M.Sc. On Campus

Computer Science (Joint Degree UvA-VU) - Foundations of Computing and Concurrency

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

24 months
15500 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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This Computer Science (Joint Degree UvA-VU) - Foundations of Computing and Concurrency MSc track from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is part of the joint Master’s in Computer Science, aimed at students with an interest in computing and concurrency, and the application of formal methods for system design.


The Master’s in Computer Science (Joint Degree UvA-VU) - Foundations of Computing and Concurrency MSc from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam covers this fascinating and hyper-relevant discipline from multiple angles.

Computing is a fundamental phenomenon in computer science. Concurrency naturally occurs in the specification of distributed systems; their analysis, verification and implementation require a systematic approach, aided by formal methods. 

In the Foundations of Computing and Concurrency track, you’ll take courses ranging from distributed algorithms to protocol validation, and from term rewriting to logical verification, as well as some general courses in logic and mathematics.

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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:
  • Literature Study and Seminar
  • Protocol Validation
  • Logical Verification
  • Advanced Logic
  • Term Rewriting Systems
  • Distributed Algorithms
  • Master Project Computer Science
  • Constrained choice
  • Elective courses

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


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

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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