Applied Computer Science (master's degree)

About the programme

"One of Norway's top three master programs in computer science." TEKNA 2015

Information technology plays an important role in all aspects of society. There is a great need for skilled professionals who can see technological opportunities, while asking important questions about where and how it is used.

Sounds interesting? Then our Master in Applied Computer Science is the right choice for you. In this program you have the opportunity to specialise in machine learning, interaction design, cyber-physical systems or information systems.

 The program is available full-time and part-time (respectively 2 and 4 years).

Half of the program consists of lectures and project based work, and the other half entails independent work on a thesis paper. In your master thesis you will specialize on a topic and work on an exciting project together with our researchers and collaborators.

In the beginning of the program, the emphasis is placed on scientific theory, methods and critical thinking. In addition, you will learn how to design technical solutions for people with different needs.

Furthermore, you can choose among the following elective courses:

You also have the opportunity to participate in the department´s research projects, as well as join the trainee arrangements with IT companies.

Full-time students will enroll in two courses (30 credits) per semester. Majority of the courses are seminar courses where the students are given assignments to work on between the seminars. The thesis paper will take place over two semesters.


Detail from Makerspace (Photo: Bård Halvorsen, Østfold University College)


Østfold University College’s Makerspace is a workspace,a well-equipped lab with tools, materials, components and kits. This is the University College’s playground for students who like to create something using technology (robotic, programming, drones, 3D-printing, Arduino, MakeyMakey, etc.)

“The purpose of Makerspace is to offer students a physical space and an engaging environment with the aim to learn something new by encouraging curiosity and eagerness”

Dean Harald Holone

Makerspace is also an arena for lectures, courses and experiments, and is available for all students and employees at Østfold University College 24 hours, 7 days a week.

Admission requirements

A bachelor’s degree or an equivalent education of at least 180 ECTS credits,
and in addition or included at least 80 ECTS credits in informatics,
and in addition or included at least 20 ECTS credits in programming

To be admitted, the applicant must have an average grade from the qualifying education of at least C.

Further studies

A master’s degree in Applied Computer Science may qualify you for PhD-studies in Norway and abroad, depending upon the university`s application requirements.

Career prospects

With a master’s degree in Applied Computer Science, you can apply for leading positions within application development, web development, consulting and project management in leading IT companies in Norway and abroad. It also qualifies for work in the public sector, for instance in the fields of research and education.

Full time, 2 years
Autumn 2018
Halden, Norway
Semester fee
NOK 600
Apply from
15. December
Apply before
1. February
Contact person
Annette Øyen

How to apply

Study plan

Apply within 1 February 2018