Sino-Swedish Master in Computer Science - Software Engineering - Master's Programme in Computer Science

Academic year 2023/2024

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The Sino-Swedish Master's Programme in Computer Science and Software Engineering is offered jointly by two world-class institutions: Uppsala University and the National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei. Living and studying in two different cultures and continents leads to personal and professional development that opens an international labour market in both advanced industry and cutting-edge research.

Why this programme?

The programme gives you a unique opportunity to customise and specialise in your education in combination with added expertise in a subject of your choice from our leading Asian partner, National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU).

The double subject competence along with the rewarding experience of studying on another continent gives you a truly international education. You also have the opportunity of graduating from two universities. By living and studying in two different cultures, and making close ties to cities and people in two different countries, leads to personal and professional development that opens an international labour market in both advanced industry and cutting-edge research.

Key benefits of studying the programme:

  • One programme, two degrees.
  • Study on two continents.
  • Customise and tailor your education to your own interests.

Uppsala University is focused on the theoretical aspects of computer science while NTNU is particularly strong in applications. At NTNU you can also take courses on cultural aspects, such as language or intercultural relationships. You can create your own specialisations by combining courses individually.

Student profile

You have a strong foundation in computer science. You might even have some practical experience working in the field after graduation, but you have not forgotten your broad theoretical base and study techniques. You are no stranger to mathematics and algorithms and 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 a lot of responsibility to form your own educational experience, as well as your future career. You like to have many options and freedom of choice when it comes to courses and topics. You like exploring different cultures and can easily adapt to new situations.


The programme leads with this specialisation to a Master of Science (120 credits) with Computer Science as the main field of study and, in addition, an equivalent degree from National Taiwan Normal University.

All specialisations of this programme


Your studies start with a year in Uppsala, where the Department of Information Technology offers you a wide range of world-class courses in computer science. You can create your specialisation by individually selecting courses in dialogue with student counsellors and teachers. Most courses integrate theory with practical exercises. By selecting suitable courses, you will become a specialist in your selected field of computer science.

The second year takes place in Taipei, where you will add a different perspective on computer science and its applications and will learn to combine knowledge and experiences from two high-class universities in two different cultures.

During the final semester, you will focus on your Master's thesis, which you do in Taipei (30 credits). The programme leads to a double Master's degree, that is, you will get one degree from each university, according to the national regulations.

Courses within the programme

See complete outline of the programme.

Learning experience

The Master's Programme in Computer Science offers every student an individualised study plan that induces excellent learning opportunities. However, this requires that you are willing to put in the work and have the ability to take responsibility for your education and your learning.

The form 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.

The Department of Information Technology at Uppsala University is world-leading in computer science research and we teach in an international environment that provides you with a worldwide network of professional contacts including researchers, teachers and fellow students. Courses are taught by experts in their fields and are always up to date.

The language of instruction is English.


The Sino-Swedish Master's Programme in Computer Science and Software Engineering can lead to jobs in a variety of businesses or research. During your studies, you will be in contact with industries both in Sweden and Taiwan, enabling you to find interesting jobs in different countries. Most graduates choose to work with development and research in data, either at large companies or in small start-ups. Due to the broad education and the cultural experience as well as the high quality of the research-related courses, you will always be at the forefront of development and have great opportunities to decide your own future.

By studying this programme you are particularly well-equipped for a career in an international job market. Most of our alumni get jobs in the commercial IT sector, as project managers or consultants in advanced product development or applied research.

The programme is also a great stepping-stone for doctoral studies.

Students with a Master's degree in computer science are highly attractive in a qualified international labour market in Sweden. Demand for competence in the field of computer science is high and will continue to grow due to the computerisation of our society. Many students get attractive job offers before having completed their studies.

Career support

During your time as a student, UU Careers offers support and guidance. You have the opportunity to take part in a variety of activities and events that will prepare you for your future career. Learn more about UU Careers.


Below you will find details about eligibility requirements, selection criteria and tuition fees. For information on how to apply and what general documents you need to submit, check the application guide. Besides the general supporting documents, you also need to submit one programme-specific document: an Application Summary Sheet (including your statement of purpose).

Citizens of the People's Republic of China should contact the programme's study counsellor at well in advance before applying for the programme.

Sino-Swedish Master in Computer Science - Software Engineering

120 credits

Autumn 2023, 100%, Campus

Location: Uppsala

Application deadline: 16 January 2023

Application code: UU-M1161 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 computer science, including programming, algorithms, data structures, computer architecture and operating systems; and
  • 30 credits in mathematics.

Language requirements

Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6. This requirement can be met either by achieving the required score on an internationally recognised test, or by previous upper secondary or university studies in some countries. Detailed instructions on how to provide evidence of your English proficiency are available at

Selection: Students are selected based on:

  • an overall appraisal of previous university studies; and
  • a statement of purpose.

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.

Application fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 72,500

Tuition fee, total: SEK 290,000

Contact and further resources

Is this programme right for you?


For programme-specific information, please contact our study counsellor

For admissions-related or general information, please contact our applicant support team:

Department of Information Technology

hus 10, Lägerhyddsvägen 1

Box 337, 751 05 UPPSALA

Last modified: 2022-10-27