No responsibility can be taken for the correctness of this information. All information is given without guarantee.
I have a problem or a question. Whom can I contact for advice?
Are there any other advisory and information services for students?
The central student advisory service also offers various events, also for new students, or supports you to implement suitable learning strategies.
Besides individual counselling and coaching the psychological counselling also offers group counselling and courses like a coaching group for international MSc and PhD students.
Where do I find current news of the Institute of Computer Science and its student advisory service?
What should I do if I am pregnant?
I have experienced discrimination at the University. How can I get help?
I am a trans* student. Which counseling and support does the University offer?
Application/registration for MSc programme
How can I apply for the MSc programme Applied Computer Science?
When is the application deadline?
Where do I find more information about studying in Göttingen?
Do you offer any eligibility check?
When and how will I be notified about admission (or rejection)?
What do I have to do after my admission?
I am a refugee. Can I study Applied Computer Science?
Where do I find a study plan?
Structure of MSc programme
How do the studies in the MSc programme work?
The MSc programme Applied Computer Science requires 120 Credit Points (C) to be successfully completed.
The regular programme length is 4 semesters. Usually, the Master thesis is done in the 4th semester. The credits
have to be collected in different subject areas. Within these subject areas the credits must be collected from
different groups of courses. This varies among the specializations. For further information please read the
What is the amount of credit points I should collect each semester?
Which courses should I take in the first semester?
Is there any introductory course for new MSc students?
Yes. For new international MSc students we offer an introductory course on the first day in the period of lectures. This course is not mandatory but highly recommended. In this lecture, you will be informed about the general structure of the programme, will meet the dean of studies and the student advisors, and can ask all questions you have. This introductory course will be followed by a poster session, which will take place in the Institute of Computer Science. During this poster session, all research groups of the institute as well as the representatives of the specializations present a poster with an overview of their courses and research. This gives you the opportunity to inform yourself about the specializations, the research topics and get in contact with supervisors. As this poster session is open for all MSc students you will also have the opportunity to get in contact with advanced MSc students. Also the student body (“Fachgruppe”) have a poster and will be glad to answer your questions. Their office is on floor -1 and you are always welcome to come by.
How and when should I decide for a specialization?
This depends on your previous knowledge and your interests. There are various specializations, a short overview can be found here. A very good opportunity to get in contact with the research groups is during the poster session for MSc students at the beginning of every semester. We recommend to decide for a specialization at the beginning of the second semester at the latest.
Why do I need a study plan and how can I create it?
Every student needs a study plan to finish his studies successfully. This study plan has to be confirmed by the
respresentative of the chosen specialization or the supervisor (mentor) as well as the study advisor. We
recommend to create the study plan at the beginning of the second semester at the latest. As the MSc programme
is a programme with many options there is no default study plan for all students. Depending on your interests
and previous knowledge you can (and have to) create your individual study plan and select among various
courses. Of course, several criteria have to be fulfilled. They are described in the
If you don’t know which specialization you want to choose we recommend to start with courses from core computer science as you have to collect at least 30 C in this subject area. If you have decided for a specialization and have found a supervisor, you must also confirm your study plan with him/her because many supervisors expect certain courses to be done before you can start with a research project in their group. Registered students should make an appointment with our study advisors for individual counselling if they need help with the study plan.
How can I change the specialization?
If you have just attended a few courses before you want to change, you can easily change the specialization. Just take courses of the other specialization. But please adapt your study plan and discuss it with the study advisor. The new study plan must also be signed by the representative of the new specialization. If you have already finished most courses in a specialization we do not recommend to change it. Usually it is not possible to credit courses of a specific specialization to another specialization. Thus, you will have to start again to collect many credit points, which will extend the length of your studies. But in any case please contact the study advisors. Usually, it is also possible to find a solution.
Is there any opportunity to get to know the research groups of the institute of Computer Science?
WHow do I find a research project and/or a supervisor for my Master thesis?
For MSc students, we offer every semester (first Monday in the period of lectures) a poster session where all research groups of the Institute of Computer Science as well as the representatives of the specializations present a poster with their courses and research. The participation is not mandatory but highly recommended. The event is announced at UniVZ as „Introductory course Applied Computer Science (M.Sc.)”. The poster session gives you the opportunity to inform yourself about specializations, research topics and get in contact with supervisors. But you don’t have to wait for the poster session to contact a prospective supervisor. If you are interested in doing a research project in a certain research group, you can also contact the respective person directly via email, visit his/her office hours or contact him/her after a lecture or a seminar. Please note that there are further research groups in the “applied” specializations where you can also do your thesis. As most supervisors require certain courses and/or seminars as previous knowledge to do a research project in their group it is highly recommended to contact the supervisor early enough. We recommend to choose a specialization and a supervisor at the beginning of the second semester of your MSc studies at the latest.
I would like to write my Master thesis. What are the next steps?
Please read the preceding question/answer for more information about how to find a research project and a supervisor. All information regarding registration and submission of a thesis can be found here below „Bachelor‘s and Master‘s Thesis“. Please contact our study advisors if you need more information.
Which regulations do apply for the MSc programme?
For our study programmes specific regulations regarding admission, structure of the programme, modules belonging to the programme, examinations, duration of studies, etc. apply. For the MSc programme, all regulations - the “Allgemeine Prüfungsordnung” (APO), the “Prüfungs- und Studienordnung” and the “Modulverzeichnis zu der Prüfungs- und Studienordnung” - can be found here. If you have questions please contact our study advisors.
How can I register for examinations?
Are there any prerequisites for examinations that I have fulfil?
Where do I get more information regarding examinations for a specific lecture?
International students/studying abroad
Where do I find more information for international students?
General information for regular international and exchange students at the University of Göttingen can be found here. More detailed information for international students who participate in a regular course of studies can be found here. Göttingen International offers various information about studies, living, expenses, etc. There is also a buddy exchange service for new international students.
I would like to study in Göttingen as an exchange student. Where do I find more information about studying and living in Göttingen?
If you want to study with ERASMUS+ or a partnership programme at the University of Göttingen you will find information here.
Are there any foreign language courses?
Language courses and general key competencies are offered by “ZESS – Zentrale Einrichtung für Sprachen und Schlüsselqualifikationen” (English: Central Office for Languages and Key Qualifications).
Are there any German courses?
German courses are offered by the lectorate “German as a foreign language” at the University of Göttingen:
Can I achieve (language) certificates and are there any certificate programmes?
What can I do in case of an emergency?
In case of an emergency call: 110 (police).
In case of an accident call 112 (fire brigade/ambulance).
The hotline of the University for fault reporting (Störmeldezentrale) is: 0551-39-1171
More information regarding safety on the campus can be found here and here (pdf, in German): Please also have a look at fire alarm information sheets and inform you about rescue routes. These sheets are located next to the elevator on every floor.
After my studies
How can I get business contacts, perform knowledge transfer, or open a Start-up?
The section Business Contacts and Knowledge Transfer of the University of Göttingen is the central point of contact for all internal and external questions concerning the cooperation between science and business. The Start-up support team offers workshops, seminars and special activities for business founders and for those interested in self-employment.