Offering a broad range of courses from a number of disciplines, coupled with a practice oriented approach, the newly designed Joint Master of Science in Computer Science is particularly suited to preparing students for the labour market, where interdisciplinary experience and practical skills are traits that are highly valued in qualified graduates.
Students enrolled in the Joint Master’s program can create a personalized curriculum from a list of over 60 courses, seminars and internships offered by the universities of Bern, Neuchâtel and Fribourg (travel costs between universities are reimbursed). They also have the opportunity to specialize in a particular area of interest, or to complement their degree with Master’s level courses of a minor subject they have already studied.
The Master’s program consists of 2 parts:
The Joint Master’s program normally takes 3 semesters of full-time study to complete. A student can request to study part-time. If the request is accepted the duration of the program is extended accordingly.
Students holding a minor (on Bachelor level) in a discipline other than Computer Science can also benefit from the Master’s program (120 ECTS), which allows them to complement their studies in the minor subject with courses in that subject at the master’s level. Most of the minors available at the universities of Bern, Neuchâtel and Fribourg can be selected as a minor for the MSc (120 ECTS), but the most typical examples are mathematics, geology, biology, law, and economics. The requirement for a Master (120 ECTS) is an additional 30 ECTS points in the selected minor subject. The Master’s program (120 ECTS) normally takes longer to complete than the 3 semesters of the standard Joint Master’s program (90 ECTS).
German, French and English are the official teaching languages of the Joint Master’s program. Usually, courses are taught in English and sometimes in French or German (depending on the professor), but linguistic preferences of the students are taken into account whenever possible.
A teaching unit can be a lecture with exercises, a seminar, practical training or any other teaching format permitted by the branch committee, and is evaluated with an exam and/or continuously over the course of the semester. Continuous evaluation might involve practical exercises, weekly readings, projects and report writing. Students who fail the continuous evaluation of a teaching unit must repeat the entire unit and will not be permitted to take the exam for that unit (if the unit has an exam component).
All course achievements are expressed in ECTS credit points (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System), and every credit point must be validated through an evaluation, as specified by the program regulations. One ECTS credit point is equivalent to between 25 and 30 hours of study.