Cyber, Education Market, ICT, Engineering
Edu type:
Formal education
Master (EQF 7)
Start date:
Study Load:
3360 hrs
2 years
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Software plays a role in almost every aspect of our daily lives and in every organisation anywhere in the world. It can often be a crucial key to their success. Therefore, producing software is not merely a technological enterprise but a deeply scientific and creative one as well. This specialisation goes far beyond basic code writing. It’s about analysing and testing code in order to improve it as well as simplify it.


Master's in Software Science: something for you?

  • Students can branch out to other Computing Science domains such as security, machine learning or more in-depth mathematical foundations of computer science.
  • The Institute for Computing and Information Sciences (iCIS) has a strong international reputation in areas such as model based and virtual product development and advanced programming.
  • We collaborate closely with leading Dutch high-tech companies like Océ Technologies, Philips Healthcare, ASML, and Thales.
  • Our students rate this Master’s programme 8,2 out of 10 according to the National Student Survey 2019.


Software Science is a specialisation of the Master’s programme in Computing Science. The other specialisations are:

  • Cyber Security
  • Data Science
  • Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science
  • Science in Society
  • Science, Management and Innovation

What will you learn?
Producing software is not merely a technological enterprise but a deeply scientific and creative one as well. In this specialisation, therefore, we don’t just expect you to understand and make use of the appropriate tools, but also to program and develop your own. Although this is not the only focus, our programme puts emphasis on embedded software and functional programming. Other topics that are covered are domain specific languages, model learning, model-based testing, task oriented and functional programming, model checking and cyber physical systems.


Where do our graduates now work?

  • The job perspective for our graduates is excellent: industry desperately needs software science specialists at an academic level.
  • Several of our graduates decide to go for a PhD and stay at a university, but most of our students go for a career in industry.
  • Examples of companies where our graduates end up include the big Dutch high-tech companies such as ASML, Vanderlande, Océ and Philips, ICT service providers such as Topicus and Info Support, and companies started by Radboud graduates, like GX Software.