"I think it is very interesting to cross different areas of knowledge and I find this Master’s programme to be strongly connected to real projects in society". - Skander Hamada from Tunisia is studying the Master’s programme in Computer Science at Malmö University.
Are you fascinated by cutting-edge technology?Our one-year master’s programme aims to deepen your knowledge in an area of current interest within computer science, as well as to develop your scientific skills.
The programme focuses on the realization 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.
MSc graduates in Computer Science will find many exciting opportunities await them, such as the development of complex distributed 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, leading to careers in education or research.
It might have been the fact that she has family in Stockholm which drew Emma Mainza to consider studying in Sweden, but now she feels lucky to have discovered the one-year Computer Science Master's Programme at Malmö University
The international student, originally from Zambia’s capital Lusaka, completed a correspondence course and obtained a BSc in computing from Greenwich University in London, before moving to Malmö in 2013.
– I was searching for schools because I needed my master’s and I found Malmö. I didn’t want to go to a big city; I wanted a small city, so I like it here. I think it is a good place to come as an international student because the city is easy to adapt to. And the university too, there are many international teachers, they are easy to communicate with and I like the fact that this course has very small groups which make it easy to interact with the person teaching you. The guidance is very good too.
– It is more flexible here than what I was used to, depending on the teacher or the lecturer I’d say. At first it was a bit different, but then I got to like the change. I like the idea that every teacher has a way of teaching which is different from the others, it makes it a lot easier to follow, she said. Parts of her studies have included examining how the elderly interact with devices in relation to games.
– In IT we often just do things without interacting with the users. I like the idea of building something based on the user’s requirements. There are a number of games which elderly people find beneficial, but most games are designed for people with higher cognitive ability, so I came up with a list of guidelines on what to look for when you are designing for the elderly.
– The university is much more in the here and now than most other universities – they really keep up to date. That is one of the best things and why I feel so lucky to have applied here.
After the course Emma is hoping to get into a research project, research job or study for a PhD.
– I’d like to work in academia but firstly I would like to experience the concept of research in a company or an organisation and get involved in interaction design.
Skander Hamada from Tunisia is studying the Master’s programme in Computer Science at Malmö University. The programme offers him exactly what he wants from a Master’s degree.
– I have a background as a software engineer, a five-year programme from the National Institute of Applied Sciences and Technology, INSAT, Carthage University in Tunisia, which is comparable to a Master of Science degree in Engineering. I wanted to continue my education but within a somewhat different field. I think it is very interesting to cross different areas of knowledge and I find this Master’s programme to be strongly connected to real projects in society. I am currently working on a prototype, a notice-board with a voice function, to help gardeners in the city of Malmö communicate with each other. The study programme also appeals to me because it comprises everything from the ideas phase to the development of an idea, the prototype construction and above all real problems to which you need to find a solution. I think that makes it easier to solve problems. The study programme is hands-on and broad, you can work in many different sectors.
– Above all I wanted to come to Scandinavia, either Denmark or Sweden, so I looked at the range of courses and programmes at the universities and colleges there. When I found out what courses were included in this programme, I thought it seemed the most interesting. That was the reason I applied to Malmö University. I had never been to Sweden before and I had no idea what the country was like. I must say I appreciate that Malmö University has such good cooperation with business and industry. It is an open environment and there is great flexibility here. I will also do my degree project in cooperation with the research underway at Malmö University’s specialised centre, the Internet of Things and People, and their research partners, the company Verisure.
– I would like to work with innovative products and, if possible, also with design, although not in the classic way; I hope to be able to work more as we have done during the Master’s programme.
Banafsheh is a graduate of the Master’s Programme in Computer Science and is now a PhD student at the School of Technology.
– 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.
– 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.
– 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.
– 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.
Syllabus for students admitted autumn 2016
The education is provided by the Faculty of Technology and Society at the department Computer Science.