Introduction A good computer system is one thing, but a system that meets its users’ needs is another. This Master’s programme will give you everything you need to become an expert coordinator of ICT, people and organisations. The Netherlands is the European leader in information science. By providing excellent training in a stimulating research environment, Radboud University is thus a leader among leaders, producing graduates who ensure that good software is also useable software.
This programme is structured as follows:
- Mandatory courses, including information science, business rules, security in organisations, research methods, information and science, philosophy (30 EC)
- Specialisation courses (6 EC)
- Elective courses (6 EC)
- Master’s thesis (18 EC)
Broad applications Our close links with research at the Institute for Computing and Information Sciences (ICIS) mean that you will be taught by top researchers and ICT experts. Radboud University is best known for its specialisations in information architecture, systems theory, and the quality and safety of information systems. But we are also known for our breadth. You might thus find us working on better diagnostic techniques in hospitals, or improving banks’ capacity to move money safely. Thanks to our close contacts with the private sector, we guarantee interesting speakers and a wide choice of internship places.
Really challenging training Our programme has been praised by external experts, who have declared it to be both varied and challenging. For example, students run their own software company, GIPHouse, where they practice for careers as managers and ICT specialists. For those who prefer to develop a proficiency in research, there’s the research lab. The overall programme takes a personal approach with individual supervision.
Extending the boundaries Radboud’s information specialists work closely with colleagues from other disciplines, such as law, medicine, brain research, and artificial intelligence. Because information systems have a wide application, this programme shows you how to look beyond the borders of your own discipline. The annual study trips – to countries such as India, Uganda and South Africa – will enable you to extend your own boundaries.
Career prospects There is a big demand for highly trained information experts who can apply good, user-friendly technology. Many of our students are offered jobs even before they have graduated. Most graduates go into industry, banking and insurance, or to public-sector organisations such as schools and hospitals.
1.A completed Bachelor's degree in Computing Science, Information Sciences, Artificial Intelligence or related area
In order to get admission to this Master's you will need a completed Bachelor’s degree in Computing Science, Information Sciences or Artificial Intelligence. In some instances we also give admittance to students with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology, Cultural Anthropology, Development Studies, Communication Science, Political Science, Human Geography, Spatial Planning or another social / management studies. We do advise these students to take a minor during their Bachelor’s programme that includes training in mathematics, statistics or regression analysis and methods.
2.Proficiency in English
In order to take part in this programme, you need to have fluency in both written and spoken English. Non-native speakers of English* without a Dutch Bachelor's degree or VWO diploma need one of the following:
- A TOEFL score of ≥600 (paper based) or ≥250 (computer based) or ≥100(internet based)
- An IELTS score of ≥6.5
- Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with a mark of C or higher
In this letter of motivation you should explain why you want to attend this programme and why you think you are suited for this programme. Also enclose a resume with photo, list of grades. An interview (face-to-face or via Skype) will follow before you are admitted to the programme.
4.Letters of recommendation
Applicants will need to send in two letters of recommendation by lectures or supervisors (including contact details).
Deadlines Programmes starting in September
- Non-EEA students: 1 April.
- EEA students: 1 May.
Deadlines Programmes starting in February
- Non-EEA students: 1 November.
- EEA students: 1 December.
This programme was rated ‘Best Master's Programme’ by Elsevier magazine’s annual survey of the best degree programmes.
Last updated March 24, 2016