The strong theoretical basis of the Computer Science - Theoretical Computer Science program at Charles University gives our graduates a competitive advantage in a dynamically evolving world where today’s technologies are often obsolete tomorrow.
Studies usually take two years and finish with a state final exam and Master’s thesis defense. After successful completion the student is awarded the title of a Master of Science.
Theoretical Computer Science provides comprehensive education in theoretical aspects of computational models, algorithm and data structure design, and structural properties of Boolean functions. Students gain understanding of the state-of-the-art techniques in the design of efficient algorithms and data structures, and also learn the limits and possibilities for solving algorithmic problems. In addition to that students acquire mathematical tools necessary to analyze and model algorithmic processes. Students can utilize gained knowledge in practical setting or they can continue by a doctoral study in theoretical computer science or related areas.
The graduate thoroughly understands the limits and possibilities of computational systems, has a broad overview of algorithmic techniques, and is able to apply these techniques to new problems. He also has skills necessary to convey abstract ideas with precision and clarity. The graduate can apply his skills in the design and analysis of complex systems and in the development of innovative solutions and transformative technologies. The graduate is also well prepared for doctoral studies in theoretical computer science and related areas.
Charles University ranks among the top 2% of universities worldwide, a fact that has been repeatedly confirmed by international university rankings. In computer science and mathematics it does even better. We provide the facts below.
The education programs at Charles University are accredited by the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sports of the Czech Republic and the degrees awarded to our graduates are internationally recognized.
The study program is very flexible and students can customize their set of attended courses based on their particular interests and needs. In the first year, there are mandatory foundational courses such as data structures and theory of complexity and computability. Students of Computational Linguistics also have courses on natural language processing and statistical methods and they begin work on a group software project, while students of Discrete Models and Algorithms have courses on combinatorics, graph theory, and optimization. Some courses on specific subjects, as described next, are also included in the first year.
The second year of studies is organized according to the student’s own selection of courses. This is based on the choice of study plan within the study branch. We offer courses on artificial intelligence and its sub-areas such as machine learning, planning, declarative programming, and neural networks, several linguistics courses, courses on speech recognition and machine translation, and courses on optimization techniques (non-linear, combinatorial, multi-criteria), integer programming, mathematical structures, algorithms and their complexity, and approximation and probabilistic algorithms. Students may attend some of these courses already in their first year, so that in their second year they can focus on finishing their master’s thesis.
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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).
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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).
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In this paragraph we summarize the minimum knowledge required for applicants in the various study programmes and study branches offered at our faculty.
Master of Computer ScienceStudy branches Theoretical Computer Science, Computational Linguistics, Discrete Models and Algorithms, Computer Graphics and Game Development, Software and Data Engineering, Software Systems, Artificial Intelligence: background in calculus, linear algebra, discrete mathematics, probability, computer programming, algorithms and data structures, computer organization, and the theory of automata and formal grammers.
Entrance examinationApplicants who will not sufficiently demonstrate the necessary background listed above by May 9, 2016, or with their application, will be invited to take the entrance examination in Prague. The entrance examination for a Master’s programme at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics at Charles University consists of four problems, each worth 25 points. In case of an incomplete solution a proportional number of points will be given. The maximum total score is 100. The minimum score for admission is 40 points out of 100. Depending on the study programme and study branch, the examination has the following structure :
Master of Computer ScienceAll study branches: Computer Science (4 problems, e.g., logic, automata theory, programming, theoretical computer science).
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