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Computer Science: Parallel Computing Systems at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Technology has become ubiquitous in our global, connected society. Globally distributed information processing services have taken centre stage, with the internet connecting a variety of information processing devices, ranging from embedded sensors to data centres operated by world-leading companies.

 

As a Computer Science Master’s student in Amsterdam, you’ll benefit from the expertise, networks and research projects at both VU Amsterdam and the UvA, as well as affiliated research institutes. Courses are taught at locations of both universities, and you’ll receive a joint degree certificate on graduation.


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Computer Science: Parallel Computing Systems

From laptops and mobile phones to global-scale infrastructures, parallel computing systems drive the world we live in. Only software explicitly dedicated to parallel architectures can fully exploit today's hardware potential and benefit from future gains in hardware performance. Only software engineers who are true experts in parallel computing systems can make an impact on future software.

 

This track covers the entire range of parallel computing systems, from laptops to compute servers, GPU accelerators, heterogeneous systems and large-scale, high-performance compute infrastructures. You’ll carry out practical work that uses a unique, world-class infrastructure, the Distributed ASCI Supercomputer (DAS). You’ll also benefit from the local SURFsara supercomputing centre and the Netherlands eScience Center, both involved in numerous real-world applications.

 

This track is part of the joint Master’s in Computer Science, in which leading research groups in the areas of parallel systems architecture, programming parallel systems, and performance optimisation team up to educate the future experts of the many-core age.


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Computer Science: Parallel Computing Systems

Having completed the Master’s in Computer Science, you’ll understand and speak the language of computers.


Depending on which track you follow, you’ll have expert knowledge in big data engineering, computer systems security, computing and concurrency, Internet and web technologies, parallel computing systems, or software engineering and green IT. You’ll also be able to translate that knowledge creatively, into something that other project team members will understand.


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Computer Science: Parallel Computing Systems

I have an international degree

 

In order to gain admission to the Computer Science 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's 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 Computer Science Master's programme

 

For admission to the Master's programme Computer Science, a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or a closely related programme is required. In general, we expect the following subjects to be part of your Bachelor's programme:  

  • Programming 
  • Algorithms 
  • Computer Systems 
  • Computer Networks 
  • Software Engineering 
  • Logic 


Any one of the following subjects will increase your chances of admission:  

  • Databases 
  • Automata 
  • Graph Theory 
  • Compilers 
  • Machine Learning or Artificial Intelligence 
  • Mathematics (Linear Algebra, Discrete Mathematics, Statistics)


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


The Computer Science Master's programme is open  to students with an academic degree in Computer Science or a related field like Informatics, Business Analytics or Artificial Intelligence. The Faculty’s Admission Board will decide upon your admission after having evaluated your complete online application.

 

In order to gain admission to the Computer Science 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. Academic writing skill is to be demonstrated by submitting a thesis. We do not require a GRE or GMAT test score.

 

Specific requirements for the master’s programme Computer Science

 

For admission to the Master's programme Computer Science, a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or a closely related programme is required. In general, we expect the following subjects to be part of your Bachelor's programme:  

  • Programming 
  • Algorithms 
  • Computer Systems 
  • Computer Networks 
  • Software Engineering 
  • Logic


Any one of the following subjects will increase your chances of admission:  

  • Databases 
  • Automata 
  • Graph Theory 
  • Compilers 
  • Machine Learning or Artificial Intelligence 
  • Mathematics (Linear Algebra, Discrete Mathematics, Statistics)

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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam


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

Location

Amsterdam

Field of study

Information Technology & Telecommunications

Degree

Master in Computer Science

Language

English

Start

winter semester - September

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Type of study

Full-time

Duration of study: 2 years

Tuition fees EU: 2168 EUR / year

Tuition fees Non EU: 15110 EUR / year

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Facts about the Masters programme

Location

Amsterdam

Field of study

Information Technology & Telecommunications

Degree

Master in Computer Science

Language

English

Start

winter semester - September

Application deadline

ask the institution

Type of study

Full-time

Duration of study: 2 years

Tuition fees EU: 2168 EUR / year

Tuition fees Non EU: 15110 EUR / year

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