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Masters in Information Sciences

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
1 year
Full time
Master's degree
On campus
01 September 2022

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Masters in Information Sciences

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

Digitizing Business

Information Sciences is the multidisciplinary area spanning Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and its practical application in society. Are you interested in how information is created and processed in companies and organizations? Are you interested in technology and its application in practice? Do you believe it is important to consider the role of people, organizations and cultures in the design, modelling, and sharing of information? If so, then the Master’s program in Information Sciences at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is an excellent choice for you. 

Information Sciences brings together computer science, organizational studies, and knowledge management. It features courses that keep you ahead of the rapid pace of developments within this sector. The program distinguishes two tracks. The Business Information Systems track focuses on the optimization of information technology in enterprise settings, with a particular emphasis on the optimization of business processes and digital innovation. The Web & Media track centers on the innovative application of the web to retrieve, disclose, and share information, in particular in media-rich settings. Both tracks aim to promote scientific insight and convey a sense of social responsibility. As part of the program, a total value of 15 credits can be elected from a list of approved courses. 

The Master’s courses evolve over the years to reflect ongoing developments and the research that is ongoing in the Information Sciences discipline. They involve fundamental courses, guest lectures, and cutting-edge courses by the SIKS National Graduate Research School. The current courses include: Business Process Management, Knowledge and Media, Digital Innovation, The Social Web, Business Process Analytics, Information Retrieval, Software Architecture, and Knowledge Engineering. 

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Admission requirements

Admission requirements: 

  • Bachelor's degree

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Program content

The Master’s programme in Information Sciences trains you to become an outstanding professional who is capable of independent and team problem solving with respect to the design, application and real-life use of complex information systems in organizations. The distinguishing factor of the programme is the well-tuned balance between scientific rigor and practical relevance of the content of the courses. 

The programme consists of Information Sciences courses exclusively developed and taught at the VU, as well as courses shared with other programmes within and outside the VU. A close collaboration exists with the UvA: a number of courses is shared between Information Sciences at the VU and the "Information Studies" Master’s programme at the UvA. Both programmes have their own, distinct signature, where Information Sciences at the VU aims for the combination of both depth and breadth in its topics. 

The programme is set up in a way that allows students to follow the majority of the courses at the VU, if they prefer to do so. VU and UvA courses are scheduled on different weekdays to prevent travel overhead.


  • Tuition fee for EU: € 1,084
  • Tuition fee for NON-EU/EEA: € 15,446


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Career prospects

Career prospects for Information Sciences graduates are excellent. The 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 program managers and researchers. Some graduates pursue their studies to PhD level and some go on to start their own businesses.

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Welcome to Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (‘VU Amsterdam’) is an internationally renowned research university founded in 1880. The university offers over 175 English-taught programmes at Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD level to more than 26,000 students from all over the world. Students and staff...

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Why study at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

With more than 24,000 students, of which 4,088 are international, VU Amsterdam conducts cutting-edge research into problems of societal and scientific importance.

They distinguish themselves in research and education through four interdisciplinary themes:

  • Human Health and Life Sciences
  • Science for Sustainability
  • Connected World
  • Governance for Society

As a student this will help you to look beyond the boundaries of scientific disciplines, and to seek for tangible solutions for a better world.

In addition, VU Amsterdam regards diversity, whether in culture, conviction, nationality or prior education, as source of innovation and progress, and hence as special strength.

The Dutch higher education system has been ranked in the top 10 by Universitas 21. In the first Times Higher Education University Impact Ranking, VU Amsterdam is ranked 16th worldwide. In this ranking, universities are assessed based on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in order to measure the impact of the universities on society. In the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2018 (Shanghai Ranking) VU Amsterdam holds the 104th position. The international QS World University ranking 2021 places the Vrije Universiteit at number 236 in the world, which means the Vrije Universiteit belongs to the top 20% of the world.

At VU Amsterdam, the teaching style can be described as student-centred: they encourage students to develop their own opinions through independent and creative thinking. This means that teaching is mainly conducted in small tutorials, where interactivity is the norm rather than the exception. At every opportunity, students are encouraged to engage in constructive dialogue with their professors.

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