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 period25.3. - 15.5. / 15.7. (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

This programme is taught in English. A sufficient language proficiency proof is therefore required. A missing or invalid proof of English language proficiency will lead to the exclusion of the application.

We expect a level of at least high B2 as defined by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRshort description of level B2)

We only accept the following language proficiency proofs without any exception:

  • 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
  • Evidence of 5 years continuous English classes, level German secondary school up to Abitur (German equivalent to A-level), minimum grade "befriedigend" or better
  • Successful completion of a minimum of four subject-related courses held in English in a previous relevant degree program or exchange program (ERASMUS etc.) in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland
  • Successful completion of a minimum of three subject-related courses in English and the writing of the final thesis in English in a previous relevant degree program in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland
  • High school or Bachelor degree or study exchange certificate (min. one semester) from an English educational institution from one of the following countries: USA, UK, Canada, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa

Language(s) of instruction

This programme is taught in English.

Admission requirements

Our departmental admission committee decides on the basis of the application documents and a points system on the applicant’s eligibility for the master’s programme in Computer and Information Science.

Requirements such as the final grade, subject relevance, motivation and additional subject-related activities such as internships, studies abroad etc. and/or special subject-related commitments such as subject-related MOOCs, etc. and the GRE revised General Test score (if applicable) are assessed and evaluated. Detailed information on the procedure and the admission requirements can be found on our website.

For details, please see the admission regulations.

Fees

Semester fee

All students enrolled at the University of Konstanz are charged a semester fee each semester, similar to all other German universities. Here you can find the current semester fee and its individual components.

Tuition fees for first degree studies for some international students
Starting in the winter semester 2017/18, the state of Baden-Württemberg will require some international students to pay university tuition fees for their first degree studies. You will not be required to pay tuition fees if you are an EU (European Union) or EEA (European Economic Area) national, a doctoral student or a so-called “Bildungsinländer” (international student with German Abitur). You can find more detailed information here.

Tuition fees for second degree studies for all students
All students will be required to pay tuition fees for their second degree studies starting in the winter semester 2017/18. You can find more detailed information here.
Once a year, the University of Konstanz grants exemptions to a limited number of particularly gifted international degree-seeking students in accordance with the Begabtenbefreiuungssatzung (statutes governing the exemption of gifted students). You can find more detailed information here.

Application and application documents

Admission to the Master's Programme in Computer and Information Science is not restricted. You can begin the study programme in the winter and summer semesters.

An application is possible during the following period:
winter semester: 25.3. – 15.5. / 15.6. (no visa)
summer semester: 3.12. – 15.12 / 15.1. (no visa)

There may be other deadlines if you are applying for admission to a higher semester (for instance, if you are changing subjects or universities). For more information please consult the university website.
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An application is possible during the following period: 25.3. - 15.5. / 15.7. (no visa) (winter semester) and 3.12. - 15.1. (summer semester). There may be other deadlines if you are applying for admission to a higher semester (for instance, if you are changing subjects or universities). For more information please consult the university website.

Application documents

The following documents are part of your application. Please note that this list is not binding. It only serves as an orientation.

  1. application form
  2. officially certified copy of your bachelor's degree certificate with an official translation into German or English.
    Students in their final year of study can hand in the degree certificate later.
  3. officially certified copy of your transcript of records showing subjects taken, credits and grades obtained, with an official translation into German or English.
    For applicants enrolled at the Department of Computer and Information Science at the University of Konstanz, an uncertified transcript of records is sufficient.
  4. documentation of English language skills (see language skills)
  5. table of equivalence
    Not applicable for applicants with a B.Sc. degree in Computer Science or Information Engineering from the University of Konstanz.
    A handwritten completion of the form is not acceptable and may lead to a non-review of the application.
  6. personal statement questionnaire.
    A handwritten completion of the form is not acceptable and may lead to a non-review of the application.
  7. full curriculum vitae (max. 2 pages)
    A handwritten CV is not acceptable and may lead to a non-review of the application.
  8. GRE General Test (official score sheet; Institution Code (DI): 7174); if applicable
  9. applicants from China, Mongolia, Vietnam: APS certificate (original) issued by the German Embassy in Beijing / Ulan Bator / Hanoi.
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