Everywhere you look you see applications of computing science. They have a significant societal impact. Smart software is improving the accuracy of a breast cancer diagnosis and systems can allocate refugees evenly amongst counties. Do you think computer scientists spend their entire day by themselves behind a computer? Think again! In this field, you will work together with mathematicians, physicians, and artificial intelligence experts. Together you will strive for a solution which serves its users optimally. Do you want to know what computing science is exactly and whether it is the programme for you? Read more about computing science here!

What is this programme about?

During the programme, you will study the principles of computers, programming, and solution methods (algorithms). You will become acquainted with theories, methods, and tools which enable IT, specialists, to create reliable and usable software and analyze how people interact with computers and software. You will learn to use different perspectives and to work together with different disciplines, which you will need later when working. You can choose to extend and broaden your knowledge by specializing in Cyber Security or Software and Data Science.

What is Computing Science?

What is Computing Science? Computers? Software? Yes, definitely, but it is much more. Computing Science encompasses more than you might think.

Computing Science

Computing Science deals with the storage, processing, and web distribution of information. Computing scientists come up with solutions in the most efficient way while creating the smartest and safest software. The software that they develop needs to be safe, reliable, and easy to use. To meet that last requirement, computing scientists collaborate people from many different disciplines, such as legal experts, managers, and employees who will use the software.

Our society is increasingly dependent on computing science. Many of our dairy products are a result of computing science, but organizations and government institutions also increasingly work with automated computer systems. Corporations are, for example, completely dependent on computing science for the support of all their logistic, financial, and production processes. Within health care, we are experiencing a rapid expansion of computing science applications in MRI scanners, DNA-sequencing, operating robots, and Intensive Care equipment. Information is increasingly stored digitally, and in this age of social media, in unprecedented quantities.

Women in IT

An increasing number of women in the Netherlands opt for an education in Computing Science. This trend is reflective of women in IT worldwide. Organisations such as Dotdiva and She++ work to empower minorities in technology by dismantling negative stereotypes around technical careers through, for example, their documentary and internships.

Computing Science at Radboud University

Computing Science is a broad programme with many options. Building smart and safe software is a central theme. This seems one-sided, but it certainly is not. During the programme, you will learn about the broad spectrum of computing science. How can you make computers learn so they automatically become smarter? How do you build software that cannot be hacked? Also: which problems do we want to solve with IT? How do people use computers and software? What is the effect of automation and IT on the way people work together in organizations and society?

The Computing Science programme teaches you more than just building smart and safe software. Disciplines such as mathematics, psychology, law, medicine, and management are also dealt with. You will also learn to collaborate with others to find the best innovations and solutions.

Field of application

The knowledge you acquire with Computing Science at Radboud University is applicable in many areas. Examples are health care, technical fields, government, education, communication, art, and culture. Your specialization is up to you. Do you want to add to a safe digital environment or do you want to develop software to make life more enjoyable for people?

Computing Science at Radboud University trains you to be a well-rounded computing scientist who can work in multiple fields.

Martijn Sprengers and Pieter Rogaar graduated from the Radboud University Cyber Security (previously Computer Security) specialization. See what their work entails in the video below:

Why study Computing Science?

  • Students rated our Computing Science Bachelor’s programme as the best in the country, according to Elsevier Best Programmes 2016. The programme scores exceptionally high on the quality of lecturers and the content of the programme.
  • In independent research assessments over the past 10 years, our institute has consistently been ranked as the top computing science institute in the Netherlands. Especially in Cyber Security research, the Radboud University is leading.
  • Unique aspects of the programme are the student software company GiPHouse and the New Devices Lab. Both involve close collaboration with fellow students in team projects: in GiPHouse to develop projects for real clients, in the New Devices lab to experiment with the latest IT gadgets.
  • The Community Outreach Project gives you the opportunity of going abroad to do a group project. You’ll learn all about how to start a successful IT-related project abroad.
  • Student advisors keep close contact to guide you through the programme and are easy to contact for any type of question.
  • The study association Thalia is very active. They organize all sorts of activities – some more serious, some more fun – to get to know your fellow students, alumni, and teachers. Thalia also organizes events in collaboration with companies to help in your career orientation.

Admission requirements Computing Science

Before you can enroll in Computing Science, you must meet the admission requirements. You need to have received sufficient previous education in the Netherlands or abroad, proven by a diploma, and you need to be proficient in English, in some cases proven by a certificate.

Dutch educational qualifications

If you have obtained, or will obtain, a VWO diploma, then you can be admitted if you meet the following requirements:

A VWO diploma of the profiles Nature & Technology, Nature & Health, Economy & Society and Culture & Society is accepted for direct admission if they include at least Mathematics B. Should you not have taken Mathematics B, then you are conditionally admissible and need to pass a CCVX or Boswell-Bèta test in the deficient subject

you do not have to obtain an English language certificate if you obtain (or will obtain) a VWO diploma(but should you have one, you could include it when applying)

If you do not meet the requirements above and are at least 21 years of age, then you could take part in a colloquium doctum, an entrance examination

The Central Student Administration will handle applications of students who obtained one of the diplomas described above. The Central Student Administration can be contacted via (+31) (0)24 361 23 45 or studievoorlichting@ru.nl.

