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New solutions for globally distributed systems

Parallel and Distributed Computer Systems

You’ll come away from the PDCS programme with strong research and technical skills in computer systems that are much needed by employers everywhere. The industry is chasing talent: well-qualified graduates in this field are in high demand.

The programme prepares you specifically for research work at commercial or government laboratories, or for a technical leadership position in the industry. In addition, high-quality PhD candidates are in very short supply at virtually all Computer Science departments in the Netherlands and elsewhere. Students who complete the PDCS Master's programme are ideally suited to pursue a PhD in Computer Systems at many universities around the world.

Andrew S. Tanenbaum

Andrew S. Tanenbaum

Andrew S. Tanenbaum, professor emeritus at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

“The amount of improvement that has occurred in computer technology in the past half century is truly staggering and unprecedented in other industries. If cars had improved at this rate in the same time period, a Rolls Royce would now cost 10 dollars and get a billion miles per gallon. (It would probably also have a 200-page manual telling how to open the door.)”

What can you do after your Master's degree?

Start working

Plenty of different career paths are open to you as a graduate of the PDCS programme.

You might want to join a high-tech company in which systems skills are needed to carry out innovative projects, or to lead the development of a challenging new feature. Alternatively, you might be snapped up by firms looking for the ideal combination of creative problem-solving abilities and technical skills. 

Or pursue an academic career

Or you may choose to pursue an academic career, going on to obtain a PhD in your area of specialisation at a top university at home or abroad. And last but not least, if you have an entrepreneurial streak, you could choose to start your own company – leveraging your knowhow as well as your network of alumni.