Radboud University

Computing Science, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    10360
    Tuition (Year)
    2006
    Tuition (Year)
  • English
    Language
The rapidly growing power of ICT affects almost every aspect of our daily lives. This raises questions like how to manage and control the complexity of modern software, how to use the increasing amounts of data or how to provide security in the ICT infrastructure. These questions are some of the areas in which the Master’s programme in Computing Science operates. Furthermore, there are six specialisations to choose from: Cyber Security; Data Science; Software Science; Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science; Science, Management and Innovation; or Science in Society.
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  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding

About

Challenging and important research questions

The Computing Science Master's programme offers a solid, theoretical understanding of computer technology with plenty of attention for the wide range of ICT applications.

The enormous and rapidly growing power of ICT is the main driving force shaping our modern society. This goes beyond the technical and economical aspects. ICT is also essential in research as all sciences benefit from the raw power of software in processing huge quantities of data. But how do we manage and control the complexity of modern software? How can we make the most of the opportunities? And, not to be forgotten, how can we secure the ICT infrastructures we so heavily rely on? The Master's programme in Computing Science covers all these aspects.

Programme's specialisations

We offer specialisations in each terrain: security, software, data and the mathematics at the base of it all. These are not, however, isolated disciplines. We also look at the interesting interplay between them. For example, by taking privacy into account when dealing with big data. And by doing a thorough analysis of newly designed software to prevent security breaches later. Thanks to a large number of optional courses, you can decide where you want your focus to be.

Our approach is pragmatic as well as theoretical. As an academic, we don't just expect you to understand and make use of the appropriate tools, but also to program and develop your own.

  • All of our specialisations are closely related to the research carried out within the Institute for Computing and Information Science (iCIS).
  • There are plenty of high profile companies in the vicinity such as Philips and ASML, where you could do an internship or the research for your Master's project.
  • Exceptional students who choose the Data Science specialisation have the opportunity to do a double degree in Computing Science together with the specialisation in Web and Language Interaction (Artificial Intelligence). This will take three instead of two years.
For each specialisation a different programme is created that suits the particular angle of that Master's.

Programme Structure

We offer six tracks:

  • Cyberr Security

Cyber security is a topic of growing importance, as ICT affects ever more aspects of our daily lives Businesses and government rely on ICT to an ever larger degree. Both assessing the security of existing ICT solutions and developing more secure solutions for the future pose major scientific and societal challenges.
This Master track covers a broad range of topics that is important for computer security. This includes topics in computer science (software, computer networks, and hardware, esp. smart-cards and RFID), but also mathematical aspects (cryptography and security protocols), as well as organizational and management issues, legal aspects, and societal issues (in particular privacy).

  • Data Science

Data nowadays plays a role in almost every scientific discipline as well as industry and is rapidly becoming a key driver of scientific discoveries, business innovation, and solutions for societal challenges such as better healthcare. Medical scientists are sequencing and analyzing human genomes to uncover clues to infections, cancer, and other diseases. With huge telescopes, astronomers generate terabytes of data per hour to study the formation of galaxies and the evolution of quasars. Businesses like Google and Amazon are sifting social networking and user preference data to fulfill desires we don't even know we have. Police employing seismology-like data models can predict where crimes will occur and prevent them from happening.

  • Software Science

Software is everywhere. Our daily life is governed by software: it supports our medical devices, our social life, the financial markets, our food production, and our transportation. Software will continue to transform all aspects of our lives and culture in the decades ahead. Producing software is not merely a technological enterprise but a deeply scientific one as well. Modern cars drive on 20 million lines of code. How do we develop all this software and control its complexity? How do we ensure correctness of software on which our lives depends? Writing good software is a highly creative process, which requires the ability to approach problems in entirely novel ways through computational thinking. The Internet, UNIX, Google, Facebook, Twitter, Bluetooth, and TomTom are examples of computer programs, created initially by only a few people, which have transformed our world. Software science is an intellectually challenging subject that underpins the core technologies of the 21st century.

  • Mathematical Foundations of Computing Science

In this Master's programme, mathematicians working in areas pertinent to (theoretical) computer science, like algebra and logic, and theoretical computer scientists, working in areas as formal methods and theorem proving, have joined forces to establish a track in the Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science. The programme is unique in The Netherlands and will be built on the excellence of both research institutes and the successful collaborations therein.

The emphasis of the Master's is on a combination of a genuine theoretical and up-to-date foundation in the pertinent mathematical subjects combined with an equally genuine and up-to-date training in key aspects of theoretical computer science. For this reason, the mathematics courses in this curriculum concentrate on Algebra, General Topology, Logic, Number Theory, and Combinatorics. The computer science courses concentrate on Formal Methods, Type Theory, Category Theory, Coalgebra and Theorem Proving.

  • Science in Society
This specialisation will equip you with the tools and skills to become a professional intermediary between science and society. You’ll learn to analyse (governmental) science communication and connect scientific knowledge with divergent perspectives and interests of various stakeholders.
  • Science, Management and Innovation
This specialisation will teach you what is happening in the world of business and public administration, how innovation is managed in company strategies, how government designs policy and how that interacts with societal challenges.

Audience

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 government.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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Academic Requirements

1. A completed Bachelor's degree in Computing Science or related area
  • The equivalent of a Dutch Bachelor´s degree in Computing Science. If there are gaps in your knowledge, you will follow - under the guidance of your tutor - an individually tailored modular programme. This will contribute a maximum of 30 EC (as evaluated by the examinations commission)
2. A proficiency in English
  • Fluency in both written and spoken English. In order to meet these requirements international applicants should have:
    • TOEFL score of >213 (computer based)
    • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE), with a mark of C or higher

Please visit the programme's website for more detailed information on requirements!

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Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 10360 International
  • EUR 2006 EU/EEA

Funding

There are various scholarships available for studying at Radboud University. Please check which scholarship is applicable in your case.

Orange Tulip Scholarship

Open to students from Brazil, Mexico, Indonesia, South-Korea, Russia and China - offers a tuition fee waiver of 6,750 euros and exemption from visa and health insurance costs.

Orange Tulip Scholarship Indonesia: KOMINFO

Open to Indonesian students - the scholarship covers economy airline return ticket from Indonesia to the Netherlands, tuition fees, visa fees and insurance cost , one-time establishment cost , living allowance.

Fulbright-Radboud Scholarships

Open to excellent American students - the grant will be paid in 12 monthly instalments of 1,050 euros, international travel and the cost of the residence permit will be covered.

Sino-Dutch Bilateral Exchange Scholarship

Open to students from China - the Dutch contribution to the scholarship consist of monthly allowance 1,000 euros, international travel costs 1,400 euros, tuition/research fee 1,951 euros, it also covers the cost of visa, insurance and other.

DIKTI-Neso Scholarships

Aimed at lecturers at higher education instituations in Indonesia who wish to pursue a PhD or Master's at a university in the Netherlands. A DIKTI scholarship includes allowances for living expenses, insurance, travel costs, tuition fees and more.

Dutch Student Finance

EU/EEA students and Swiss students under 30 years of age are eligible if they are working at least 56 hours per month in the Netherlands, or have been living in the Netherlands for five years or more. Dutch student finance consists of four components: a basic grant, a supplementary grant (depending on the parental income), a student travel product, and a loan.

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