Information Technology course overview

The Information Technology degree at NHL Stenden gives you the knowledge you need for developing web applications and software for mobile devices and gives you insights into IT security. Through our educational concept, Design-Based Education (DBE), you work in small teams of students, lecturers, researchers and industry professionals. You tackle current, real-life issues developing and adapting your visions and ideas to form a solid solution. And you gain yet more practical experience during your internship in your final year. 

The IT programme in Emmen makes use of the Internet of Things Laboratory (IoT Lab) and has the latest innovative devices available, including a Microsoft Surface Hub, Virtual Reality equipment, and robots. The Emmen campus is also home to MyConcept, a Fabrication Laboratory where you can use 3D printers to print designs in three dimensions. Learning to use this innovative high-tech equipment will help you design and implement just about anything and everything. 


The programme for Information Technology 

The programme focuses on areas such as software, games, web technology, company networks, databases and programming languages. You will be trained as a specialist in these areas over the course of the four-year programme. In addition to the technical classes, you also learn practical skills, such as managing project-based work and end-user communication. 

Minors and specialisations for Information Technologly

In your fourth year Information Technology, you get to specialise by taking a number of minors. 

Minors are electives in which you focus on a specific subject or expand your knowledge by taking an additional subject. This allows you to truly take charge of your education by ‘customising’ your course.  

You can take these minors on the Leeuwarden campus or at one of the NHL Stenden Grand Tour locations in South Africa, Bali or Thailand. You can also choose from minors offered by other courses and universities of applied sciences – this is all part of broadening your academic skills. 

  • Certified Ethical Hacking (Emmen, the Netherlands)  
    Learn how to help companies guard against cyber attacks with this unique minor in Certified Ethical Hacking. Learn how attackers work and steps you need to take to protect a system. 
  • Secure Programming (Emmen, the Netherlands) 
    Offering insights into the software development life cycle and how secure programming can be made part of the cycle.  
  • Hack@Sea (Leeuwarden, the Netherlands)  
    Carry out research in the context of maritime cyber security looking into areas such as AIS spoofing, port systems and cyber awareness for maritime employees.  

Course catalogue

The course catalogue contains detailed information on the programme, so that you can compare different studies or get a more in-depth understanding of what the programme entails.

Student Association  

Our student association Think Wireless is where fun and learning meet in our students’ lives. Along with organising activities that will help you with your studies, Think Wireless also puts on hackathons, sports activities and day trips to other places in the Netherlands. It's a collective of students that help make your time as a student even more enjoyable. 

International opportunities 

We want to prepare you for an international, intercultural, and ever-changing environment, so that you can dive into the unknown and gain experience in an international context. It is possible with our Grand Tour, Exchange programme or one of our mobility options offered by RUN-EU. Or you can choose to do your internship abroad. You’ll be able to put together the right combination of courses and internships to develop both your professional and personal skills – and develop your own network for the future. 

Is this the degree for you?

If you're confident this degree is the one for you, then why not apply online straightaway? Or pick one of the other options to help you take the next step.