M.Sc. Computer Science: Algorithms, Languages and Logic

Chalmers University of Technology

Application deadline: January 15
Tuition fee:
  • Free (EEA)
  • € 16,000 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2014
Credits: 120 ECTS
Languages:
  • English
Location:
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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Description

Computer systems are becoming increasingly powerful and intelligent, and they rely on increasingly sophisticated techniques. To master the complexity of these systems, it is essential to understand the core areas of computer science.

This programme offers a comprehensive foundation in the science of programming. It gives the student a strong basis for developing the computer applications of today and tomorrow and for conducting innovative research and promoting development.

The core of the programme covers four main areas of computing science

  • Algorithms including artificial intelligence, machine learning and optimisation
  • Logic including applications in hardware and software verification
  • Programming languages with underlying principles, implementation techniques and advanced programming techniques.
  • Computer security including cryptography and programming language-based approaches to security.

The optional segment of the programme offers the student a broad range of courses in other areas of computer science, bioinformatics, software engineering, mathematics and other relevant areas.

Who should apply

The programme is intended for students who wish to study the core areas of computer science on an advanced level in order to prepare themselves for research and development in the software industry. It also provides an ideal basis for academic research in computer science.

Most students will have a BSc in computer science. However, the programme can also serve as a conversion course for students with BSc in related subjects, such as mathematics, physics or engineering sciences, provided they have basic knowledge of mathematics and programming, and have completed an introductory computer science course such as data structures or algorithms.

Why apply

You will acquire a strong computer science background and thus gain access to a wide range of opportunities in the information technology industry. Students acquire lasting subject knowledge and are in a good position to understand and contribute to technological advances.

  • Search engines such as Google and Yahoo are based on advanced algorithms research.
  • Examples of companies that employ technically skilled computer scientists include Ericsson and Volvo, and local companies such as Jeppesen, a leader in airline crew scheduling.

The programme also provides the student with an excellent background for future PhD studies in computing, which can lead to a career as an academic researcher or computing teacher.

Contents

First Year

AUTUMN TERM Study period 1

Compulsory courses

  • Logic in computer science, Examination 7,5 Credits
  • Algorithms, Examination 7,5 Credits
  • Algorithms, Laboratory 0,0 Credits

Elective courses

  • Types for programs and proofs, Written and oral assignments 7,5 Credits
  • Frontiers of programming language technology, Project 1,5 Credits
  • Software engineering using formal methods, Laboratory 2,5 Credits
  • Software engineering using formal methods, Examination 5,0 Credits

AUTUMN TERM Study period 2

Elective courses

  • Models of computation, Examination 7,5 Credits
  • Algorithms, advanced course, Project 7,5 Credits
  • Frontiers of programming language technology, Project 2,0 Credits
  • Cryptography, Examination 7,5 Credits
  • Cryptography, Laboratory 0,0 Credits
  • Functional programming, Laboratory 3,0 Credits
  • Functional programming, Examination 4,5 Credits

SPRING TERM Study period 3

Compulsory courses

  • Programming language technology, Examination 7,5 Credits
  • Programming language technology, Laboratory 1,5 Credits

Elective courses

  • Programming paradigms, Examination 7,5 Credits
  • Discrete optimization, Examination 7,5 Credits
  • Algorithms for machine learning and inference, Project 7,5 Credits
  • Frontiers of programming language technology, Project 2,0 Credits
  • Advanced functional programming, Laboratory 4,5 Credits
  • Advanced functional programming, Examination 3,0 Credits

SPRING TERM Study period 4

Elective courses

  • Parallel functional programming, Examination 6,0 Credits
  • Parallel functional programming, Laboratory 1,5 Credits
  • Frontiers of programming language technology, Project 2,0 Credits
  • Compiler construction, Examination 7,5 Credits
  • Compiler construction, Laboratory 0,0 Credits
  • Language-based security, Design exercise + laboratory 7,5 Credits
  • Language-based security, Laboratory 0,0 Credits
  • Artificial intelligence, Examination 7,5 Credits

Second Year

AUTUMN TERM Study period 1

Elective courses

  • Types for programs and proofs, Written and oral assignments 7,5 Credits
  • Frontiers of programming language technology, Project 1,5 Credits
  • Software engineering using formal methods, Laboratory 2,5 Credits
  • Software engineering using formal methods, Examination 5,0 Credits

