Computer Science is one of the most dynamic and expansive fields of science. In addition to having a deep understanding of the theoretical and technical foundations, professionals in this field must be able to apply the technology to challenging problems, and integrate it with other technologies. Applicants should have an adequate background in computer science and good programming skills.
The first three semesters include not only core courses in theoretical computer science and programming, but also elective courses such as artificial intelligence, databases and data mining, the design and programming of computer games, information security, advanced computer graphics, and human-computer interaction. Most courses feature lectures in theory and techniques, which are applied in practical laboratory work. Some courses also feature projects and seminars.
The programme offers five specialisations:
- Visualisation and Computer Graphics
- Artificial Intelligence and Data Mining
- Computer Networks, Distributed Systems and Security
- Embedded Systems
- Programming and Software Methods.
It is not mandatory to follow a specialisation – you may also tailor your own combination of courses, with full freedom of choice. All specialisations are offered in Linköping, except Visualisation and Computer Graphics, which is given at Campus Norrköping.
Major computer science centre
In the final semester you write a thesis, either on your own or with a fellow student. The work may be carried out in collaboration with a company, or as a research project with the university.
Linköping University is home to one of the most important centres of computer science and engineering in Northern Europe, renowned for top-quality research and education. Science Park Mjärdevi, an incubator with 300 knowledge-intensive companies where many of our alumni are employed, is adjacent to the campus.
- A bachelor’s degree with a major in computer science, information technology, software engineering, computer engineering, alternatively, a bachelor’s degree with a minor in computer science or related subject area, with a minimum of 60 ECTS credits in computer-related subjects (e.g. programming, data structures, databases, software engineering, computer hardware, computer networks). The Bachelor’s degree (equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen) shall be from an internationally recognised university.
- At least 24 ECTS credits in mathematics/applied mathematics and/or application of mathematics relevant for the programme including courses in discrete mathematics, linear algebra and calculus.
- English corresponding to the level of English in Swedish upper secondary education (English 6/B). This is normally attested by means of an internationally recognised test.
Selection for the January application round is based on merit rating (grade tariff) at three levels. If necessary, applicants within the same merit group will be selected by lot.
- Group 1: High
- Group 2: Good
- Group 3: Low
Master of Science in Computer Science, 120 credits
SEK 252000 – NB: Applies only to students from outside the EU, EEA and Switzerland.
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