Computer Science, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
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The Master's programme in Computer Science from the KTH Royal Institute of Technology provides you with outstanding career opportunities and excellent opportunities to PhD-studies all over the world. After graduation you can pursue careers, for example as, Software developer, IT Consultant, Game developer, IT designer, IT project manager, Systems engineer, or Business process engineer.


The aim of the Master’s programme in Computer Science from the KTH Royal Institute of Technology is to provide a broad education in computer science with the possibility to specialize within different subjects. You will learn the methods for construction of computer programmes, including theoretical foundations and the practical ability to develop products and systems. During the programme you will meet prominent guest lecturers from the industry and guest lectures from other universities.

The programme starts with compulsory courses in advanced algorithms, artificial intelligence, machine learning, computer security, internet protocol and research methodology to give you an insight in different areas of computer science. In the second term you choose one of the seven specializations to gain in-depth knowledge in a field in computer science. The specializations are closely connected to the department’s world-class research groups.

The programme also consist of 30 credits (one term) of elective courses which you can choose from a wide range of courses within computer science, to specialize further in your field of interest or broaden to new areas within computer science.


The Computer Science master's programme focuses on the acquisition of skills necessary for a career at the frontline of modern software technology such as software developer, game engine programmer

The programme also prepares students for a career in research or continued studies towards a doctoral degree. Former students have found work at companies such as Google (USA, Switzerland), Spotify, Oracle, tcell (USA) Ericsson, Dice, Accenture, and PhD-studies for example in Sweden, US, Germany, Russia.

Programme Structure

Courses Included

  • Introduction to the Philosophy of Science and Research Methodology for Computer Scientists
  • Program Integrating Course in Computer Science
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Security
  • Advanced Algorithms
  • Protocols and Principles of the Internet
  • Degree Project in Computer Science and Communication, Second Cycle
  • Degree Project in Computer Science and Communication, Second Cycle
  • Program Integrating Course in Computer Science

Course Tracks

  • Cognitive Systems (CSCS)
  • Data Science (CSDA)
  • Interaction Design (CSID)
  • Scientific Computing (CSSC)
  • Software Technology (CSST)
  • Theoretical Computer Science (CSTC)
  • Visualization and Interactive Graphics (CSVG)

Degree project and thesis

The programme ends with the graduation project, which involves participating in advanced research or design projects in an academic or industrial environment, in Sweden or abroad.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

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    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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    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).

Academic Requirements

A Bachelor’s degree corresponding to 180 ECTS credits, or equivalent, including courses in:

  • Mathematics: three different subjects of a total of 22,5 credits. Among those subjects there must be one course in one-variable calculus, one course in linear algebra and one course in discrete structures.

  • Computer Science/Information Technology: three different subjects of a total of 22,5 credits. Among those subjects there must be one course in object oriented programming, one course in algorithms and data structures and one course in computational complexity.

A course in Calculus in Several Variables is required to follow the tracks Data analysis, Cognitive systems and Scientific computing.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    16087.5 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 32175 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
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  • Non-EU/EEA/Swiss citizens: The full programme tuition fee is SEK 310 000
  • EU/EEA/Swiss citizens: There are no tuition fees for EU/EEA/Swiss citizens


Every year a limited number of KTH Scholarships are awarded based on academic excellence. Recipients of the KTH Scholarship will have their tuition fee waived for the first and the second year, provided that the study results during the first year are satisfactory.

Applications for the KTH Scholarship for studies beginning in autumn will be open December 1 - January 15.

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