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The award
MSc

How long you will study
24 months

Domestic course fees
EUR 2060

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
April, February, November, September

International course fees
EUR 14350

All study options

About Computing Science at University of Groningen

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 you find these questions fascinating, you should choosethe Master's degree programme in Computing Science in Groningen.This programme deals with both the theoretical and the practicalaspects of computing.
You will develop and increase your in-depth knowledge within the areas of Data Science & Systems Complexity, IntelligentSystems & Visual Computing or Software Engineering &Distributed Systems. Most courses offer insightful lecturescovering both theory and practice. Apart from acquiring corecomputing science skills, mathematics and research methodology arealso important. 
In student colloquia research and presentation skills aredeveloped. For those aiming to go into business rather thanacademia, project management and related topics are also offered.All skills acquired are actively used in research projects, eitherwithin the university or during business and industrialinternships. 
Because computing science is pivotal in many areas ofresearch, students can easily participate in one of many researchcollaborations with other fields, such as bioinformatics, medicineand astronomy. In addition, contacts with many businessesfacilitate internships in a variety of fields, matching theinterests of most students.

The University of Groningen is leading in analysis andvisualisation of medical data. For example, the development ofdata-driven network visualisations of high density EEG coherence,used for important research in the area of mental fatigue andageing.

Study guide

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 you find these questions fascinating, you should choose theMaster's degree programme in Computing Science in Groningen. Thisprogramme deals with both the theoretical and the practical aspectsof computing.
You will develop and increase your in-depth knowledge within the areas of Data Science & Systems Complexity, IntelligentSystems & Visual Computing or Software Engineering &Distributed Systems. Most courses offer insightful lecturescovering both theory and practice. Apart from acquiring corecomputing science skills, mathematics and research methodology arealso important. 
In student colloquia research and presentation skills aredeveloped. For those aiming to go into business rather thanacademia, project management and related topics are also offered.All skills acquired are actively used in research projects, eitherwithin the university or during business and industrialinternships. 
Because computing science is pivotal in many areas ofresearch, students can easily participate in one of many researchcollaborations with other fields, such as bioinformatics, medicineand astronomy. In addition, contacts with many businessesfacilitate internships in a variety of fields, matching theinterests of most students.

The University of Groningen is leading in analysis andvisualisation of medical data. For example, the development ofdata-driven network visualisations of high density EEG coherence,used for important research in the area of mental fatigue andageing. 

Study guide

After your studies

Job prospects

Having completed the Master's degree programme in ComputingScience, you will be spoilt for choice regarding future employment.There are hardly any areas of business or research which do notrequire computer scientists, either software engineers andarchitects, or researchers. Usually our students are offeredsuitable jobs within one month of graduating (or even beforegraduating).

After graduating, most of our alumni move on to softwarecompanies (or found their own) or to academia, usually by enteringinto PhD programmes.

Those in industry are generally promoted to managerial rolesafter a few years and, for example, become project managers. Inacademia the usual path is from PhD via post-doctoral researcher touniversity staff member, though quite a few of our successful PhDstudents have moved on to industry as well. Many MSc and PhDstudents have gone into the field of medical imaging, either atvarious universities or in the research labs of large companies.More and more are moving into bioinformatics.

Having completed the Master's degree programme in ComputingScience, you will be spoilt for choice regarding future employment.There are hardly any areas of business or research which do notrequire computer scientists, either software engineers andarchitects, or researchers. Usually our students are offeredsuitable jobs within one month of graduating (or even beforegraduating).

After graduating, most of our alumni move on to softwarecompanies (or found their own) or to academia, usually by enteringinto PhD programmes.

Those in industry are generally promoted to managerial rolesafter a few years and, for example, become project managers. Inacademia the usual path is from PhD via post-doctoral researcher touniversity staff member, though quite a few of our successful PhDstudents have moved on to industry as well. Many MSc and PhDstudents have gone into the field of medical imaging, either atvarious universities or in the research labs of large companies.More and more are moving into bioinformatics.

Job examples

  • PhD research position
  • Work for a software company
  • Medical imaging
  • Bioinformatics
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Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study24 months
    Course startsApril, February, November, SeptemberDomestic course feesEUR 2060International course feesEUR 14350

Notes about fees for this course

EU/EEA

€ 2060 per year

non-EU/EEA

€ 14350 per year

Entry requirements

Bachelor-Master connections

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
Computing ScienceUniversity of GroningenNo additional requirements
InformaticaAll Research universities

Deficiency program with a maximum of 30 EC

Additional requirements:
  • assessment interview
  • additional subject
More information:

You might have to follow additional courses if you have aBachelor degree in computing science from a different university.Which modules depends on the courses you already completed in your bachelor.

