1. General Information


Postgraduate studies in computer science strive for top European education and training of staff, who after graduation will be able to meet the needs of both commercial companies in the information industry, as well as top scientific research institutions in the country and abroad.


  • Name of the proposer: University "Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, Faculty of Information Sciences and Computer Engineering - FINKI
  • Name of the study program: Academic second cycle studies in Computer Science
  • Scientific-research area: natural-mathematical
  • Field: Informatics
  • Area: Information Systems and Programming, Computing Integrated Methods and Applications, Algorithms, Optimization, Simulation, Software Development and Databases.
  • The value of postgraduate studies is 60 ECTS   or   120 ECTS   credits.
  • Study time: 2   or   4 semesters .
  • One academic year consists of two semesters lasting 30 weeks (1 semester = 15 weeks).
  • The first semester consists of subjects, while the second consists of subjects and the final project, ie. master thesis.
  • Admission Requirements : Completed undergraduate studies in computer science or computer science with a minimum of 240 credits. For study directions that carry less than 240 credits, exams offered in the introductory layer are added.
  • Introductory layer : Students who have earned less than 240 credits during their studies are offered a set of differential introductory courses. After their successful realization, the student acquires the right to continue with the second year of postgraduate studies.
  • First semester: 3 Mandatory courses and 2 electives, one of which may be from the University list.
  • Second semester: 1 Mandatory course and 1 elective, which can be from the university list (only if in the first semester the courses are selected at the Faculty level) and a final project of 18 ECTS.
  • 1 ECTS credit corresponds to 30 hours of total work engagement.
  • The number of contact hours is 4.
  • The academic title or degree obtained after graduation is

- Master in Information Science and Computer Engineering in the field of   Computer Science


2. Introductory layer


The introductory layer is intended for students who study for less than four years or have earned less than 240 credits from previous studies.

Table 1: List of introductory layer items

РБ Subject Semester ECTS
1 Mandatory subject 1 of Table 2 VII 6
2 Mandatory subject 2 of Table 2 VII 6
3 Mandatory subject 3 of Table 2 VIII 6
4 Mandatory subject 4 of Table 2 VIII 6
5 Elective course 1 1 VII 6
6 Elective 2 1 VII 6
7 Elective course 3 1 VII 6
8 Elective 4 1 VIII 6
9 Elective course 5 1 VIII 6
10 Selection from the university list freeitems VIII 6

[1] Selection from the lists of subjects from the introductory layer of all master studies at the Faculty of Information Sciences and Computer Engineering

Elective courses can be selected from the proposed list of courses of the study program (Table 2), or from the proposed lists of courses from the introductory layer of other study programs of the Faculty of Information Sciences and Computer Engineering. The selection of courses should be made in accordance with the previous knowledge of the candidate and the necessary knowledge to continue with postgraduate studies in intelligent systems. When choosing courses, the student should coordinate with the head of the study program. A free choice of subject is also allowed, which is on the university list of subjects for the first year of two-year postgraduate studies.


Table 2:   List of items

РБ Code / Subject Semester ECTS Prerequisite2
1 CSEW317  Formal languages and automata VII 6 no
2 CSEW308   Linear Algebra VII 6 no
3 CSEW303   Probability and Statistics  VII 6 Calculus 1, Discrete Mathematics 2
4 CSEW517   Machine learning  VII 6 no
5 CSEW507   Visualization  VII 6 Object-Oriented Programming
6 CSES419   Algorithms and Complexity VIII 6 One of the subjects: Algorithms and Data Structures, Algorithms and Data Structures, Data Structures
7 CSES622   Data Mining VIII 6  
8 CSES619   Advanced Databases  VIII 6 Databases
9 CSES621   Parallel Programming VIII 6 Advanced Software Development
10 CSES629   Data Warehouses and OLAP VIII 6 Algorithms and data structures, Databases



[2] The titles of the courses are given according to the curricula of the undergraduate studies at the Faculty of Information Technologies and Computer Engineering, UKIM, Skopje. Students who have graduated from other institutions will have to show passed exams in subjects appropriate to the above in order to meet the prerequisites for the respective subject.


After the successful completion of all ten courses and 60 credits, the student with previously acquired 180 ECTS credits (or completed three-year studies) continues with the courses from the second academic year of postgraduate studies - Table 3 (IX and X semester).  


3. Studies

Tableand 3: List of Postgraduate Courses

РБ CODE / Subject Semester З / И ECTS
1 KN-Z-01 Advanced algorithms  IX З 6
2 KN-Z-02 Optimization methods  IX З 6
3 KN-Z-03 Formal methods  IX З 6
4 Elective IX И 6
5 Elective IX И 6
6 KN-Z-04 Research methods and writing techniques X З 6
7 Elective X И 6
8 Master Thesis X З 18


At least one elective should be chosen from the offered electives in Table 4. At most one of the electives can be chosen from the University list of master's degree programs. A maximum of two electives can be selected from the courses offered at the other postgraduate studies at the Faculty of Information Sciences and Computer Engineering.


Table 4: Electives

РБ New Code / Subject Semester ECTS
1 КН-И-01 Modern simulations and modeling  IX 6
2 KN-I-02  Big Data Concepts and Applications IX 6
3 KN-I-03  Database Performance, Reliability and Security IX 6
4 KN-I-04  Complexity Theory and Coding  IX 6
5 KN-I-05  Text-data processing IX 6
6 KN-I-06  Modern trends in parallel processing IX 6
7 КН-И-07      
8 КН-И-08  Big Data Modeling and Management X 6
9 KN-I-09  Bayesian Data Analysis  X 6
10 KN-I-10  Business process mining  X 6
11 IS-Z-02  Advanced artificial intelligence and machine learning  IX 6
12 СИ-И-01  Time series analysis and forecasting  IX 6
13 BK-I-07  Mathematical Logic for Computer Science IX 6
14 IT-I-05   Data visualization IX 6
15 IS-I-16  Computational Game Theory  X 6
16 БК-И-08 Advanced Algebraic Structures X 6


The student can choose a subject from the list of offered elective courses from all study programs of the second cycle of studies. The list of offered electives can be found on this   link .