Applied Computer Science
At a glance
Programme titleApplied Computer Science
Starts insummer semester
DegreeMaster of Science
Language of instructionGerman
5 good reasons
Choose from 3 exciting majors
Also get to know the other two
Work in our state-of-the-art labs (usability & VR for example)
Be qualified for the questions of the future
Combine theory and practice
It's a match if
You know some programming languages
You have a bachelor’s degree from a related field
You want to work in teams
You want to contribute to projects
You’re creative and interested in solutions not problems
What it’s about
Computer science makes our lives easier in so many ways: Contact people, pay bills, make data available and use them. All of this can be improved even further, work even faster and more secure. The focus of this degree programme is on how to do all that and what other possibilities there are: From controlling medical software without touching anything, to security structures and apps that are fun to use.
Course structure & majors
At the beginning of your studies you decide for one of three majors:
- Internet security
- Mobile computing
The major you choose determines the project you will be working on in the first and second semester of your studies together with other students. In addition, at least two of the electives you complete in these semesters must be from your major.
But don’t worry, you can get an insight into the other majors through more electives. And since all three majors are interconnected in some way or other, you have the opportunity to see and understand these relations.
Throughout your studies you can work in our labs; there are a number of state-of-the-art computer labs and three particular highlights:
- the usability lab
- the mobile security lab
- the human-computer lab
In your third semester, you have five months to really focus on a topic of your choice and write your mater’s thesis.
The internet has become one of the most normal things in our everyday lives: We e-mail and zoom, we google and we doodle, we shop and we pay online, we feed our data to numerous apps. You see, there is a lot to do in the area of internet security: Encrypt data, enable secure authentication of the sender and the recipient of a message, anonymise communication. The cryptographic techniques to do all this exist already – a simple and transparent security infrastructure is what is lacking.
We mostly communicate wireless nowadays – we use smartphones, tablets and laptops, employing web apps or programmes installed on each device. We’d like all that to be fast and safe of course.
If you want to play a part in shaping this and similar topics and if Wi-Fi, UMTS and LTE are not just random letters to you, this is your major.
Touch screens are great as long as they react as we want them to. Life without our smartphones is almost unimaginable by now – but the software systems behind them are very complex. And yet, they should be super easy to use. For that to work, as a developer you have to think like a user at all stages of your work. You understand that analysis, documentation and optimising are worth the investment to make software easy to use and aesthetically appealing.
You want to continue your studies?
Of course you can pursue a doctorate with this degree. You are up-to-date on the topic of your choice and your studies not only provided you with a lot of opportunity to apply your knowledge you also acquired and extended a sound theoretical basis. You are able to present this knowledge in an academically sound manner, in the form of conference papers for example.
You want to work?
Your master’s degree qualifies you to work in management level positions in IT. Your tasks and responsibilities could include
- application-oriented software development
- administration network systems
- network security
- multimedia and web programming
- consulting and project management
IT departments in a variety of industries will seek your knowledge and skills. Some of these sectors are:
- the automotive industry
- pharmaceutical industry and health sector
- insurances and banks
- research and development
- game development and entertainment industry
But of course you can also make your own ideas become reality and start your own company.
How do I apply?
If what you have read so far matches your strengths, interests and your idea of what you would like to study and do – in short, if this sounds like the perfect degree programme for you, you should apply.
Applying for a master’s degree programme is not much different from what you did when you applied for your bachelor’s degree programme. Depending on whether you have acquired your university entrance qualification in Germany or abroad, the application process varies. If you went to school outside Germany, please apply via uni-assist. If your university entrance qualification was issued by a German school, please apply via our Online Service Tool.