How can we develop secure and robust software? How can we teach computers to see? How can we make our software easily adaptable to new tasks? How do we improve learning by computers? If these questions fascinate you, you should choose the Master's degree programme in Computing Science at Groningen, which deals with both the theoretical and practical aspects of computing.
If these questions fascinate you, you should choose the Master’s degree programme in Computing Science at Groningen, which deals with both the theoretical and practical aspects of computing.
You will develop and expand your in-depth knowledge within the areas of Data Science and Systems Complexity, Intelligent Systems and Visual Computing, or Software Engineering and Distributed Systems. All our courses offer insightful lectures covering both theory and practice. As well as the acquisition of core computing science skills, the programme also focuses on mathematics and research methodology, while research and presentation skills are developed in student colloquia. Project management and related topics are offered for those aiming to go into business rather than academia. You will make active use of all the skills you acquire in research projects, either within the university or during business and industrial internships.
Because computing science is pivotal in many areas of research, students can easily participate in one of many research collaborations with other fields, such as bioinformatics, medicine and astronomy. In addition, contacts with many businesses facilitate internships in a variety of fields, matching the interests of most students.
There are various opportunities to work on larger projects during the programme, allowing you to work with cutting-edge technologies.
Niels Bügel - Student of the MSc Computing Science
One of the main reasons I chose this programme was the range of interesting courses that were offered in the field of visual computing. The atmosphere, teachers, teaching assistant jobs, and opportunities for extracurricular activities at this university are also absolutely amazing. So after doing my Bachelor’s in CS here at Groningen, it was the logical choice to do the CS Master’s here as well.
There are various opportunities to work on larger projects during the programme, allowing you to work with cutting-edge technologies. In my research internship, I worked on a novel method for subdividing 3D meshes. Developing this method, making improvements to it and, finally, getting promising results was highly rewarding. Another project allowed us to work on high-performance image processing techniques using multiple GPUs on the university's supercomputer, which is not something you get to do every day.
At present I am doing my thesis on the topic of image processing and computer graphics, and I am also doing a bunch of teaching assistant jobs on the side. My next step would be to get some industry experience. You learn a lot and obtain a bunch of skills in this programme, but now I am also eager to see, experience, and learn how this is applied within the industry.
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!’