AUTUMN TERM Study period 2

Elective courses

  • Models of computation, Examination 7,5 Credits
  • Algorithms, advanced course, Project 7,5 Credits
  • Frontiers of programming language technology, Project 2,0 Credits
  • Cryptography, Examination 7,5 Credits
  • Cryptography, Laboratory 0,0 Credits

SPRING TERM Study period 3

Elective courses

  • Programming paradigms, Examination 7,5 Credits
  • Discrete optimization, Examination 7,5 Credits
  • Algorithms for machine learning and inference, Project 7,5 Credits
  • Frontiers of programming language technology, Project 2,0 Credits

SPRING TERM Study period 4

Elective courses

  • Linear and integer optimisation with applications, Examination 7,5
  • Frontiers of programming language technology, Project 2,0
  • Compiler construction, Examination 7,5
  • Compiler construction, Laboratory 0,0
  • Language-based security, Project 4,5
  • Language-based security, Laboratory 3,0

Diploma thesis

  • Master's thesis in Computer science and engineering, Diploma thesis 30.0 Credits
  • Master's thesis in Computer science and engineering, part A, Diploma thesis 30.0 Credits
  • Master's thesis in Computer science and engineering, part B, Diploma thesis 30.0 Credits

Requirements

To be eligible an applicant must either be a holder of a Bachelor's degree in Science/Engineering/Architecture or be enrolled in his/her last year of studies leading to such a degree.

Specific entry requirements

Bachelor´s degree (or the equivalent) with a Major in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Mathematics, Engineering Physics or Software Engineering.

Prerequisites: Mathematics (including Discrete mathematics and Linear algebra), Statistics, Programming, Algorithms and/or data structures.

English Language Proficiency

The most common and important scores that are accepted are

  • IELTS (academic training), 6.5 (with no part of the test below 5.5)
  • TOEFL (Internet based): 90 (with a minimum of 20 on the written part)

The application period for the academic year 2014/15 opens 1 December 2013.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
CAE score: 60 (Grade C)
TOEFL paper-based test score : 575
TOEFL iBT® test: 90

Funding

Scholarships administered by Chalmers University of Technology for Master's Studies in 2013

  • The Avancez Scholarships are 75% tuition fee waivers awarded by Chalmers University of Technology and are funded by the Chalmers Foundation. These scholarships are available to all students who are liable to pay tuition fees i.e., students with non-EU/EEA nationality.
  • The iPOET (International Programme Office for Education and Training) Scholarships are 75% tuition fee waivers funded by the Government of Sweden. They are allocated and awarded by Chalmers University of Technology. These scholarships are available to all students who are liable to pay tuition fees i.e., students with non-EU/EEA nationality.
  • The Chalmers Mastercard Scholarship for a Master's Student from Central America, South America or Mexico is a 280 000 SEK reduction of the tuition fee (70 000 SEK reduction/ semester).
  • The FlexLink Scholarship for a Master's Student from China is a 100% tuition fee waiver along with possibilities for internship and a final master thesis project.
  • The Mölnlycke Health Care Scholarships for Master's Students from China and the US are 100% fee tuition waivers with possibilities for summer internships and a final master thesis project.
  • The Sievert Larsson Scholarship Fund (within Friends of Chalmers) offers a 100% tuition fee waiver and living expenses to students of Thai nationality who aim to study on a Master’s programme at Chalmers University of Technology.
  • The Volvo Cars’ scholarships are a 100% tuition fee waiver awarded to 2 Chinese students with the guarantee of participation in the VESC (Volvo Engineering Student Concept) programme which includes a summer job, master thesis project, mentorship and possible employment at Volvo Cars Corporation.
  • The US Friends of Chalmers Scholarship is a fund scholarship comprising USD 35 000 (i.e. a reduction of the tuition fee by USD 8750 per semester) and is awarded to one student of US citizenship.
  • The Volvo Group Scholarship Programme is a 100% fee tuition fee waiver awarded to students of Indian nationality and Chinese nationality. The Scholarship includes possibilities for internships during the summer, a final Master thesis project and mentorship.

Note: Being granted alternative funding from external patrons does not affect the possibility of obtaining scholarships from Chalmers, as an applicants financial status is not taken into account during the nomination process.

Adlerbert Foreign Student Hospitality Fund - Only open for international students who have been admitted to, and enrolled on, a Master's Programme at Chalmers. Thus, prospective students cannot apply. Students can be awarded the scholarship a maximum of two times. The application period opens in late January and closes in late February. Consequently, it is only possible to apply during this period of a student's first and second year.

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