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Department of Computer and Systems Sciences-DSV

Kista, Stockholm City, Sweden
Information Systems

Summary

Since 1878 Stockholm University has been characterised by openness and innovation. A modern university with a multicultural environment, Stockholm University is one of the world’s top 100 higher education institutes. 70,000 students, 1,800 doctoral students and 5,000 staff are active within science, the humanities and the social sciences.

Education and research at Stockholm University make a difference. The University contributes to individual and social change through top quality education and outstanding research. Our researchers contribute to the development of public policy and political decision making, and participate in Nobel Prize Committees and international expert bodies.

Stockholm is a cultural hub and economic centre, with many green areas and surrounded by water, making it an ideal place in which to enjoy a relaxed and exciting student life.

The Department of Computer and Systems Sciences (DSV) is Stockholm University's largest department, in 2013: 291 employees, nearly 7,000 students, and a turnover of over SEK 238 million. With a close relationship to society, well established infrastructure and stable financial base, DSV has the best conditions to engage in both Swedish and international education as well as research.

DSV is the oldest Information Technology (IT) department in Sweden and began combining Systems Sciences in a Social Sciences perspective with Applied Computer Science and Communication Technologies as early as in the 1960's.

The academic activities at DSV range over a wide field characterized by interdisciplinary and are focused on developing and adapting the use of IT to the needs of people, organizations and society.

DSV is located in Kista in Stockholm, right in the middle of one of the world’s leading ICT clusters Kista Science City, where there are more companies and research institutes in a limited area than anywhere else in Sweden. This provides DSV with unique opportunities to link our academic activities to the industry and organizations, and together we are able to create new business ideas, community services, and cultural and creative industries with the support of IT.

DSV belongs to the Faculty of Social Sciences at Stockholm University.

DSV has four units: ACT in Communication with Technology; Information Systems; Interaction Design and Learning; and Systems Analysis and Security. The bachelor progams are tought in Swedish. All master programs and Ph.D research studies are given in English.

Bachelor Programs

This is a joint bachelor program between DSV and  the business school at Stockholm University.

This is a joint bachelor program with the business school at Stockholm University.

Master Programs

The Master's Programme in Computer and Systems Sciences at Stockholm University offers you the opportunity to expand your knowledge in IT Systems. You will not only learn the theories, methods and tools but also learn how to practice. At Stockholm University, you learn how to efficiently develop advanced computer systems, software systems, using both agile and standard system development methods.

The programme helps you to develop soft skills along with technical skills such as understanding the needs of users, practicing in group dynamics and project management. The Programme is to a large extent project and problem oriented.

Health informatics is a field that covers the study of methods and techniques for the collection, management and evaluation of medical information. Health informatics is important for the efficiency of information management in clinical research and healthcare and, ultimately, for achieving safer high quality care provision.

This  master program is cooperated with Karolinska Institute.

Our vision for this master’s programme, Information and communication technology for development (ICT4D), is to prepare individuals who are ready and able to initiate and implement sustainable change with rigor in developing regions. Our goal is to train graduates who will be aware of the many challenges of development work and able to face them creatively and innovatively. As a student in this program, you will play an active role and we expect you to grow into a bold, knowledgeable and motivated Change Agent contributing to environmental, economic and social sustainability.

Information Security is certainly one of the most exciting and ever growing areas within IT. Global IT security spending is projected by business magazine Forbes to possibly increase tenfold in the coming decade (from around 60 billion euros to 600 billion euros per year). This type of growth will have far reaching impacts on the job market for graduates from advanced studies in information and cyber security. The demand for educated information security specialists is already very high, almost always among the first top jobs in IT and in the coming years it is expected to continue its growth almost exponentially.

Stockholm University pioneered academic research and education in information security in Sweden in the 1960s. The university has since then turned out thousands of graduates who are now part of academia and industry around the globe.

Graduates of this programme are ready to work in the area of information security and related fields in both private and public sector organisations as managers, advisors and specialists providing professional and expert know-how.

Information security is primarily concerned with the protection of information assets. Today, most of the information resides in - and is communicated via IT systems. Hence, these systems need to be protected from various threats and attacks. The goal of information security is to protect with respect to the information its confidentiality, integrity and availability. Naturally, it all depends on the business needs and legal requirements. The area of information security is both exciting and overreaching since it also entails the protection of the essential and critical cyber infrastructure, trying to prevent or solve a wide range of computer crimes and other illicit activities, as well as protecting human rights, freedom and democracy. One of the many objectives is to devise new methods and strategies for cyber readiness and defence.

Master's programme in Information Systems Management will help you develop a better planning, management and technical skills that are necessary for leading any organization in today's complex, digital world.

