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Do you already have an academic bachelor’s degree in another scientific field and do you want to pursue your academic career in the field of Computer Science?… Read more
Do you already have an academic bachelor’s degree in another scientific field and do you want to pursue your academic career in the field of Computer Science? Then the master’s in Applied Computer Sciences is the programme you’re looking for! It is organised in such a way to accommodate your scientific background and future-oriented academic interests – developing the necessary Computer Science skills by complementing your primary field of expertise. Above all that, we offer a wide variety of highly specialised elective courses.

Approach

The first year of the programme focuses on developing knowledge of computer science concepts and techniques, with respect to the earlier studies. Lectures address both hardware and software. Elective courses in the second year allow applying the skills established in the first year, in a specialization, such as software development, telecommunications, multimedia, numeric engineering, bioinformatics, or robotics, as well as many other possibilities. Practical sessions and a master's thesis are also built into the study program.

 All areas of computer science are covered
The programme offers lectures in all traditional areas of the computer science and also in more specialized fields like software engineering, embedded systems, web design, telecommunications, multimedia, bioinformatics, robotics and many other subjects.

 Adaptable to your background and field of interest
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.

Joint organisation of two departments provides wide range of research topics
Two departments, the Department of Computer Science in the Faculty of Science and the Department of Electronics and Informatics in the Faculty of Engineering, jointly organise the Master programmes. Together, they have more than 200 researchers who cover a wide range of research topics.

Learning outcomes

During the two master years students are able to continue to build on the broad ranging basic scientific knowledge acquired as part of their Bachelor programme, complemented with the Information Technology profile, combining a multidisciplinary engineering training with an in-depth specialisation in Applied Computer Science.

The Master of Science in Applied Sciences and Engineering : Applied Computer Science programme is designed to train young people who are capable of making an effective contribution to the conception, realisation and coaching of projects of scientific and/or technological scope for the benefit of the fast-changing world we live in.

Curriculum

Available on http://www.vub.ac.be/en/study/applied-sciences-and-engineering-applied-computer-science/programme

Admission requirements

Applicants should have at least a bachelor degree in one of the following areas:
- Engineering
- Mathematics
- Geography/Geology
- Biology/ Biochemistry/ Biotechnology/ Chemsitry
- Economics
- Physics
Students holding a Bachelor’s or Master's degree in another field of the exact sciences or engineering can also apply.

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The Master of Computer Science is a two-year (120 ECTS) advanced study in computer science organized by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, a Flemish university located in Brussels, Belgium. Read more
The Master of Computer Science is a two-year (120 ECTS) advanced study in computer science organized by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, a Flemish university located in Brussels, Belgium. This English-speaking programme is designed for students with a solid, basic academic background in computer science (Bachelor in Computer Science). The objectives of the programme are to provide a deeper understanding and knowledge of various specializations of computer science and to prepare the student for an active role in computer science research and development. The following specializations are offered: Artificial Intelligence, Multimedia, Software Engineering and Web & Information Systems.

Course outline

All students study a core programme of 30 credits; do a research training of 6 credits and a master thesis of 24 credits. Students should choose one out of four specializations: Artificial Intelligence, Multimedia, Software Engineering, or Web & Information Systems. 30 credits should be spent to mandatory and optional courses within the chosen specialization. The 24 remaining optional courses can be taken within the specialization or from another specialization. Finally, 6 credits can be chosen completely freely form any of the VUB courses. This brings the total to 120 ECTS credits. The master thesis as well as the research training needs to be related to the chosen specialization.

Specializations offered

 Artificial Intelligence
The focus in this specialization is on building intelligent software artifacts. The theories of complex dynamic systems and self-organization are emphasized starting from the theory of complex dynamic systems as developed in related fields such as mathematics, physics, and biology. Students will be exposed to current research in the areas of adaptive systems, multi-agent systems, and the origins of language.

