Master's Programme in Computer and Systems Sciences, 60 credits

About the education

The Master's Programme (One Year) in Computer and Systems Sciences is a one-year postgraduate programme for those who already have a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, or similar. The programme suits those who wish to broaden and deepen their skills and knowledge as a preparation for a successful professional career. It is also suitable if you have studied at another university and want to be closer to the labour market in the Stockholm region.

Compared with the Bachelor's level, you get a deeper knowledge on information technology, its role in business and society, and how it interacts with humans. You will also get glimpses of emerging trends in the field and how future information technology could be used. The programme gives you both a thorough knowledge and practical skills in the area or areas you select. The one-year programme is focused on advanced courses and includes a short thesis.

The programme consists of a variety of courses to choose from in areas such as information security, IT management, information systems, interaction design, outsourcing and business intelligence. During the second semester, you also will write a thesis of 15 credits.

The programme leads to a Master of Science (60 credits) Main area of study: Computer and Systems Sciences, suitable for students aiming for a professional career. If you're more interested in an academic or other research career, we recommend our two-year Master's Programme.

Subject: Computer and Systems Sciences

Information technology gives us new opportunities, and affects more and more parts of our daily lives. Boundless communication, advanced computers and software allows us to create new professional roles, societal services, business ideas and companies. Computer and systems science is a multidisciplinary subject that covers all areas where computers and information technology (IT) are used by people, groups or organizations. The programmes and courses lead to a variety of professions and professional roles, such as the use of IT in businesses, computer security, systems development, programming, web design, database construction, IT for publishing, entertainment or education.

Computer science is the technical part of the subject. The education gives therefore knowledge of computers, programming, data communications and data processing. Systems science contains two closely related areas. One area is the interaction between IT, people and organizations. The second includes models and tools to analyze and design systems that include both technology and people.

För grundutbildningarna behövs inga tekniska förkunskaper om datorer, däremot bör man tycka om problemlösning, vara kreativ och ha lätt för att kommunicera i tal och skrift. Data- och systemvetenskap kan med fördel kombineras med andra ämnen, som t ex psykologi, pedagogik, lingvistik, juridik eller företagsekonomi. För en grundlig utbildning i data- och systemvetenskap väljer du något av våra kandidatprogram. Det finns flera olika program för att matcha olika behov och intressen. Har du förkunskaper inom ämnet kan du i stället välja ett mastersprogram som fördjupning.

For the basic courses no technical knowledge of the computers is needed. You should however like solving problems, being creative can easily communicate in speech and writing. Computer and systems science can also be combined with other subjects, such as psychology, linguistics, law or business economics. For a thorough training in computer and systems science, select one of our bachelor programmes. There are several different programmes to match different needs and interests. If you have previous knowledge of the subject, you can instead choose a master programme as a specialization


The Department of Computer and Systems, DSV, belongs to both Stockholm University and the Royal Institute of Technology. This dual membership means you can choose from a rich selection courses with different focus and content.

Area of interest: Computer and Systems Sciences

Do you want to develop the information technology, computers and mobile phones of the future? Computer and Systems Sciences is an interdisciplinary area of interest of which programming is an important part. It also covers the interaction between human beings, computers and organizations.

Computer and Systems Sciences offers plenty of opportunity to find a profession that suits you, regardless of whether you want to develop and design games or business systems, work within programming or try to create the perfect interaction between a computer and a human being.

Department responsible for education

Department of Computer and Systems Sciences