The programme focuses on the design, implementation, usage, and evolution of information systems. You acquire in-depth knowledge about information systems design and architecture including requirements engineering, service oriented architectures, and agile systems development. You get a strong understanding of the role of IT in supporting and transforming organizations and networks, including value network design, enterprise systems, business process management, business intelligence, decision support, and knowledge management.

The Master's Programme in IT Project Management is provided entirely at a distance and enables you to choose the time and place for studies. The idea is that the program will be available to all, regardless of where you are located in the world. The training is ideal for anyone wishing to continue their education or to combine work with study, but has limited ability to regularly attend lectures and seminars.

With a Master's degree in IT project management from Stockholm University, you acquire the knowledge and skills needed to run projects as a project manager in the field of Information and Communication Technology. You learn the necessary tools such as project planning, economics, agile models, negotiation techniques, corporate law and much more.

This programme is given as an online master, which means that you have the opportunity to study a master in your own country,either full-time (100%) or part-time (50%) study pace, fitting your situation and specific needs.

All courses will be available through our learning platform giving students the freedom of being location independent. Teachers and tutors from academia and industry will give students support and students will be required to do on the job training during their studies.

Master's programme in Open eGovernment provides you with planning, management and technical skills necessary for leading and transforming public organisations to be open, inclusive, innovative, flexible and effective using Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

The programme is given as a set of distance courses and can be studied in accordance with your preferred timetable. Thereby, the programme can be studied wherever you are located in the world, and can easily be adapted to your studying and working situation. The program also contains non-mandatory workshops, one each semester, at the campus in Kista, just outside Stockholm. During these workshops, students can meet other students, teachers and experts in the area of e-Government, and visit eGovlab, a center for excellence in e-governance at Stockholm University.

PhD Programs

The objectives of the postgraduate program are:

  • to give the student both general and specific knowledge in the area of computer and systems sciences/human-machine-interaction and in some related application areas,
  • to train the student in independent research, i.e., to solve theoretic as well as practical problems using scientific methods, and
  • to critically analyse existing research.

The postgraduate studies are aimed as a preparation for independent work, in research and education, both within and outside the university.

The objectives of the postgraduate program are:

  • to give the student both general and specific knowledge in the area of computer and systems sciences/human-machine-interaction and in some related application areas,
  • to train the student in independent research, i.e., to solve theoretic as well as practical problems using scientific methods, and
  • to critically analyse existing research.

The postgraduate studies are aimed as a preparation for independent work, in research and education, both within and outside the university.

Other Programs

Decision problems pop up almost everywhere, and a proper handling of them is fundamental for a well-functioning society. It is, therefore, somewhat paradoxical that even complicated decisions still to a large extent are based on intuition and not supported by adequate tools. A possible reason for this is that the latter are based on algorithms that in most cases can only be executed on computers.

In this programme, which consists of courses given at a distance and in accordance with your preferred timetable, you will learn how to structure decision problems and risk analyses. Moreover, you will acquire a solid knowledge of the theoretical underpinnings of various decision support systems including an advanced one developed by researchers at DSV. Hence you will have the qualifications needed to give well-founded advice to decision makers in almost any domain after having completed the programme.

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Shengnan Han is associate professor of computer and system sciences at Stockholm University. She received a Doctorate in Economics (information systems) from Åbo Akademi University, Finland in 2005. She is engaged in research on digital business, IT innovation, IT adoption and  diffusion, value-added mobile services (for business, healthcare, and governments), business process management, IT governance, and strategic IT management.  She has published 40 articiles in peer reviewed journals, internatiional conferences, and book chapters. Her paper has appeared  in Computers in Human Behavior, International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health CareInternational Journal of IT/Business Alignment and Governance, Journal of Systems and Information Technology,  International Journal of Mobile Communication, Compus-Wide Information Systems, and proceedings of ECIS, PACIS , AMCIS, CAiSE, and HICSS. She is on the editorial board for Electronic Market: the International Journal on Networked Business, and Telematics & Informatics. 

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Shengnan Han is associate professor of computer and system sciences at Stockholm University. She received a Doctorate in Economics (information systems) from Åbo Akademi University, Finland in 2005. She is engaged in research on digital business, IT innovation, IT adoption and  diffusion, value-added mobile services (for business, healthcare, and governments), business process management, IT governance, and strategic IT management.  She has published 40 articiles in peer reviewed journals, internatiional conferences, and book chapters. Her paper has appeared  in Computers in Human Behavior, International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health CareInternational Journal of IT/Business Alignment and Governance, Journal of Systems and Information Technology,  International Journal of Mobile Communication, Compus-Wide Information Systems, and proceedings of ECIS, PACIS , AMCIS, CAiSE, and HICSS. She is on the editorial board for Electronic Market: the International Journal on Networked Business, and Telematics & Informatics. 

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