M.Sc. Computer Science: specialization Software Engineering

University of Antwerp

Application deadline: Non-EEA: 28 February; EEA: 30 April
Tuition fee:
  • € 610 / Year (EEA)
  • € 2,500 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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Via theoretical and practical experiences with instruments, methods and techniques a strong scientific background is build up in order to respond adequately to new challenges.

Students are incorporated in the high-level environments established by the research teams while they work on their master dissertation and the mandatory research internships. Direct interaction with professors, PhD students and other staff members of the faculty enhances their research competences. Graduates can witness the development of new technological breakthroughs and adopt them before they are widely known.

Students follow a personalized study track leading to excellency in the major Software Engineering.


The master in Computer Science: specialization Software Engineering, carries a workload of 120 ECTS-credits. The two year study programme is full-time and runs from September till July. All courses are taught in English. Examinations take place in January and June. If you do not pass an exam, you are deferred to the second examination session in September.

Master of Science in Computer Science: Software Engineering

To obtain a master of Science in Computer Science - Software Engineering - the student has to acquire a minimum of 120 ECTS-credits: 33 ECTS-credits from the credit list 'Compulsory courses', 30 ECTS-credits from the credit list 'Master thesis', a minimum of 12 ECTS-credits from the credit list 'Elective courses - major', a minimum of 15 credits from the credit list 'Elective courses - minor' and 30 ECTS-credits from the credit list 'Research Internship'.



* Model driven engineering

* Specification and verification

* Software reengineering

* Compilers

* Modelling of software-intensive systems

* Scientific English



* Master thesis computer science



* Selected topics in software engineering

* Database security

* Software Testing

* Advanced datamining techniques


Scientific Background Title

* Philosophy of science

* Selected topics of computational science

Computer Networks and Distributed Systems


* Mobile and wireless networks

* Introduction to performance modelling

* Distributed computing

* Advanced Performance Modelling

* Mobile and wireless networks lab

* Topics in Distributed Computing

* Parallel Computing

* Seminar computer networks

* Sensor networks lab



* Advanced database systems

* Current trends in databases

* Project Databases


Research internship 1 and 2 (30 ECTS): introductory traineeship in chosen subject


* Research internship 1

* Research internship 2


Diploma requirements

You should hold an academic bachelors degree in Computer Science or equivalent. All bachelor degrees in the field of Science or Applied Science with a strong focus on computer science will also be considered.

Language requirements

You have to demonstrate proficiency in English in one of the following ways:

by submitting proof that you have studied at least one academic year in an English-language bachelor or master programme. The Board of Admission may ask additional proof of your proficiency in English.

by submitting a TOEFL or IELTS test result:

· TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language, organized by ETS): paper-based TOEFL level of minimum 550, or a computer-based TOEFL level of minimum 213, or an internet-based TOEFL level of minimum 79-80.

· IELTS (International English Language Testing System): a minimum score of at least 6.5, and on each part minimum 6.0.

Examination results may not be older than five years.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
TOEFL paper-based test score : 550
TOEFL iBT® test: 80


We strongly recommended to contact the Belgian Embassy or Consulate in your home country to learn about scholarship opportunities. The addresses can be found at the official website from the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (



All study programmes at the University of Antwerp received accredidation from NVAO (Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organisation).

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