Computer Science - Software Systems, M.Sc.

Computer Science - Software Systems, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (schedule IELTS)
University rank #196 (BCR) ,
In the Computer Science - Software Systems Master’s program at Charles University, students are given a broad overview of their field, helping them to think independently, to distinguish between important and marginal problems, and to accommodate quickly to novel technologies. The focus is on understanding the core principles of how and why things work and on the application of these principles within modern technologies.


The strong theoretical basis of the Computer Science - Software Systems Master’s program at Charles University gives our graduates a competitive advantage in a dynamically evolving world where today’s technologies are often obsolete tomorrow.

Studies usually take two years and finish with a state final exam and Master’s thesis defense. After successful completion the student is awarded the title of a Master of Science.

The study branch puts emphasis on system-oriented programming in one of three focus domains. The specialization System programming focuses on coding the basic layers of a computer system (middleware, operating system). In the specialization Dependable systems, the curriculum deals with systematic construction of systems with high reliability, such as embedded and real-time systems. The specialization High performance computing introduces techniques for software development on high performance computing systems (highly parallel systems, distributed systems, clouds). All focus domains pay attention to both the programming tools and methods and the associated architectural knowledge.

The graduate possesses robust programming skills in the given focus domain: System programming for modern operating systems and system-related technologies (middleware, virtual machines), Dependable systems for dealing with the systematic construction of systems with guaranteed reliability, and High performance computing for software development on modern parallel and distributed systems. The graduate has absorbed both the necessary theoretical foundations and the skills required for solving practical programming tasks. He can use modern programming languages and tools. He can adapt to the fast-moving technologies of today and use these technologies in team software projects. He can solve problems individually and systematically, and apply deep system knowledge in delivering outside-the-box solutions.

Charles University ranks among the top 2% of universities worldwide, a fact that has been repeatedly confirmed by international university rankings. In computer science and mathematics it does even better. We provide the facts below.

  • Wikipedia-Mining Algorithm Reveals World’s Most Influential Universities – Charles University in Prague: rank 34.
  • Microsoft Academic Search: Charles University is among the 10 top institutions in Discrete Mathematics worldwide and among the 100 top institutions in Algorithms and Theory
  • The Times Ranking: rank 301–350
  • Top universities: rank 200–300
  • Higher Education Evaluation and Accreditation Council of Taiwan: overall rank 247 and 167 in Computer Science and Mathematics
  • Mathematics programs included in the Excellence group of top European universities by the CHE Excellence Ranking 2010.
  • Charles University is consistently ranked as the No. 1 Computer Science school in the Czech Republic.
  • The education programs at Charles University are accredited by the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sports of the Czech Republic and the degrees awarded to our graduates are internationally recognized.

Programme Structure

The study program is very flexible and students can customize their set of attended courses based on their particular interests and needs. In the first year, there are mandatory foundational courses such as data structures and theory of complexity and computability. Students of Computational Linguistics also have courses on natural language processing and statistical methods and they begin work on a group software project, while students of Discrete Models and Algorithms have courses on combinatorics, graph theory, and optimization. Some courses on specific subjects, as described next, are also included in the first year.

The second year of studies is organized according to the student’s own selection of courses. This is based on the choice of study plan within the study branch. We offer courses on artificial intelligence and its sub-areas such as machine learning, planning, declarative programming, and neural networks, several linguistics courses, courses on speech recognition and machine translation, and courses on optimization techniques (non-linear, combinatorial, multi-criteria), integer programming, mathematical structures, algorithms and their complexity, and approximation and probabilistic algorithms. Students may attend some of these courses already in their first year, so that in their second year they can focus on finishing their master’s thesis.

Obligatory courses

  • Introduction to Complexity and Computability
  • Software Systems
  • Data Structures I
  • Probabilistic Methods
  • Operating Systems
  • Recommended Programming Practices
  • Advanced Programming Praxis
  • Advanced Tools for Software Development and Monitoring
  • Virtualization and Cloud Computing
  • Credit for Project
  • Software Project
  • Diploma Thesis I
  • Diploma Thesis II
  • Diploma Thesis III

Elective courses

  • Programming in Parallel Environment
  • High Performance Software Development
  • Developing Applications for Mobile Devices
  • Embedded and Real Time Systems
  • Principles of Distributed Systems
  • Introduction to Software Engineering
  • Object and Component Systems
  • Middleware
  • System Behaviour Models and Verification
  • Compiler Design
  • Performance Evaluation of Computer Systems
  • Program Analysis and Code Verification
  • Modern Trends in Computer Science
  • Software Engineering for Dependable Systems

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade C):


    C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

Academic Requirements

To apply for the Bachelor of Computer Science program delivered in English you must

  • hold or be working towards a School Leaving Certificate  (Diploma) or its equivalent; in cases required by law, a certification of equivalence of education must accompany the application;
  • meet the Reasoning Requirements, and
  • provide sufficient proof of English Language Proficiency.
  • For more information please visit the programme website.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    5100 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5100 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    5100 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5100 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • 140 000 CZK (around 5100 EUR) per academic year; students from the EU are
    eligible for a 40 percent discount.

Living costs for Prague

  • 15441 - 26250 CZK/month
    Living Costs

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