Cyber, ICT, Software Developer, Engineering, Innovation
Edu type:
Formal education
Master (EQF 7)
Start date:
Study Load:
3360 hrs
2 years
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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 the Master's degree programme in Computing Science in Groningen. This programme deals with both the theoretical and the practical aspects of computing. 

You will develop and increase your in-depth knowledge within the areas of Data Science & Systems Complexity, Intelligent Systems & Visual Computing or Software Engineering & Distributed Systems. 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. The University of Groningen is leading in analysis and visualisation of medical data. For example, the development of data-driven network visualisations of high density EEG coherence, used for important research in the area of mental fatigue and ageing. 



  • Intelligent Systems and Visual Computing (specialisatie)
  • Data Science and Systems Complexity (starting in the year 2016–2017)(specialisatie)
  • HTSM Honours Master (honoursprogramma)

    This Master's degree programme gives access to the additional, highly selective, High Tech Systems and Materials (HTSM) Honours Master.

    The HTSM Honours Master is organized in cooperation with Philips and other major industry partners.

  • Software Engineering and Distributed Systems (specialisatie)


NVAO accreditation

This program is legally recognized and accredited by the Accreditation Organization of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO).


Opbouw programma

2-year programme; credits per year: 60 ECTS; most courses are 5 ECTS.

For the complete curriculum, please see:


Studeren in het buitenland

  • Studeren in het buitenland is aanbevolen
  • Voor gemiddeld 20 weken
  • Maximaal 60 EC
 Exchange: All our science and engineering programmes offer study abroad possibilities at a number of partner institutions. Our partners include top-100 universities in Europe (for example in Germany, UK, and Sweden) and in the USA, China, South-East Asia, and South America. Our exchange programmes have a typical duration of one semester and count toward your final degree.

Internship: This programme 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.

Double degree: We offer a double degree in Computing Science, with a specialisation in Software Engineering. The University of Groningen and the University Politehnica of Bucharest (UPB) jointly offer this programme. Please note that this programme is only available to students who are enrolled at the UPB in the Master's programme in Software Engineering. Interested students should contact Prof. Goga ( before February, 1.