Computing Science, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
  • English (schedule IELTS)
    Language
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How do you develop safe apps for mobile phones? How do you produce 3D images of an MRI scan? How do you program a computer system to find the quickest travel route? The Computing Science programme is offered at the University of Groningen.

About

We are becoming increasingly dependent on computers, but they cannot work without us either! After all, someone has to tell them what to do. That requires people who enjoy devising ever-smarter solutions and innovations.

Computing scientists design, improve and implement the software and computer systems that businesses and our social life cannot do without. The Computing Science programme is offered at the University of Groningen.

Use your skills as you learn

Computing Science is the discipline that involves the study and development of computer systems. This can involve either new or existing systems. The stimulating aspect of this degree programme is that you can put the knowledge and skills you acquire to practical use straightaway, for example by writing a useful computer programme.

More than just programming

If you choose to study Computing Science at Groningen, you will learn high level programming in several languages. But programming accounts for only a quarter of the degree. You will also be producing documentation, carrying out analyses, working with others, giving presentations and writing.
Computing science is a good subject to study if you have wide-ranging interests; it can be easily combined with another subject area.

Job prospects

In spite of the recession, many students in Computing Science are offered a job before they have even graduated! They work in a wide variety of occupations in the Netherlands or abroad. There are plenty of career opportunities for you as a creative problem-solver!

Finding work when you graduate

After completing their Master's degree, many graduates find work with IT firms, large companies, public-sector organizations, hospitals or educational institutions, where they design software components or lead projects that involve merging various components or even systems.

Other career prospects

If you have knowledge of computing, the ability to think at an academic level and a problem-solving approach, many companies will welcome you, in management positions too. Education and science journalism are other possible areas.

Or will you study for a PhD?

Some graduates choose a PhD programme involving four years of research. The research concludes with a thesis, which will earn you the title of Doctor of Computing Science. Everyone who does this finds an interesting job, either within the university or outside, for example at a hospital or at an independent firm.

Job examples

  • Management position
  • IT professional in the business or public sector
  • Journalist
  • Teacher

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    180 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Year 1
  • Calculus
  • Computer Architecture
  • Discrete Structures
  • Imperative Programming
  • Introduction to Computing Science
  • Introduction to Logic
  • Algorithms and Data Structure in C
  • Artificial Intelligence I
  • Introduction to Scientific Computing
  • Linear Algebra & Multivariable Calculus for AI&CS
  • Object-Oriented Programming
  • Program Correctness

Year 2

  • Advanced OO Programming
  • Functional Programming
  • Introduction to Informationsystems
  • Signals and Systems
  • Software Analysis and Design
  • Statistics
  • Advanced Algorithms and Data Structures
  • Languages and Machines (optional)
  • Parallel Computing
  • Software Engineering 1
  • Software Engineering 2
For more info, please visit the programme website.

                                        English Language Requirements

                                        You only need to take one of these language tests:

                                        • Minimum required score:

                                          6.5

                                          The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

                                          Schedule IELTS
                                        • Minimum required score:

                                          580

                                          The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

                                        • Minimum required score:

                                          92

                                          The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

                                        Academic Requirements

                                        Additional subject

                                        Mathematics.

                                        • This is merely an indication of required background knowledge. The admissions board determines whether the specific contents of this/these course(s) meet the admission requirements of the bachelor programme for which you applied.
                                        Knowledge minimum

                                        What if you do not meet the admissions requirements?

                                        • We offer a foundation year for students who do not meet the admissions requirements, in association with the Holland International Study Centre. 
                                        Previous education
                                        • Secondary education equivalent to Dutch pre-university education is required.
                                        • This is merely an indication of the required general level of applicants' previous education.

                                        StudyPortals Tip: Students should consider taking one of the Pre-Bachelor's below. these courses will be necessary if:

                                        • You are considered ineligible for admission
                                        • You need to improve your academic, study, research or language skills
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                                        Tuition Fee

                                        • International Applies to you

                                          10800 EUR/year
                                          Tuition Fee
                                          Based on the original amount of 10800 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
                                        • EU/EEA Applies to you

                                          2060 EUR/year
                                          Tuition Fee
                                          Based on the original amount of 2060 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
                                        We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

                                        Living costs for Groningen

                                        • 750 - 1000 EUR/month
                                          Living Costs

                                        The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

                                        Funding


                                        StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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