Description of Computer Science


The MSc in Computer Scvience offers students the option either to deepen their knowledge in one of the areas of computer science or to design their own study programme in General Computer Science via a cross-specialist combination of subjects. The programme concludes with a six-month Master´s thesis.


  • Software Engineering
  • Information Systems
  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Distributed Systems
  • Information Security
  • Visual Computing
  • Computational Science
  • General Computer Science

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline 30 October - 15 December
Tuition fee
  • EUR 550 Semester (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 550 Semester (EEA)
Tuition 580 CHF + student fees CHF 64 per semester. ETH Zurich offers a number of scholarships for outstanding students within the Excellence Scholarship & Opportunity Programme and the Master Scholarship Programme.
Start date October  2016
Credits (ECTS) 90 ECTS
Duration full-time 18 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

The Masters program in Computer Science is structured into several course categories. The minimal number of credits which have to be acquired in a category is stated next to the category name. Several course categories are nested which support a flexible study plan. The difference between the minimal number of credits in a category and the sum of the credit requirements of subcategories can be distributed freely within the category. Credits of a course are always assigned to one subcategory and they cannot be split between subcategories.

Please see the Study Guide (2010) for a detailed description of each course category and constraints on the choice of courses. The focus courses suitable for each Masters track are listed on the corresponding website.

English Language Requirements

Requirements for Computer Science

The equivalent of an ETH Bachelor's degree in Computer Science. See for details.

Work Experience for Computer Science

No work experience is required.

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