Grid Computing; Computer Science

Study mode:Full-time Languages: English Duration:24 months
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This programme addresses both industrial and society-wide problems related to infrastructures, with an emphasis on concurrency engineering, which is a non-trivial discipline.

From sensor networks to space station environments and from multi-core chips to computational grids; the requirements are all very different but the knowledge and skills required to make these systems work are remarkably similar. Each is an asynchronous, concurrent system requiring coordination and synchronisation, but operating on very different timescales and with different computational requirements. This programme addresses both industrial and society-wide problems related to infrastructures, with an emphasis on concurrency engineering, which is a non-trivial discipline. The focus on concurrency and foundation in extensive research expertise in each of these domains is what makes the University of Amsterdam's (UvA) research-based programme truly unique.

The international Master in Computer Science is a two-year Master's programme (120 ECTS credits total). The obligatory core courses and the teaching periods are shown in the table below. Note that all courses are worth 6 ECTS credits. Three restricted electives and three free electives in or related to Computer Science must be taken in addition to the core courses.

Core courses:

  • Introduction to eScience Infrastructure
  • Concurrency Theory
  • Advances in Computer Architecture
  • Concurrent Programming
  • Compilers and Operating Systems
  • Research Lectures

Restricted electives, from which at least three must be chosen:

  • Network Programming
  • Software Evolution
  • Concurrent Systems
  • Theory and Application of Multi-Threading
  • Quantum Computing

Note that this list of restricted electives may be modified over time.

Research project

The research project is worth 48 ECTS credits (i.e. 80 % of the second year). This project is typically supervised by a professor in one the research groups in the Informatics Institute or in collaboration with another industrial or academic group. Research lectures will help you choose a topic for your graduation project and give you breadth in your education.

Professional specialization within the Masters programme

In general, Masters students are trained to become independent researchers. But at the UvA Faculty of Science you can also choose to complete your Masters programme with a professional specialization, that focuses on other skills than doing research. In that case you will follow the programme of your chosen scientific discipline during the first year of your Masters, and the programme of the specialization during the second year.

You will graduate as a Master of Science.

There are two professional specializations available:

  • Science Communication
  • Management, Policy Analysis & Entrepreneurship.

A note to readers who dont speak Dutch: Only the specialization Management, Policy Analysis & Entrepreneurship is described in English, because the other two specializations are only taught in Dutch.

Previous education Grade list: Applicants are expected to have an overall grade point average (GPA) equivalant to at least: 3.0 (American system)or 2.1 (a second class upper/division one degree in the British system)or C (ECTS-system) Additional language requirements:Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English: B1Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English: B1IELTS overall band: 6.5IELTS listening: 6IELTS reading: 6IELTS writing: 6IELTS speaking: 6TOEFL paper based: 580TOEFL computer based: 235TOEFL internet based: 90 English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 CAE score: (read more) Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever. 75 (Grade B) TOEFL paper-based test score : 580 TOEFL iBT® test: 90

Scholarships / Grants:

The University of Amsterdam:
The University of Amsterdam provides a limited number of full and partial scholarships for excellent students from outside the European Economic Area. The Amsterdam Merit Scholarships have specifically been designed to offer talented, ambitious and dedicated students the opportunity to pursue a Mast
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Accreditation

Accredited by: NVAO in: The Netherlands

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