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Information Science

How do you build an efficient search engine? How can you improve Google Translate? How can you use machine learning to make a chatbot? And how do people use emoticons and hashtags on social media?

Information Science: the automatic processing of information

Information is sometimes compared with oil: unprocessed oil is useless, as is unprocessed information. But once processed, oil becomes a valuable commodity, and so does information. This is why it’s important to develop good methods for processing information. The Bachelor’s programme in Information Science teaches you how to gather and analyse information, present knowledge and interpret texts. Not by hand obviously, but by using computers and smart software, which you will also learn to develop.

Information Science in Groningen: artificial intelligence with language

Much unprocessed information is presented in plain text. This includes blogs, tweets, digital fora and newspaper articles, for example. You can extract a lot of interesting information from these texts. And that’s what we do in Groningen: automatic analysis and verification, particularly of textual content. This is why the programme in Information Science at Groningen is taught at the Faculty of Arts. You will, however, be awarded a Bachelor of Science, because the nature of this three-year programme is essentially technical: it involves a lot of programming, optimizing information systems and applying machine learning (automatic predictions on the basis of patterns found in huge volumes of information).

N.B. The courses in this programme are mainly taught in Dutch, this is not an international BA-programme.

Facts & Figures
Degree
BSc in Information Science
Course type
Bachelor
Duration
36 months (180 ECTS)
Croho code
56842
Language of instruction
Dutch
Start
September
Faculty
Arts
Studie in Cijfers
Why study this programme in Groningen?

At the UG, Information Science revolves around two main themes: computer linguistics and applications for the web. In addition, the programme is taught at the Faculty of Arts and focuses on data relevant to that area, such as text, language and web technology. This is a practical programme, which achieves a good balance between theory and practice.

Programme

In the first year, you learn about the field and acquire basic skills such as programming in Python and working with the Linux operating system. You will also expand your knowledge of digital communication, linguistics and internet technology. Most of the course units have a theoretical (lectures) and a practical (seminars) component.

Periods
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Digital Communication (5 EC)
Introduction to Information Science (5 EC)
Introduction to Programming I (5 EC)
Introduction to Programming II (5 EC)
Language Optimization (5 EC)
Text Manipulation (5 EC)
Advanced Programming (5 EC)
Introduction to Research Methods (5 EC)
Web Technology (5 EC)
Annotation for Machine Learning (5 EC)
Project Text Analysis (5 EC)
Web Programming (5 EC)

As the programme progresses, you will be taught more specialist subjects, such as search engines, social media, databases and database-driven web technology. You also encounter different aspects of artificial intelligence in the course units on human computer interaction, computational grammar, logical programming and machine learning. Two statistics course units prepare you for making analyses from the perspective of information science.

Periods
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Databases (5 EC)
Introduction to Neural Networks (5 EC)
Search Engines (5 EC)
Conversational Interfaces (5 EC)
Database-driven Webtechnology (5 EC)
Logic Programming (5 EC)
Computational Grammar (5 EC)
Human Computer Interaction (5 EC)
Statistics I (5 EC)
Kaleidoscope (5 EC)
Social Media (5 EC)
Statistics II (5 EC)

In your final year, you are given one semester to personalize your programme by choosing a Minor. You can choose to go abroad for your Minor or to take a Faculty Minor, or you can follow a Minor at another university or faculty, or do a placement in the Career Minor. The second half of the third year is spent on in-depth course units (information retrieval and language technology), and the programme ends with a research project and a thesis.

