Faculty of Science and Bio-engineering Sciences
Faculty of Engineering

Admission Requirements

Enrolling for this study plan is possible after having obtained one of the following degrees:

Academic Bachelor's programme computerwetenschappen
Academic Bachelor's programme informatica
Academic Bachelor's programme ingenieurswetenschappen: computerwetenschappen
AANBEVELINGSBRIEF / LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION 1
AANBEVELINGSBRIEF / LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION 2
MOTIVATIEBRIEF / LETTER OF MOTIVATION
PUNTENLIJST / TRANSCRIPTS (NIET VOOR VLAAMSE DIPLOMA'S)

Overview of the study plan

All students study a core programme of 30 ECTS-credits; do a research training of 6 ECTS-credits and a master thesis of 24 ECTS-credits. Students SHOULD choose one OUT of four specializations: Artificial Intelligence, Multimedia, Software Languages and Software Engineering or Web & Information Systems. 30 ECTS-credits should be spent to mandatory and optional courses within the chosen specialization. The 24 remaining optional ECTS-credits can be taken within the specialization or from other specializations. Finally, 6 ECTS-credits can be freely chosen from any master level VUB course. This free choice of 6 ECTS-credits has to be specified through the form (see facultary web site). Here is also an interuniversity offer of elective courses announced by the department. This brings the total to 120 ECTS-credits. The master thesis as well as the research training need to be related to the chosen specialization.
The students have to choose a master thesis topic and a research training within the chosen specialisation. Only students who have already obtained at least 45 ECTS-credits can register for the courses 'Research Training' and 'Master Thesis Computer Sciences'.

In total, this academic plan comprises 120 ECTS credits.


Master Computer Science Compulsory

These courses are envisioned to be part of year 1 and year 2 of the model trajectory.

First Year Master Compulsory

All students study this core programme of 30 ECTS-credits in the first year master of the model trajectory.

From the courses listed below, students must obtain 30 ECTS credits.

3ECTS credits - Methods for Scientific Research
6ECTS credits - Declarative Programming
3ECTS credits - Scientific Integrity
6ECTS credits - Software Architectures
6ECTS credits - Open Information Systems
3ECTS credits - Theory of computation
3ECTS credits - Information Theory

Second Year Master Compulsory

The students have to choose a master thesis topic and a research training within the chosen specialisation. Only students who have already obtained at least 45 ECTS-credits can register for the courses 'Research Training' and 'Master Thesis Computer Sciences'.

From the courses listed below, students must obtain 30 ECTS credits.

6ECTS credits - Research Training
24ECTS credits - Master Thesis Computer Science

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Profile and Electives 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".

30 ECTS-credits should be spent to mandatory and optional courses within the chosen specialization. The 24 remaining optional ECTS-credits can be taken within the specialization or from other specializations. Finally, 6 ECTS-credits can be freely chosen from any master level VUB course. This free choice of 6 ECTS-credits has to be specified through the form (see facultary website). Here is also an interuniversity offer of elective courses announced by the department.

To complete this module, students must obtain 60 ECTS credits.

Profile Web & Information Systems: Mandatory Courses

These courses are envisioned to be part of year 1 and 2 of the model trajectory.

From the courses listed below, students must obtain 24 ECTS credits.

6ECTS credits - Web Information Systems
6ECTS credits - Conceptual Modeling & Design Methods
6ECTS credits - Information Visualization
6ECTS credits - Next Generation User Interfaces

Profile Web & Information Systems: Electives

These courses are envisioned to be part of year 1 and 2 of the model trajectory.

From the courses listed below, students must obtain 6 ECTS credits.

5ECTS credits - Database Systems Architecture
5ECTS credits - Advanced Databases
6ECTS credits - Advanced Topics in Information Systems
5ECTS credits - XML and Web Technologies
6ECTS credits - Information Retrieval
6ECTS credits - Big Data: Distributed Data Management and Scalable Analytics

Electives from other profiles

These courses are envisioned to be part of year 1 and 2 of the model trajectory.

6ECTS credits - Statistical Foundations of Machine Learning
6ECTS credits - Meta Programming and Reflection
6ECTS credits - Capita Selecta of Software Engineering
3ECTS credits - Image and Video Technology
6ECTS credits - Natural Language Processing
6ECTS credits - Multicore Programming
6ECTS credits - Capita Selecta of Programming Languages
6ECTS credits - Distributed and Mobile Programming Paradigms
6ECTS credits - Fundamentals of programming languages
6ECTS credits - Performance Analysis and Evaluation
6ECTS credits - Compilers
6ECTS credits - Cloud Computing and Big Data Processing
6ECTS credits - Functional Programming

Other electives

These courses are envisioned to be part of year 1 and 2 of the model trajectory.

4ECTS credits - Distributed Computing and Storage Architectures
3ECTS credits - Cryptography
6ECTS credits - Security in Computing

Electives conditional to the agreement of the examination committee

Max. 12 ECTS-credits from the Bachelor Computer Science

Free choice VUB master courses

6 ECTS-credits can be freely chosen from any Master level VUB-course.

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