Computer Science - Discrete Models and Algorithms, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #196 (BCR) ,
In the Computer Science - Discrete Models and Algorithms program at Charles University, students are given a broad overview of their field, helping them to think independently, to distinguish between important and marginal problems, and to accommodate quickly to novel technologies.


The strong theoretical basis of the Computer Science - Discrete Models and Algorithms 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.

The study branch Discrete Models and Algorithms provides education in the area of discrete (meaning non-continuous) mathematical structures used in Computer Science. It deals also with combinatorial (and other) algorithms and with modeling phenomena and processes by means of such structures and algorithms. In the specialization Optimization it puts emphasis on solid grasp of various kinds of optimization. The study branch enables to its graduates to be in contact with current scientific results and ideally it prepares them for independent research activity.

The graduate knows in depth discrete mathematics and discrete structures used in computer science and can model, using algorithms, various phenomena and processes. According to chosen specialization the graduate has advanced knowledge in one or more of the areas: combinatorics and graph theory, random techniques and methods in discrete mathematics and algorithms, algebraic and topological methods, and finally optimization of various kinds. The graduate can use this knowledge in research when solving difficult theoretical and practical questions in the area of applied mathematics and computer science, in technical and economical practice, and in interdisciplinary research. The graduate can work in research and development in either academia or industry in any position requiring logical reasoning, analytical capabilities, an algorithmic approach, and the exploitation of modern methods of computer science.

Programme Structure

Courses included

  • Data Structures I
  • Mathematical Structures
  • Diploma Thesis I
  • Diploma Thesis II
  • Diploma Thesis III
  • Combinatorics and Graph Theory III
  • Fundamentals of Nonlinear Optimization
For more information please visit the programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

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 C):


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

  • Minimum required score:


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  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

To apply for a Master’s program delivered in English you must

  • hold or be working towards a bachelor’s or master’s diploma and provide a certified copy thereof; in cases required by law, a certification of equivalence of education must accompany the application,
  • have sufficient academic background in the relevant fields (see below for details); this can be demonstrated by passing the specialized entrance examination in June 2017 in Prague that is organized by the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, or by providing transcripts (academic records) of your previous education accompanied by syllabi of the completed courses; promising students who do not have this background may be admitted with the provision that they complete the missing Bachelor’s courses,
  • have sufficient command of the English language; this can be demonstrated by providing your results in one of the standardized English tests that we recognize (see below for details).

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    5100 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5100 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    5100 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5100 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.
  • 140 000 CZK (around 5100 EUR) per academic year; students from the EU are
    eligible for a 40 percent discount

Living costs for Prague

  • 15441 - 26250 CZK/month
    Living Costs

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