Computer Science, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 18 months
  • English, French (book IELTS)
University rank #60 (ARWU) ,
The Master in Computer Science provides comprehensive, multidisciplinary training in the information and communication sciences. It includes courses in various areas, such as science, economics and social sciences, on subjects like data-mining, information research, man-machine interfaces, cryptography and security, distributed computing, automatic language processing and knowledge modelling.


The programme benefits from the excellent synergies that exist within the Computer Science Centre (CUI). Students may also enhance their training with a three-month work placement in a company. This Master’s programme provides students with solid skills in computer science as well as special expertise within their chosen area of specialisation.

Students may earn up to 30 credits while on exchange. They may also conduct research outside the university under the supervision of a faculty member, or do a work placement at a leading external laboratory in order to complete their Master’s degree.


A Master in Computer Science leads to a number of opportunities both in Switzerland and abroad, in areas such as:

  • Analysis and management of large volumes of data (Big Data)
  • Network management
  • Project management
  • Teaching
  • IT firms
  • Banks
  • Service industry
  • Administration and public services.

Programme Structure

  • Required courses: Information processing and analysis; Metaheuristics for optimisation; Software modelling and verification; Systems modelling and design; Semantic web technology; Seminar of introduction to research; Linguistic and empirical approaches to language processing.
  • Electives: Advanced tools; Modelling and simulation of natural phenomena; Security of information systems; Techniques in man-machine interaction; Seminars on emerging industrial and scientific topics; Service innovation lab; Services – from concept to market; Knowledge organisation systems; Project on new information and communication technologies (NTIC); Topics in natural language processing, etc.
  • Dissertation

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 18 months
  • Credits
    90 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
    • French
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

A Bachelor in Computer Science or an equivalent degree, as determined by a review of the candidate’s application. Prerequisites may be required.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    916 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 458 EUR per semester and a duration of 18 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    916 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 458 EUR per semester and a duration of 18 months.
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  • Tuition fee is 500 CHF per semester.

Living costs for Genève

  • 1350 - 2000 CHF/month
    Living Costs

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