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Computer Science (M.Sc.)

Programme name: Applied Computer Science
Degree: Master of Science (M.Sc.)
Standard period of study: 4 semesters
Starting semester: winter and summer semester
Admission: limited admission (application to the Faculty)
Admission requirements: B.Sc. in Computer Science or equivalent
Language requirements: excellent English proficiency or proficiency in English and German (verification required) (see Regulations)
Application: application
Application deadline:
for foreign nationals and stateless applicants :
April 15th (winter semester); October 15th (summer semester)

for all other applicants :
June 15th (winter semester); December 15th (summer semester)

Programme description
Computer science is the science of systematic and automated processing of information. It deals with the structures, characteristics and possibilities to describe information and information processing as well as the setup, working method and construction principles of computer systems. General procedural methods of information processing and general methods of their application are researched. The programme contents include the development of modern experimental and product oriented information processing systems. Computer science can be divided into the areas of theoretical computer science, practical computer science, technical computer science as well as applied computer science.

Students will deal with the possibilities of structuring, formalisation and mathematization of application areas in the form of special models and simulations. They will acquire knowledge in engineering development of software systems for different areas of application with special consideration of high adaptability and the man-computer interaction of such systems.

The programme aims to convey extensive knowledge in the subject of computer science in theory and practice as well as with reference to an application subject. This comprises methods to solve application problems and their realization in an appropriate computer form.

In Göttingen, particular importance is placed on the close connection with the application subject. In addition, the practical orientation can be further developed through project work and external internships. These internships are undertaken in an industrial company or a research institute.
Those selecting computer science as their subject of study should be interested in a mathematically formal as well as an application-oriented practical way of working. The capability of working in a team is an important requirement for later daily work. Knowledge of the English language is required. Specialised knowledge, especially in programming, is not required.

Programme structure
The Master’s programme comprises 120 credit points made up of:

  • 1. Modules from the area of Core Informatics (30 credits)
  • 2. Modules from the specialisation of Applied Informatics (at least 15 credits)
  • 3. Modules from the specialisations of the application subjects (at least 15 credits)
  • 4. 30 credits freely selected from the three above mentioned blocks. These credits can also be acquired through project work in a work group, within the area of Computer Science/Applied Informatics.
  • 5. The Master’s thesis in Computer Science of Applied Informatics (30 credit points).

As long as the special demands are fulfilled in a special subject of Computer Science along with a compatible application subject, an additional certificate specifying the subject orientation will be issued by the institute. Details are found in the examination and programme regulations.

Fields of occupation
Computer scientists are required in almost all subject disciplines. Typical fields of work include software and hardware development; consulting and training; further development and adaptation of application systems; service and maintenance of computer networks; training and teaching; research and development. Different fields of work are also possible depending on the application subject. Career prospects for graduates of Computer Science are very good due to the interdisciplinary programme. Modern IT systems are now so complex and interlinked that highly trained specialists are in demand.