Computer systems now penetrate virtually all facets of society and personal life in what is commonly referred to as ambient computing. But ensuring the safety, reliability and quality of these systems is a growing problem. This Master's Programme in Computing Science trains you to become a specialist who is able to find solutions to these problems. You will receive a thorough theoretical training and learn to think creatively. In this way, you will be able to contribute to developing future techniques.
Experts in Computing Science
This programme is closely related to the research carried out within the Institute for Computing and Information Science (ICIS). You will be trained by top researchers and ICT experts. Research at ICIS centres on three themes: Model-based System Development, Digital Security and Intelligent Systems. Our research in these areas is leading the field internationally. ICIS researchers recently broke the Mifare Classic RFID chip that is used by millions, for instance, in the London Oyster card and the Dutch OV chip card. You choose a research group that fits your own interests and then become involved in its ongoing research.
Many choices possible
Radboud’s information science specialists work closely with colleagues in other disciplines and at other universities. This means we are able to offer students a great deal of choice. Cooperation with the Donders Institute for Brain Cognition and Behaviour makes it possible, for example, for them to specialise in artificial intelligence and neural networks. The Master’s track Mathematical Foundations of Computing Science involves close cooperation with mathematicians. Within the Kerkhoffs Institute – a cooperative venture with information scientists from the Technical Universities of Eindhoven and Enschede – students can follow the Master’s track Computer Security.
The programme is structured as follows:
- Mandatory courses (23 EC)
- Specialisation courses (24 EC)
- Minor courses (25 EC)
- Elective courses (18 EC)
- Master’s project (30 EC)
If you wish, you can choose management courses instead of the minor courses and in this way prepare for a job in the business sector.
There is a serious shortage of well-trained information specialists. Often students are offered a job before they have actually finished their study. About 20% of our graduates choose to go on to do a PhD but most find jobs as systems builders, ICT specialists or ICT managers in the private sector or within the government.
As an international student, your prior education must meet certain requirements.
1. A completed Bachelor's degree in Computing Science or related area
In order to get admission to this Master’s, you'll need a completed Bachelor’s degree in Computing Sciences or a related discipline, such as Artificial Intelligence and Mathematics. We also encourage students in natural sciences, such as Chemistry, Biology, and Physics, with a keen interest in data analytics and proven mathematical and programming skills, to apply.
2. A proficiency in English
In order to take part in the programme, you need to have fluency in English, both written and spoken. Non-native speakers of English* without a Dutch Bachelor's degree or VWO diploma need one of the following:
- TOEFL score of ≥90
- 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
Programmes starting in September
- Non-EEA students: 1 April.
- EEA students: 1 May.
This programme was rated ‘Best Master's Programme’ by Elsevier magazine’s annual survey of the best degree programmes.
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Last updated October 19, 2018