Information Systems Technology (Master of Science)
|Degree: Master of Science|
|Duration: 4 semesters|
|Language: German (some courses in English)|
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.|
Interconnected computing elements occur in almost all of today’s technological products. Because of this embedded nature of software within hardware, the borders between electrical engineering and computer science have become increasingly obsolete. The interdisciplinary field of Information Systems Technology (iST) is situated at this interface. The Master of Science degree in Information Systems Technology deals with the construction of complex microprocessor-driven information systems, which are required by the coordinated interaction between hardware and software development. For example, electrical communications engineering now requires mastery of a high degree of software complexity, and at the same time, the physical and electro-technical legality of their fields of operation are becoming more and more important in the planning phase of software systems.
The Master’s degree programme consists entirely of modules and contains a Mandatory Subject Area and an Elective Subject Area.
The Specialisation – Fundamentals (18-50 CPs) in the first two semesters consists of advanced courses in the fundamentals of electrical engineering and computer science, which are necessary for the understanding of subsequent higher level courses.
The Specialisation – Elective Area(13-63 CPs) of the Master’s degree programme in Information Systems Technology consists of the following areas (comparable to the Bachelor’s Degree):
- Communications Techniques and Systems
- Systems on Chip and Embedded Systems
- Software Engineering
Additionally the Applications offers various modules from the following areas:
- Automotive Systems
- Intelligent Systems and Algorithms
- Data Processing in Energy Technology
- Biomedical Engineering
- Control Engineering and Robotics
- Secure Systems
- Visual Computing
- Economics Science
Furthermore, 9 Credit Points must be acquired from courses of the departments 1, 2, 3, 15, the Language Resource Center and specific modules from other departments for the Studium Generale.
The Master’s Thesis is made up of module examinations from the Compulsory Course Area, including the Master’s Thesis, plus the module examinations from both the five Optional Course Areas and the Interdisciplinary Courses.
Advice for Prospective M.Sc. Students
While the Bachelor of Science degree focuses mainly on the fundamentals of the field, the Master of Science builds directly on this foundation by providing more breadth and depth scientifically and a more complete insight into the field. In contrast to the Bachelor degree programme, the Master of Science enables and requires students to adopt their own major focal area and to work towards their own independent academic, scientific research profile.
For these reasons it is recommended that students complete a Master of Science degree.
Related Degree Programmes
|Information Systems Technology (B.Sc.) (Informationssystemtechnik, B.Sc.)|
|Computational Engineering (M.Sc.)|
|Computer Science (M.Sc.) (Informatik, M.Sc.)|
|Business Information Systems (M.Sc.) (Wirtschaftsinformatik (WINF), M.Sc.)|
|Electrical Engineering and Information Technology (M.Sc.) (Elektrotechnik und Informationstechnik, 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)
Because the core of the Master of Science degree in Information Systems Technology is the understanding, developing and researching of the complex interconnections between hardware and software, as those skills required by well-trained interdisciplinary engineers, graduates of the Master’s degree programme will have many and varied career choices. They can find positions in the automotive and mechanical engineering fields, in consumer entertainment electronics, and in the household electronics industry. Other fields include automation technology, communications, medical, and aerospace technology. The interdisciplinary character of this degree programme makes graduates especially good candidates for storage, management and coordination tasks.
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:
Verband der Elektrotechnik Elektronik Informationstechnik (VDE) (Association of Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Information Technology)
Verein Deutscher Ingenieure (VDI) (Association of German Engineers)
Gesellschaft für Informatik (GI) (Society for Computer Science)