Periods
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Minor (30 EC)
Machine Learning Project (5 EC)
Machine Translation (5 EC)
BA Thesis & Research Seminar (10 EC)
Ethical Aspects in Natural Language Processing (5 EC)
Language Technology (5 EC)

Curriculum

Disclaimer: The second and third-year course units shown in the table are subject to change in the event of alterations to the programme

Programme options
Vrije ruimte (major)

Tijdens de opleiding kom je in aanraking met meerdere disciplines. In het tweede en derde jaar heb je (naast je minor) de mogelijkheid om zelf vakken te kiezen in je vrije ruimte. Je kunt dit gebruiken om een specialisatie te kiezen die het beste bij je past. Je kan hierbij denken aan:

  • Recht en ICT
  • Bedrijfskunde
  • Kunstmatige intelligentie
  • Taalkunde
  • Communicatie
Minors (minor)

The fifth semester of your studies is dedicated to your Minor: a coherent set of future-oriented course units. It prepares you for a follow-on Master's degree program or for entering the labour market. You can opt for a Career Minor, a Minor abroad, a University Minor or a Faculty Minor.

More information about this option

University of Groningen Honours College (honours program)

The Honours College will give talented, motivated students the chance to be challenged even more by following Honours programmes and taking part in numerous other activities.

The Honours College comprises a broadening part and a deepening part and has a study load of 45 ECTS credit points besides the 180 ECTS credit points from your regular Bachelor programme.

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is recommended
  • For an average of 16 weeks
  • Maximum of 30 EC
Entry requirements

Admissible Dutch diploma profiles

  • VWO Natuur & Techniek

    Met het VWO examen Engels voldoe je aan de taaleis.

  • VWO Natuur & Gezondheid

    Met het VWO examen Engels voldoe je aan de taaleis.

  • VWO Economie & Maatschappij

    Met het VWO examen Engels voldoe je aan de taaleis.

  • VWO Cultuur & Maatschappij

    Met het VWO examen Engels voldoe je aan de taaleis. Aangevuld met Wiskunde A of Wiskunde B. Heb je Wiskunde C gedaan, dan moet dit aangevuld worden met een behaalde toets van de Centrale Commissie Voortentamen (http://www.ccvx.nl/) of het Bosswell Beta Instituut (http://www.boswell-beta.nl/).

  • HBO propedeuse

    Taaleis Engels: minimum TOEFL eis iBT 90 (met een minimum van 21 voor alle onderdelen), of IELTS 6.5 (met een minimum van 6 voor alle onderdelen). Cambridge C1 Advanced of C2 Proficiency met een minimum score van 180. Klik op de link voor meer informatie over de taaleis: https://www.rug.nl/let/studeren-bij-ons/bachelor/aanmelding-en-inschrijving/language-requirements-ba

    Aangevuld met een behaalde toets van de Centrale Commissie Voortentamen (http://www.ccvx.nl/) of het Bosswell Beta Instituut (http://www.boswell-beta.nl/).

Choice of degree programme check

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

Explanatory notes

The Faculty of Arts believes students can decide for themselves whether they match with their chosen programme based on the available bachelor programme information, by visiting the Open Days, and by participating in a Webclass and/ or Student for a Day. If you are unable to attend one of these activities, a final opportunity for matching is to contact one of the students of the programme in June.

If you have any further questions about matching, check out: www.rug.nl/matching

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 May 202301 September 2023
EU/EEA students01 May 202301 September 2023
non-EU/EEA students01 May 202301 September 2023

Choice of degree programme check

The Faculty of Arts believes students can decide for themselves whether they match with their chosen programme based on the available bachelor programme information, by visiting the Open Days, and by participating in a Webclass and/ or Student for a Day. If you are unable to attend one of these activities, a final opportunity for matching is to contact one of the students of the programme in June.

If you have any further questions about matching, check out: www.rug.nl/matching

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
additional subject

Mathematics for social sciences (graphs and statistics) or higher level: This is merely an indication of required background knowledge. Based on the specific contents of this/ these course(s), it will be determined whether you can be admitted directly to the bachelor programme or if you need to pass an entrance exam to meet the admission requirements.

previous education

Dutch VWO diploma, a German Abitur, an International Baccalaureate diploma, a European Baccalaureate or another diploma that is sufficient for acceptance to a Dutch university. Students with a Dutch 'hbo-propedeuse' diploma also need to meet the English language requirement mentioned below.

other admission requirements

Language requirement English: Minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 90 (with a minimum of 21 on all items), or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 on all items). Cambridge C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a minimum score of 180.

