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Computer Science

Master (2 years) of Science in Computer Science, 120 ECTS
Mathematics, natural- and computer science

Institution Aarhus University (AU)
Campus Aarhus
Duration 2 years
Tuition per term (Non-EU/EAA/CH) 7650 EUR
Tuition per term (EU/EAA/CH) 0 EUR

Whether your interest is in complex algorithms, IT security, logic and semantics, pervasive computing, or something completely different within the field of computer science, this programme gives you the opportunity to specialise in an area of your choice. For more information regarding research areas in computer science at Aarhus University, visit


The Master’s programme in Computer Science is dedicated to the highest-quality teaching in an informal learning environment. Our international teaching staff expect students to take an active part in the programme, and staff–student consultation is always encouraged. The teaching is a mix of lectures and classes, with preparatory work in study groups.


The master’s programme spans over two years with four semesters. Three semesters are dedicated to specialisations or electives. The last semester is for your master’s thesis, which some choose to write in collaboration with a company. Once enrolled, our study programme manager will help you design your master’s programme based on your interests. Currently, Aarhus University offers nine specialisations in Computer Science:
  • Advanced Machine Learning and Data Science
  • Algorithmics
  • Bioinformatics
  • Cryptology
  • Data-Intensive Systems
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Logic, Semantics and Verification
  • Programming Languages and Software Security
  • Ubiquitous Computing and Interaction 
For more in-depth information about the Computer Science study programme and subjects, please visit


The Computer Science department has a range of social spaces for getting together with fellow students outside class, and these are an excellent place for both study-related and social activities. Our study café is also a great place to get together and work with your study group. The department and our various student associations organise a variety of events and tech talks in collaboration with local and international companies.  


Computer scientists continue to be in great demand all over the world, and AU Computer Science graduates have a very good reputation. In Aarhus, many IT companies are on the lookout for graduates and student employees for part-time jobs. The department has a close collaboration with these local businesses and organisations. Recent graduates have been recruited by leading IT companies all over the world in areas such as software development, consultancy work, project management, and research. 

The department also collaborates closely with the industrial network Destination AARhus. Destination AARhus is a community of IT experts from the major IT organisations in greater Aarhus. It is a community for IT talent from all over the world, exploring the unique opportunities for building an IT career in Aarhus Destination AARhus helps international students from the department to find both student and full time jobs among their member companies. More information at


We expect applicants to have a Bachelor’s degree which provides a thorough background in basic computer science. This should include:
  • Computation theory (formal languages and compilation, mathematical logic and undecidability, design and analysis of algorithms, and data structures)
  • Programming (object-oriented programming, functional programming, software architecture, and interaction design)
  • Systems (computer architecture, operating systems, distributed systems, security, databases)

As the Master’s programme only admits a limited number of students each year, meeting the admission requirements does not in itself guarantee admission. Student places are allocated based on an overall assessment. In evaluating qualified applicants, the admissions committee assesses applicants according to the following criteria: academic background; overall grade level of bachelor’s degree; grades achieved on relevant courses; and relevant courses (measured in credit units) included in the bachelor’s degree. Relevant courses include core courses within the subject areas of computer science, mathematics, probability theory, and statistics.


The Department of Computer Science is located in IT City Katrinebjerg, where Aarhus University has consolidated all its IT degree programmes and research. IT City Katrinebjerg is the base for several IT-related companies. This facilitates contact between the university, research, and the business community, and provides the ideal base for advanced technological innovation. As the largest IT education centre in Denmark, with approximately 2,500 students and more than two hundred researchers, IT City Katrinebjerg is an exciting study environment. This multidisciplinary hub, unique to Aarhus University, provides great opportunities in IT for students, researchers, and the business community.


In general, admission to a master’s degree programme requires successful completion of a relevant and recognised university degree equivalent to a Danish bachelor’s degree in level and length (180 ECTS). In addition, you must meet the specific requirements for the individual programme, including language requirements. If you wish to study a master’s degree at Aarhus University, please check out our page ‘Am I qualified for admission’:

If you are curious about how to submit a master’s degree application to Aarhus University, then make sure to check out our ‘Apply Now’ page. Here you can find information about relevant fees, guides, and video tutorials on how to use the application portal:

There are the same English language requirements for all international students with a few exceptions. The general English language requirements for master’s degrees can be found here:

Aarhus University offers a limited number of Danish state scholarships for highly qualified non-EU students applying for master’s degrees. You can read more about scholarships here:

Students from outside the EU are generally required to pay tuition and application fee. You can consult our page Tuition fees for master’s degree programmes:

Would you like to chat with a fellow student from your country, or with someone who studies the programme you are interested in? You can get help with your questions from Aarhus University’s Student Ambassadors:


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