Computer Science, Master's programme, 120 credits

This programme is aimed at students with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. You will learn how to master the theoretical foundations of the field and integrate them with other technologies.

Computer Science, Master's programme - Second admission round mainly for Swedish and EU/EEA students

Autumn 2017, Full time 100%, Linköping

Computer Science, Master's programme, 120 credits

Autumn 2017, Full time 100%, Linköping

Computer science is one of the most dynamic and expansive fields of science. In addition to having a deep understanding of the theoretical and technical foundations, professionals in this field must be able to apply the technology to challenging problems, and integrate it with other technologies. Applicants are expected to have an adequate background in computer science and good programming skills.

The first three semesters include not only core courses in theoretical computer science and programming, but also elective courses, such as artificial intelligence, databases and data mining, the design and programming of computer games, information security, advanced computer graphics, human-computer interaction and theoretical computer science. Most courses feature lectures in theory and techniques, which are then applied in practical laboratory work. Some courses also feature projects and seminars. 

Five specialisations

The programme offers five specialisations:

  • Visualisation and Computer Graphics
  • Artificial Intelligence and Data Mining
  • Computer Networks, Distributed Systems and Security
  • Embedded Systems
  • Programming and Software Methods.

It is not mandatory to follow a specialisation: you may also tailor your own combination of courses, with full freedom of choice. All specialisations are given in Linköping, except Visualisation and Computer Graphics, which is given at Campus Norrköping.

Major computer science centre

In the final semester you write a thesis, either on your own or with a fellow student. The work involved may be carried out in collaboration with a company, or as a research project within the university.

Linköping University is home to one of the most important centres of computer science and engineering in Northern Europe. With 20 full professors, it is renowned for top-quality research and education. Science Park Mjärdevi, an incubator with 300 knowledge-intensive companies where many of our alumni are employed, is adjacent to the campus.

Syllabus and course details

Course details

Semester 1

Semester 2

Semester 3

Career opportunities

After completing this programme, you will have the skills needed to work at the forefront of modern software and computer systems technology, as an operating system designer, internet security specialist, or with visualisation in fields such as medicine, business, and social sciences. You may also opt for a career in research or continued studies towards a doctoral degree.


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Application and admission