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Computing Science

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?

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.

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 on your math knowledge and skills, collaborating 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.

Facts & Figures
Degree
BSc in Computing Science
Course type
Bachelor
Duration
36 months (180 ECTS)
Croho code
56978
Language of instruction
English
Start
September
Faculty
Science and Engineering
Studie in Cijfers
Why study this programme in Groningen?
  • Projects and practicals you work on offer a lot of freedom to make it your own
  • Relatively small-scale, you will get to know your fellow students and professors quickly
  • World-class facilities for high-performance computing and visualization
  • Students can easily participate in one of many research collaborations with other fields, such as bioinformatics, medicine and astronomy
  • Can be easily combined with another subject area, for example in the Minor
  • The programme distinguishes itself (inter-) nationally because of its multidisciplinary character, the broadly-based curriculum, and its close interaction with the Bernoulli Institute
Programme
Periods
CoursesCourse Catalog >12
Linear Algebra
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 Information systems
Linear Algebra & Multivariable Calculus for AI&CS
Object-Oriented Programming
Program Correctness

Curriculum

Credits per year: 60 ECTS; most courses are 5 ECTS.

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is optional
  • Maximum of 30 EC

Exchange: All our science and engineering programmes offer study abroad possibilities at a number of partner institutions. Our partners include top-100 universities in Europe (for example in Germany, UK, and Sweden) and in the USA, China, South-East Asia, and South America. Our exchange programmes have a typical duration of one semester and count toward your final degree.

Internship: This programme offers you the opportunity to carry out a research project of a variable number of months at a company in the Netherlands or abroad, as part of your thesis. Our choice of industry partners ranges from large multinationals (such as Shell, Philips, Unilever) to dynamic small and medium enterprises in the Groningen area.

Entry requirements

Admissible Dutch diploma profiles

  • Cultuur & Maatschappij

    wiskunde B

  • Economie & Maatschappij

    wiskunde B

  • Natuur & Gezondheid

    wiskunde B

  • Natuur & Techniek

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test

Een voldoende voor je vwo-Engels is aan te bevelen omdat de opleiding Engelstalig is.

other admission requirements

BEFORE YOU APPLY!

Make sure to visit 'BSc Application Procedure' at: http://www.rug.nl/fwn/fmns-programme/admissions/bsc for all the necessary information about the procedure and admission requirements.

If you apply, you participate in the mandatory matching process of the Faculty of Science and Engineering. More information: https://www.rug.nl/fse/education/matching

Choice of degree programme check

The degree programme will organize a matching procedure. Attendance is compulsory. The advice is not binding.

Explanatory notes

More information matching: https://www.rug.nl/fse/education/matching

Choice of degree programme check

More information about matching: https://www.rug.nl/fse/education/matching

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
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.

language test

Proficiency in English is an admission requirement for all English-taught degree programmes. Please find our English language requirements (IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge and more) on this page: https://www.rug.nl/fse/programme/admissions/bsc/language

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.

FOR MORE INFORMATION please visit the 'BSc Application Procedure' pages at: http://www.rug.nl/education/international-students/application-procedure/entry-requirements/bachelor-degree-programme

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 May 202001 September 2020
EU/EEA students01 May 202001 September 2020
non-EU/EEA students01 May 202001 September 2020
Tuition fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2019-2020€ 2083full-time
non-EU/EEA2019-2020€ 12500full-time
EU/EEA2020-2021€ 2143full-time
non-EU/EEA2020-2021€ 14000full-time

The Dutch government intends to halve the statutory tuition fees for specific groups of first year bachelor's students starting from the 2018/19 academic year.

https://www.rug.nl/education/tuition-fees-halved

Practical information for:

After your studies

Job prospects

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

  • Systems engineering
  • Robotics
  • Networking
  • Roles in:
  • Database management
  • Game development
  • Programming
  • Consultancy
  • Computer security
Research

Our Bachelor's degree programme in computing science is connected to the Bernoulli Institute.

The mission of the Bernoulli Institute is to perform outstanding academic research and teaching in Mathematics, Computer Science, and Artificial Intelligence, and to maintain international leadership herein; to foster these disciplines as a living body of knowledge, and to make it relevant to society in its broadest sense. The symbiosis between pure and applied science, and between mono- and multidisciplinary research and teaching, is a distinguishing characteristic of our institute. As an important part of this mission we aim to transfer our results to other areas of science and technology, and initiate and expand inter- and multi-disciplinary research collaborations.

The following research groups within the institute focus on computing science:



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Contact

If you want to know more about the programme Computing Science, please contact:

  • Academic Advisor (For questions regarding the programme)
  • sciencebachelors@rug.nl (For international students who are interested in a Campus Tour or have other practical questions)
    Email: sciencebachelors rug.nl
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						Testimonial of Anda-Amelia Palamariuc

    A new perspective on the programme

    – Anda-Amelia Palamariuc
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    What I like most about Computing Science is its versatility. I find it very interesting that it's able to associate itself with other fields, like Mathematics and Physics. I enjoyed all the courses I have had so far, but I particularly liked “Program Correctness”. This course really gave me a new perspective on the programme.

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						Testimonial of Sneha Lodha

    Into mathematics and logical reasoning

    – Sneha Lodha
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    My name is Sneha Lodha and I'm from Madagascar. I decided to study Computing Science because I was always into mathematics and logical reasoning. But I didn't want to study something pure like Mathematics. I wanted to apply my skills, and that's what I'm doing now using mathematical principles.

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						Testimonial of Avdo Hanjalic

    I started as a student, now I'm a project leader

    – Avdo Hanjalic
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    'During my first year I got a job with Manter, a machinery automation company. I was involved in testing new applications.

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Study associations

Cover

Cover is the study association for students of Artificial Intelligence and Computing Science at the University of Groningen.
The association has approximately 360 members. Due to the high percentage of gamers among its members, the association organizes regular gaming evenings. There is also a monthly drinks evening in a local bar in town and a regular selection of more active events, such as volleyball tournaments and sailing excursions.
https://www.svcover.nl/
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(Binding) study advice
  • A minimum of 45 EC in the first 12 months (binding)

You will be issued a study advice at the end of the first year of study. You can expect a positive study advice if you have earned at least 45 ECTS credit points (out of a total of 60 ECTS; most course units are 5 ECTS). If you have earned fewer than 45 ECTS and are issued a negative study advice, you will not be allowed to continue your degree programme.

You will receive a preliminary study advice in December to make sure that you know where you are. Please contact your study advisor as soon as possible if you have any questions about the BSA system.

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