MSc in Global Software Development

What is it about?

M.Sc. in Global Software Development is a modern software development programme with strong relevance to industry. The programme lasts 1.5 years. It is completely taught in English and places special emphasis on project work and intercultural teams.

The programme seeks to prepare graduates for careers as developers, who are able to participate in conception and realization of complex, distributed software systems in a global team. Successful applicants hold a first or undergraduate degree in computer science or a closely related discipline.

Your profile

  • Strive to approach a professional carreer as a software engineer
  • Work in international teams
  • Design and realization of complex distributed software systems

Admission Requirements

  • Degree in computer science with 180 or 210 ECTS
  • Final grade "Good"
  • If you have 180 ECTS you have to additionally 30 ECTS during your study of GSD
  • English language skills: TOEFL 550 points (paper-based test), 213 points (computer-based test), 85 points (internet-based test) od IELTS with a score of band 6,5

Programme structure

The programme is completely taught in English. The first two semesters are organised in five layers: infrastructure, programming, technology, methodology and application (in intercultural teams). The programme offers one course per layer and semester, apart from the layer methodology, which consists of two modules every semester. The third semester is dedicated to writing the Master's Thesis, as well as attending two seminars - a scientific master seminar and a seminar focussing on intercultural communication. The Master's thesis may be written in English or German.

Academic calendar for students who have a 6 semester degree:

Academic calendar for students who have a 7 semester degree:

(the 2. or 3. semester can be completed at a partner university abroad)

Examination regulations

The examination regulations including the module description (module manual) are staged on the websites of the examination office (select PO M.Sc. Global Software Development). Please note that module descriptions are already in English - even if other paragraphs still have to be translated.

Course contents

The programme places special emphasis on project work and intercultural teams. To encourage the development of communication and presentation skills, students present their work in written and oral form, both individually and in groups.

The lecture series offers lectures of (foreign) visiting professors, presentations of research projects held by PhD students/postgraduate students and workshops about soft skills.

One of the following modules must be choosen as elective course:

  • Intercultural Project Management
  • Software Development Project
  • Special Topic of Global Software Development

Professional Prospects

The international programme seeks to prepare graduates for careers as software developers, who are able to participate in conception and realization of complex, distributed software systems in a global team.

Successful graduates will be:

  • fluent in multiple programming languages
  • able to work in a broad range of software development processes (e.g. agile, model driven, test centered, user centered)
  • experienced with web infrastructure and web service technology
  • experienced with multi-layered client-server applications
  • able to work with multi-threading
  • sensible for usability and accessability. 
HOW TO APPLY

At a glance

  • Degree: Master of Science
  • Standard Period of Study: 3-4 Semester
  • Language: English
  • Start of the programme: Summer and Winter semester
  • Application deadline international students (non EU-citizens): 
    1st November/31 May
  • Introductory phase: 1-2 weeks prior study commences

Head of study programme

Prof. Dr.

Rainer Todtenhöfer

Software-Engineering, Development of Complex Software Systems and Middleware

Contact

Prof. Dr.

Rainer Todtenhöfer

Software-Engineering, Development of Complex Software Systems and Middleware

+49 661 9640-340
+49 661 9640-349
Building 51, Room 101
Consultation hours
Wednesday, 16:00 - 17:00 Registration by e-mail required
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Merete Hirth

Study Programme Coordinator

Contact

Merete Hirth

Study Programme Coordinator

+49 661 9640-343
+49 661 9640-349
Building 43, Room 102
Consultation hours
Mon 3 - 4 pm Wed 11 - 12 am open office, registration is not required,…
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