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Computer Science (Joint Degree UvA-VU) - Big Data Engineering

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

24 months
15500 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The Computer Science (Joint Degree UvA-VU) - Big Data Engineering programme from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam covers this fascinating and hyper-relevant discipline from multiple angles.


The technical side of Computer Science deals with computer operations, like system software, computer networks and programming environments. The theoretical foundations cover the limits of what can be computed, computational efficiency, correctness, and the intricacies of concurrent execution. 

The Computer Science (Joint Degree UvA-VU) - Big Data Engineering programme is offered by Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Software engineering studies construction and maintenance of large and often mission-critical software systems that need to be maintained by large teams of people. Because of its prominent role in everyday life, non-functional aspects of information technology are gaining importance in Computer Science, most notably the energy efficiency of data centres and the security of computer systems.

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Around 90 percent of graduates embark on careers in areas like consultancy, software, other private-sector businesses or government. Computer scientists are in high demand for a variety of roles, including software-, web- or systems engineer, data warehouse consultant, user interface designer, systems manager, IT project manager, IT consultant, information analyst and policy advisor.

Many alumni now work at companies like Philips, Deloitte, IBM and the Royal Dutch Navy. Others have formed their own startup companies.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Big Data Engineering
  • Internet and Web Technology
  • Parallel Computing Systems
  • Software Engineering and Green IT 
  • International track

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

The next VU Online Master's Event will take place on Saturday 5 March.


120 ECTS


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Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®
GMAT admission requirements GMAT

Other requirements

General requirements

  • The Computer Science programme is open to both Dutch and international students. The Faculty’s Admission Board will decide upon your admission after having evaluated your complete online application.
  • In order to gain admission to the Computer Science Master’s programme, you will need to have at least a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited research university including at least three full years of academic study amounting to a minimum of 180 ECTS or equivalent. We do not require a GRE or GMAT test score. A Bachelor's degree obtained at an applied university or higher vocational education (HBO in Dutch) in most cases does not grant direct access to the programme (only exceptionally high ranking students stand a chance of admission).

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15500 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2209 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2209 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Amsterdam

1000 - 1500 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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