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The award
MSc

How long you will study
4 Semester

Domestic course fees
find out

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
EUR 14500 per year

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About Computer Science at Aarhus University

Whether your interest is in complex algorithms, IT security, logic, and semantics, pervasive computing, or something completely different within the field of computer science, this programme will give you the opportunity to specialise in an area of your choice.

For more information regarding research areas in computer science at Aarhus University, visit www.cs.au.dk/research.

QUALITY TEACHING IN AN INFORMAL SETTING

The Master's programme in Computer Science is dedicated to the highest-quality teaching in an informal learning environment. Our international teaching staff expect students to take an active part in the programme, and staff-student consultation is always encouraged. The teaching is a mix of lectures and classes, with preparatory work in study groups.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

We expect applicants to have a bachelor's degree giving a thorough background in basic computer science. This should include: computation theory (formal languages and compilation, mathematical logic and undecidability, design and analysis of algorithms, and data structures), programming (object-oriented programming, functional programming, software architecture, and interaction design), and systems (computer architecture, operating systems, distributed systems, security, databases).

For students who meet these requirements, our Master's programme offers a number of specialisations, such as cryptology, algorithmics, programming languages, HCI, bioinformatics, and ubiquitous computing and interaction.

STUDENT LIFE

The Computer Science department has a range of social spaces for get¬ting together with fellow students outside class, and these are an excel¬lent basis for both study-related and social activities. Our new study café is also a great place to get together and work with your study group. The department and our various student associations organise a variety of events and tech talks in collaboration with local and international com¬panies.

As a first-year student, you will also be allocated a mentor to guide and support your studies throughout the year.

CAREERS

Computer scientists continue to be in great demand all over the world, and AU computer science graduates have a very good reputation. In Aarhus, many IT companies are on the lookout for graduates and student employees for part-time jobs. The department has a close collaboration with these local businesses and organisations. Recent graduates have been recruited by leading IT companies all over the world in areas such as software development, consultancy work, project management, and research. See more at cs.au.dk/career.

SELECTION CRITERIA

As the Master's programme admits only a limited number of students each year, meeting the admission requirements does not in itself guarantee admission to the programme. Student places are allocated on the basis of an overall assessment. In evaluating qualified applicants, the admissions committee assesses applicants according to the following criteria: academic background; overall grade level of bachelor's degree; grades achieved on relevant courses; and relevant courses (measured in credit units) included in the bachelor's degree.

Relevant courses include core courses within the subject areas of computer science, mathematics, probability theory, and statistics.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

With a combination of two specialisations and electives, there are many ways to structure your Computer Science master's programme. It is also possible to choose just one specialisation and then study abroad during the third semester.

SPECIALISATIONS

  • Algorithmics
  • Bioinformatics
  • Cryptology
  • Data-Intensive Systems
  • Human-Computer Interaction (HCI)
  • Programming Languages
  • Ubiquitous Computing and Interaction (UBI)

PARTNERSHIP WITH DESTINATION AARHUS

The Department of Computer Science has close collaboration with the industrial network Destination AARhus. Destination AARhus is a professional knowledge-sharing and development community of IT experts from the major IT organisations in greater Aarhus and the region. It is a community for IT talent from all over the world, exploring the unique opportunities for building an IT career in the greater Aarhus area. Destination AARhus brings together companies employing more than 3,000 IT specialists in greater Aarhus. It also hosts career events and tech talks for international students and professionals based in Aarhus.

More information at www.destinationaarhus.com

IT CITY KATRINEBJERG

The Department of Computer Science is located in IT City Katrinebjerg, the centre where Aarhus University has consolidated all its IT degree programmes and research. IT City Katrinebjerg is the base for several IT-related companies. This facilitates contact between the university, research and the business community, and provides the ideal base for advanced technological innovation. As the largest IT education centre in Denmark, with approximately 2,500 students and more than two hundred researchers, IT City Katrinebjerg is an exciting study environment. This multidisciplinary hub, unique to Aarhus University, provides great opportunities in IT for students, researchers, and the business community.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study4 semester
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course fees find outInternational course feesEUR 14500 per year

Notes about fees for this course

All EU/EEA/Swiss citizens are exempt from payment of tuition fees.

Entry requirements

In general, admission to a Master’s degree programme requires successful completion of a relevant and recognised university degree equivalent to a Danish Bachelor’s degree in level and length (180 ECTS). All applications must also fulfil the English language requirements.

Find more information about the admission requirements, application procedure and deadlines at Aarhus University.

In addition, you must meet the specific requirements for the Computer Science programme, which can be found on the Computer Science study programme page.

What students think about Aarhus University

    Sagar from India studying Mechanical Engineering

    Testimonial from Sagar from India studying Mechanical Engineering, student at Aarhus University

    "It's very easy to work in English in Denmark. Everyone understands it and can talk in English. I also think that the culture is very interesting. Quite unique in fact. There’s a lot of focus on the potential of the individual, and there’s a lot of openness. Denmark has a very flat hierarchy, and that’s rare. I've never experienced this flat hierarchy before, so actually it was something of a culture shock. And it permeates everything – even on the programme. It's very positive, it's not like the lecturer just arrives, teaches, and goes. There’s interaction, and you’re encouraged to discuss and have an opinion. The professors are genuinely interested in hearing your own opinion about things; even the simplest questions are given respect and are discussed until every aspect is clear to us.”

    Anita from Croatia studying Civil and Architectural Engineering

    Testimonial from Anita from Croatia studying Civil and Architectural Engineering, student at Aarhus University

    "It was weird to live here at first. You had to get used to so many new things. But there were a lot of social events, especially during the first week, and everything was organised for us. I met a lot of Danish and international students, and even some from my own country. It was great, and it helped in the beginning, when you feel that you’re completely alone with so many things. I like Aarhus. It's a big city, but it’s also a small town. It’s exactly the right size, I think, to feel at home and comfortable and yet to have all the opportunities you need and want. And I really like the fact that the university is right in the middle of the city."

    Angelo from Italy studying Computer Science

    Testimonial from Angelo from Italy studying Computer Science, student at Aarhus University

    "What really makes Aarhus University unique is the study environment. The lecturers are very open to discuss their subjects during lectures, but they are also available at other times - sometimes you can discuss with them during the local Friday Bar. Most of the programmes facilitate and foster teamwork, which is so much more fun and closer to the actual working environments. Last, but not least important, you have 24/7 access to facilities, including libraries, study rooms, etc., if you want to go the extra mile."

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