Master of Engineering: Computer ScienceKU Leuven
Master of Engineering: Computer Science
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About this program
Master of Engineering: Computer Science
We live in a digital world. Computers and software play a central role in society: in companies, in education and research, and in our daily lives. Year after year, our daily activities become more connected with the digital dimension. In this context, the Department of Computer Science steers the most novel evolutions and develops the technology required for the next generation of applications.
The Master of Computer Science will teach you how to lead advanced software projects with as main aspects the specifications, the design, the implementation, the testing and the maintenance of software systems. You will learn to analyse complex problems in a structured way, and to model and reason about them at different levels of abstraction. Furthermore, you will receive training in the necessary, transferable skills to tackle complex research questions, formulate your own research goals, and successfully achieve them, as well as tools for achieving effective communication; stimulating a broad societal view on the relevance of computer science and technology today.
To acquire knowledge and understanding of a formal disciplined approach to computer science, the Program includes a range of relevant concepts, tools and techniques, such as algorithms, programming language concepts, programming skills, software design patterns, software development methods, and software architectures. The Program also includes the theoretical principles underpinning these topics. This is a solid basis to cope with future developments in computer science.
- You will find these requirements specified in the tab Admission requirements in the official Program guide of the KU Leuven.
- Applicants enrolling for the first time at KU Leuven prove their English language proficiency by means of an IELTS, TOEFL or Cambridge English Exam (CAE).
- The minimum score required for IELTS is 7 (with no subscore under 6.5).
- For the TOEFL internet-based test the minimum score is 94 (with no subscore under 22).
- The minimum score required for the Cambridge English Exam (CAE) is 185 (with no subscore under 176).
- Applicants with a university degree or high school degree earned in Australia, English-speaking Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom or the USA are exempted from this requirement: the degree and transcripts suffice, provided they confirm that the entire study was completed in English.
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Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.
The courses taught in English and Dutch.
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Credits: 120 ECTS
As a Master of Computer Science alumnus/-a, a very wide range of professional opportunities opens up for you, both quantitatively and broadly. You will use your expert domain knowledge to find creative solutions for new problems in the context of fast changing environments. As an engineer you are very appreciated because of your adaptability and your ability to assimilate new knowledge areas and emerging technologies.
Software engineers can be found in nearly all sectors of society. Software is a crucial component in all industrial processes, in the service and entertainment industry, and in our society as a whole. Masters of Computer Science are active in the software-development industry as well as in telecommunication and other industries. Many of our graduates work in hospitals, in the banking sector, in social organisations, and for the government as heads of ICT.
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KU Leuven. Inspiring the Outstanding
KU Leuven is Europe’s most innovative university. Located in Belgium, it is dedicated to research, education, and service to society. KU Leuven is a founding member of the League of European Research Universities (LERU) and has a strong European and...
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According to international rankings, KU Leuven is among the best 100 universities in the world. Moreover, KU Leuven was ranked as most innovative university of Europe by Reuters four years in a row (2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019). All of KU Leuven’s disciplines proudly belong to the top 100 of their field. Scholars and researchers, teachers and visionaries, thinkers and makers all have their place in KU Leuven’s fertile intellectual habitat.
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KU Leuven has been identified as Europe’s most innovative university for four years in a row by Reuters. By developing the most important drug against HIV, a new type of solar panel that converts oxygen into hydrogen and uncovering the secrets of Sagalassos, KU Leuven researchers have a profound impact on our everyday lives in nearly all fields of research. That innovative character is deeply embedded in the way we teach our students, by integrating relevant guest lectures, taking an Interdisciplinary approach and opening the most advanced research and education facilities.
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