The Master of Science in Applied Informatics is offered jointly by USI's Faculty of Informatics and by the Department of Innovative Technologies of the University of Applied Sciences of Southern Switzerland.
The programme is a three-semester professional Master's degree worth 90 ECTS designed for students who want to update their knowledge aimed more immediately towards the professional world. This Master provides students with an in-depth perspective on advanced topics of computer systems. The study track combines the study of fundamental aspects of computer systems with a hands-on approach, preparing professionals for successfully pursuing a career in research and development.
The Master in Applied Informatics allows students to deepen their knowledge in many directions: students learn how to analyze, select and evaluate computer programmes with the help of a strong theoretical background, which includes notion of computational complexity and formal methods like abstract algebra and logic. In parallel they acquire abilities to understand, design, simulate and optimize intelligent and complex systems where important competences include the capability to learn and to adapt to unpredictable and dynamic situations.
Students learn how to design, test and analyze software programmes providing the required level of software quality using the appropriate software engineering methodologies. Fundament aspects of students' knowledge include the capability to design and use advanced data management systems, to operate modern operating systems and to use advanced concepts of modern programming languages.
Students graduating from this programme develop the ability to work on applied problems and in their future careers they will use their knowledge in interdisciplinary areas with enhanced analytical and technical skills and with the ability to develop sophisticated solutions and to manage teams of people in challenging tasks.
The programme stretches over three semesters (90 ECTS credits) and is full time. In the first semester students attend compulsory classes in order to acquire basic knowledge. The second semester is dedicated to core courses, where students are free to chose among those offered by the Faculty of Informatics.
The third semester is dedicated to the Master's project.
The formal requirement for admission to the Master's degrees in Informatics is a Bachelor's degree from a recognized academic institution (or completion of a full three years of study at university level, 180 ECTS) in the field of computer science, mathematics, physics, electrical engineering, or related disciplines.
Futhermore, good command of English is required.
For the MSc in Applied Science, students with a Bachelor degree from a Swiss university of Applied Science are admitted without debits when applying with a grade equal or superior to B.
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1. The Foundation for the Lugano Faculties of USI and the Università della Svizzera italiana, will award a total of 60 one-off study grants of the amount of 4'000 CHF each. The merit based grants are given to students admitted as first-year students of a USI Master programme. Merit is determined based on the results of the academic degree that gives access to the Master (usually the bachelor's). Distribution of the grants will be as followed: 20 grants will be awarded to students that pursued a Bachelor degree at a Swiss University, 20 to students that pursued a Bachelor degree at an Italian University and 20 to students that pursued a Bachelor degree in a University from other countries.
Candidates are kindly asked to send the complete application by July 31st. All applicants will be notified by the middle of August.
2. The Università della Svizzera italiana, USI organises a contest for 5 Master bursaries for the Master in Informatics. Each bursary corresponds to the annual tuition fee and is renewable for one year, meaning that it may cover the full tuition for the complete Master degree. The contest is open to students who will start their first year of Master studies at the Faculty of Informatics. All applicants will be notified by the beginning of September.
You are normally required to take an English Proficiency Test if you come from a non-English speaking country.
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