The computer science engineering education consists of two phases. The first phase is a three year programme leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Computer Science Engineering. The second phase is a two year programme leading to the degree of Master of Science in Computer Science Engineering. The Bachelor of Science programme consists of 180 credits. Of this programme, the first year and a half offers a broad education in science and engineering. This is followed by a specialised education in the fundaments of computer science. This structure ensures that a graduate benefits from a combination of a broad technical training and a specialised computer science training. The bachelor’s degree gives access to a range of master’s programmes, including the Master of Science in Computer Science Engineering. The master’s programme is split into two parts of 60 credits each. The first part consists of compulsory courses. The second part consists of elective courses: a master’s dissertation of 24 credits, and 36 credits of coursework. This coursework can either consist of a major in Artificial Intelligence or Embedded Systems, or a minor in Industrial Engineering or Biosystems, or it can be freely picked by the student. This flexibility allows students to give expression to their personal study interests. Students are encouraged to use this flexibility to do preparatory work to kickstart their own business through Dare to Think, which is the local student-entrepreneurship project. Similarly, students can take a range of specialist courses as preparation for doctoral studies.
The Master of Science in Computer Science Engineering trains students to design the complex information processing systems that are at the core of our modern information society. Since information technology is only a means to a goal, graduates will have to get familiar with different application domains (such as health care, financial, production, accounting, …) to make the right design decisions. Graduates start as developer, but will quickly move to higher positions, such as those of designer, project leader, director … The students‘ broad education and their ability to deal with complex situations will help them throughout their careers to function effectively and to take leading positions in society.