M.Sc. Computer Science

M.Sc. Computer Science

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Quick facts
ProgrammeComputer Science
Degree awardedMaster of Science (M.Sc.)
Duration and credits4 semesters; 120 ECTS credits
Starts inApril (summer semester)
and October (winter semester)
Languages of instructionGerman and English (the programme can be studied
entirely in either language, or in a combination of the two)

About Computer Science

Computer Science is one of the drivers of technological progress in all economic and social spheres. When you graduate with an M.Sc. in Computer Science you are a specialist in at least one field of computer science who has a wide-ranging expertise in scientific methods.

Having completed this programme, you will be able to define, autonomously and comprehensively, computer science problems and their applications, structure them and build abstract models. Moreover, you will have the relevant knowledge to define and implement state-of-the-art solutions.

Features

  • Top place in the CHE ranking for Computer Science master's programmes 2015-16
  • A broad, international and relevant selection of modules
  • As a student, you will work on cutting-edge research projects
  • Excellent enterprise relations maintained by the chairs and institutes
  • Numerous partnerships with universities throughout the world
  • Double-degree programmes with INSA Lyon and Ecole Supérieure des Communications de Tunis as well as an English-taught double degree programme with Higher School of Economics, Moscow (HSE Moscow)

Career prospects

Continuous technological change and innovations create new exciting lines of work in trade and industry, the services, financial and consulting sectors, in public administration, and in the field of scientific research. With this Master's degree you are qualified to take up IT-related executive positions or undertake independent research, e.g. as part of your doctoral study, laying the foundation for a career in academia.

Programme syllabus

You will choose modules from the following five subject areas (please note that only areas 3 to 5 can be studied entirely in English; for areas 1 and 2 there is an insufficient number of English-taught modules to gain the required number of credits):

1) Algorithms and Mathematical Modelling (requires German language skills)
2) Programming and Software Systems (requires German language skills)
3) Information and Communication Systems
4) Intelligent Technical Systems
5) IT Security and Reliability

1) Algorithms and Mathematical Modelling (AlgMath): This module group teaches you about determinstic and stochastic algorithms and how they are implemented, evaluated and optimised. You will acquire advanced knowledge of computer-based mathematical methods – particularly in the areas of algorithmic algebra and computational stochastics – as well as in-depth knowledge on mathematical modelling and complexity analysis of discrete and continuous problems.

2) The Programming and Software Systems (ProgSoft) subject area imparts modern methods for constructing large-scale software systems as well as creating and using software authoring, analysis and optimisation tools. You will also consolidate your knowledge of various programming paradigms and languages; moreover, you will explore the structure of language processing systems and learn to deal with parallelism in program routines.

3) In the module group Information and Communication Systems (InfComm), you will study the interactions of the classic computer-science subjects of information systems and computer networks. This specialisation presents an answer to the problem of increasing volume and complexity of worldwide information distribution and networks, and for the growing requirements on quality and performance of computer communication. You will also learn how to transfer database results to multimedia data.

4) Intelligent Technical Systems (ITS): This module group teaches you the necessary knowledge in systems theory, machine learning and signal and image processing to explore the theory and practical application of intelligent, self-learning systems.

5) IT Security and Reliability (ITSecRel): This subject area is concerned with the security and reliability of IT systems, e.g. in hardware circuitry, communication protocols or complex, networked application systems. To ensure the secure operation of these systems you will learn design methods, secure architectures and technical implementation of the underlying components.

Module catalogue: modules currently offered for the M.Sc. Computer Science programme

Information about the M.Sc. Computer Science programme for English-speaking students

Academic entry requirements

Please note: The entry requirements below are currently pending approval by the Bavarian State Ministry of Science and the Arts, and are therefore subject to change.

You are eligible for this degree programme if the following applies to you:

  • You have an undergraduate university degree in computer science or a related discipline with a computer science component of at least 110 ECTS credits.

    • If you completed a four-year non-ECTS degree, the 110 ECTS credit requirement is deemed to be met if approximately two-thirds of your credit points were earned in computer science-related modules/courses.

This is further qualified as follows:

  • Your degree must have been earned over a course of study of a standard length of three years or more.
  • The final grade for your first degree must be 2.7 or better under the German marking system, or the relevant equivalent final grade in a foreign marking system.

    • If your final grade is not 2.7 (or the equivalent foreign grade) or better, you may still apply if you can prove that you ranked among the best 70% of graduates within your particular degree programme in the academic year in which your final certificate was issued (i.e. your cohort).

      • In that case you should provide an official certificate from your university registrar specifying the total number of graduates of your cohort as well as, importantly, the rank number/percentile you attained on the basis of your final grade.

  • As part of your prior degree, you should have received 10 ECTS credits for a dissertation/bachelor's thesis, a copy of which you may be asked to provide throughout the selection process.

    • If this was written in a language other than German or English, we require an electronic copy of the entire original-language document along with an English or German abstract/summary.
    • If you did not write a dissertation/bachelor's thesis as a formal part of your prior degree programme, you may instead submit an academic research paper or publication that demonstrates your ability to solve a scientific research problem independently.

  • If you do not have your degree certificate and final transcript at the time of application:

    • If you cannot provide your final bachelor's (or equivalent) certificate and transcript but are in the final semester of your degree programme at the time of application, you may include the transcripts thus far available reflecting the courses previously taken as well as all results and current marks/grades.

      • You will then be considered for a conditional offer, in which case you would have to present your degree certificate and final transcript at enrolment or within 10 weeks after the first day of lectures.
      • This will be approved only if you have already completed all coursework and assessments for your first degree at the beginning of the degree programme at the University of Passau and have submitted a (preliminary) transcript showing an average (preliminary) grade of 2.7 or the equivalent foreign grade.

Please note that we only recognise degrees awarded by universities with 'H+' status in the Anabin database of the German Central Office for Foreign Education. You can check the Anabin database online or contact the International Coordinator of the faculty by e-mail if you do not understand German.

Language requirements

Unless the language of instruction for your prior university or secondary education was English or German, you should provide a language certificate in the language in which you intend to (predominantly) study the programme, i.e. either:

  • an English language certificate at level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), such as:

    • TOEFL (567 paper-based, 87 internet-based, ITP 543 'silver' or better)
    • IELTS (score 5.5)
    • Cambridge English Language Assessment at level 'Advanced' (CAE) or 'Proficiency' (CPE)
    • or an equivalent English language certificate. A first degree or secondary education completed exclusively in English also counts as proof of English-language proficiency.
    • To facilitate living in Germany, you should ideally also have German language skills at level A1 CEFR (beginner's level) or higher. If cannot provide a certificate but meet all other requirements, you will still be admitted to the programme; however, you will complete a compulsory beginner's German course during the first year of study in addition to your regular modules.

or

  • a German language certificate at level B2 CEFR, e.g.:

    • DSH at level DSH-1
    • TestDaF at level TDN 3 in all four categories
    • or an equivalent German language certificate