Information Sciences

1 Jahre
1. September. (Studiengänge mit Studienbeginn Februar)
Bachelor’s degree
2078.00 € / Jahr

Application deadline: 1 June 2018 (1 April 2018, if you require housing)
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Digitizing business
Information Sciences is the multidisciplinary area spanning Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and its practical application in society. Are you interested in how information is created and processed in companies and organizations? Are you interested in technology and its application in practice? Do you believe it is important to consider the role of people, organizations and cultures in the design, modelling, and sharing of information? If so, then the Master’s programme in Information Sciences at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is an excellent choice for you.

Information Sciences brings together computer science, organizational studies, and knowledge management. It features courses that keep you ahead of the rapid pace of developments within this sector. The programme distinguishes two tracks. The Business Information Systems track focuses on the optimization of information technology in enterprise settings, with a particular emphasis on the optimization of business processes and digital innovation. The Web & Media track centers on the innovative application of the web to retrieve, disclose, and share information, in particular in media-rich settings. Both tracks aim to promote scientific insight and convey a sense of social responsibility. As part of the program, a total value of 15 credits can be elected from a list of approved courses.

Our Master’s courses evolve over the years to reflect ongoing developments and the research that is ongoing in the Information Sciences discipline. They involve fundamental courses, guest lectures, and cutting-edge courses by the SIKS National Graduate Research School. Our current courses include: Business Process Management, Knowledge and Media, Digital Innovation, The Social Web, Business Process Analytics, Information Retrieval, Software Architecture, and Knowledge Engineering.

The programme in a nutshell

The one-year Master’s in Information Sciences trains you to become an outstanding professional who – working independently or in a team – is able to solve problems with regard to the design, application and practical use of complex information systems in organizations. The first half of the semester consists of optional and compulsory courses offered by VU Amsterdam and the University of Amsterdam. Both institutions offer five courses of six credits, and you will select a minimum of five courses from a total of ten. Topics range from e-business and visual analytics to courses on the social web and internet information. The full list of courses can be found online. The academic research component of the Master’s consists of courses on research methods and thesis design (12 credits), and a thesis worth 18 credits.

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Career prospects

Career prospects for Information Sciences graduates are excellent. Our graduates work in a wide range of industries and public institutions, both inside and outside the IT sector. They take on positions as consultants, analysts, designers, project coordinators, IT programme managers and researchers. Some graduates pursue their studies to PhD level and some go on to start their own businesses.

Studying at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is an internationally renowned research university founded in 1880. The university is located in the vibrant city of Amsterdam, one of the most multicultural cities in the world, with the largest concentration of students in the Netherlands and where English is the second language spoken. The campus is surrounded by one of the most dynamic and fast-growing business districts in the Netherlands hosting over 700 companies.

With more than 23,000 students, of which 3300 are international, the university conducts cutting-edge research into problems of major societal and scientific importance. Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam distinguishes itself in research and education through four interdisciplinary themes reflecting a strong level of involvement in current societal issues: Human Health and Life Sciences, Science for Sustainability, Connected World and Governance for Society. As a student this will help you to look beyond the boundaries of scientific disciplines, to engage with society and to seek for tangible solutions for a better world. In addition Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam regards diversity, whether in culture, conviction, nationality or prior education, as source of innovation and progress, and hence as special strength.


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