Computer Science: Software engineering & Green IT

Software for a Sustainable Digital Society

Specialization in Software engineering and Green IT

The specialization Software engineering and Green IT at VU Amsterdam offers a combination that’s unique in the Netherlands. Software engineering applies a systematic and quantifiable approach to the development, execution and maintenance of complex software. Green IT is the study and practice of environmentally sustainable computing. The combination of Software Engineering and Green IT in one track provides the students with the instruments necessary to gain a holistic understanding of large-scaled and complex software systems, to manage their evolution, assess their quality and environmental impact, quantify their value and sustainability potential, and organize their development in different local and distributed contexts. 

Software engineering and Green IT is a broad and comprehensive field, in which engineering plays an important role, next to social, economic and environmental aspects. The field continually evolves, as the types of systems and the world at large do change as well. The field is being influenced by practices and development paradigms such as outsourcing, global software development, service orientation, smart and pervasive computing, and energy-aware software engineering.

For detailed information on the courses of the Software Engineering and Green IT track, please check our Study Guide. General info on the master's programme in Computer Science

Track coordinator
Ivano Malavolta,

This track is a joint degree programme of the University of Amsterdam and VU Amsterdam. Courses are given at the two Faculties of Science. Graduates receive a diploma accredited by both universities.

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Overview Computer Science: Software Engineering & Green IT




2 years



September intake
1 April for EU/EEA and non-EU/EEA students*
1 June for holders of a Dutch bachelor’s degree (with a Dutch or EU/EEA nationality).
* EU/EEA students (exept for Dutch students) with an international degree who do not need housing services through VU Amsterdam can still apply until 1 June.

February intake
1 November for non-EU/EEA students
1 December for EU/EEA students


1 September and 1 February



Admission Requirements


Computer Science, Mathematics and Business