The first year of the programme focuses on developing knowledge of computer science concepts and techniques with respect to the students previous studies. Elective courses in the second year allow the student to apply the skills established in the first year to a specialization, such as software development, telecommunications, multimedia, numeric engineering, bioinformatics, embedded software, or robotics, as well as many other possibilities. Practical sessions and a masters thesis are also included in the study programme.
Since Computer Science has become a diffuse area, we decided to organize this programme in a way that it can be adapted to the background and the field of interest of the student. Students start with a number of courses (depending on their background) summarizing the basic concepts in order to gain enough knowledge to be able to take elective courses and to make a master thesis in their field of interest. All this happens in an academic environment where research is done in all topics with great interaction among the researchers and large involvement of the students.
The standard track in the Master of Science in Applied Sciences and Engineering: Applied Computer Science (120 ECTS) consists out of 4 modules:
- Compulsory Core Courses (61 ECTS)
- 21 ECTS from the module 'Smart Cities' or the module 'Digital Health'
- 14 ECTS of elective courses from one or a combination of the following modules
Recommended elective courses (3-14 ECTS)
Option Entrepreneurship (0-12 ECTS)
Option Internship (0-6 ECTS)
- Master Thesis Applied Computer Science (24 ECTS)
Each of the modules should be succesfully completed to obtain the master degree. The student should respect the specified registration requirements. The Curriculum Board strongly suggests the student to follow the standard learning track. Only this model track can guarantee a timeschedule without overlaps of the compulsory course units. The Curriculum Board also strongly recommends to start with the introductory courses and to follow afterwards the advanced and specialised courses.
BTC is the Belgian development cooperation agency that supports developing countries in their fight against poverty. Each year BTC grants some 1.000 scholarships in Belgium across diverse fields of training, including Master programmes to students from its priority countries.
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