Master's studies

Master Programme in Information Systems 2018/2019

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In our increasingly global world, IT is enabling communication and networking between people, both in private contexts and in professional businesses. The Master Programme in Information Systems at Uppsala University prepares you to pave the way in the rapidly developing area of Information Technology. It is an internationally competitive programme, with a focus on information systems, systems development, and project management.

Why this programme?

Information systems is an exciting and dynamic field and the Master Programme in Information Systems at Uppsala University is based on the latest development and research in the IT field. The programme provides you with skills in management of rapid and advanced system development methods for developing complex IT systems, useful in both professional work and research. The programme, which is taught in English, is a postgraduate degree for those of you with a background in, for example, Information Science, Software Engineering or Computer Science.

A major challenge for system developers is to develop computer systems that are based on clients' and users' needs. A software developer must be able to work in a team collaborating with administrators, economists, technicians and various types of users. The Master Programme in Information Systems provides a thorough knowledge of how systems and applications interact with individuals and groups in various activities through courses in organisational communication, business administration, and human-computer interaction.

The Master Programme in Information Systems is composed of three themes:

  • Complex information systems (in courses directed towards declarative problem solving methods, artificial intelligence, and knowledge management)
  • Methodology and method (in courses directed towards knowledge management, software engineering, and agile system development methods)
  • Stakeholder and organisational perspective (in courses directed towards organisational behaviour, organisational communication, and human-computer interaction)
The courses are research-related and pre-research and business oriented with the entire system development cycle in focus. The programme provides practical skills by letting students use different systems development methods in real life projects. During training, students learn also how to manage major projects. After you graduate you can work with many different kinds of professions related to the IT field, nationally and internationally.


The programme leads to a Master of Social Science (120 credits) with Information Systems as the main field of study. After one year it may also be possible to obtain a Master of Social Science (60 credits).


Courses within the programme

Year 1
Problem solving methods
Artificial intelligence
Software engineering
Knowledge management
Communication and organising

Year 2
Agile system development methods
System development project
Human-computer interaction
Organisational behaviour
Master's thesis (one semester)

Learning experience

The programme is offered in Uppsala and teaching consists of lectures, lessons, and seminars, which are all taught in English. More practically oriented teaching is laboratory lessons and supervision of assignments and essays.

Examination of courses takes place in the form of written tests, seminars and assignments. Completed courses are graded pass or pass with distinction.


After completing a degree, you can find employment as, for example:

  • system developers
  • project leaders
  • IT managers
  • systems architects
  • test leaders
  • game developers
  • programmers
  • web developers
  • database designers
  • management consultants
  • IT educators
  • researchers.

Successful completion of the programme qualifies you for PhD studies in Information Systems.


Master Programme in Information Systems

120 credits

Autumn 2018 - 100 % - Campus

Location: Uppsala

Application Deadline: 2018-01-15

Enrolment Code: UU-M2214 Application

Language of Instruction: English

Academic requirements
A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university.
Also required is 90 credits in information systems or computer science or a similar field of study.

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
  • Cambridge: CAE, CPE
More information about English language requirements

Selection: Students are selected based on:

  • a total appraisal of previous academic studies with emphasis on grades and course work relevant to the programme; and
  • a statement of purpose.


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.

Application Fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 60000

Tuition fee, total: SEK 240000

Contact and further resources

Department of Informatics and Media

Ekonomikum (plan 3), Kyrkogårdsg. 10

Box 513, 751 20 UPPSALA

Telephone: 018-471 1010 018-471 1011

Fax: 018-471 7867


For programme-specific information, please contact: Tina Kekkonen

Telephone: +46 18 471 10 70

Fax: +46 18 471 78 67

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