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Computational Science (joint degree UvA/VU)

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In the Master's programme Computational Science you learn to develop computational models based on observations and data from physical, social, earth, economic and life sciences. In this joint degree of UvA and VU Amsterdam you can specialise in topics offered by both universities.

What is this programme about?

Check this video about the Master's programme Computational Science.

The study programme

Computational Science seeks to explain the complex world we live in using technological simulations. By collecting data and creating computer models, computational scientists can make predictions on varying problems such as how to influence the flow of traffic, how an epidemic will spread or the probability of individuals in society becoming addicted to drugs. The curriculum relies heavily on algorithmic-driven procedures, but also involves lots of mathematics and logic. 

Meet the people

How to get to know this Master's programme better than via its students and teachers? Check the list with members of the international team of lecturers and read the experiences from Computational Science students and alumni. 

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'I like the shear amount of information we had about different problems and the ways to solve problems. I also like the fact that you’re very close to the research group and the PhD students.’ Merlijn Wajer, student Computational Science

After graduation

Graduates of Computational Science are highly valued because of their skills and knowledge in this new field of science. They are ready to start a career in any research environment where computation is the core business. 

Is Computational Science for you?

Would you like to: 

  • confront a tornado in virtual reality and predict its path of destruction?  
  • understand the behaviour of financial markets?  
  • simulate the outcome of a surgical procedure before it is used on a patient? 
  • predict how a crowd would behave in the event of a disaster?  

If so, then Computational Science is the study for you. 

Joint degree programme with VU Amsterdam

Computational Science is a joint degree programme of the University of Amsterdam and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Courses are taught at locations of both universities. UvA and VU jointly issue a degree certificate to graduates. As a Computational Science student in Amsterdam you benefit from expertise, networks and research projects at both universities and affiliated research institutes.

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Facts & Figures
Degree programme
MSc Computational Science
Regular study programme
120 ECTS, 24 months
Language of instruction
Starts in
CROHO code
Science Park