Free University of Bozen-Bolzano

Computer Science, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
    Tuition (Year)
  • English
  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


Our two-year Master’s programme produces graduates who have a thorough knowledge of the fundamental fields of computer science, of the structures and the use of computer systems, and of the scientific research methods.

Graduates understand and use the tools of discrete and continuous mathematics and of applied mathematics and physics, and have an in-depth knowledge of the foundations, techniques and methods for the design and development of information systems. Students may participate in an European Master’s programme to achieve a joint degree with one of our European partner universities. The Computer Science Master programme is taught at Free University of Bozen - Bolzano.

Career opportunities

Graduates’ skills and knowledge enable them to work in areas that require competence in:

  • the analysis, formalization and design of software systems for the solution of complex problems in various application areas, such as industry, services, environment, health, heritage and public administration;

  • the development and maintenance of high quality information systems and computer networks, also in critical areas;

  • research and innovation in industrial, public and academic laboratories.

Languages used in teaching

The language in all the lectures in the Master in Computer Science is English.

Study places
  • 40 EU + 20 Non EU

Programme Structure

Subjects taught
  • Curriculum in Data and Knowledge Engineering: Advanced Database Management Technologies, Data and Process Modeling, Data Mining, Information Search and Retrieval, Semantic Technologies, Data and Knowledge Engineering, Theory of Computing.
  • Curriculum in Software Engineering and IT Management: IT and Service Management, Requirements and Design of Software Systems, Software Process Management, Software and IT Engineering, Software Reliability and Testing, Systems Engineering.
  • Common lectures: Advanced Internet Technologies, Human Machine Interaction, Research Methods, Statistics, Technical and Scientific Communication. Also offered are several optional courses.
Teaching and learning activities

Various kinds of teaching and learning activities will, in different ways, confer practical and theoretical knowledge:

  • Lecture: regular meeting with the students where the lecturer explains the theoretical part of the course syllabus.

  • Exercise: regular meeting with the students that complements the lecture; during exercises the course syllabus is reworked and/or the student independently applies the theoretical knowledge under the supervision of the lecturer.

  • Lab: regular meeting with the students that complements the lecture; during labs the student independently develops a software product by immediately applying the theoretical knowledge under the supervision of the lecturer.

  • Seminar: presentation in the form of a seminar where advanced topics are discussed and comprehension, communication and team work skills are developed; the presentation is given by the lecturer, or experts of the area or by the participating students, who deepen a specific topic proposed by the lecturer.

  • Projects: activity where the students independently develop a scientific research and development activity under supervision of a lecturer and within the research activities carried out in the Faculty; the focus is set in particular on planning, communication and teamwork skills.

Dissertation and graduation examination

The graduation examination for attaining the Master in Computer Science consists in the public discussion of an original dissertation (= thesis) written by the student under the guidance of a supervisor. This dissertation is either produced at the conclusion of a period of research or regards the planning of a project or a case analysis, and must show original thinking, mastery of the subjects under discussion, the capacity for independent work, and good communicative skills.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: October 2017
  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go To The Course Website
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Before starting a programme, you need to have a basic knowledge of the English language. Find English courses on Language Learning Portal.

Academic Requirements

You are eligible to enrol for the Master if you possess one of the following qualifications
  • an Italian bachelor degree (“diploma di laurea”) in Computer Science (Scienze e tecnologie informatiche, classe L-31), Information Engineering (Ingegneria dell’informazione, classe L-08), Physics (Scienze e tecnologie fisiche, classe L-30) or Mathematics (Scienze matematiche, classe L-36)

  • an equivalent Italian degree obtained according to the regulations previously in force

  • other degrees in the field of Computer Science awarded in Italy or abroad and recognized as suitable

  • other degrees in the field of Physics or Mathematics awarded abroad and recognized as suitable.

If you do not possess the required degree at the moment of application, you can apply if you have earned at least 130 credit points (ECTS).

You must also have adequate knowledge of English and adequate general and specific competence. These requirements must be uploaded in the application portal.

Concurrent enrolment at several universities or in several courses at the same university is not allowed.

Concurrent enrolment at universities and at higher education institutions for music and dance (e.g., music academy) is on the contrary allowed under specific conditions (Ministerial Decree 28.09.2011; further information is available from the Student secretariat).

Language Proficiency

You must have adequate knowledge of English: proof of it must be uploaded in the application portal.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 1343 International
  • EUR 1343 EU/EEA


Study grants and student accommodation

The School and University Welfare Office of the Autonomous Province of South Tyrol (Amt für

Hochschulförderung - Ufficio per il Diritto allo Studio universitario) must be contacted for:

  • Accommodation: you can apply from Tuesday, 12 April 2016. We advise you to complete the

application for accommodation as soon as possible, already upon application at the University or

before knowing the admission procedure results: the assignment of accommodation in student

hostels follows a first-come, first-served policy.

  • Study grants: For information, you can contact the above-mentioned office or the “Südtiroler

HochschülerInnenschaft” (sh.asus), which can give information and help with online applications.

Students from non-EU countries will be eligible for these study grants only after one year of regular

residence in South Tyrol;

  • Refund of the provincial tax.

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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