Parallel and Distributed Systems

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The study programme provides specific knowledge for working with parallel (concurrent) and distributed systems with an overlap to other areas including computer networks, cryptography, security etc. Close attention is paid to formal methods for modelling, analysis, and verification of parallel and distributed systems. The study programme puts emphasis on a balance between the theoretical background and practical skills. A recommended part of studies is a project focused on a prototype or experimental solution of a problem from the study field.


Graduates are prepared for working in informatics disciplines in industry as well as for further studies and subsequent science work in academia or research and development work in industry. Acquired theoretical knowledge and programming skills provide them with the abilities to solve exacting practical tasks especially in the field of parallel, concurrent and distributed systems. They can start to take part in research and development work as well. Graduates can also continue in doctoral degree programmes, either in the ones specialised in informatics including the study of theoretical computer science, or the ones with other specialisations and thus gain relevant interdisciplinary knowledge.


Standard duration of studies is four semesters. In order to be admitted to take the final state examination, students must acquire in total 120 ECTS credits for required, selective and elective courses. Required subjects constitute the basis of the disciplines. Students choose the selective courses according to their interests and intended professional specialisation. During the course of their studies, students should follow the course catalogue for their year of matriculation. The catalogue shows a recommended course of study including suggestions for selective courses. Students can access the course catalogue at the Office for Studies or through the faculty website:


The final state examination consists of a diploma thesis defence and an oral exam aimed at checking the field-related knowledge of the students. There is no written preparation to the exam and the student answers two to three questions asked by the examination committee. The final state examination typically takes about sixty minutes, half of which is taken by the thesis defence and half by the oral exam.

More information about the final state exam and the questions can be found at the faculty website:


After the completion of the Master’s studies, students may choose to continue their studies in any Doctoral degree programme at Faculty of Informatics (after satisfying the admission requirements).


Field of study specifications

Field of Study: Parallel and Distributed Systems
Abbreviation: PDS
Code: 1801T021
Type: Advanced Master's state examination
Degree: RNDr.
Accreditation: to 31/12/2024
Programme: R1801 Rig-IN Informatics
Faculty of Informatics
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Faculty of Informatics