Bachelor in Applied Computer Science

Course typeBachelor
Course sectorIT, Engineering
Course duration4 years
Starting dateSeptember 2019
DegreeBa of Science (BSc)
Tuition fee (EU/EEA students) € 2,083
Tuition fee (NON-EU students)(specification) € 7,800

Students Applied Computer Science at Saxion working with robotsCan you imagine yourself developing the technology for an autonomous car, or designing an hexacopter for traffic management applications? Then the Applied Computer Science programme is ideal for you.

Applied Computer Science involves everything regarding embedded systems, i.e. designing and programming systems that contain a computer or microcontroller which is not visible on the outside. Electronics is usually a part of the embedded system, and quite of ten mechatronics are involved too. Think of an autonomous robot, a drone, a smart thermostat, an RFID access system or an intelligent baby monitor.

First basic skills will be taught, during lectures, workshops and also in projects. The focus is on technical as well as on social and communication subjects. Technical subjects that will be taught are analogue and digital hardware, design and engineering. Programming will also be part of the course. Hardware combined with software makes everything work! Social and communicative aspects are trained in presentations, interviews and much group work in projects. The projects concern small technical problems to be solved by a group of students.

Students not only learn a lot about the product they design but also about the multidisciplinary character of the design process.

Our general entry requirements apply. Beside these, we require:

  • A high school degree including Mathematics & Physics.

Future roles for a computer engineer include a programmer of software and embedded systems, an engineering consultant, a user interface designer or a software architect who can handle complex technical systems.

Some examples:

  • Software programmer
  • Embedded systems designer
  • Quality manager
  • Test engineer
  • Project manager
  • Product specialist
  • Automation specialist
  • IT consultant


Mitchell Vrugteveen, student Applied Computer Science

Mitchel Vrugteveen, student Applied Computer Science, Saxion, with the drone“At the moment my project group and I are working on a great project commissioned by the police. This drone here comes straight from the store, well, as a kit. A fellow built it. We’ll attach a package of sensors underneath the drone, which can detect organic gases, mainly acetone. The sensors are connected to a wireless communication system, for which I wrote the software by using the programming language Java"





Before starting your bachelor in Applied Computer Science you are invited to participate in a Study Choice Check. Saxion refers to the study choice check as a compulsory intake for all applicants.

Why a consultation? 

It is important to choose the degree programme which suits you best. The Study Choice Check is to examine the extent to which there is a match between you and the Applied Computer Science degree programme.


You will receive an invitation at your private e-mail address to fill in a short questionnaire and to write an letter of motivation. The letter of motivation has to demonstrate your affinity with the electrical and electronic branche. The results of the assignments will be used to provide you with a personal advice.

Personal advice

You will be given (personal) advice from your Study Career Counsellor, which will take one of three forms:
A: There appears to be a good match.                                                            
B: There appears to be a sufficient match, but support and extra guidance are required.
C: There appears to be an insufficient match, we advise you to reconsider your application for this particular programme.

Please be aware that completing the Study Choice Check is compulsory (it is part of our admission requirements), but the type of advice (A, B or C) you receive has no influence on your admission. You will not be admitted to any degree programme without a complete study choice check. In addition, you must meet with the admission requirements and further admission conditions before you may participate in a Saxion degree programme.