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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 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?
  • Assessed by students as the best Computing Science degree in the country
  • Projects and practicals you work on offer a lot of freedom to make it your own
  • Small-scale, you will get to know your fellow students and professors quickly
  • Excellent facilities: create 3D visualisations and get access to the megacomputer 'Stella'
Programme
Periods
CoursesCourse Catalog >12
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
Periods
CoursesCourse Catalog >12
Advanced Algorithms and Data Structures
Advanced OO Programming
Functional Programming
Signals and Systems
Software Analysis and Design
Statistics
Computing Science: Ethical and Professional Issues
Introduction to Scientific Computing
Languages and Machines
Parallel Computing
Software Engineering 1
Periods
CoursesCourse Catalog >12
Minor CS: Information Security (optional)
Minor CS: Introduction to Intelligent Systems (optional)
Minor CS: Requirements Engineering and Software Startups (optional)
Minor CS: Short Programming Project (optional)
Minor CS: Software Language Engineering (optional)
Minor CS: Software Quality Assurance and Testing (optional)
Bachelor's Project
Computer Graphics
Operating Systems
Web Engineering

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.

  • There is an online assessment.
  • The degree programme may invite the prospective student for an additional interview.

Explanatory notes

Meer informatie over matching: https://www.rug.nl/fse/education/matching

Registration procedure

The Admissions Board will decide whether you can be admitted to the Bachelor's degree programme. Applications are evaluated on a continuous basis. You do not have to wait until the application deadline to apply.

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

Proof of English proficiency is required: TOEFL IBT score of 92, a TOEFL CBT score of 237, a TOEFL PBT score of 580, an IELTS score of 6.5, a CAE or CPE certificate.

MAKE SURE TO VISIT http://www.rug.nl/fwn/fmns-programme/admissions/bsc/language for all the necessary information about required language tests.

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

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

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!

Job examples

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

    I think studying here is quite different from what I was used to in Romania. During high-school, we were always reminded of what we have to do, whereas here all the responsibility falls only on your own shoulders.

    I decided to stay in “The Student Hotel” for my first year. Living in a place full of students, all coming from different places, really offers you the opportunity to form new bonds and friendships!

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						Testimonial of José Antonio Jiménez Hernández

    Being around other students wherever you go makes it easier to feel at home, and to stay motivated to study hard

    – José Antonio Jiménez Hernández
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    “I studied Psychology in Spain, where I'm from, but it proved to be very difficult to find a job in this economic climate. I've always wanted to study abroad, and decided to take my chances. I chose Computing Science as it combines science and engineering, but also because there are a lot of great career opportunities in this field. I have to think about my future, you know.

    The University of Groningen is a top 100 university with a great employability rating , and all the information I found on the city and Dutch culture really appealed to me. In Spain, the university atmosphere is quite laid-back and I missed learning in a motivating environment. Back home, students don't take the first year particularly serious, but here people are really pushing for top marks. Groningen is a university city, and being around other students wherever you go makes it easier to feel at home, and to stay motivated to study hard.

    I had done some scientific research when I studied Psychology in Málaga and hoped to find a similar opportunity in Groningen. Computing Science makes you think in an analytical, logical way, and although it's tough, I really enjoy it. I have worked hard, and got into the Honours College, a group consisting of the top 10% of students. We are allowed to take extra classes, both in and outside of the faculty, and are invited to do research. I guess the Dutch mentality of trying to get the most out of your studies rubbed off on me.

    I really enjoy the student life here. Classes are focused on practice and examples rather than the dry theory, and the lecturers know how to share their knowledge in a concise, focused way. They all speak English well, which is great, but I would probably advise prospect students to learn a little bit of Dutch too. Although everyone speaks English in the Netherlands, it can be difficult to find a part-time job if you have no knowledge of Dutch.

    Fortunately, Dutch people are very direct, and it is easy to make friends. There is so much to do and see in Groningen: I spend my afternoons in the park, or go to one of the many activities hosted by the international students. You hear the most amazing stories: I have met more interesting people from all over the world in these six months than I have in my entire life.

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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.

    This helped me get a better grasp of the subject matter and gave me plenty of practical experience and self-assurance, resulting in a job as a project leader as soon as I completed my studies. The projects I work on involve new software systems. Some days I’ll be training end-users, others I’ll design new features, while other days will be all meetings or we’ll spend the whole day testing and fixing bugs.

    If I had to choose today, I would do Computing Science again. The demand for software developers continues to grow. I’d also choose to study in Groningen again. My friends studied in other cities, but we all agree: Groningen is the number 1 student city!’

    Avdo Hanjalic, software engineer/architect bij Manter B.V

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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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