leverage the capabilities of modern hardware, from smartphones to clouds and supercomputers. Courses are taught by world-class researchers and experts in concurrency and parallel programming.
The programme covers software development for concurrency and parallelism; modelling, testing, and verification of concurrent systems; energy-efficient computing and advanced computer architectures. About one third of the curriculum consists of elective courses that allow you to create your own profile. The choice of elective courses is made in dialogue with student counsellors and teachers, to ensure that you select courses that match your background along with your personal and professional interests.
integrate theory with practical exercises
taught by world-class researchers and experts in concurrency and parallel programming.
customise and tailor your education to your own interests
Most courses integrate theory with practical exercises and are taught by world-class researchers and educators from the UPMARC research centre (Europe's premier research centre for multicore programming).
Student profile You have a bachelor degree in Computer science, or equivalent degree. You are willing to and capable of mastering new technologies. You are interested in learning about the theoretical foundations of computer science as well as gaining expertise in designing and implementing concurrent and parallel software that can leverage the capabilities of modern hardware, from smartphones to clouds and supercomputers. You are looking for an educational experience that will give you long-term benefits and a skillset that lasts.
You are independent, self-going and extremely motivated and willing to take personal responsibility for your education and learning. You like to have an individualised study plan that induces excellent learning opportunities and matches your background along with your personal and professional interests.
You are willing to work in-group and you expect to contribute as much to the educational experience of others as you expect to learn from their experience and knowledge. You can critically analyse and reflect on problems and are creative and innovative enough to come up with your own ideas. You like to be given the opportunity to enhance your communication skills and you are both able and willing to express your thoughts in writing and speaking. The English language is no problem for you.
A future PhD education is a possibility you might have thought about, but starting to work right after graduation is also something you are considering. You like to keep your options open for now.
Core courses deal with language abstractions for parallel and concurrent languages, advanced computer architectures, and parallel programming in various ways. About 1/3 of the curriculum consists of elective courses that strengthen your knowledge. You may choose your elective courses from the following subfields:
The third semester of the programme normally includes a larger project course. This project is followed by a Master's thesis that can be carried out in academia or industry. Many students choose to do their Master's thesis outside Sweden, and it is common that the thesis serves as a gateway to the labour market or to PhD studies in parallel programming.
The rest of the courses can be chosen based on your personal preference and previous studies. Courses are chosen freely from the Computer Science (general) specialisation.
The Master Programme in Computer Science offers every student an individualised study plan that induces excellent learning opportunities. However, this requires that you are willing to work hard and have the ability to take personal responsibility for your education and your learning.
The Department of Information Technology is world leading in computer science research. Courses are taught by experts in their field and you will study in an international environment that provides you with a worldwide network of professional contacts: researchers, teachers and fellow students.
The forms of instruction and examination vary and are adapted to the character of the various subjects. This implies that laboratory work and small projects are found in most courses, while certain courses have major projects.
Career outcomes Most of our students go on to work in the commercial IT sector as project managers or consultants in advanced product development or applied research, where they participate in the development of future products.
Our graduates work for software companies, universities, and hardware companies. Job titles include software developer, Ph.D. student and consultant.
A number of students start their own companies to develop ideas and concepts acquired during their education. The programme is also an excellent preparation for PhD studies.
The specialisation in Concurrency and Parallel Programming gives you a unique and valuable opportunity to become an expert at designing and implementing concurrent and parallel software. People with a strong computer science education, combined with an expertise in concurrency and parallel programming are in great demand on the labour market, both in Sweden and internationally. In fact, it is predicted that this need will increase dramatically during the next decade. Indeed, from now on processor chips will contain several cores that work in parallel to attain higher performance.
With a Master's degree in Computer Science with a specialisation in Concurrency and Parallel Programming from Uppsala University you are well prepared for taking the lead in a computer industry that must become more and more parallelised, but which lacks competence and tools needed to fulfil this development.
Career support When you are about to finish your studies and want to start planning for your next step in life, you are welcome to UU Careers for support and guidance. You are also welcome to a variety of career activities and events all through your stay at Uppsala University. Of course, the services are free of charge.
Requirements: Academic requirements A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university. Also required is:
90 credits in computer science, including programming, algorithms, data structures, computer architecture and operating systems; and
30 credits in mathematics.
Language requirements All applicants need to verify English language proficiency that corresponds to English studies at upper secondary (high school) level in Sweden ("English 6"). This can be done in a number of ways, including through an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL or IELTS, or through previous upper secondary (high school) or university studies. The minimum test scores are:
IELTS: an overall mark of 6.5 and no section below 5.5
TOEFL: Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1–6) in written test and a total score of 575. Internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0–30) in written test and a total score of 90
a total appraisal of quantity and quality of previous university studies; and
a statement of purpose (1 page).
Tuition fee-paying students and non-paying students are admitted on the same grounds but in different selection groups.
If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees. Fees cover application and tuition only and do not cover accommodation, academic literature or the general cost of living. Read more about fees.