The MSc in Computer Science programme at Aarhus University builds on the BSc degree programme. The MSc degree is open to students from higher education institutions both in Denmark and abroad.
HIGH-LEVEL RESEARCH AND SPECIALISATION
The MSc in Computer Science programme is both practical and research-oriented. It takes into account the interests of the business community, research institutions and the public sector. It is flexible and can be tailored to fit the academic interests of the individual student. So whether you are interested in complex algorithms, IT security, pervasive computing or something completely different within the field of computer science, you will have lots of opportunities for specialising according to your interests in one of our research areas. The MSc programme concludes with a thesis corresponding to six months of full-time study. In this context students benefit from the down-to-earth atmosphere between staff and students. When you write your thesis, you will be connected with a research group and have the opportunity to participate in the groups research projects, academic discussions and articles. Computer science research at Aarhus University is highly advanced and involves several leading international research groups. As a result, a large part of the teaching is inspired by the latest findings, and your thesis can often contribute to such results in a broader context.
Teaching is typically structured as a combination of lectures and small projects in groups or exercises in small exercise teams. We have a high demand for independence in return, you have unique opportunities to develop your competencies in an environment with access to the newest research in a wide range of areas. The teachers doors are always open if you have questions or want to discuss a certain area of interest.
IT CITY KATRINEBJERG
The Department of Computer Science is part of IT City Katrinebjerg, where many IT activities in the Aarhus region are gathered in an expanding area near the city centre. There are many opportunities to meet students from related degree programmes, as well as all kinds of people working in the numerous IT companies that have their offices there. IT City offers a large number of study-related jobs for computer science students. Students have the option of increasing their competencies further by working on research projects or in companies that are of interest during their studies.
Computer science is one of the most popular IT degree programmes, and demand is not likely to diminish in the years to come on the contrary. You can therefore be sure of finding a job on completion of your studies. As a computer scientist, you can go in many directions. Typical work areas include: developer, where you work with planning, designing and developing new systems; IT consultant, where you advise others on working with and developing IT solutions; manager/project manager, where you have overall responsibility for IT development projects; researcher, where you work with the newest research at either the university or in private companies; and teacher, in upper secondary schools or in private companies.
The teaching is divided into terms with four terms per year. Each term consists of a block of seven weeks followed by an examination period of 24 weeks.
If you have the necessary skills and interest, you have the option of applying for admission to the PhD programme. You can apply when you have completed your Bachelors degree and one year of your Masters degree or when you have completed your Masters degree. In the PhD programme, you start working on a research project and are gradually trained through courses and personal guidance to become a researcher.
The Masters degree in computer science counts as 120 ECTS credits and mainly consists of subjects within the computer science field of study. You specialise by participating in course activities and projects and by writing a thesis. During your very first week, you structure your own individual study programme with the help of a teacher from the computer science degree programme by choosing courses from a course catalogue. Your programme is based on your academic qualifications and interests and the subjects you studied for your Bachelors degree. The plan must be approved by the Board of Studies before you can enrol for examinations.
Programming is a common core competence, but computer science students can specialise in areas ranging from logics and mathematics, cryptology and computer graphics to pervasive computing and man/machine interaction.
In connection with your application for admission to the Masters degree programme in computer science, you must prepare a study plan for your degree programme with the help of a researcher from the Department of Computer Science. This plan is based on the subjects you studied for your Bachelors degree. The study plan must be approved by the Board of Studies before you can enrol for examinations.
At the University of Aarhus, you are in close contact with researchers in a way that you rarely experience at other universities. The door to the professors office is always open if you need clarification of the study material, and you are encouraged to ask questions at lectures and during exercises. We make heavy demands on your academic skills and independence. In return, you gain considerable benefits in the form of academic challenges and scientific knowledge, in addition to broad competences.
The teaching at the university focuses on independence, critical thinking and collaboration. Part of the teaching is in the form of lectures that introduce new angles to the material compared with the textbooks. The theoretical and practical exercises take place in small groups where you study relevant issues in depth.
The varied forms of teaching, collaboration in groups and the opportunity for close scientific dialogue with the researchers provide you with general competences that are in great demand in the global job market. These competences include abstract, critical and independent thinking, analytical skills and strategic planning. You can use these skills in many contexts even in jobs you didnt know you were qualified for.
You apply online through the Aarhus University self service system. To be able to apply online, you first have to create a self service account. Once you have created your account and logged on the self service system, please select the option "Application form for free movers (non-exchange)".
Please be aware that you need to start your application within 24 hours of creating the self service account.
To best prepare your application, it is important to understand the structure and the different locations of Aarhus University. Aarhus University has three different campuses (located in Aarhus, Herning and Emdrup) and is divided into four faculties, which are subdivided into 26 departments.
Remember when choosing courses that you may only take courses at one location and within one faculty. You may not choose courses at more than two different departments.
It is important that you have a relevant academic background for the courses that you apply for. You must have taken courses at your home university within the specific subject field you have applied to in order to be accepted to any of the departments.
EU students can sign up for 5 ECTS to 30 ECTS during a semester. To obtain a study and work permit, students from outside the EU/EEA have to study 30 ECTS in total (20 ECTS at one department). If you choose courses at more than one department, it is important that you choose at least 20 ECTS at one department. Students applying for courses at Aarhus BSS, should only apply for courses at one department.
At the application form, you can apply for housing as well, if needed.
You will be required to attach the following documents to your application:
Students applying to Aarhus BSS only: Students must upload a letter confirming that they will be able to transfer credits from Aarhus University to a degree at the home institution. If you cannot provide this documentation, you will be assessed according to the admission requirements of the relevant degree programme(s). Students can complete and upload this template or a similar document from the home university.
You will be informed approximately six weeks prior to semester start whether you meet the prerequisites to be enrolled in the requested courses. However, as enrolment in courses for free mover students is dependent on available space in the relevant courses, you will not receive final confirmation about course enrolment until approximately two weeks prior to semester start. If there is space left in the courses, you will receive a notification about this and an invoice. Only after the invoice has been paid in full, will you receive a Letter of Enrolment and be enrolled in the requested courses. Please be aware that due to this procedure, Aarhus University cannot guarantee that free mover students will be admitted and enrolled in courses by semester start.