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  • Local: $ 1.95k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 10.4k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English

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    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 can't do 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 can't 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 program.

    More than just programming

    If you choose to study Computing Science at Groningen, you will learn high-end programming in more than one language. 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.

    Job perspectives

    Recession or not, many students 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 or outside the university at a hospital for example, or at an independent firm.

    Job examples

    • IT positions
    • Functions in the public sector
    • Management postions
    • Journalist
    • Teacher

    Detailed Course Facts

    Application deadline Dutch students - May 01, 2015; EU/EEA students - June 01, 2015; non-EU/EEA students - April 15, 2015 Tuition fee
    • EUR 1951 Year (EEA)
    • EUR 10400 Year (Non-EEA)
    Start date September 2015 Credits (ECTS) 180 ECTS
    Duration full-time 36 months Languages Take an IELTS test
    • English
    Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time Intensity Flexible More information Go To The Course Website

    Course Content

    Specialisations / Tracks

    • Business Computing (specialization)

      This specialisation focusses on the role of computer technology in business, commerce and the internet.

    Programme schedule

    Courses year 1
    • Program Correctness (5 EC)
    • Introduction to Biomedical Computing (5 EC)
    • Calculus (5 EC)
    • Imperative Programming (5 EC)
    Courses year 2
    • Advanced Algorithms and Data Structures (5 EC)
    • Software Engineering (5 EC)
    • Parallel Computing (5 EC)
    • Languages and Machines (5 EC)
    Courses year 3
    • Operating Systems (5 EC)
    • Compiler Construction (5 EC)
    • Computer Graphics (5 EC)
    • Final Bachelor Project (10 EC)

    The Groningen science and engineering programmes stand out for their academic excellence. The work pace in the first year is generally high and the courses contents demanding. The first year curriculum concentrates on laying a sound basis for our engineering and natural science disciplines. This allows our students to chooise their specialisation tracks already in their second Bachelor's year.

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

    Study abroad

    • Study abroad is optional
    • Maximum of 30 EC

    (Binding) study advice

    • A minimum of 45 EC in the first 12 months ( binding )
    • Get your propedeutic diploma in the first 24 months ( binding )


    English Language Requirements

    IELTS band : 6.5 TOEFL paper-based test score : 580 TOEFL iBT® test : 92

    To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you to

    take an IELTS test.


    Specific requirements / More information
    • additional subject


    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.

    • knowledge minimum

    What if you do not meet the admissions requirements?

    We offer a foundation year for students who do not meet the admissions requirements, in association with the Holland International Study Centre. The Foundation year will help you develop your academic skills and English language to the required standard, after which you can progress to the first year of your Bachelor's programme.

    More information can be found at:

    • 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 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:

    • other admission requirements


    Make sure to visit 'BSc Application Procedure' at: for all the necessary information about the procedure and admission requirements.

    Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

    Related Scholarships*

    • Academic Excellence Scholarship

      "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

    • Alumni Study Travel Fund

      Scholarships for students who are already attending the University of Reading.

    • Amsterdam Merit Scholarships

      The University of Amsterdam aims to attract the world’s brightest students to its international classrooms. Outstanding students from outside the European Economic Area can apply for an Amsterdam Merit Scholarship.

    * The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than University of Groningen.


    The university is committed to recognizing excellence in academic achievement through offering a number of scholarships for international students and researchers. Several scholarships are available for international students who are motivated to study Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD programmes, as well as for exchanges, short courses and research stays at our university.

    Besides scholarships awarded by the University of Groningen, a number of grants awarded by the Dutch government, the EU and (inter)national organizations, such as World Bank or the Ford Foundation, can be used for study or research at the University of Groningen as well.

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