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MSc Computer Science

Leiden University
Program overview
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Start dates
September 2019  (English)
September 2020  (English)
September 2021  (English)

Program description

computer science program

Study an MSc in Computer Science at Leiden University

Leiden University offers five different specialisations in the MSc programme in Computer Science.

Three specialisations are dedicated to the research areas of the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science:

  1. Computer Science and Advanced Data Analytics
  2. Bioinformatics
  3. Data Science for Computer Science

The other two specialisations are more broadly oriented, and combine at least one year of the computer science curriculum with training in which specific career opportunities in science-related professions can be explored:

  1. Computer Science and Science-Based Business.
  2. Computer Science and Science Communication and Society

Reasons to Choose Computer Science in Leiden

  1. The programme offers stimulating, significant and innovative research in the field of Computer Science, including recent advances in Data Analytics and Natural Computing.
  2. Research at the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science (LIACS) has an excellent international reputation.
  3. The strength of the programmes is the individual approach: an individually tailored programme will be designed for each student.
  4. The researchers and assistants are easily accessible. Students and staff work closely together in a research-oriented environment.
  5. Students with an MSc in Computer Science are admissible to a PhD programme.
  6. It provides students with a thorough computer science background that will allow them to pursue careers in research or industrial environments.

Admission requirements

  • A BSc degree computer science or a BSc degree with a major in computer science from Leiden University. Students holding such degree will directly be admitted to the program.
  • For all other candidates, the Admission Committee will determine the equivalence of their previous training with an aforementioned Bachelor of Science degree.
  • Applicants with a higher professional education (hbo) degree in a related field of science are eligible to be admitted to the master’s program.
  • Copy of English proficiency certificate evidenced by appropriate language test. - IELTS: minimum 6.5 - TOEFL: internet based 90 - Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE), minimum grade C.
  • The admission process may include an interview by the Admissions Committee.

*This requirement does not apply if you have: completed your education in Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia, or an International Baccalaureate. 


Master of Science in Computer Science

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Founded in 1575, Leiden University is the oldest university in the Netherlands offering a wide variety of programs. Leiden University is a truly international university, uniting people and knowledge from all corners of the world.  The university is comprised of...

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Rapenburg 70
2300 RA Leiden
The Netherlands

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