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Information Sciences at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

How should we process information to create value for businesses, individuals and society? How can we help organisations in their digital transformation?

Can a company’s IT be both profitable and environmentally friendly? What is the role of green IT in digital inclusion and a sustainable society?

 

The Master’s in Information Sciences spans Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and its practical application in a society that is increasingly digital. To lead the way, society needs a new generation of IT professionals who know how to create socio-technical systems that support the needs of modern organisations, from enterprises, SMEs and NGOs, to online communities and the public at large. At the same time, modern society is concerned with its sustainability footprint in terms of environmental, social, technical and economic priorities. This requires IT professionals and organisations to become more digital while doing business responsibly.


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Information Sciences

Our Information Sciences Master’s is the number one programme of its kind in the Netherlands: it is the frontrunner when it comes to responsible, sustainable and socially aware software and data systems – the new kind of ICT that’s essential for a thriving smart society. Having completed this Master’s programme, you’ll be both an all-round ICT professional and a specialist in this future-proof approach!

 

The programme has a unique multidisciplinary focus on digital socio-technical systems and sustainability in a broad sense. Teaching is composed of compulsory core courses, a selection of elective courses, and a Master’s project in Information Sciences. For your project, you can choose to take a professional internship with a partner organisation or carry out cutting-edge research on a topic of your choice. Either way, the programme culminates with writing a thesis on your chosen project. Take a look at current internship vacancies on the VU Fresh Heroes platform.

 

To offer you even more professional expertise, the faculty has close contacts with local, national and international trade and industry. New developments are integrated seamlessly into the programme all the time. Faculty staff work with consultancy firms, the financial services sector, the music industry, electricity suppliers, cultural institutions and many more.


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Information Sciences

Having graduated in Information Sciences, you’ll be ready to make a real difference: helping organisations in their responsible digital transformation.

 

You’ll be not only an all-round ICT professional but also a specialist in responsible, sustainable and socially aware software and data systems that are essential in today’s society.

 

You’ll have independent problem-solving and critical-thinking skills that you can put to work in designing and applying complex IT systems in modern businesses. You’ll also be well versed in putting scientific research into practice – making you an asset to any business.


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Information Sciences

I have an international degree

The Information Sciences programme is open to both Dutch and International Students. The Faculty’s Admission Board will decide upon your admission after having evaluated your complete online application.

 

In order to gain admission to the  Information Sciences Master’s programme, you will need to have at least a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited research university including at least three full years of academic study amounting to a minimum of 180 ECTS or equivalent. We do not require a GRE or GMAT test score. A Bachelor degree obtained at an applied university or higher vocational education (HBO in Dutch) in most cases does not grant direct access to the programme (only exceptionally high ranking students stand a chance of admission).

 

Specific requirements for the Information Sciences Master’s programme

The Master’s programme Information Sciences is open to students with an academic Bachelor's degree in Information Sciences or in related fields like Computer Science, Informatics, Business Analytics or Artificial Intelligence. If you have a Bachelor’s degree in a related field, you may conditionally enrol for the Master’s programme in Information Sciences. In general, we expect the following subjects to be part of your Bachelor's programme:

  • Information Sciences courses: Business Modelling and Requirements Engineering, Human-Computer Interaction, Information Sciences project.
  • Computer Sciences courses: base-level courses in Programming, Software Engineering, and Databases.
  • Courses from other disciplines (business/economics, social sciences, culture & communication studies).

 

General English language proficiency requirements

VU Amsterdam requires all applicants to take an English test. You can, however, begin your application without having the test results. Exceptions are made for students who have completed a Bachelor's or Master's in Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia.

The minimum English language proficiency requirements for admission to this Master's programme are:

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall
  • TOEFL Internet-based test: 92 overall
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): A, B, C
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): A, B, C

 

I have a Dutch University of Applied Sciences (HBO) Bachelor's degree (Pre-Master's programme)

Holders of diplomas from selected Dutch University of Applied Sciences (HBO) programmes may be granted admission after following a Pre-Master’s programme. This Pre-Master’s programme is worth 30 ECTS credits. Applicable HBO programmes include:

  •  Business Computer Science  
  •  Communication systems  
  •  Computer technology  
  •  Engineering, design and innovation  
  •  HEAO business computer science  
  •  Industrial automation
  •  Computer Science  
  •  Computer and information science  
  •  Network Infrastructure Design (NID)  
  •  HTS Technical computer science  
  •  Information engineering

 

Pre-Master's programme Information Sciences 

For further information regarding procedures on composing the Pre-Masters' programme for Dutch University of Applied Sciences graduates see also this page (Dutch). We do not require a Pre-Master's assessment. You have to complete the Pre-Master's programme (30 ECTS) within 1 year. After you have finished the Pre-Master's programme you can be admitted to the Master's programme Information Sciences.

 


 

I have a Dutch university level (WO) Bachelor's degree (VU Bachelor's degree, VU Pre-Master or a Bachelor’s degree at another university)

The Master’s programme Information Sciences is open to students with an academic Bachelor's degree in Information Sciences or in a related field like Computer Science, Informatics, Business Analytics or Artificial Intelligence. If you have a Bachelor’s degree in a related field, you may conditionally enrol for the Master’s programme Information Sciences. In general, we expect the following subjects to be part of your Bachelor's programme:

  • Information Sciences courses: Business Modelling and Requirements Engineering, Human-Computer Interaction, Information Sciences project.
  • Computer Sciences courses: base-level courses in Programming, Software Engineering, and Databases.
  • Courses from other disciplines (business/economics, social sciences, culture & communication studies).

 


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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam


Location: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
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Nord Holland
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Facts about the Masters programme

Location

Amsterdam

Field of study

Information Technology & Telecommunications

Degree

Master of Science

Language

English

Start

winter semester - September

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Type of study

Full-time

Duration of study: 1 year

Tuition fees EU: 2168 EUR / year

Tuition fees Non EU: 16530 EUR / year

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Facts about the Masters programme

Location

Amsterdam

Field of study

Information Technology & Telecommunications

Degree

Master of Science

Language

English

Start

winter semester - September

Application deadline

ask the institution

Type of study

Full-time

Duration of study: 1 year

Tuition fees EU: 2168 EUR / year

Tuition fees Non EU: 16530 EUR / year

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