ICT in Business and the Public Sector


The specific focus of the Master’s in ICT in Business and the Public Sector is on the alignment of ICT and management. The programme builds on a solid foundation of computer science that students bring from their bachelor’s education, and expands this knowledge and augments it with concepts and methods from the field of management.

ICT has become a vital part of the competitive strategy of many organisations. This situation does not only require a new perspective on the application of ICT, it also places different demands on IT Professionals. This New Manager is not only familiar with the latest developments in ICT, but is also capable of translating them to added value for organisations and their customers.

The modern IT professional will play an increasingly important role in making any organisation successful. It is his or her responsibility to align business operations and information technology to develop a vision, to communicate. Both knowledge of IT and business/organisational skills are essential.

Reasons to Choose ICT in Business and Public Sector in Leiden

1. The programme offers a managerial focus on ICT on the one hand, and business and governments on the other hand, combining the reputation of the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science (LIACS) with experience from governments and businesses.
2. The programme has an international focus and is of particular interest to participants wishing to pursue an international career involving both ICT and management. Besides students and lecturers coming from all over the world, there are several possibilities for studying abroad. Cross-cultural team work is required in a lot of courses
3. The groups are small (30-40 students) and the lectures are often interactive.
4. Students benefit from the department’s strong links to industry and governments. There are good in-company research thesis opportunities.
5. Graduates of the master’s programme have excellent career opportunities, and typically receive multiple employment offers upon graduation.
6. 6. For students with more than three years of working experience in the field, we offer a more tailor- made programme in the evenings (Post Experience)

Master details

  • Degree Master of Science in ICT in Business and the Public Sector
  • Mode of study Full-time
  • Duration 2 years
  • Start date September, February
  • Language of instruction English
  • Location Leiden
  • Croho/isat code 60205

What our alumni say

Jorge Osorio, MSc

“During my master’s in Leiden I developed a broad view of IT.”

“The KLM programme that trains participants for the position of IT manager has a stringent selection process. You have to have good analytical skills, be able to handle people and have broad technological knowledge.

What’s interesting is that in my Leiden master’s ICT in Business I learned to regard IT from these different perspectives – not only from a purely technological, but also from a social, economic and organisational viewpoint. I am now reaping the benefits of this.”

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