Access to be decided by admissions board.

Information TechnologyHanze University Groningen, University ofApplied Sciences

Deficiency program at previous program with a maximum of 30 EC

Additional requirements:
  • additional subject
More information:

Access to be decided by admissions board

Computer ScienceHanze University Groningen, University ofApplied Sciences

Deficiency program at previous program with a maximum of 30 EC

Additional requirements:
  • additional subject
More information:

Access to be decided by admissions board

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
additional subject

The Admissions Office will advise the Admissions Board on yourapplication, after which the board will decide if you meet theadmission requirements in terms of general level of previouseducation and specific background knowledge.

knowledge minimum

BEFORE YOU APPLY

Make sure to visit 'MSc Application Procedure' at: http://www.rug.nl/(...)amme/admissions/msc/for all the necessary information about the procedure and admission requirements.

language test

MAKE SURE TO VISIT http://www.rug.nl/(...)anguage-requirementsfor all the necessary information about required language tests.

previous education

A Bachelor's degree in Computing Science. This is merely anindication of required background knowledge. The admissions boarddetermines whether the specific contents of this/these course(s)meet the admission requirements of the master programme for whichyou applied.

other admission requirements

SCHOLARSHIPS

In cooperation with major Dutch companies we welcome studentswith several scholarships

ASML Scholarship: ASML is one of the world's leadingmanufacturers of chip-making equipment. The €5000 p/yscholarship is awarded every year to 25 exceptional students, whoadditionally will get the chance to become a Technology Ambassadorwithin their scholarship period. More information can be foundhere: https://www.asml.com/(...)/en/s32512?rid=30027

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
knowledge minimum

Sufficient English proficiency on VWO level is required.

previous education

A universitary Bachelor's degree in Computing Science.Applicants with a relevant HBO Bachelor's degree will be admittedto this Master's programme after having passed a pre-master'sprogramme of 30 ECTS.

Registration procedure

The Admissions Board will decide whether you can be admitted to the Master's degree programme. The Board may decide that you haveto take supplementary courses or follow a bridging programme beforebeing admitted. Applications are evaluated on a continuous basis.You do not have to wait until the application deadline toapply.

The Admissions Board will decide whether you can be admitted to the Master's degree programme. The Board may decide that you haveto take supplementary courses or follow a bridging programme beforebeing admitted.

Language requirements

ExamMinimum score
IELTS overall band6.5
TOEFL paper based580
TOEFL computer based237
TOEFL internet based92

What students think about University of Groningen

    If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    Ana Quintana, Mexico, Strategic Innovation Management

    I gained a Bachelor's degree in Management & Marketing in Mexico City before I came to the Netherlands to undertake my Master's programme. During my Bachelor's studies, I spent a semester in Canada and I wanted to expand my international (study) experiences before starting work. I was keen to focus on innovation which is not usually offered in Mexico hence the combination of Innovation and Strategy in one programme directed me to Groningen.

    My Master's thesis dealt with Innovation in family businesses and I now benefit from the intense research modules offered during the programme. Now I am working as a Promotion Manager in charge of the several customer loyalty programs offered by one of Mexico's biggest hotel chains. Although the Master's program was rather theoretical, I feel that it prepared me very well for my current job. 

    There was nothing about Groningen that I did not like: the city is just beautiful. I especially enjoyed going everywhere by bike, the variety of offers for students and, of course, the Queensday (now Kings Day) celebrations. Groningen has everything to make (foreign) students feel at home.

    Looking back a year after my return to Mexico, I feel that I especially enjoyed getting to know Dutch culture. In addition, the courses offered and the beauty of the city made my stay in Groningen an unforgettable experience. If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law

    Lejla Terzimehic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Global Criminal Law

    Thanks to the European Commission Scholarship and the Talent Grant from the University of Groningen, I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law that I am most passionate about, at one of the oldest and most prestigious European universities.

    Being very intellectually challenging, the master programme truly met my expectations. Sharing knowledge with my colleagues, all coming from different legal traditions, and learning from inspiring professors enriched me with the skills I hadn't attained during my previous education.

    What I found to be the most beneficial is that the Dutch education system which, taught us to develop a critical opinion on law-related issues. Moreover, this master programme had a unique approach in tackling controversial contemporary legal issues. Due to its strong comparative emphasis, it encouraged us to keep at constant track with our national law, which is of a huge significance.

    Both the master and a 6-month long internship at the International Criminal Tribunal for The Former Yugoslavia strengthened my belief in Justice. Furthermore, besides this academic benefit, I believe that studying abroad unequivocally broadens our horizons and tests prejudices we even are not aware of.

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