Computer and Information Science – Master of Science

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Graduate studies; requires an undergraduate university degree.

The Master’s programme in Computer and Information Science at the University of Konstanz is geared towards the computer-assisted processing of large volumes of data and is designed to provide students interested in the development of complex information and analysis systems with the requisite knowledge. These systems feature a combination of automatic data analysis procedures and interactive visualization. Ensuring that this type of system is both technically feasible and user-friendly requires a thorough grasp of a variety of methods and technologies from different branches of computer science:

  • information system development (e.g. databases, software engineering, and networks),
  •  visualization (e.g. computer graphics and computer vision),
  • data analysis (e.g. data mining and visual analytics),
  • algorithms (e.g. network science and signal processing) and
  •  information science (e.g. interaction design and information retrieval).

Overview

DegreeMaster of Science
Programme startWinter semester & Summer semester
Period of study2 or 4 semesters
Application period25.03. - 15.5. / 15.6. (no visa) | 3.12. - 15.1.
Admission restrictionsno
ECTS60 or 120

Why study Computer and Information Science at Konstanz?

  • mentoring programme: As a master’s student, you will choose an academic supervisor (mentor) during your first semester who you can turn to for added focus, discuss your advanced coursework with and who will supervise your master’s project and thesis
  • profiles: specialisation in one of the following disciplines within the broad field of applied and practical computer science: Data Mining/Big Data, Digital Libraries, Interactive Systems, Network Science, Systems, Visual Computing, Sports Informatics, Bio Informatics
  • high tech: excellent and innovative technical labs, facilities and study conditions, e.g. a powerwall for visualizing large volumes of data, E-david (painting robot), media room
  • research-oriented: relevant project work that is integrated in the current research work of our research groups 
  • career support: Our Career Passport programme is your gateway to the German labor market

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Prospects and opportunities

Career prospects

Graduates who have successfully completed the Master's Programme in Computer and Information Science pursue careers as

  • data scientists and data analysts
  • software developers and consultants
  • system designers and engineers
  • interaction designers and usability engineers


in fields where large volumes of data are processed and visualized, such as

  • banking and insurance businesses
  • telematics and internet agencies,
  • software companies
  • movies, simulation and the computer games industry
  • market research, management consultations,
  • logistics and network management
  • medicine and molecular biology

The city of Konstanz is located in the state of Baden-Württemberg not far away from the Bavarian border. Both states are among the strongest and most prosperous business locations in Germany.
Our graduates also benefit from the city’s advantageous geographical location in the international region where the borders of Germany, Switzerland and Austria converge. IT experts are equally in demand in all three countries.

You can find out more about career entry in the interview series #dreamjob - Starting a career. Alumni of the University of Konstanz report on their very personal career entry.

Programme structure

Programme start

Winter semester & Summer semester

Academic structure

We offer our students a two-year master's programme (4 semesters, 120 ECTS):

  • for BSc graduates with a three-year bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information Engineering or another relevant subject; completed BSc credits: 180 ECTS
  • Please click the following link for further information on the study plan (in German).


Additional information about the programme structure is available at the Exam regulations (in German).

Internship and study abroad

Internships

You are not required to complete an internship as part of your master’s programme. However, the Department supports you with a departmental career service, a placement data pool and several activities that focus on different aspects of employability.

Study abroad

The Department of Computer and Information Science supports student mobility and therefore maintains and establishes new exchange agreements at all degree levels with a variety of partner universities in Europe and overseas. Although a semester abroad is not mandatory, we encourage our master’s students to participate in a study and/or work exchange programme.

Requirements

What interests and skills should I have?

  • strong computer science background
  • interest in our profiles
  • affinity for scientific research

Online self-assessment test Computer and Information Science
If you are thinking about applying for our master’s programme, the study quiz Computer and Information Science will provide you with an excellent opportunity to test whether your academic education to date meets our requirements.

Language skills

Foreign language skills
Required English language skills at least
B2 as defined by the CEFR (short description of level B2)

  • Native speaker or bachelor’s degree from one of the following countries: USA, UK, Canada, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand,               South Africa
  • Evidence of five years of continuous English classes at  German secondary school level up to the Abitur (German equivalent to A-       level), minimum grade “befriedigend” or better
  • Successful completion of a minimum of four courses taught in English in a previous relevant degree programme or exchange               programme (ERASMUS etc.) in the Bologna area
  • TOEFL: minimum score: 90 (institution code, name and type: B226 U Konstanz Dept Comp/Info Sci)
  • IELTS (academic test): minimum score: 6
  • Cambridge First Certificate in English: minimum grade: C
  • Language(s) of instruction

    This programme is taught in English.