International educational qualifications

If you have completed or will complete a study programme abroad, your previous education will be assessed by the Admissions Officer of the Faculty of Science to determine whether it is of sufficient level. If the level is sufficient, then you could be directly admissible or additional conditions may apply (such as taking an English or Mathematics test). For accepted English tests, please see below. For Mathematics tests: we accept the Mathematics B tests from the CCVX and Boswell-Bèta. If you have any questions about whether you qualify for admission, please send an email to admissions@science.ru.nl.

Should you obtain a German diploma, one from the UK or USA, an International Baccalaureate or European Baccalaureate, please download the diploma-specific admission requirements (pdf, 120 kB) to check whether you can be admitted directly or have to take an additional test.

Language requirements

You should have sufficient proficiency in English. This requirement is fulfilled when you meet one of the following conditions:

  • obtained a Dutch VWO diploma
  • obtained a German Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife, and English has a minimum grade 08 as final year subject (either “geprüft” or “ungeprüft”)
  • obtained an International Baccalaureate diploma
  • obtained a European Baccalaureate diploma, in which the course English Language 2 or 1 has been taken
  • obtained GCE A-levels from AQA, Edexcel, OCR, WJEC or CCEA in the UK or outside the UK
  • obtained an American High School Diploma in the US or outside the US
  • obtained a diploma in which English has been part of the final examinations from European countries
  • obtained a diploma equivalent to or higher than the DutchVWO level by completing education at an institution in one of the member states of the EU/EEA, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, or the United States of America, where the language of instruction is English
  • you are a citizen of Australia, Canada (with exception of Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, the UK, or the USA

If you do not meet one of the above conditions, then you must satisfy one the following conditions:

  • obtain an IELTS Academic certificate with a result of at least 6.5 on the overall band and scores of at least 6.0 on all four sub-bands
  • obtain a TOEFL iBT certificate with a total score of at least 90 and scores of at least 20 on all four parts
  • obtain a Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English with a mark of at least C
  • obtain a Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English with a mark of at least C

You will be informed about the admission result within two weeks after the receipt of all required documents. Please find out how to apply and what documents to send at Application and enrolment.

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Career prospects

Computing Science

Computing Science at Radboud University trains you to become a computer scientist who can work in a broad array of fields. You decide what you want to specialize in! Companies are dying to take on our students. Students often find a job before graduating. The possibilities are endless. Will you become an information and software analyst? Or would you rather become an advisor or manager in a corporation or government? Maybe you want to be a researcher for a company, a university, or a research institution like TNO? Perhaps you will become an entrepreneur and build your own business, like of our students. In other words, with a Computing Science diploma, you are never out of a job!

Where do graduates go?

Graduated Cyber Security specialists could, for example, end up at the police (Team High Tech Crime), the National Forensic Institute, intelligence service, defense ministry, and in health care.

In business, consultancy companies such as KPMG and Deloitte, software developers and industrial companies such as NXP can’t wait to employ well-educated people. If you are more interested in the field of research, you have many opportunities both within the university (in research institute ICIS) and with other research institutes in the Netherlands or abroad. You also have all the knowledge you need to start your own business, some students already start one during their programme.


In the upcoming years, an increasing number of IT specialists is needed. Corporate processes are becoming more atomized, digital security is gaining in importance and our infrastructures circle more around computer scientists than ever. The business community has a real need for both technical as well as business administration-oriented computer scientists.

Former student Martijn Sprengers now works as advisor Information Protection Services for KPMG and secures and improves the digital safety of companies’ network by attempting to hack it. A different alumnus, Carmen Caspers, works as a business project leader for VGZ where she improves business processes that revolve around IT.

Working for the government

Computer science is also used by the government. Perhaps you will be writing the software for virtual tours of the Rijksmuseum in a few years. Or you will improve the DigiD security for all Dutch citizens. IT developments in health care are also moving at a fast pace. You might research the DNA of patients to diagnose them faster with the help of software, just like Christian Gillessen. A job as a digital detective for the police’s High Tech Crime department is also a possibility. Alumnus Gerhard de Koning-Gans works there to track cyber criminals.


The arrival of the internet, the Apple App Store, and Google Play have made it a lot easier to sell your own software. If you have a bit of an entrepreneurial bone in your body, you can start your own business. After all, Facebook and Google were also the brainchild and project of computing science students.


New developments are often followed by new problems, solutions, and challenges. Do you know how to better secure the OV-chip card? Or how to make computers smarter? Or maybe you have different ideas on how to solve societal problems such as sustainability, energy, transportation or healthcare with the help of computer science? All kinds of computing science research is happening in Nijmegen. If you have good ideas, perhaps going after a Ph.D. at Radboud University will be a good fit for you.

Want to know more?

Would you like to learn more about this programme and Radboud University? Join us for our Bachelor's Open Day on 30 March 2019! To learn more and register for this exciting event, visit www.ru.nl/bachelors/openday.

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Last updated February 22, 2019
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