Computing Science

Need to know

Computing science is about building new computer systems and developing new software.

Typically those earning their master’s degree in computer science already hold a bachelor’s degree in the same field.

However, many European universities offer “conversion” programmes for graduates with no technical background. These are very good options if you're thinking about switching career paths, or simply wish to supplement the knowledge acquired in your first degree with a substantial element of computing science.

Why should I study computing science at postgraduate level?

In regard to employability,  you don’t have to pursue a master's degree in computing science to get a job in software development, computer systems or game design. However, the combination of a master’s degree and work experiences might help you move up to high-level positions in the IT sector.

Prestigious companies such as YouTube and Disney favour master’s level candidates for many positions that deal with system integration and programming. A master’s degree in computing science is also a preferred qualification for governmental or research positions.

When considering about pursuing a master’s degree in this subject, you should think beyond its material values. In many cases, it helps you get the technical depth to break into a specific field. Master programmes in computing science often cover algorithms and computer architecture curriculum at a deeper level than what you get as an undergraduate.

Does it make sense to study computing science abroad?

The UK has proven to be leading in IT development, but the field of computing science is continuously evolving globally. It is crucial that you keep yourself updated with latest developments in the field. Studying abroad is a very good opportunity for you to explore research and advancements that are taking overseas.

Examples of postgraduate opportunities in computing science

The Netherlands

MSc in Artificial Intelligence, University of Groningen

MSc in Computing Science, University of Groningen

MSc in Game Technology, NHTV Breda University

Master in Sensor System Engineering, Hanze University of Applied Science

Spain

MSc in Computer Science, Digipen

MFA in Digital Arts, Digipen

Czech Republic

MSc Computing, Prague College

What grades do I need to get in?

The ideal candidate for master’s degree courses in Computer Science will have a bachelor degree in the same field.

However, many universities have started accepting students whose first degree is not in computing sciences and allowing them to take a bridging programme before the main course. This is a common practice at Dutch universities, such as University of Groningen and Hanze University of Applied Science.

Therefore, it is worth checking with your chosen university or department even if you don’t meet the admission requirements listed on their websites.