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MScComputing Science: Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science

Radboud University
Netherlands, Nijmegen
Tuition fee €16,500 per year
Application fee €75 one-time

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- Students with a nationality from the EEA countries or from countries that are candidates for EEA membership*
- Students who receive a full scholarship (proven by uploading a grant statement)

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The Computing Science Master’s specialisations at Radboud University are mostly theoretical, fundamental, and based on Mathematics skills, and are less focused on technical, engineering or applied sciences. The theory of computation arose from concerns about the foundations of mathematics, and was developed in the work of Gödel, Church, Turing, Kleene and others. The actual building of computing machinery later was strongly influenced by this theoretical work. Computer science quickly grew into an independent field of study, but the relations with mathematics are still strong. Connections range from the use of mathematics to model the foundations all the way to the use of computers to help solve mathematical problems with a discrete component.

Master’s in Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science: something for you?

- The programme has a unique theoretical and abstract focus that unites mathematics and computer science.
- You can take part in the Master math programme, meaning you can follow advanced mathematics courses pooled by all Dutch universities.
- The job opportunities are excellent: some of the students get offered jobs before they’ve even graduated and almost all of the graduates have positions within six months after graduating.
- A majority of the courses are electives giving you the choice of how strong an emphasis you want to place on mathematical or on computer science aspects.
- The students rate this Master’s programme 8,2 out of 10 according to the National Student Survey 2019.

Programme structure

The Master’s specialisation in Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science (MFoCS) is taught at the Faculty of Science. It has a course load of 120 EC* (two years). The structure of the programme is presented here.

Career opportunities

As this specialisation lies in the overlap of mathematics and computer science, you’ll have the advantage of being able to strive for jobs in either field. Thus, the graduates have no difficulty in finding an interesting and challenging job. You can think of the following job functions:

- Consultant for firms
- ICT developer / software developer
- ICT manager in the private sector or within government
- Researcher, at research centres or within corporations
- PhD candidate
- Entrepreneur; starting up your own consultancy or software development company
- Teacher, at all levels from middle school to university

Examples of companies where the graduates could end up include SMEs like Orikami, Media11 and FlexOne, consultancies like McKinsey&Company, and multinationals like ING Bank, Philips, ASML, IBM and perhaps even Google.

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States