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Build tomorrow’s technology

Having completed the Master’s in Computer Science, you’ll understand and speak the language of computers.

Depending on which track you follow, you’ll have expert knowledge in big data engineering, computer systems security, computing and concurrency, Internet and web technologies, parallel computing systems, or software engineering and green IT. You’ll also be able to translate that knowledge creatively, into something that other project team members will understand.

Assistant professor Ivano Malavolta

Assistant professor Ivano Malavolta

'Software sustainability is the make-or-break factor in developing the systems of the future and reducing the energy footprint of human activities'

Malavolta is active in the field of Data-Driven Software Engineering, with a special interest in mobile applications, large-scale software systems, and robotics. He conducts experiments to better understand phenomena about the quality of software and the way it should be designed and developed. 

Assistant professor Ivano Malavolta

What can you do after your Master's degree?

Start working

Around 90 percent of graduates embark on careers in areas like consultancy, software, other private-sector businesses or government. Computer scientists are in high demand for a variety of roles, including software-, web- or systems engineer, data warehouse consultant, user interface designer, systems manager, IT project manager, IT consultant, information analyst and policy advisor.

Many alumni now work at companies like Philips, Deloitte, IBM and the Royal Dutch Navy. Others have formed their own startup companies.

Or pursue an academic career

Graduates with excellent grades are encouraged to apply for a PhD position, which can lead to a career in business or research. These are normally awarded for four years, during which time you’re expected to finish your PhD thesis. Some of our recent PhD graduates now work as researchers or engineers at companies like Google or Amazon. Others have embarked on academic careers, either at VU Amsterdam or other prestigious universities such as MIT, Cornell University and ETH Zurich.