How do the advanced methods for big data, such as pattern recognition, machine learning and visualization, work? How can data science be applied to practical problems of companies and governments?
How can we set up cloud computing, sensor networks, web-services and smart distributed systems for energy and health care? How can we develop secure and robust software for reliable, secure and intelligent computer systems?
If you find these questions interesting and important for your future, you should choose the Master's degree programme in Computing Science in Groningen. This programme deals with both the theoretical and the practical aspects of computing.
In today’s world, it is hard to find a sector in society or in other sciences in which computing science does not play a huge and innovative role. The rapid technological and societal developments, along with the continuous growth of the field of computing science itself means that the computing science professional will be involved in life-long learning, continually adapting to new challenges.
The aim of the Computing Science programme is to impart knowledge, skills, understanding and attitude by means of a broadly based curriculum such that you are able to be an independent professional in the computing science field. To that end, you will obtain an understanding of the fundamentals of computing science, and specialized knowledge in a subfield of computing science: Data Science & Systems Complexity, Intelligent Systems & Visual Computing, Software Engineering & Distributed Systems or Science, Business & Policy.
Most courses offer insightful lectures covering both theory and practice. Apart from acquiring core computing science skills, mathematics and research methodology are also important. In student colloquia, research and presentation skills are developed. For those aiming to go into business rather than academia, project management and related topics are also offered. All skills acquired are actively used 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.