Use your fascination for computers and technology to impact business and society
Are you fascinated by computers, the science behind them, and what you can do with them? Do you enjoy programming, or are you eager to get started with it? Would you like to study computer sciences, while also gaining expertise in other essential fields, such as electrical engineering or business information technology? Do you see yourself becoming a technical computer scientist committed to societal improvements, for example in healthcare, finance, or the environment? If so, our three-year, English-taught Bachelor’s programme Technical Computer Science (TCS) is the right choice for you.
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Read more about the study programme, the admission requirements and the career prospects for the Technical Computer Science programme, or the two-year, English-taught Master’s programme Computer Science.
The Bachelor’s programme Technical Computer Science starts every year in September. The programme takes three years and is completely English-taught.
There are many reasons to sign up for the Bachelor’s programme Technical Computer Science. Read about the most important ones here!
Technical Computer Science – the name says it – combines in-depth computer science with broad technical insight. This programme will help you understand the devices, services and processes that people, companies and organizations need to exchange, process and store information – and to work towards a better society. You will spend a lot of time programming in this Bachelor’s, so it is important that you have affinity with it, and that you know it suits you – or are pretty sure it will. And, the better you are at mathematics, the more successful you will be at programming. We will teach you to think like a computer scientist, distinguishing clearly and sharply what goes well and what goes wrong, and what can be improved between all the separate links a computer system is made of. At the same time, you will become an engineer, capable of applying the basic computer knowledge you acquire in virtually every area of life: from transport to business, from politics to leisure.
The Bachelor’s programme TCS has been awarded the recognition of ‘Top programme’ for two years in a row by the Dutch Keuzegids Universiteiten. An important factor is our strong focus on your development as a person and as a professional. Thanks to our open-door policy and informal atmosphere, you will receive more individual support and guidance from us than you would at most other universities. We see it as our responsibility to offer you as many growth opportunities as possible. For example, we will encourage you to become a student assistant, a role in which second-year students can help first-year students. This helps you to learn more and faster – and offers a much better side job than stocking shelves at the supermarket! With us, you will discover that your ideas and input matter: together with our active student association Inter-Actief, we are constantly improving our education. The association also organizes all sorts of study-related activities and cool events, such as the annual LAN party. In short, whether you label yourself as a super nerd, an inspired problem solver, or an ambitious go-getter eager to use a top-level degree in Technical Computer Science for making a difference in the world: there is no better place than here to start your journey.
Technical Computer Science plays a key role in more and more societal, scientific and technical domains. This is why it is important that as a technical computer scientist you are good at working together with experts from other fields: from electrical engineers, business information technologists and mechanical engineers to physicians, psychologists or public administration experts. You will come across all these disciplines at the University of Twente. What’s more interdisciplinary teamwork plays an important role in this programme, both in the research you carry out and in the challenging team projects at the end of each module. In Module 2, for example, you and your team will design, test and implement a game in which you compete against other teams – with the winners receiving bonus marks. In Module 4, you get to work on a project taken from the business world. Throughout the course we cover key practical matters, such as planning, time management, presentation and group dynamics. All of this will help you develop your skills in interdisciplinary teamwork, discover which team roles suit you best, and gain practical experience that will give you an edge on the job market.
An added benefit of our Bachelor’s programme Technical Computer Science is its international setting. The language of choice is English, we have an international staff – representing countries such as Germany, Italy, Brazil and Romania – and around 40% of our students come from abroad. We focus strongly on intercultural skills, and if you want to follow courses abroad, we will help you. All in all, we offer a great place for you to gain valuable intercultural experience and prepare yourself for a career in a field that increasingly transcends the borders of countries, organizations and cultures.
If you are sufficiently talented and ambitious, you can combine Technical Computer Science with our Bachelor’s programme Applied Mathematics. If you choose this, you will follow a very demanding, combined programme. After finishing this double degree programme, you will receive two full BSc diplomas from the University of Twente. With some extra effort, this double Bachelor’s programme can be completed in three years.
In addition to thorough professional knowledge and skills, you will develop a broad package of 21st century skills and personal competences in this programme. You develop a working attitude focused on self-reflection and lifelong learning. You become more entrepreneurial and learn to apply academic knowledge to social practice. We challenge you to look beyond disciplinary and cultural barriers and to work well together with other, like in our strong project-based education. During your time studying Technical Computer Science you will have an unforgettable student experience thanks to our wonderful, green campus and the vibrant student city of Enschede, a city full of knowledge, innovation and fun!
1 September 2020
1 September 2021