Research Master in Informatics, 120 ECTS

To be eligible for the study programme a Bachelor's Degree in Informatics, or from an area related to Informatics, or the equivalent, of at least 180 ECTS is required. This degree must include a research-oriented independent thesis or project of at least 15 ECTS. A further requirement is proof of skills in English equivalent of studies at upper secondary level in Sweden, known as English course B. Corresponding knowledge is normally demonstrated by internationally recognized language tests, such as IELTS or TOEFL

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Informatics has in recent decades become an increasingly important part of the infrastructure of society and permeates daily life in many different ways. In order to address future societal challenges, there is a long-term need of relevant and leading-edge research and development in informatics.

The Research Master in Informatics is unique in Sweden, and is for you who feel strongly about contributing to research and development in the field and want to show the way to the future information society.

Research in informatics addresses how information is represented, processed and communicated in artificial and natural systems, and how such systems are developed in order to achieve usable and effective applications and solutions.

This research integrates:

  1. computational aspects: fundamental theory and methodology for how information is processed, represented and communicated in computer systems,
  2. cognitive aspects: how information is processed, represented and communicated in natural systems, and how humans interact with different types of information technology, and
  3. socio-technical aspects: how IT systems are used and developed to ensure usability for individuals, organizations, or society

As research in informatics is crucial for the development of society, competent people are needed who can contribute to research and development in both academia and industry for a very long time to come.

The focus of your studies

During the study programme you will be given the opportunity to individually focus on your own chosen specialization in informatics. You will undertake a major individual project with scientific relevance which is linked to an ongoing research project at one of the research groups within the Informatics Research Centre at the University of Skövde. During the project you will be included as a member of the research group and get the opportunity to participate in activities, attend and present at seminars, meet with visiting scholars, and engage in other activities that contribute to learning, as part of an "internship".

You will have two supervisors who will provide you with qualified supervision and ongoing feedback on your work. You will in collaboration with your supervisors before each new semester agree on concrete learning activities to be undertaken in order to fulfil the goals of the study programme. You will continuously document completed learning activities (such as written texts, literature reviews, data collection, methodological approaches, presentations, short reflections on participation in seminars, etc.). Over time, the master thesis will become the most important document, which will be developed throughout the entire duration of the study programme and be completed in the fourth and final semester.

The master thesis is developed within the scope of the course "Master Degree Project in Informatics 120 ECTS, A2E", which is the only course that is included in the study programme.

Research in Informatics

University of Skövde has a research centre for Informatics where computational, cognitive, and socio-technical aspects are researched in the context of the research groups "Distributed Real Real-time Systems", "Information Systems", "Interaction Lab", "Media, Technology and Culture", "Software Systems", and "Skövde Artificial Intelligence Lab". For more information go to Informatics Research Centre.

In an external evaluation (ARC13), carried out by five external experts during the autumn of 2013, the quality of our research was judged to be "excellent", which warrants that you will be part of an exciting environment.

What are the career opportunities after graduating from the Research Master in Informatics?

After completed studies you are prepared for a graduate program (towards a PhD) and a career involving research and development-intensive activities in the surrounding community, such as in some highly specialized and leading international IT company or in more traditional companies and organizations engaged in IT-intensive business. Examples of such organizations with which researchers in the research centre collaborate are Eclipse Foundation, Ericsson, IBM, IKEA, InUse, Microsoft, Saab, Volvo, and other leading companies and organizations engaged in IT.

Selection criterium

- Quality of previously completed theses and reports from other independent work (these theses and reports shall be enclosed with the application).

The assessment of the applicant's eligibility, quality of theses and reports from other independent work, and other qualifications and merit ratings is performed by the steering committee of the education. Applicants may be called for an interview as part of this assessment.

To be eligible for the study programme a Bachelor's Degree in Informatics, or from an area related to Informatics, or the equivalent, of at least 180 ECTS is required. This degree must include a research-oriented independent thesis or project of at least 15 ECTS. A further requirement is proof of skills in English equivalent of studies at upper secondary level in Sweden, known as English course B. Corresponding knowledge is normally demonstrated by internationally recognized language tests, such as IELTS or TOEFL

Master of Science

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