Language requirement Dutch: International students will have to satisfy an additional Dutch language requirement, which can be met by passing the State Examination in Dutch as a Second Language (NT2, programme II). This examination guarantees Dutch proficiency at CEFR level B

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 May 202301 September 2023
EU/EEA students01 May 202301 September 2023
non-EU/EEA students01 May 202301 September 2023
Tuition fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2022-2023€ 2209full-time
non-EU/EEA2022-2023€ 10189full-time

The Dutch government is halving tuition fees for first-year students in higher education.

Practical information for:

After your studies

If you want to continue with a Master's degree programme after your graduation, as most students do, you will have a wide range of programmes to choose from. With a Bachelor's degree in Information Science, you have access to the following Master's tracks at the University of Groningen:

When this BA programme is combined with certain faculty minors, you gain direct access to more Master’s tracks, such as Communication Studies, Dutch Studies (Dutch taught) and Journalism.

Job prospects

Information scientists currently have excellent job prospects. This is hardly surprising, considering how many companies (both large and small) are simply unable to cope with all the information that they have at their disposal. Information scientists can also help to improve the communication between companies and their clients (for example, through the use of chat bots for customer services, personalized advertisements and the automatic analysis of social media for product reviews).

After completing the Bsc Information Science, you will have acquired the following set of skills:

- To work with different computer programming languages and environments, and you will pick up new programming languages quite easily

- To develop, implement and evaluate complex data-processing systems

- To use statistics to accurately analyze different data-types

- To determine which techniques and methods from artificial intelligence and language technologies should be employed

Our graduates go on to work in a wide range of companies. Examples include Anchormen, Atos, Belsimpel, DUO, Fox IT, Goldman Sachs, IBM, Sogeti, and Wehkamp. Many of our students already receive job offers at IT companies before they graduate. But some of them are more entrepreneurial and find an untapped market in which to start up their own

companies. Alumni from Groningen have started up countless successful IT companies, many of them in collaboration with fellow students. Three success stories are: Crowdy News (social content curation), Flocker (online marketing), Klippa (digital invoicing).

Job examples

  • Information Specialist
  • Software Developer
  • Webdesigner
  • Data Analytics Consultant
  • Operational Risk Manager
  • Security Consultant
  • Fraud Analyst
  • Content Manager
  • Online Marketeer
  • Data Scientist
Research

As a student of Information Science you will develop a solid theoretical and practical foundation to do research that matches well with current job requirements or an academic career.

Research in Information Science concentrates in Groningen on developing, use and evaluation of language and web technology. Good examples are automated search and analysis of information in traditional and new media, dialectology, and syntactic and semantic analysis of text. This research is coordinated by the Computational Linguistics group of the Center for Language and Communication Groningen (CLCG).

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Waarom Informatiekunde?

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De bijzondere combinatie van programmeren en taalkunde sprak mij aan

Waarom Informatiekunde?

Voordat ik Informatiekunde ben gaan studeren in Groningen, heb ik eerst Kunstmatige Intelligentie gestudeerd aan de Universiteit Utrecht. Deze studie bleek na een half jaar toch niet helemaal iets voor mij te zijn. Toen ik op zoek ging naar andere ICT gerelateerde studies, kwam ik Informatiekunde tegen. Deze studie wist de onderwerpen die ik wél leuk vond bij Kunstmatige Intelligentie, zoals programmeren, te combineren met interessante taalkundige en communicatiewetenschappelijke onderwerpen.

Waarom Groningen?

Bij het maken van mijn studiekeuze, heb ik verschillende Informatiekunde open dagen in Nederland bezocht. De bijzondere combinatie van zowel programmeren als taalkunde in Groningen sprak mij van alle deze verschillende studies het meeste aan.

