Master's Programme in Computer Science

120 credits

The Master's Programme in Computer Science, specialising in Computer Science, lets you customise and tailor your education to your own interests, with courses led by internationally renowned researchers. With a focus on creativity and problem-solving, this programme prepares you for an advanced international career in both industry and research.

Autumn 2023 Autumn 2023, Uppsala, 100%, On-campus, English

The purpose of the specialisation in Computer Science, within the Master's Programme in Computer Science, is to provide world-class education tailored to each individual. You choose among a wide range of courses in computer science, shaping your education in line with your interests and the department's many research field. 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.

During the programme you can expect to:

  • customise and tailor your education to your own interests,
  • be taught by internationally ground-breaking researchers,
  • benefit from a focus on creativity and problem-solving that prepare you for an advanced international career.

Courses are taught by experts in their field and are always up to date. We teach in an international environment that provides you with a worldwide network of professional contacts: researchers, teachers and fellow students.

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 for your future professional career. You like to have many options and freedom of choice when it comes to courses and specialisation.


The programme leads to the degree of Master of Science (120 credits) with Computer Science as the main field of study. After one year of study, it is possible to obtain a degree of Master of Science (60 credits).

During the first two semesters, you may choose, together with a tutor, courses from the following subfields:

  • Programming languages
  • Software engineering
  • Parallel programming
  • Data communication
  • Databases
  • Data mining
  • Algorithms
  • Real-time systems
  • Computer architecture
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Human-computer interaction

The third semester normally consists of a major project course where a large group of students work on a developmental project in collaboration with private industry.

This project is followed in the last semester by a Master's thesis that can be carried out in industry or at a university. Many students choose to do their Master's thesis outside Sweden, and, commonly, the thesis serves as a gateway to the labour market.

Courses within the programme

See the programme outline for courses within the programme.

You will develop an individual study plan with excellent opportunities to specialise in your field of choice. But you must be willing to work and take responsibility for your education and learning.

The learning experience will be different depending on the course, as the teaching is adapted to the nature of the subject. Lectures for the introduction of new materials are common. Practical exercises, calculation exercises or computer labs may take up most of the scheduled time. During these, you almost always work in small groups with others and can discuss both with fellow students and teachers. Most courses also contain some form of project, where you as a student solve problems yourself with the tools you have received from the course, or apply your new knowledge. These projects are often reported both orally and in writing.

The examination also varies between the courses. Of course, you will write exams, but graded projects, major reports, etc. are also common forms of examination.

The programme is taught in English.

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.

Our graduates typically choose to work with development and research in data, either at large companies or at small start-ups. Due to the high quality of our educational programme and the research-related courses, you will always be at the forefront of development and have great opportunities to decide the direction of your own future.

Computer science alumni tend to work at big companies like Ericsson, small innovative start-ups, in advanced product development or applied research. You are particularly well equipped for an international job market.

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