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What will I learn?

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.

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.

Career prospects

Master’s specialisation in Software Science

Writing good software is a highly creative process, which requires the ability to approach problems in entirely novel ways through computational thinking. Besides creativity, a professional software scientist also has fine problem-solving, analytical, programming, and communication skills. By combining software programming, model-checking techniques and human intellect, software scientists can make a real difference to help and improve the devices that govern such a large part of our lives.

In fact, well-structured software that is attuned to an organisation’s needs and future plans can be cost effective, improve efficiency, offer better services and be innovative. Many companies, in every branch out there, are therefore looking for highly skilled software specialists, which means that the job perspective for our graduates is excellent.

Industry desperately needs software science specialists at an academic level, and thus our graduates have no difficulty in find an interesting and challenging job. 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. They then typically either find a job at a larger company as consultant or programmer, or they start up their own software company.

Examples of companies where our graduates end up include the big Dutch high-tech companies such as Océ, ASML, Vanderlande and Philips, ICT service providers such as Topicus and Info Support and companies started by Radboud graduates, like GX Software.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Science

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
€17,000.00 (13,88,889) per year
Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

Radboud University

Houtlaan 4,

NIJMEGEN,

Gelderland,

6525 XZ, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

A completed Bachelor's degree in related area, which is equivalent to a Dutch WO Bachelor. A 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 577 (paper based) or 90 (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.

For international students

A completed Bachelor's degree in Computing Science or related area.

In order to get admission to the Master’s in Computing Science, you'll need a completed Bachelor’s degree in Computing Sciences or a related discipline, such as Artificial Intelligence and Mathematics. An international degree has to be equivalent to a Dutch university diploma.

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 iBT: ≥ 90 + subscores ≥ 22;
IELTS Academic: ≥ 6,5 overall + subscores ≥ 6,0 + writing subscore ≥ 6,5;
Cambridge certificate C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency: C or higher.

Application Deadline: Non-EU/EEA students - 1 April; EU/EEA students - 1 May (recommended deadline for assistance with finding housing) and 1 July (final application deadline).

Students must have passed (preliminary) examinations containing the following subject matter:

Variety of these mathematical courses, at least 12 EC: Calculus, Linear algebra, Logic, Discrete mathematics, Combinatorics, Probability and Statistics, Information theory, Graph theory, Number theory;
Variety of programming courses, at least 12 EC or equivalent: Courses on programming paradigms and Algorithms and data structures;
Variety of other Computing science or computer engineering courses, at least 12 EC or equivalent: Courses in the domains of Security, Computer networks, Computer hardware and/or electronics, Data science, Theoretical computer science, or similar.

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