Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)

Computer Science, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English
Do you already have a solid academic background in Computer Science and do you want to work toward an even deeper computer scientific understanding and knowledge? Then this M.Sc. in Computer Science is the programme you’re looking for! The two-year programme has a broad scope but also offers a wide variety of highly specialised elective courses. 


This master programme is designed for students with a solid, fundamental academic background in computer science (such as a bachelor in computer science, or equivalent). It will provide you with a deeper knowledge and understanding of computer science in general, and one of four specialisations in particular. 

The programme prepares you for an active role in computer science research and development, in academia as well as in the ICT industry. In addition to a meticulously designed core programme complemented by state-of-the-art specialisations, the curriculum offers a wide range of electives that allow you to tailor your education to your interests.Our courses promote an active style of learning. As well as regular lectures, we use a broad range of instruction techniques, such as group and individual projects, seminars, workshops, talks by invited experts in the field, and research training.

4 Specialisations
  • Artificial Intelligence The focus is on building intelligent software artefacts. We emphasise the theories of complex dynamic systems and self-organisation, starting from the theory of complex dynamic systems as developed in related fields, such as mathematics, physics and biology. As well as datamining and big data, students will be exposed to current research in the areas of adaptive systems, multi-agent systems, the origins of language and bioinformatics.
  • Multimedia You will conduct in-depth exploration of techniques for signal processing and communication of multimedia content. The programme is designed to build thorough technological and scientific knowledge of various multimedia domains, such as digital television, telephony and videophony, computer animation, computer games and the internet. Students will gain experience of complex ICT architectures for the processing, distribution, and consumption of multimedia content.
  • Software Languages & Software Engineering You will study languages, techniques, tools and methods to build complex software applications and software-intensive systems. In the practical part of most courses, you will apply this knowledge in the context of a wide variety of innovative hardware. We offer electives including theoretical foundations, specialised programming paradigms, virtual machines, advanced software engineering principles and the more process-oriented aspects such as agile development.
  • Web & Information Systems This specialisation is geared towards information-system development, and application development in the context of the web. You will learn about data and semantic representation methods and techniques, data visualisation techniques, user interfaces and innovative user interaction techniques. Participate in research in the development of new media µsystems, multi-modal interaction systems, innovative document systems, and large-scale data processing.


The programme is is accredited by NVAO (the Dutch-Flemish Accrediation Organization).

Programme Structure

Courses Included:

  • Declarative Programming
  • Information Theory
  • Methods for Scientific Research
  • Open Information Systems
  • Theory of computation
  • Philosophy of Science
For more info please visit the programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    All students who require visa and apply after April 1st (and before June 1st, as this is the deadline) will be charged an administrative cost of 100€.

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • 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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  • Minimum required score (Grade B2):


    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

General required documents:

  • passport
  • picture
  • bachelor degree (or enrollment certificate when you are in your final year of studies)
  • transcript of records
  • proof of English-language proficiency

Extra documents:

  • motivation letter
  • 2 reference letters (written by an academic)

Chinese nationals:

  • all documents als stated above +
  • APS certificate

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    2950 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2950 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    906 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 906 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Living costs for Brussels

  • 890 - 1300 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.



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