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.
Please note: CS has a numerus fixus (fixed quota), for which a selection procedure takes place. You can find more information on the numerus fixus programmes, the admission procedure and the selection procedure on the numerus fixus page .
Into mathematics and logical reasoning
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.
At first I was surprised about the work load required, but you get used to it and you soon find a balance between study and other activities, like sport and friends.
In the first months, I lived in a village outside Groningen, but now I have found a place near the campus. I have great friends and I like the freedom you experience here. You can cycle around and go wherever you want whenever you want!
I started as a student, now I'm a project leader
'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
The satisfaction you get after creating a working program is the best part of this degree programme
When I was in secondary school, I struggled with choosing the right degree programme. I liked solving problems, but I did not know which degree programme would be the right fit for this interest of mine. Mathematics was my initial choice, since it was also a subject I had followed at school, but it seemed a little too abstract. After visiting multiple open days and 'Student for a Day' events, I decided to choose the Computing Science degree programme.
A great thing about Computing Science is the fact that you can solve problems and, through programming, immediately see whether the solution works. It is a very practical way of solving problems while still thinking at an academic level. Furthermore, you can start the degree programme without any programming experience, and that was perfect for me.
The satisfaction you get after creating a working program is the best part of this degree programme. Programming can be very frustrating sometimes, especially if you get stuck on something. Yet, you understand that it is all worth it when everything finally works. Your hard work gets rewarded. You understand that the more time and effort you invest, the easier it becomes. This motivation helps me to make progress in the degree programme.
On top of my studies, I also have multiple part-time jobs. I am a member of my degree programme's information team, and I have mentored first-year Computing Science students a couple of times. I would like to do sports at the ACLO more often, but there is usually not enough time for that. I try to frequently see my friends or meet up with them at our study association's office in Bernoulliborg. Going out to eat together is also always nice!
A new perspective on the programme
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
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!