Applied Computer Science

Professional bachelor of Applied Computer Science

  • Specialise in all aspects of artificial intelligence like machine learning and neural networks – train to be a developer
  • Get the whole package: technical scope, solution-oriented training and soft skills sought by the IT sector.
  • Apply your skills on integrated projects.
  • Be prepared for future technologies – what’s happening now and what’s coming next!
  • Get expert coaching, and regular feedback so you can really see your progress and learn by doing
  • Work your way up from junior professional to the board of directors through our international company simulation.
  • Benefit from KdG’s extensive network, working with international companies and organisations.
  • Boost your industry credentials and employability with an eight-week internship working for an international company in Belgium or abroad.
  • You can also follow this programme in Dutch.

What does this course contain?

Course in brief

Welcome to the rapidly-evolving world of computer science, where we always look to the future. We help you to develop the specialist technical knowledge, ideas and the business know-how needed by today's programmers and developers.

Year 1

  • You will be introduced to programming, artificial intelligence, data science, networks, systems and hardware.
  • Learn how to apply the skills you have learnt on one project per semester, under the guidance of expert mentors.
  • Focus on socially-relevant themes and deliver sustainable solutions
  • Simulate working for a company. You start out this year as a junior professional, learning business management and intercultural communication.

Year 2

  • Build on all your skills with continued infrastructure learning including scripting, security and encryption.
  • Take a closer look at AI and more complex programming.

  • Your projects this year will include agile development and testing.
  • Continue with your real-life company simulation getting to grips with project management and coaching.

Year 3 

  • A focus on future technologies in your third year gives you an insight into the latest IT developments.
  • Your integration projects this year incorporate application lifecycle management and test driven development.
  • You are now fully prepared for your internship. Step out with confidence. You will spend the next eight weeks working for an international company in Belgium or abroad. This will really open doors to your career in computer science.
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Courses and credits

Year 1

Courses
60 credits
Infrastructure
(
12 credits
)

Includes: computer architecture, operating systems, networking, scripting, Arduino

Programming
(
12 credits
)

Includes: basic concepts, object-orientated programming in Java, HTML, CSS, JavaScript

Data and artificial intelligence
(
12 credits
)

Includes: SQL databases, data management, data science with Python, data modelling, machine learning

The company
(
12 credits
)

Develops: business management and intercultural communication skills as part of a company simulation

Integration project
(
12 credits
)

Includes: analysis and design with UML, version control with Git

Year 2

Courses
60 credits
Infrastructure
(
6 credits
)

Includes: operating systems and scripting, security and encryption, virtualisation, containers and cloud computing

Programming & architecture
(
18 credits
)

Includes: design patterns, web technology, Spring, layered architecture, testing, application security, REST

Data and artificial intelligence
(
12 credits
)

Includes: data storage, No-SQL databases, computational complexity, business intelligence, data visualisation, reinforcement learning, deep learning

The company
(
12 credits
)

Develops: coaching, sales and project management skills as part of a company simulation

Integration project
(
12 credits
)

Includes: agile development, testing and continuous integration

Year 3

Courses
60 credits
Artificial intelligence
(
12 credits
)

Includes: natural language processing, computational linguistics, information retrieval, AI in gaming, AI and future technologies

Programming
(
12 credits
)

Includes: microservice architecture, messaging, front-end development with React, framework/API development

The Company
(
6 credits
)

Develops: strategic insight, managing corporate performance and leadership skills as part of a company simulation

Integration project
(
6 credits
)

Includes: application lifecycle management, test driven development

The lab
(
9 credits
)

Includes: trends and future technologies

Internship
(
15 credits
)

Get on-the-job experience working for an international company for eight weeks.

The basic allocation of the academic credit system is 60 credits per year of study or 30 credits per semester. Each credit equals a workload of 25 hours including lectures, seminars, self-tuition, assignments and examinations.

What does your schedule look like?

  • The Welcoming days are from 13 to 16 September 2023 and attendance of these is essential.
  • Your classes will then start from Monday, 18 September.
  • On average you will have 22 hours of lessons per week.
  • Normally you can expect 1 to 1.5 day per week free which allows you to work on group projects with your colleagues.
  • Each week is varied combining a mix of lectures, seminars, team assignments and self-study. Have a look here at the  class schedule and an example course timetable
  • Have a look at the class schedule and example course timetable
The broad curriculum aided me in my fast growth to become a software architect. It helped me to understand every crucial aspect needed to create a well-developed application. Before I even graduated, I received concrete contract proposals from six companies.
Yannick Slegers
Yannick
Alumnus Applied Computer Science

What do you need?

