Master in Applied Informatics
Address: Via Giuseppe Buffi 13, CH-6900 Lugano
The Master of Science in Applied Informatics provides students with an in-depth perspective on advanced topics of computer systems. The Master combines the study of fundamental aspects of computer systems with a hands-on approach, preparing professionals for pursuing a successful career in research and development.
The Applied Informatics Master allows students to deepen their knowledge in many directions: students learn how to analyze, select and evaluate computer programs with the help of a strong theoretical background, which includes notions of computational complexity and formal methods like abstract algebra and logic. In parallel, they acquire abilities to understand, design, simulate and optimize intelligent and complex systems, whose important competences include the capability to learn and to adapt to unpredictable and dynamic situations.
The students learn how to design, test and analyze software programs, providing the required level of software quality through the appropriate software engineering methodologies. Fundamental aspects of students´ knowledge include the capability to design and use advanced data management systems, to operate modern operating systems and to use advanced concepts of modern programming languages. During the final year, in parallel with their thesis, students acquire skills in business and management: they understand organizational structures and learn how to manage projects and teams.
Students graduating from this program develop the ability to work on applied problems and in their future careers they will use their knowledge in interdisciplinary areas with enhanced analytical and technical skills and with the ability to develop sophisticated solutions and to manage teams of people in challenging tasks.
The program stretches over three semesters (90 ECTS credits). Typically, in the first semester students attend classes in order to acquire the basics knowledge. The second semester is dedicated to core courses. Students are required to take core courses that regard specific applied informatics topics and methodology. The third semester is dedicated to the Master´s project and to acquire basics knowledge in business and management.
The Master is jointly offered by the Faculty of Informatics of the Università della Svizzera italiana and the Dipartimento tecnologie innovative della Scuola universitaria professionale della Svizzera italiana.