M.Sc. On Campus

Advanced Computing and Systems

24 months
19600 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The Advanced Computing and Systems MSc programme offered by Leiden University offers future-oriented topics in computer science with a focus on high performance computing, embedded systems, cloud and distributed computing.


This specialisation focuses on the computer systems of tomorrow. These includes the driver of the internet of things, such as high performance computers capable of simultaneously processing huge volumes of data, cloud computing and large database systems satisfying today’s demands on data analysis more than the more conventional transactions do, and embedded systems in which sensors and processors are integrated, making them ‘smart’ and sensitive to the change of the environment.

Why study the Advanced Computing and Systems MSc programme at Leiden University?

The main focus is on computing systems, which represents the unique expertise one of the research groups of Leiden University.  The strength of the programme is the individual possibility for each student  of studying other future-oriented topics in Foundations of Computing, Artificial Intelligence and Data Science.

The programme provides you with a thorough computer science background that will allow you to pursue careers in research or industrial environments.

Programme Structure

The curriculum of the Advanced Computing and Systems specialisation consists of:

  • Core programme 
  • Specialisation courses and seminars 
  • Master's Thesis Research Project 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Student insurance

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  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • If you have a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or Artificial Intelligence, or in a Computer Science-related programme from a foreign research university with a level similar to Dutch universities, you are eligible to apply under the condition that you have accumulated at least 90 EC (or the equivalent thereof) in courses/projects in the domain of Computer Science.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    19600 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19600 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.
  • Second Dutch master’s programme: €15,100 per year

Living costs for Leiden

850 - 1250 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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