Most of the people employed in the ICT industry can be characterized as software engineers. Unfortunately many of them do not have a formal education in Computer Science. Having followed the ST program, alumni will be able to identify the problems complex organizations have in constructing software and will be able to develop solutions for such problems. We want to emphasize that the program does not focus on specific products or tools from specific vendors; instead we study underlying techniques and methods with a longer lasting value.
For a student who follows the research-oriented P-track, the master degree gives the opportunity to start a PhD research project, leading to a doctorate degree, in any of the related topics, at a university in the Netherlands or abroad. There are a number of such positions within the Center for Software Technology itself and there are ample contacts with other universities, partly through the country wide Dutch Research School IPA. Some of the positions are sponsored by the SERC (http://www.serc.nl
), some by companies, and some by the Dutch research council. A graduate may also find a challenging position in a research-and-development department of an international company, in the government sector, or in the banking- and insurance sector.
A student will be well qualified for a job in many different companies, for example in banking, insurance companies, government, telecommunication and consumer electronics. His or her task could consist of developing new products and applications, or leading such activities. Other possible jobs are in consultancy, or creating a start-up company in an emerging market.