Computer and Information Science – Master of Science

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The Master’s programme in Computer and Information Science at the University of Konstanz focuses on methods and systems to visualise, analyse, explore and process large volumes of data.

One of the big challenges in Computer and Information Science is dealing with data in large information spaces. The problem is finding, analysing, exploring, and visualising the data which is needed in numerous application areas such as economics, geography, medicine, molecular biology, multimedia, quality assurance, automotive industry, and personal information management. 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 systems 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 period3.4. - 15.5./ 15.6. | 1.12. - 15.12./ 15.1.
Admission restrictionsno
ECTS60 or 120

Why study Computer and Information Science at Konstanz?

  • mentoring programme: Master’s students choose an academic supervisor (mentor) during their first semester who helps to provide focus, discusses the advanced coursework and supervises Master’s project and thesis.
  • profiles: study specialisation from the broad field of applied and practical computer science with the following options: 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 paves the way for a successful access 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 business
  • telematics and internet agencies,
  • software companies
  • movies, simulation and 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 and not far away from the Bavarian border. Both states belong to the strongest and most prosperous business locations in Germany.
Moreover our graduates benefit from the advantageous geographical location – the tri-border region comprising Germany, Switzerland and Austria. In all three countries IT-experts are equally in demand.

Programme structure

Programme start

Winter semester & Summer semester

Academic structure

Depending on your completed Bachelor degree programme you can choose between two different programme options for your Master's programme.

Option 1: Two-year Master's programme (4 semesters, 120 ECTS)

  • addresses B.Sc. graduates with a three-year Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information Engineering or in other relevant subjects; completed B.Sc. credits: 180 ECTS credits.
  • Please find further information on the study plan (in German).

Option 2: One-year Master's programme (2 semesters, 60 ECTS)

  • addresses B.Sc. graduates with a four-year Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or in other relevant subjects; completed B.Sc. credits: 240 ECTS credits.
  • Please mind the additional admission requirements for this programme option!
  • Please find 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

An internship period is not an obligatory part of this Master’s programme. However, the Department of Computer and Information Science supports student’s career boosting activities by providing a departmental career advisory 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’s mobility and therefore maintains and establishes new exchange agreements on all degree levels with a variety of European and overseas partner universities. Although a semester abroad is not mandatory we encourage Master’s students to participate in a study and or work exchange.

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 consider applying for our Master’s programme the Study Quiz Computer and Information Science gives you an excellent opportunity to test whether your academic education meets our requirements.

Language skills

English proficiency proof: min. B2 as defined by the CEFR (short description of level B2)

  • Native speaker or Bachelor degree from one of the following countries: USA, UK, Canada, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa
  • 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 courses held 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

Teaching language is English.

Admission requirements

  • Sufficient grade: good or better (German grading system:at least 2.5 or better). For questions on grade conversion please contact the Student Affairs Division.Grading system at the University of Konstanz
  • Academic degree: a three-year minimum and above average degree (B.Sc./M.Sc./Dipl.) in Computer Science, Information Engineering or a related subject from a recognised higher education institution.
  • English proficiency proof: min. B2 as defined by the CEFR
  • Aptitude test: GRE revised General Test (Institution Code (DI): 7174. Applicants with a non-Bologna-degree MUST PASS the GRE test with a minimum of 155 points in each section. (Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning)
  • Letter of motivation: information about your academic background and study specialization (study profile)
  • Specific requirements for applicants who wish to apply for the one-year version: It is mandatory for applicants who wish to apply for the one-year Master’s programme version to give a short summary in which research field from the Department of Computer and Information Science they plan to specialize. Applicants are requested to name an academic supervisor (mentor) and give detailed information on the study profiling of the final area of studies.

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
Beginning 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. The following will generally not be required to pay tuition fees: citizens of a country within the European Union (EU) or the European Economic Area (EEA), doctoral students and certain 'Bildungsinländer' (international students 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, too. You can find more detailed information here.

Application

Admission to the Master's Programme in Computer and Information Science is not restricted. It is possible to begin the study programme in the winter and summer semester.

An application is possible during the following period: 3.4. - 15.5./ 15.6. (winter semester) and 1.12. - 15.12./ 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

Please attach the following documents to your application:

  • application form
  • officially certified copy of your bachelor's degree certificate, with an official translation into German or English, if applicable
  • officially certified copy of your transcript of records for each year/semester of study, showing subjects taken, ECTS-credits and grades obtained, with an official translation into German or English, if applicable
  • students in their final year of study: an officially certified copy of your transcript of records to date, showing subjects taken and grades obtained, with an official translation into German or English, if applicable
  • if applicable: admission examination (see: § 4 admission regulations)
  • documentation of English language skills (Level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF) via TOEFL (minimum score 90 points internet based), IELTS (minimum overall band: 6.0), Cambridge First Certificate in English (minimum grade C); German applicants: English lessons for five years in secondary education in Germany or at least four courses taught in English in a previous study programme at a university in the Bologna region
  • GRE Test Score (official score sheet)
  • statement written by yourself, outlining your suitability and motivation for the programme
  • full curriculum vitae
  • applicants from China: APS certificate (original) issued by the German Embassy in Beijing
  • applicants from Mongolia: APS certificate (original) issued by the German Embassy in Ulan Bator
  • applicants from Vietnam: APS certificate (original) issued by the German Embassy in Hanoi

Application

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