Tips

Aangezien een grote focus van deze studie ligt op het verwerken van taal met behulp van computers, is het wel belangrijk dat je (naast programmeren) enigszins geïnteresseerd bent in taalkunde. Hoewel deze combinatie mij goed is bevallen, kan het handig zijn om deze afweging te maken voordat je aan deze studie begint!

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De studie is kleinschalig, hierdoor leer je studiegenoten goed kennen en is communicatie met docenten laagdrempelig

Waarom Informatiekunde?

Ik vond het vak Informatica op de middelbare school erg leuk, maar ik wilde niet een studie die volledig gefocust was op programmeren. Hierdoor heeft de unieke combinatie van programmeren en taalkunde in Groningen mij persoonlijk aangetrokken tot Informatiekunde.

Waarom Groningen?

Toen ik de studie Informatiekunde gevonden had, ging ik mij oriënteren op de verschillende locaties waar deze studie wordt aangeboden. Groningen leek mij het leukst, omdat de studie kleinschalig wordt aangeboden, hierdoor ken je je studiegenoten goed, maar is ook de communicatie met de docenten laagdrempelig. Daarnaast vind ik de taalkundige aspecten van dataverwerking erg interessant.

Toekomst

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Tips

Raak niet ontmoedigd door het programeren! De programmeervakken starten allemaal op een beginnersniveau, zodat je dus ook zonder ervaring kan starten.

Verder ben ik tijdens mijn eerste jaar lid geworden van ASCI en hierdoor heb ik snel studiegenoten leren kennen, maar ben ik zo ook in contact gekomen met verschillende bedrijven. Ik raad het dus erg aan om lid te worden!


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Onderwerpen die ik altijd interessant heb gevonden

Informatiekunde in Groningen was de eerste studie van de eerste Open dag die ik bezocht. Omdat bij deze opleiding de nadruk sterk op taal en webtechnologie ligt, twee onderwerpen die ik altijd al interessant heb gevonden, is Informatiekunde in mijn gedachten blijven hangen. Een paar Open dagen later was mijn keuze gemaakt. Ik had geen ervaring met programmeren, dus het begin was een klein beetje onwennig. Na wat hulp en uitproberen krijg je het echter snel onder de knie.

Omdat Informatiekunde een kleinschalige studie is en ik lid ben geworden van ASCI, kon ik gemakkelijk contact leggen met veel studiegenoten, waaronder ook ouderejaars. Ik had niet verwacht dat ik zo snel zoveel leuke mensen zou leren kennen!

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Web Class

Are you at secondary school and want to know what studying at university is like? The Information Science programme is offering a web class! This online course from the University of Groningen is specially designed for secondary school students.

Are you interested? Please register here.

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Study associations

ASCI

ASCI is a study association for the students of Information Science at the University of Groningen.
ASCI's main aim is to represent the interests of its members and to stimulate contact between the students, companies and the faculty of Arts of the University of Groningen. In this way, ASCI organizes a vast array of activities such as socials and trips.
https://www.ascigroningen.nl
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Student profile

Information Science is the degree programme for you, if you are interested in the many possibilities in which information technologies in traditional and new media. You are creative and would like to learn programming skills. You would like to contribute to society in a practical sense, by developing smart software that improves or innovates the communication between people. You also enjoy learning about language use and solving complex problems.

(Binding) study advice
  • A minimum of 45 EC in the first 12 months (binding)

You will be offered study advice after the first year of study. You can expect a positive result if you have earned more than 45 ECTS credit points (out of a total of 60 ECTS). If you have earned fewer than 45 ECTS and are issued a negative result, you will not be allowed to continue with your degree programme.

You will receive preliminary study advice in December to make sure that you know where you stand. Please contact your study advisor as soon as possible if you have any questions about the BSA system. N.B. Some degree programmes use a tutoring system; please check with your study advisor.

Study support

If you have any questions or doubts about your studies, you can always contact the study advisor. He or she knows all the ins and outs of the program, Minors, study abroad and personal planning. Study advisors are impartial and everything that is discussed is treated confidentially. They can also help you find the right institutions and student desks for your problems.

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