Welcome letter Master’s Programme in Computer Science – Autumn-24

Congratulations on your admission!

Welcome to the Master’s Programme in Computer Science

at Blekinge Institute of Technology!

We expect to greet you at Campus Karlskrona on 2 September for the first day. We’ll provide updates via email about the time and location for the programme introduction. Keep an eye on your inbox for further details!

Make sure to visit our International student guide, where you will find dates for upcoming webinars, practical information and support for your next steps.

Procedure to join the programme

You must fulfil these steps to keep your place on the programme.

  1. Tuition fee (deadline 15 May)
    Visit the tuition fee page for information.
  1. Apply for a residence permit (as soon as possible)
    Visit the Migration agency home page for more information, if you will take a Campus programme.  
  1. Activate student account (from 21 March)
    You will recieve an email with instructions, read more on  Student Portal – Get started
  1. Register for the courses (from 26 July)
    You must register on-line for the courses to keep your place on the programme. Instructions are on Student portal – Get started
  1.  Programme start (2 September)
    If you cannot participate in the programme introduction, report this by email to the programme manager. 

Programme and courses

You can find programme syllabus and information on the programme's web page and Canvas page.

Courses during the initial semester:

, 7,5 credits Period: 2024-November-04 until 2025-January-19 Kurskod: DV2626

, 7,5 credits Period: 2024-November-04 until 2025-January-19 Kurskod: DV1566

, 7,5 credits Period: 2024-September-02 until 2024-November-03 Kurskod: DV2618

, 7,5 credits Period: 2024-September-02 until 2024-November-03 Kurskod: DV1457

Computer science covers many topics, including big data, artificial intelligence, machine learning, distributed computing, cybersecurity, visual and interactive technologies, etc. We find mathematics, programming, operating systems, databases, etc, in their cores. Hence, please refresh these skills before the programme starts. I recommend refreshing your English understanding, reading, and writing. Most of the material (lectures, books, assignments) is in English, and you must write several academic reports during your studies here.

For the first two classes, Programming in UNIX Environment and Applied Artificial Intelligence, I recommend reading the prerequisites for both classes. If you have not been programming for a while, refresh your bash, Python, C, and C++ knowledge. Also, you should review the prerequisites for the next two classes, Machine Learning and Introduction to Cloud Computing, so that you can already start preparing for them.

Equipment and digital tools

BTH requires students to use their own computers for studies. Your programme might have specific hardware or software requirements, make sure to check here if your program is listed and find out what you need. Additionally, for online education, ensure you have a camera, a headset with a microphone, and an internet connection.

All programs and courses use the online learning management system Canvas. Once you activate your student account and register for a course, you can access your Canvas course page. You can find more information about Canvas, Zoom, and other digital tools you have access to here.

Given our extensive use of Linux, Virtual machines, and containers, it’s important to be comfortable working with Linux and various tools for Virtualization. Proficiency in Linux is a must, including installing and updating packages, working with scripts and terminals, building software from source code, using Git, and basic SSH. For Virtualization, we utilise different systems and tools. It’s beneficial if your computer has VirtualBox installed and you’re at ease operating it, such as creating VMs and networks, importing and exporting appliances, and understanding how the host and the VM can interact (both via network and shared folders). You’ll need additional knowledge if your daily driver is a Mac (especially an M1 or M2-based device). Typically, our VMs are x86/AMD64 based.

A warm welcome to BTH!

Patrik Arlos

Programme manager

patrik.arlos@bth.se

Further questions?

If you still have questions after reading this welcome letter and visiting
International student guide, please contact studentreception@bth.se.

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