Applied Computer Science (MSc)

At a glance

Study programme
Applied Computer Science (MSc)
Applied Computer Science
Embedded Systems, Internet Engineering, Digital Media/Media IT, Business IT
Master of Science (M.Sc.)
Type of programme
Campus-based programme
Standard Duration
4 semesters
Start of study programme
Summer and winter semesters
Admission Restriction
The programme has unrestricted admission.
Admission Requirements
First degree qualifying for a profession, with a standard duration of at least three years or worth at least 180 ECTS credits, from a recognised higher education institution, in Computer Science or a related discipline with an equivalent number of computer science components. The overall grade must be at least 75 percent of the required level [corresponds to the German grade 2.5]. In exceptional cases – e.g. where applicants are especially successful in a relevant professional capacity – a lower overall grade may also be accepted. To develop their specialist knowledge, applicants may be required to attend courses and seminars in the Bachelor’s programme.
Language of instructions
German, some courses in English
Language Requirements
For international students: DSH 2 level German language skills by the day of enrolment. At the time of application, a lower level is sufficient. For the winter semester, applications up to 30 April: B 1 or equivalent; applications from 1 May: DSH 1 or B 2 or equivalent. For the summer semester, applications up to 31 October: B 1 or equivalent; applications from 1 November: DSH 1 or B 2 or equivalent.
Application Deadline
In each case by the start of lectures of the subsequent semester

What Is This Programme About?

The four-semester Master’s programme deepens the mathematical, technical/IT and business administration knowledge that you have already gained during a Bachelor’s programme. You can choose one of the following four specialisations: 

  • Embedded Systems: computer engineering topics in relation to embedded systems, e.g. Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Internet Engineering: design, development and implementation of complex technical systems in the interdisciplinary field of information and communications technology
  • Digital Media/Media IT: design, development and implementation of interactive systems, especially computer games, virtual reality, augmented reality, user-centred design and artificial intelligence
  • Business IT: complex practical aspects of business management applications, such as business intelligence, data analysis and visualisation, business applications, business process management, supply chain management.

Why Choose This Programme?

The programme is designed for graduates with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or a related discipline who wish to

  • specialise in one of the four available areas,
  • develop their methodological skills and knowledge of computer engineering,
  • work on scientific problems to develop innovative solutions and
  • work on research projects, and who
  • are aiming to proceed to a doctoral degree after successful completion,
  • enjoy working as part of a team and have good English skills.

If you have a degree in computer science and wish to enhance your methodological and computer science skills and knowledge by specialising in one of these three areas, then this might well be suitable for you.

How is the programme structured?

The Master’s programme in Applied Computer Science is divided into three semesters of study and one final semester for writing the Master’s thesis. Students acquire a broad and solid base of subject and specialist knowledge and learn about the connections between different technologies and possible solutions. In the process they also learn how to develop and apply scientific methods and knowledge. The taught courses are supplemented at all stages of the programme by laboratory exercises, practicals and project work. Some courses are additionally run in conjunction with practitioners, which enables students to put the theory they have learned directly into practice.

Where does it lead?

Graduates of the programme are employed in virtually all sectors and sizes of company and in the public sector. The study programme also offers an excellent basis for launching a business startup. Graduates hold professional positions in specialist departments such as IT, organisation, development, strategy, controlling and marketing, and are equipped to advance to management positions. They are also in great demand in consultancies and software companies. They work on developing their specialist field and can earn further qualifications by studying for a doctorate. The Doctoral Research Centre for Applied Computer Science makes it possible for the first time in Germany for graduates to continue onto doctoral study in Applied Computer Science at a university of applied sciences.

Need help?

Subject-related advice

Birgit Kremer

Study Programme Coordinator

Building 43 , Room 102
Birgit Kremer+49 661 9640-3035
Consultation hours
Appointments by email and regard course in moodle (eLearning).

General advice

Susan Gamper

Central Student Advisory Service (ZSB)

Head of Central Student Advisory Service (ZSB)

Building 10 (SSC) , Room 211
Susan Gamper+49 661 9640-1430
Consultation hours
Aktuell telefonisch (Mo.-Fr., je 9-15 Uhr) und per E-Mail erreichbar.
Office hours
Mon – Fri

Advice for international students

Britta Simon


Building 10 , Room 105
Britta Simon+49 661 9640-1453
Consultation hours
Mo: 9 – 11 Uhr Mi: 13.30 – 15.30 Uhr Fr: 09 – 11 Uhr
Office hours
Mo–Do: 9 – 12 Uhr, 14 - 15.30 Uhr Fr: 8:30 – 12 Uhr