The one-year Masters 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 Masters consists of courses on research methods and thesis design (12 credits), and a thesis worth 18 credits.
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.
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.