 Multimedia
Students in this specialization will conduct in-depth exploration of techniques for signal processing and communication of multimedia content. The program is designed to build thorough technological and scientific knowledge of various multimedia domains such as digital television, telephony and video phony, computer animation, computer games, and the Internet. Students will gain experience with complex ICT architectures for the processing, distribution, and consumption of multimedia content.

 Software Engineering
In this specialization, students gain the skills needed to build complex software applications and software intensive systems. Students are also taught scientifically sound methods, as well as the newest techniques and tools for the developing of software. The curriculum also includes research topics in programming languages and integrated development environments.

 Web & Information Systems
This specialization is geared towards information system development and application development in the context of the Web. Students will learn about data and semantic representation techniques and acquire thorough technological and scientific knowledge related to the newest technological developments for the Web. Students can participate is research in the area of ontologies, new media systems (multimedia, Virtual Reality, games, social systems), and the "Internet of Things".

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What's the Master of Computer Science about? . This Master will train you to become an expert in the development and up-front professional use of computer and software systems. Read more

What's the Master of Computer Science about? 

This Master will train you to become an expert in the development and up-front professional use of computer and software systems. Nowadays, these systems are indispensable in nearly all areas of our society: in industry, the public sector, health and many social applications for end users. They are also the most complex systems ever created by humans.

The programme will teach you to specify, design, implement, test and maintain advanced software systems. It will teach you how to handle complexity and how to deal with diverse requirements such as functionality, reliability, user friendliness, security, reliability, intelligence, efficiency and cost.

You will acquire all the necessary skills to tackle complex research questions, formulate your own research goals, and successfully achieve them.

You will be trained in communication skills and stimulated to acquire a broad societal view on the relevance of computer science and technology today.

Structure

The programme is structured around a mandatory core (42 credits) of which 18 credits are dependent on the Bachelor’s track followed by the incoming student. This core focuses heavily on software development, and is the main foundation of the programme.

You can choose between two advanced specialization areas: software security or artificial intelligence. In both specializations, you will conduct your own research and develop novel technology, guided by top-experts in the international research community.

The Master’s thesis covers 24 credits, and is started at the beginning of the second stage.

General education courses (12-14 credits) cover a wide variety of topics such as advanced language courses, economy, law, advanced mathematic courses. All students have the additional option to complete their programme with any course offered by the university (6 credits).

International

At the Faculty of Engineering Science, students are given the opportunity to complete one or two semesters of their degree within the Erasmus+ programme at a European university, or a university outside Europe. 

Students are also encouraged to carry out industrial and research internships abroad under supervision of the departmental Internship Coordinator. These internships take place between the third Bachelor’s year and the first Master’s year, or between the two Master’s years.

Other study abroad opportunities are short summer courses organised by the Board of European Students of Technology (BEST) network or by universities all over the world. 

The Faculty of Engineering Science is also member of the international networks CESAERCLUSTER and ATHENS, offering international opportunities as well.

More information on the international opportunities at the faculty is available on the website.

Strengths

The programme, courses, and areas of specialisation are strongly linked to the research groups. This guarantees a state-of-the-art education in the field of computer science. Research activities (e.g. Master’s thesis) also form part of a student’s curricula.

A significant number of courses are focused on industry-relevant skills and content. The amount of industry-related research projects in the department of computer science allows us to include relevant content in our courses.

The 2015 student survey indicated that the following aspects of our programme score very high: structure of the programme, electives, theoretical foundations, research & scientific content, quality of teaching staff, overall logistics.

This is an initial Master's programme and can be followed on a full-time or part-time basis.

Career perspectives

Software engineers can be found in nearly all sectors of society. Software is a crucial component in all industrial processes, in the service and entertainment industry, and in our society as a whole. Masters of Computer Science are active in the software-development industry as well as in telecommunication and other industries. Many of our graduates work in hospitals, in the banking sector, in social organisations, and for the government as heads of ICT.



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