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DD2484 Advanced Topics in Programming Languages 7.5 credits

This is an advanced project course, covering topics of active research in the broad area of programming languages. The course material is based on books, tutorials, and research papers in selected areas. The course is especially recommended for students interested in pursuing a Master's thesis in a related area, as well as doctoral students.

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For course offering

Autumn 2024 atipl24 programme students

Application code


Headings with content from the Course syllabus DD2484 (Autumn 2023–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course content can vary from course offering to course offering. Examples of subjects include, but are not limited to: concurrent programming, probabilistic programming, differentiable programming, knowledge-based programming, domain specific language technology, programming languages for security, subordinate types, type and effect systems, and program analysis. During the course, the students will get acquainted with several advanced subjects and then get the possibility to specialise within specific subjects.

Intended learning outcomes

After passing the course, the student shall be able to

  • present the essential contents of scientific articles within the area of the course
  • discuss advanced concepts within the area of the course
  • create solution proposals for problems within the area of the course
  • carry out practical work to retrieve technical solutions for problems within the area of the course

in order to

  • obtain an understanding of current research and development in the programming language field
  • become prepared for own research and development in the programming language field, for example in a degree project.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Knowledge in principles of programming languages, 7.5 higher education credits, equivalent to completed course DD2481.

Knowledge in software engineering, 7.5 higher education credits, equivalent to completed course DD2480. Active participation in a course offering where the final examination is not yet reported in LADOK is considered equivalent to completion of the course. Being registered for a course counts as active participation. The term 'final examination' encompasses both the regular examination and the first re-examination.

Recommended prerequisites

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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

P, F


  • ÖVN1 - Oral and written assignments and project work, 7.5 credits, grading scale: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study

Computer Science and Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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