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The programme focuses on the realisation of innovative IT services and systems. You will learn about the technologies and concepts essential for the development of modern information systems, which are typically complex and include cooperative components. Such technologies and concepts include software agents, service-oriented computing, middleware and ontologies. You will also learn how these technologies can be applied to business systems and other support activities that are critical to society.
You will take the courses together with students from the Media Software Design masters degree programme.Detailed course descriptions can be found on the tab Syllabus.
So Julieth, why Sweden?
– I chose to do my specialisation in Sweden because the Swedish technology industry has a good reputation. Companies like Ericsson, for example, are well known around the world.
Colombia to Sweden: that’s quite a change. Did you have any difficulties in adapting?
– Well, at first I was afraid that my English would not be good enough, but I soon found out that it was really not a problem. I got some very good support and service from the university’s introduction programme, and that helped a lot.
– And I also got the opportunity to take some extra courses, like ‘English for Professional Use’, for example, which is really great!
And how do you feel about living in Malmö?
– After almost a year in Malmö, I feel very much at home here. The city itself feels safe and friendly, and the Swedish countryside is so beautiful! Actually, I’m currently looking into extending my stay; ideally, I’d like to carry on and do research within a PhD position at Malmö University.
Banafsheh is a graduate of the Master’s Programme in Computer Science and is now a PhD student at the School of Technology.
Why did you decide to come to Malmö?
Before coming to Sweden, I completed a bachelor’s degree in software engineering at Iran University of Science and Technology and then got some work experience in my field. Thereafter, I felt I needed to deepen my academic knowledge, so I started looking for opportunities to continue my studies. I did some research online to find out more about the different study options, and I discovered Sweden to be a nice place to live and study. Further, I found Malmö University a great place for pursuing my academic career. I was really inspired by the innovative approach of the Master’s Programme in Computer Science here.
How do you like Sweden so far?
I didn’t know a lot about Sweden before I came here. I had heard that Sweden is a peaceful and calm country to live in, which, of course, was appealing. Now that I have lived here for over a year, I have also started to appreciate the Swedish nature. Sweden is not very densely populated, so there is a lot of wild nature to explore. Last summer, we had an opportunity to travel around Sweden and saw some wonderful places.
I thought that Sweden would be a very cold country; but as Malmö is in southern Sweden, even my hometown in Iran would be much colder at times. Malmö is a really great place to live and to study because it has a very multi-cultural environment; in addition, its geographical location is great, with lots of things to do nearby.
What do you think about studying at Malmö University?
University staff members are very helpful and supportive; and if I need help, I can always ask for it. What I also like about Malmö University is its interdisciplinary atmosphere. The Department of Computer Science is really unique and comprises a network of scholars collaborating with each other. Therefore, it is a great place to study and do research. Lecturers connect computer science with other fields of study. Instead of narrowly focusing only on one field, we learn to see the bigger picture. It is good to remember that computer science is not an isolated field of study; it is connected with so many other fields. Furthermore, we can benefit from world-class lecturers and professors here at Malmö University.
In my programme, we were students from all over the world, which was interesting. In particular, when we did group work, we benefitted from all the different approaches that people brought in.
You have now started your PhD, how does that feel?
I decided to continue my studies to reach my ultimate goal of becoming a university professor in Computer Science. I felt honoured when I got this position. Doing a PhD in Sweden was my dream when I moved here for my master’s studies.
Now, as a PhD student, I need to combine teaching, studying and doing research, which can be challenging. Teaching and helping students enables me to enhance my own knowledge, and also to share my knowledge and experience with new students. Sometimes, students ask interesting questions that I need to do more research on in order to be able to give them a good answer. The most interesting thing for me is that being a PhD student gives me a good opportunity to study a specific problem.
I feel inspired by the faculty staff members. They are motivating and willing to help me in my research. This is important to me because I will be here for the next five years.
Annabella Loconsole has lived in Sweden since 1998. She first moved to here to do her PhD at Umeå University. After her PhD she continued her research at LTH in Lund and has since been working at Malmö University since 2010. For her, research is important because she can create new knowledge. Now that she is teaching at Malmö University, she can pass on this knowledge to her students.
Annabella likes to teach in an international setting because she feels that she can learn from her international students.
– Being a foreigner myself I feel like there is a connection with international students. In the English taught programmes we have students from all over the world which makes it more interesting. You learn to see things in different light when you have the opportunity to talk with people from different cultures.
Among others, Annabella is teaching research methodology for students on English taught programmes. Being an experienced researcher helps her to guide students through their thesis work. Computer science masters students can choose what kind of thesis they want to do. Some prefer a theoretical approach, whereas others are more interested in a practical approach.
Computer science is not a big department, but it has a lot of ambition. The staff are motivated and there are possibilities for students to continue to PhD studies after their master’s degree. The local IT cluster in the Öresund region is among the biggest in Europe. This flourishing IT sector creates many jobs and also a demand for research. This is good news for students at Malmö University, since Malmö is located at the heart of the Öresund region. There are also possibilities for collaboration with other universities of the region.
Annabella likes to live in Malmö because of the city’s international atmosphere. It is easy for newcomers to feel at home because there are close to 170 different nationalities living in the city. Malmö is also located close to Copenhagen and has excellent connections to continental Europe. From Copenhagen airport one can easily fly to anywhere in the world.
There are many exciting opportunities for MSc graduates in Computer Science. For instance, in the development of complex distributed systems, such as systems for e-business, e-government, e-health, e-learning, supply chain management, mobile computing and ubiquitous computing. Moreover, you will be qualified to work as a consultant and IT developer. The degree also prepares individuals for PhD studies and from this may follow work as an educator or researcher.
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The programme was established 18 November 2009.
This programme syllabus (version 3) was approved 09 December 2009 by the Study Programmes Board/Study Courses Board at School of Technology.
The syllabus is valid from 01 September 2010.