Applied Computer Sciences

Due to the incessant development of faster computers, more powerful storage media and the expanding internet, informatics has become one of the key disciplines in the modern information and communication society. Without the achievements of informatics, there is hardly a practical activity or a scientific discipline that can get along - competent specialists of informatics are needed everywhere.

In the Master’s programme Applied Computer Science students will be prepared to answer sophisticated questions in the field of IT, to take on managerial tasks and to carry out projects independently. Based on their previous qualifications, the students learn to adopt scientific methods of this discipline to solve practical problems, to develop them further in selected fields and to consider (social) implications. Possible occupations in the future are in IT-management, in IT-project management, as consultants for the implementation of information technology, in the further education and research as well as in system development. Moreover, the Master’s programme qualifies the students to pursue a doctoral degree. 

The cornerstone of the Master’s programme is a comprehensive one-year project in which the students acquire skills in informatics methods and develop strategic solutions through problem-oriented learning. In the project, different perspectives from reliable integrated Systems, digital Media Systems or Complex Business Application Systems are adopted. The students can, therefore, select a field as their specialization. Also in other modules the students can choose courses according to their main focus and then specialize in this profile. 

In addition to in-depth modules focusing on specific theoretical competences and specific application areas of informatics, subjects focusing on the qualification in management such as IT-project management, human resources management and intercultural communication are also offered. By dealing with current research results and developments the students can improve their potential of reflection. 

A variety of laboratories and the exciting research focus of different lecturers (e.g. Information Mining, Environmental Informatics, System Integration, Game Based Learning and Mathematic Simulation) provide the students the knowledge, which they need to steer the constantly growing computer world.

Starting with the summer term 2012, students can study the 3-term full-time course Master Applied Informatics.*)

This Master is application-oriented, and offers students the opportunity to specialise in one of the following study profiles:

  • Reliable Integrated Systems
  • Media Informatics
  • Complex Business Application Systems”.

The focal point of the Master course is a comprehensive one-year project. In the projects students learn to develop e.g. integrated 3D simulation systems or multimedia serious games for a museum. They learn to collaborate in interdisciplinary teams and to apply methods of project management under realistic conditions of a project context.
Students apply for one of the Offered Master Projects and decide in this way for the related study profile. In further courses they can deepen their knowledge in this profile.
Languages of instruction are German and English. (Especially the project in media informatics and further courses in this profile can be taught in English.).
The Master course leads to a qualification as Master of Science (M.Sc.).

*) Students who register already in the winter term 2011/12 for the current 4-term master course can change to the new 3-term master in the summer term 2012.

The master course Applied Informatics addresses students with a good or very good Bachelor qualification in Informatics, Media Informatics or a related discipline.
Also students with a diploma in Informatics and professional experiences can deepen their knowledge in this study program.
Based on their previous qualifications, students learn to apply scientific methods of this discipline to practical problems, to develop them further in selected fields and to consider (social) implications. The Master course also qualifies students for PhD studies.