Computer Science (Master of Science)
|Degree: Master of Science|
|Duration: 4 semesters|
|Language: German (individual courses in English)|
|Internship: Internships within the study programme (see semester course schedule)|
Requirements for Admission: Requirements for admission to the Master’s degree programme (and thereby university enrolment) comprise a Bachelor of Science degree in the same field of study or an equivalent degree. Admission to the Master’s Degree programme may also depend on additional requirements. Specific degree entrance requirements may be found here and in the competences description. For further questions, please contact the departmental student advisory service.|
Please also note the general information on the Master’s degree programmes, including information for students with degrees from abroad: International Admission.
|Admission Procedure: As long as the requirements for admission (Entrance Requirements Verification) are fulfilled, there is no restriction on admission.|
|Part-time Studies: possible under specific conditions|
|Programme Start: winter semester or summer semester|
|Application Deadline: International applicants find their application deadline here.|
|Application: Online application|
|Special Features: TU Darmstadt offers a Double Degree Programme at a partner university for this course.|
The Master of Science programme Computer Science has at its core the six fields of: IT Security; Networks and Distributed Systems; Robotics, Computational and Computer Engineering; Software Systems and Formal Foundations; Visual & Interactive Computing; Web, Knowledge and Information Processing, of which three or four have to be chosen. This is completed by the choice of an Application Subject which can be taken either from the field of computer science or from some other, computer related field.
In 3 or 4 of the six fields of computer science mentioned above, the students are required to obtain a total of 45 to 54 CPs from exams in lectures and tutorials or integrated courses in the Optional Subject Area “Fachprüfungen” (written or oral exam, course is a lecture with or without an exercise) while each of the 3 or 4 fields accounts for a minimum of 6 CPs.
In the Optional Subject Area “Studienleistungen” (report or presentation or code, course is a practical course, a seminar etc.), the students are required to gather 12 to 21 CPs from exams in seminars, internships, project internships, teaching internships, projects, or research papers in a field of informatics of the student’s choice. Within this framework, the student is required to choose one or two seminars, at most one teaching internships and at least one internship, project internship or a similar course.
Within the Elective Subject Area, studying an Minor Subject comprising 24 CPs is required. Here, the students get acquainted with application-related interfaces with other disciplines in cooperation with other departments at the TU Darmstadt. Typical applications of computer science, within as well as outside of informatics, such as Automation Engineering, Biological Psychology, or History, etc. are eligible as applied subjects. The Application Subject can thus contain subject-specific and/or interdisciplinary parts. Further information may be found on the current list of Application Subjects.
The Master’s Thesis concludes the program and is to be written in the 4th semester over a 6-month period. The students may work on their theses in groups as long as each student’s contribution is clearly recognisable and can be evaluated individually.
Advice for Prospective M.Sc. Students
While a Bachelor’s degree focuses mainly on the fundamentals of the field, the Master’s degree serves to upgrade the qualifications of graduates and to analyse the subject based on research. The Master’s degree focuses more than the Bachelor’s degree on enabling and requiring students to adopt their own major focus.
For these reasons it is recommended that students complete a Master’s degree.
Specialised Graduate Programmes
|Apart from the Master of Science in Informatics, the Department of Informatics offers further stand-alone Specialised Master’s Degree Programmes in the following fields:|
|Autonomous Systems (M.Sc.) (Autonome Systeme, M.Sc.)|
|Distributed Software Systems (M.Sc.) (Distributed Software Systems, M.Sc.)|
|IT Security (M.Sc.) (IT-Sicherheit, M.Sc.)|
|Internet and Web-based Systems (M.Sc.) (Internet- und Web-basierte Systeme, M.Sc.)|
|Visual Computing (M.Sc.) (Visual Computing, M.Sc.)|
Related Degree Programmes
|Computer Science (B.Sc.) (Informatik, B.Sc.)|
|Computational Engineering (M.Sc.) (Computational Engineering, M.Sc.)|
|Information Systems Technology (iST) (M.Sc.) (Informationssystemtechnik, M.Sc.)|
|Psychology in IT (M.Sc.) (Psychologie in IT, M.Sc.)|
|Business Information Systems (M.Sc.) (Wirtschaftsinformatik, M.Sc.))|
Upon successful completion of a Master of Science degree, there is the opportunity to begin working towards a Ph.D. either at the TU Darmstadt or at another national or international university. Further information on doctoral studies at TU Darmstadt:
Ingenium – Young Researchers at TU Darmstadt (umbrella organisation for promoting early career researchers)
Today, Computer Science plays an increasingly important role in research and development as operational procedures can no longer be developed and optimised without software solutions. As a result, the opportunities for computer scientists on the labor market are promising: the demand for them is rising. While most of them are in regular employment, there is also a number of self-employed computer scientists. Informatics graduates will find employment in companies of nearly all industries, in public administration, and in research. There, they develop, programme, and modify hard and software programmes, in particular in connection with complex information, communication and control systems.
Computer scientists examine, for instance, existing IT systems for their security and effectiveness. In particular, they apply their knowledge and skills to IT project management. Another one of their tasks is the realisation of new software projects in the form of technical reproduction of administrative tasks and production control. Developing databases and web-based information systems may also be part of their job description.
In times of global networking, the security of information technology is gaining importance. The Center for Advanced Security Research, CASED, in Darmstadt addresses issues regarding IT security.
It is important to start early in the degree programme to gain practical work experience in relevant organisations. In this way students can promote themselves as competent professionals in practice and make important professional contacts. The likelihood of finding a good position is definitely heightened if the student is flexible when it comes to commuting or even moving abroad. Good English language skills are particularly important when it comes to the international job market.
TU Darmstadt's offer of Job Shadowing is a quick and simple method of career orientation by accompanying professionally experienced TU Darmstadt alumni for one day.
Further information about career opportunities on the German job market may be found on the following websites:
Berufsverband Selbständige in der Informatik e.V. (Association of self-employed persons in informatics)
Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V. (GI) (German Informatics Society)