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ICT is omnipresent and new possibilities are discovered every day! As an expert, you are desperately needed, especially if you think in terms of solutions and have considerable technical knowledge. During the HBO-ICT degree programme, you are trained to become a professional Software Engineer. A software engineer that is able to understand the needs of a customer and is able to create fit technical solutions for that. Taking into account principles like maintainability, robustness, efficiency and security. These skills and abilities together with good social competences makes you a valuable employee for many companies.


Broad-based first phase

The first term of your degree revolves around gaining a general overview of the work field of a Software Engineer, Dutch culture and society and working together with your classmates in a multicultural team. You will spend the rest of the first two years studying subjects which are directly related to Software Engineering. In each period you will attend lectures, seminars, workshops and work in projects.

Study load

  • 40% Theory
  • 45% Practical and group work
  • 15% Study career counseling

  • Organization & IT
  • Introduction to Programming
  • Databases
  • Introduction to Infrastructures + IT Fundamentals    
  • Object Oriented Programming
  • Web Basics
  • Software Development Principles
  • Requirements Engineering + Introductions Algorithms and Data Structures 
  • Multiple projects


Collaboration project with the business sector

The second year will be concluded with a large project in which you will work for a real customer. In preparation for this project,
you will study the contents of the chosen profile in-depth in year 2 through various modules.

Top Talent Programme

From the second year onwards, you will have the opportunity to qualify for the Saxion Top Talent Programme. This programme offers you the opportunity to further develop your talents so that you will experience a simple and smooth transition from higher professional education to university education. Want to find out more? Read all the info on the Top Talent Programme.

  • Web Advanced
  • Complex Data Structures
  • System Design
  • Parallel Computing
  • DevOps
  • Internet Technology
  • Embedded Programming
  • Advanced Data Management
  • Research, Law & Ethics


Further specialisation

In the third and fourth year you will further specialise yourself. You will work on an internship assignment with a company of your choice, you will focus on the future possibilities of ICT, and you will choose from various minors to deepen or broaden your knowledge. Examples of broadening minors are psychology, photography or even history.

Portrait of 1st year ICT student Sandra Krevova - software developer - women in stem - software engineering

Don’t make assumptions that you cannot do something, but instead take the steps to get where you want to go. I promise, it’s all about discipline and trusting yourself.

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Become an expert!

The fourth year consists of a six-month specialisation phase. You will immerse yourself in a topical issue within the subject area. After completing the specialisation, you will be ready for your final test: the graduation assignment.​ This will conclude your degree programme.

  • Advanced App Development

  • Big Data Technologies

  • Internet of Things

Degree: Bachelor of Science (BSc)

Once you have your HBO ICT diploma, you can apply for a job with a national or international company/organisation. You may carry the title Bachelor of Science.

👩‍🎓 This is what your education looks like!