Your own laptop that meets the specifications below. If you need to replace your old laptop, we recommend that you wait until you start the programme. That way, you will have a clearer idea of what you require.

Laptop specifications

  • Screen diagonal: no preference
  • Processor: minimum Intel Core i5, preferably i7
  • Internal RAM: minimum 16GB
  • Hard disk storage capacity: minimum 512 GB
  • Graphics card: no specifications
  • VGA port: desirable but not strictly necessary
  • Operating system: free (Windows, Linux or Mac), but certain programs are only available for Windows
  • Possibility of booting (‘starting’)  from a CD or USB stick; It must be possible to install Linux natively (UEFI needs to be able to turn off 'Secure boot')
  • Wi-Fi specifications: it is best to choose a device with an 'A' (for example ‘Wi-Fi A’, ‘Wireless A’, ‘Wi-Fi AC’, ‘Wireless AC’). These network cards can handle both 2.4 and 5GHz.
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For whom?

Your profile

  • Logically-minded. You’re good at solving puzzles, finding out how things work.
  • Creative. You like to find your own way to reach a solution, and make a difference in a team.
  • AI, programming…the world of future technology, That’s your thing. And you want to know more.
  • You learn best by doing. Apply your skills and knowledge on regular projects.
  • You want to study with people like you…from all around the world.
I wanted to study something that was both creative and logical. Applied Computer Science is the perfect blend of both.
Lea Sehling, student Applied Computer Science at KdG Antwerp
Lea
2nd year student
In the beginning, I had some programming experience but most of the subjects were new to me. Now I almost feel like a real professional.
Vasilena KdG Student Applied Computer Science
Vasilena
3rd year student

Requirements

  • This course is taught in EnglishGood proficiency in English is required.
  • You hold a secondary education certificate that grants access to a comparable higher education degree programme in the country it was granted.
  • Strongly motivated, open-minded and goal-driven students.
  • Our programme requires curiosity, a strong will to use all of your talents, a readiness to explore, to learn and to perform in an international team.

Study in Antwerp, Belgium

  • Home to more than 44.000 students and around 170 nationalities.
  • Antwerp is a safe, diverse and welcoming international student city.
  • Situated on the River Scheldt, this mini metropolis is a gateway to the world.
  • A perfectly located economic hub steeped in history, and always evolving.
  • Brussels, Amsterdam, Paris and London all within easy reach.

Discover Antwerp, Belgium’s ‘capital of cool’

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Atypical Antwerp, the movie

Students in Antwerp at Scheldt river
Antwerpen Grote Markt

Your campus

You will study at our Groenplaats campus in the heart of historic Antwerp, overlooking the main square and cathedral and a short stroll to the shopping precinct on the Meir.

Your lectures will mostly take place here within the faculty of Management & Information Technology. Drop into the library for some quiet study time, get together for group work in The View, or relax in the cafeteria and catch-up with course mates.

The campus enjoys excellent bus and tram links, so getting around the city is straightforward. And with Antwerpen-Centraal station just a short ride away, it means Brussels, Amsterdam, Paris and London are all within easy reach.  

Campus Groenplaats
Nationalestraat 5
2000 ANTWERP

+32 3 613 16 00
info.mit@kdg.be

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After graduation

Work or study?

This new programme is modelled on our existing Dutch-language bachelor’s degree which has an impressive employment record among graduates. Experience has taught us that our graduate profile is actively sought after by recruiters.

Our programme is designed to get you ready for work. We help to train you as a full stack developer who can take on projects in artificial intelligence, data management, front end and back end. This skillset is sought by a wide range of sectors.

Or perhaps you want to continue your studies with a master’s degree in computer science? Check back for future study option updates.

Want to know more?

 

Chat with a student

Get an insider’s take on student life. Chat with Lea, Alexia, Silviu and Abdulsamed (students Applied Computer Science) about the reality of being a student in Antwerp.

Join us at open day
Tue 13 Dec
Online info session 13 December

Tuesday 13 December from 16:00 till 18:00 CEST - More info

Sat 11 Mar
Open day 11 March 2023

Saturday 11 March 2023 from 10:00 till 17:00 in Antwerp

Sat 22 Apr
Open day 22 April 2023

Saturday 22 April 2023 from 10:00 till 14:00 in Antwerp

Quality education you can count on

As a KdG student you can be sure of a high-quality education at our dynamic university.

  • Your teachers are experts in their field, passionate about helping you to develop your potential.
  • KdG is an accredited university: quality guaranteed on an international level.
  • A detailed management system is in place to systematically review every degree programme.

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