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Master of Science in Informatics (120 ECTS, English)

Course Description

The Faculty offers a Master degree of Science in Informatics with six specialisation areas: Software Design, Distributed Systems, Intelligent Systems, Embedded Systems Design, Applied Mathematics & Computational Science, and Geometric & Visual Computing.
The Master of Science in Informatics provides advanced theoretical and practical skills. The programme is designed for both Bachelor students who wish to complete their education and professionals seeking to refresh their knowledge and skills. The Master combines the study of fundamental aspects of computer systems with a hands-on approach, preparing professionals for successfully pursuing a career in research and development.
The programme prepares students for current and evolving technologies in computer sciences by deepening their knowledge in several directions. Students learn how to develop, select, and evaluate computer programmes with the help of a strong theoretical background. In parallel, they acquire abilities to understand, design, simulate and optimise complex systems where important competences include the capability to learn and to adapt to unpredictable and dynamic situations. Students learn how to design, test and analyse software programmes providing the required level of software quality using the appropriate software engineering methodologies. Fundamental aspects include the capability to design and reason about distributed systems, advanced data and information management systems, and modern computing systems.

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Master in Informatics bursary - 5 Awards

Università della Svizzera italiana organises a contest for 5 study grants for the Faculty of Informatics for the academic year 2015/2016. Each bursary corresponds to the annual tuition fee and it is renewable for two years in the case of the Bachelor degree and for one year in the case of a Master degree, meaning that it may cover the tuition fee for the whole study programme.Only those who completed their previous academic degree (usually the Bachelor’s) with a final GPA of at least 80/100 canparticipate. Their resumes will also be considered.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Each bursary corresponds to the annual tuition fee and is renewable for one year


The contest is open to students who will start their first year of Master studies at the Faculty of Informatics. The selection will be based mainly on merit, where merit is determined by the results of the previous academic degree that gives access to the Master (usually the Bachelor’s). Also other criteria connected with the candidate’s resume will be considered. The decision will be made by a selected group from the Faculty of Informatics including the Academic Director of each Major.

Application Procedure

One part of the grants will be awarded to participants who apply by April 30th, 2015.
They will be informed about the outcome of the contest by May 16th, 2015.
The rest of the grants will be given to candidates who submit their applications by July
31st, 2015. The results will be known by August 17th, 2015.

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Entry Requirements

The formal requirement for admission to the Master's degrees in Informatics is a Bachelor's degree from a recognised university in the field of Computer sciences, Mathematics, Physics, Electrical engineering, or related disciplines. Furthermore, good command of English is required.

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