BSC Computing Science

General

Program Description

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 cannot work 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 cannot do without.

Use your skills as you learn

Computing Science is a discipline that involves the study and development of computer systems. This can involve either new or existing systems. The stimulating aspect of this degree program is that you can put the knowledge and skills you acquire to practical use straight away, 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-level programming in several languages. But programming accounts for only a quarter of the degree. You will also be producing documentation, carrying out analyses, working on your math knowledge and skills, collaborating 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.

Why study this program in Groningen?

  • Projects and practicals you work on offer a lot of freedom to make it your own
  • Relatively small-scale, you will get to know your fellow students and professors quickly
  • World-class facilities for high-performance computing and visualization
  • Students can easily participate in one of many research collaborations with other fields, such as bioinformatics, medicine, and astronomy
  • Can be easily combined with another subject area, for example in the Minor
  • The program distinguishes itself (inter-) nationally because of its multidisciplinary character, the broadly-based curriculum, and its close interaction with the Bernoulli Institute

Program

Year 1

Courses

  • Linear Algebra
  • Calculus
  • Computer Architecture
  • Discrete Structures
  • Imperative Programming
  • Introduction to Computing Science
  • Introduction to Logic
  • Algorithms and Data Structure in C
  • Artificial Intelligence I
  • Introduction to Information systems
  • Linear Algebra & Multivariable Calculus for AI&CS
  • Object-Oriented Programming
  • Program Correctness

Curriculum

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

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is optional
  • Maximum of 30 EC

Exchange: All our science and engineering programs offer study abroad possibilities at a number of partner institutions. Our partners include top-100 universities in Europe (for example in Germany, the UK, and Sweden) and in the USA, China, South-East Asia, and South America. Our exchange programs have a typical duration of one semester and count toward your final degree.

Internship: This program offers you the opportunity to carry out a research project of a variable number of months at a company in the Netherlands or abroad, as part of your thesis. Our choice of industry partners ranges from large multinationals (such as Shell, Philips, Unilever) to dynamic small and medium enterprises in the Groningen area.

Entry requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirements More information
additional subject

Mathematics.

This is merely an indication of the required background knowledge. The admissions board determines whether the specific contents of this/these course(s) meet the admission requirements of the bachelor program for which you applied.

language test Proficiency in English is an admission requirement for all English-taught degree programs.
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.

Numerus Fixus

This programme has a numerus fixus with a maximum of 175 attendees a year.

For more information, please visit: https://www.rug.nl/(...)cience-numerus-fixus

Application deadlines

Type of student Deadline Start course
Dutch students 01 May 2021 01 September 2021
EU/EEA students 01 May 2021 01 September 2021
non-EU/EEA students 01 May 2021 01 September 2021

Tuition fees

Nationality Year Fee Program form
EU/EEA 2020-2021 € 2143 full-time
non-EU/EEA 2020-2021 € 14000 full-time

The Dutch government intends to halve the statutory tuition fees for specific groups of first-year bachelor's students starting from the 2018/19 academic year.

Job prospects

Many students in Computing Science 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 Ph.D.?

Some graduates choose a Ph.D. program 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 the university or outside, for example at a hospital or at an independent firm.

Job examples

  • Systems engineering
  • Robotics
  • Networking
  • Roles in:
  • Database management
  • Game development
  • Programming
  • Consultancy
  • Computer security

Research

Our Bachelor's degree program in computing science is connected to the Bernoulli Institute.

The mission of the Bernoulli Institute is to perform outstanding academic research and teaching in Mathematics, Computer Science, and Artificial Intelligence, and to maintain international leadership herein; to foster these disciplines as a living body of knowledge, and to make it relevant to society in its broadest sense. The symbiosis between pure and applied science, and between mono- and multidisciplinary research and teaching, is a distinguishing characteristic of our institute. As an important part of this mission, we aim to transfer our results to other areas of science and technology and initiate and expand inter- and multi-disciplinary research collaborations.

The following research groups within the institute focus on computing science:

  • Distributed Systems
  • Fundamental Computing
  • Information Systems
  • Intelligent Systems
  • Scientific Visualization and Computer Graphics
  • Software Engineering and Architecture
Last updated Jun 2020

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