MSc in Computer Science


Program Description

Whether your interest is in complex algorithms, IT security, logic and semantics, pervasive computing, or something completely different within the field of computer science, this programme will give you the opportunity to specialise in an area of your choice. For more information regarding research areas in computer science at Aarhus University, visit

The Master's programme in Computer Science is dedicated to the highest-quality teaching in an informal learning environment. Our international teaching staff expect students to take an active part in the programme, and staff-student consultation is always encouraged. The teaching is a mix of lectures and classes, with preparatory work in study groups.

The Master's programme is taught in English and our classes have a mix of Danish and international students. For internationals interested in studying computer science in Aarhus find more information at


We expect applicants to have a Bachelor's degree giving a thorough background in basic computer science. This should include computation theory (formal languages and compilation, mathematical logic and undecidability, design and analysis of algorithms, and data structures), programming (object-oriented programming, functional programming, software architecture, and interaction design), and systems (computer architecture, operating systems, distributed systems, security, databases). For students who meet these requirements, our Master's programme offers a number of specialisations, such as cryptology, algorithmics, programming languages, HCI, and ubiquitous computing and interaction.

Student life

The Computer Science department has a range of social spaces for getting together with fellow students outside class which form an excellent basis for both study-related and social activities. The department and our various student associations organise a variety of events and tech talks in collaboration with local and international companies.
As a first-year student, you will be allocated a mentor to guide and support your studies throughout the year. Our new study café is also a great place to get together and work with your study group.


Computer scientists continue to be in great demand all over the world, and AU computer science graduates have a very good reputation. Many Aarhus IT companies are on the lookout for graduates and student employees for part-time jobs. Recent graduates have been recruited by leading IT companies all over the world in areas such as software development, consultancy work, project management, and research.

For students from the United States

Study at a world-leading institution in Denmark. We offer more than 50 programmes taught in English. Join us in Scandinavia in one of the happiest countries on Earth.

Funding and scholarships

Aarhus University offers a limited number of scholarships to the most talented applicants from outside Europe.

Tuition fees for our Master’s programmes are between €8,000-14,500 per year.

Loan programme

Aarhus University also participates in the William D. Ford Direct Loan Programme.

Connect with our students!

Are you considering applying for a programme at Aarhus University but still have tons of questions? Then why not talk to one of our current American students to get their view on student life in Denmark.

Living costs

Denmark is often considered expensive to international students, but student housing is often very affordable compared to other countries and services such as medical treatment is free of charge. See an example budget for one month in Aarhus. Please note that expenses often vary from person to person.

Estimated Student Budget For One Month in Aarhus
Rent: $500*
Food and utilities: $330
Phone and internet: $50
Local transport: $30
Books and study supplies: $30
Other expenses - like a gym membership, streaming etc: $110
Total: $1050

*Rent in student housing varies between $360-600 per month. Some have internet included.

For me, Denmark hasn’t turned out to be more expensive than what I was used to. Most things here cost about the same as they would in a city in the US. Some things, like rents, are actually cheaper. Things that seem expensive at first, like restaurant meals or haircuts, end up costing the same because you don’t have to tip here. And a lot of my classmates like to cook, so we often get together for potluck meals, or we all bring wine and snacks and have a cosy night in. I strongly recommend anyone on a budget to make a point of asking their Danish classmates what they do to keep their spending down. I got lots of great tips that way, like which grocery stores are cheaper or which stores and restaurants give student discounts.

Elisabeth Lauer
, Student, MA in Intercultural Studies programme, from the United States

Student life

Being a student at Aarhus University might differ from the U.S. First of all many non-academic activities such as sports and music are not organized by the university. Still, there is a ton of activities for students in Aarhus, so you will be sure to have an amazing time here.

A place to start is Studenterhus Aarhus which offers activities for all students in Aarhus. These include a weekly International Night, trips around Denmark and much more. It is also possible to get involved as a volunteer and thereby grow your network in Denmark.

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Last updated Aug 2020

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