Can a company’s IT be both profitable and environmentally friendly? What is the role of green IT in digital inclusion and a sustainable society?
The Master’s in Information Sciences spans Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and its practical application in a society that is increasingly digital. To lead the way, society needs a new generation of IT professionals who know how to create socio-technical systems that support the needs of modern organisations, from enterprises, SMEs and NGOs, to online communities and the public at large. At the same time, modern society is concerned with its sustainability footprint in terms of environmental, social, technical and economic priorities. This requires IT professionals and organisations to become more digital while doing business responsibly.
¿Qué objetivos tiene esta formación?:
You’ll have independent problem-solving and critical-thinking skills that you can put to work in designing and applying complex IT systems in modern businesses. You’ll also be well versed in putting scientific research into practice – making you an asset to any business.
¿Esta formación es para mi?:
Career prospects for graduates are excellent. Alumni from the programme work in a wide range of companies and public institutions, both inside and outside the ICT sector. Positions include consultants, junior architects, product owners, data analysts, data managers/stewards, ethics specialists, sustainability specialists (e.g. for eco-procurement, data centres), project management officers and researchers.
You’ll be particularly well prepared for roles acting as a bridge between ICT and non-ICT professionals: you’ll speak both languages and understand both domains. There’s a large and growing demand for professionals with these skills.
The programme is also excellent preparation for your development as a scientific researcher in the area of information sciences. If you have top grades, you may want to apply for a PhD position. These are normally awarded for four years, during which you’re expected to conduct research, present at conferences, teach and write your PhD thesis.
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Are you keen to guide organisations, the business world and society at large in responsible digital transformation? Then the one-year, full-time Information Sciences programme at VU Amsterdam may be the perfect choice for you.
Our Information Sciences Master’s is the number one programme of its kind in the Netherlands: it is the frontrunner when it comes to responsible, sustainable and socially aware software and data systems – the new kind of ICT that’s essential for a thriving smart society. Having completed this Master’s programme, you’ll be both an all-round ICT professional and a specialist in this future-proof approach!
The programme has a unique multidisciplinary focus on digital socio-technical systems and sustainability in a broad sense. Teaching is composed of compulsory core courses, a selection of elective courses, and a Master’s project in Information Sciences. For your project, you can choose to take a professional internship with a partner organisation or carry out cutting-edge research on a topic of your choice. Either way, the programme culminates with writing a thesis on your chosen project. Take a look at current internship vacancies on the VU Fresh Heroes platform.
To offer you even more professional expertise, the faculty has close contacts with local, national and international trade and industry. New developments are integrated seamlessly into the programme all the time. Faculty staff work with consultancy firms, the financial services sector, the music industry, electricity suppliers, cultural institutions and many more.
The start date of this programme is September 1st.
Content of the programme
The course content of the Information Sciences programme has been recently revamped to reflect the ever-evolving digital landscape of our society.
Courses on offer cover topics like digitalisation and sustainability, the disruption of eco-systems by IT, questions of ethics and privacy, and a digital transition and sustainability portfolio course.
Research is also an important component of the programme – especially when it comes to writing your Master’s thesis. You’ll therefore take an academic research course that teaches you both qualitative and quantitative methodologies for performing academic research. And you’ll apply these methods directly to the design of your thesis.
Based on your thesis design, you’ll carry out your Master’s project – which takes the form of either an internship or a research project. The thesis that you’ll write at the end of it can be a regular thesis or a 10 to 15-page academic paper. You’ll discuss the options with your supervisor and decide the best course of action for your project.
Tuition fee EU: €1,084