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.


  • Top place in the CHE ranking for Computer Science master's programmes 2015-16
  • A broad, international and relevant selection of courses
  • 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 programme with Institut national des sciences appliquées de Lyon (INSA Lyon, information in German) and an English-taught double degree programme with Higher School of Education, 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

Studying the Master's programme in Computer Science, you can choose your modules from the following five subject areas:

1) Algorithms and Mathematical Modelling (AlgMath)
2) Programming and Software Systems (ProgSoft)
3) Information and Communication Systems (InfComm)
4) Intelligent Technical Systems (ITS)
5) IT Security and Reliability (ITSecRel)

1) The Algorithms and Mathematical Modelling subject area teaches you about determinstic and stochastic algorithms, their implementation, evaluation and optimisation. You will acquire advanced knowledge of computer-based mathematical methods – particularly in the areas of algorithmic algebra and computational stochastics – as well as developing an in-depth expertise in mathematical modelling and complexity analysis of discrete and continuous problems.

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

3) Information and Communication Systems: In this subject area you will study the interactions of the classic computer science areas of information systems and computer networks. This area represents 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. Additionally, you will learn to transfer database results to multimedia data.

4) In the Intelligent Technical Systems area you are acquainted with digital image and signal processing, embedded systems and applications of intelligent technical systems in industrial and assistance systems, which are necessary for production automation and process control, traffic control, medical and building technology. You will learn to develop complex applications using computer systems and deal with topics such as image reconstruction, camera calibration, sensor data fusion and optical measurement technology.

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

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

The course catalogue lists the current taught courses for the Master's programme in Computer Science.

Academic entry requirements

To be considered for this degree programme, you should have a first degree in computer science, internet computing or a related discipline with a minimum computer science content of 110 ECTS credits, obtained after completing a three-year full-time undergraduate degree programme.

Successful applicants will have a first degree ranked among the best 70% of their cohort, or with a mark of, or equivalent to, 2.7 (or better) under the German marking system. If you are unsure whether the result of your degree is equivalent to a 2.7 according to the German marking system you should proceed with the application – the University of Passau will convert your mark into the German system as part of the admissions procedure.

Please note that we only recognise degrees awarded by universities with 'H+' status in the Anabin database of the German Rectors' Conference. You can check the Anabin database online or contact the International Co-ordinator of the faculty by e-email if you do not understand German.

Language requirements

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 CEFR, e.g.:

  • TOEFL (567 paper-based, 87 internet-based)
  • IELTS (score 5.5)
  • or an equivalent English language certificate.
  • To facilitate living in Germany, you should ideally also have German language skills at level A1 CEFR 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, e.g.:

  • DSH at level DSH-2
  • TestDaF at level TDN 4×4
  • or an equivalent German language certificate