Sino-Swedish Master, Computer Science - Software Engineering - Master's Programme in Computer Science 2020/2021

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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 (UU) and the National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU) in Taipei, Taiwan. You spend your first year in Uppsala, and the second year in Taipei and receive Master's degrees from both universities. You will meet cutting edge researchers, and get a unique profile on your education. The programme is taught in English at both universities.

Why this programme?

The programme gives you a unique opportunity to customise and specialise 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 studies 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 a personal and professional development that opens for an international labour market in both advanced industry and cutting-edge research.

Key benefits:

  • 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 and you might even have some practical experience working in the field after graduation but not so long so you have 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 yourself to form your own educational experience, as well as your future career. You like to have many options and a freedom of choice when it comes to courses and topics. You like exploring different cultures and can easily adapt to new situations.

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.

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Computational Science
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The programme leads to a Master of Science (120 credits) with Computer Science as the main field of study from Uppsala University. With the requirements fulfilled it will also lead to a corresponding degree from National Taiwan Normal University.

All specialisations of this programme


Your studies start with a year in 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.

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 work hard and have the ability to take personal 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: researchers, teachers and fellow students. Courses are taught by experts in their field 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 further research in different cultures. 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 course content, you will always be at the forefront of development and have great opportunities to decide on your own future.

Our graduates work at, for example, big international companies, small innovative start-ups or game industry. You are particularly well equipped for an international job market.

Most of our students continue on to jobs in the commercial IT-sector, as project managers or consultants in advanced product development or applied research, where they work to develop future products. Some students start their own businesses to develop ideas they came up with during their studies. 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. Demand for competence in the field of computer science is high and will continue to grow due to the computerisation of our society. It is easy to find interesting work and many students get attractive job offers already during their studies. To help you figure out in what direction to take you career, your degree project provides a good opportunity to learn about your future job market and or even a specific employer.

The programme opens for an international career, as the international character of the programme will enable you to establish professional and personal networks in both countries, and get contacts within the industry as well as academia in both Taiwan and Sweden and through your class-mates in the rest of the world.

Career support
During your whole time as a student UU Careers offers you support and guidance. You have the opportunity to partake in a variety of career activities and events, as well as receive individual career counselling. This service is free of charge for all students at Uppsala University. Read more about UU Careers.


Applicants who are citizens of the People's Republic of China, should contact the Programme Director at well in advance before applying for the programme.

Sino-Swedish Master, Computer Science - Software Engineering

120 credits

Autumn 2020 - 100 % - Campus

Location: Uppsala

Application Deadline: 2020-01-15

Enrolment Code: UU-M1322 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
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 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.

Application Fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 72500

Tuition fee, total: SEK 290000

Contact and further resources

Is this programme right for you?


For programme-specific information, please contact: study counsellor Liselott Dominicus

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

Department of Information Technology

ITC, house 1, 2, 4, Lägerhyddsvägen 2

P.O. Box 337, SE-751 05 Uppsala, Sweden

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