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Studierende auf der Lernfläche des Instituts für Informatik, Foto: Universität Paderborn, Fotografin: Judith Kraft
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Studierende auf der Lernfläche des Instituts für Informatik, Foto: Universität Paderborn, Fotografin: Judith Kraft

Information about the exam regulations from 2009

Information about the new exam regulations starting 2017

Master Program Computer Science

Here you find information about the degree program Master of Computer Science. Information about the Bachelor program is only available in German.

The goal of the 4-semester Master in Computer Science program is to deepen the knowledge students acquired in the Bachelor’s program by providing specialized knowledge in one or several fields of computer science. The Master’s program requires that one of the four computer science fields is selected as a specialization area. The students must complete 3 modules (of 8 ECTS each) in this specialization area. In the three other CS fields, they must complete one module (of 8 ECTS each) in each field. The modules offered in the four fields are listed in the 2009 Module Handbook.

Master’s students must also participate in a project group (30 ECTS). For a general overview of the current and previously offered project group topics, please refer to the project group information site. This is a well-approved 2-semester type of course in which a team cooperates together on a relevant research topic. For a general overview of the current and previously offered project group topics, please refer to the project group information site. When completing the Master’s program, students often derive their final Master’s Thesis (30 ECTS) from their project group’s research topic, or from a topic in their area of specialization. However, this is not mandatory. 

Students must also complete a total of 12 ECTS points either in minor courses or in the Studium Generale. To complete an English-language Master’s degree, foreign students must complete a German language course in the Studium Generale, amounting to 12 ECTS points. As a prerequisite, German-speaking Master’s students must prove sufficient proficiency in English during their course of studies, and complete courses taught in English amounting to at least 24 ECTS points. All project groups are held in English!

Curriculum

The following table shows an example curriculum for a case in which a student chose ESS as a specialization area. In this case, the student must complete three ESS modules (ESS 1, ESS 2 und ESS 3). In the three other general subject areas, one module each must be completed. The time schedule for the individual modules is only an example. The students themselves decide which modules to complete when, depending on their interests and when the courses are available. Please note that modules need not (and sometimes cannot) be studied within one semester, but are spread out over two or more semesters.

Abbreviations used
ESS
MMW
MuA
NF
PG
SG 
SWT
Eingebettete Systeme und Systemsoftware
Mensch-Maschine-Wechselwirkung
Modelle und Algorithmen
Nebenfach
Projektgruppe
Studium Generale
Softwaretechnik und Informationssysteme
Master Program Computer Science

Both the Bachelor’s as well as the Master’s program are systematically divided into modules, which means that all of the academic credit points, with the exception of the final thesis, are earned by completing modules. To structure the Computer Science program, the subject matter has been divided into four specialization areas. 

Concept of Computer Science Programs

The most distinguishing characteristics of the Computer Science programs at the University of Paderborn are their distinctly scientific nature, special areas of focus, and well-structured types of various academic programs. The Computer Science programs are scientific study programs, based on teaching the fundamental concepts and methods.

Studium Generale

In the English Master in Computer Science there are currently 3 possible standard minor subjects (12 ECTS): Mathematics, Economy and Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. However there is no need to take any of these courses, alternatively the general education ("Studium Generale", 12 ECTS) can be taken. Furthermore every international (non-German speaking) student has to take and pass a German language course (this is not mentioned in the examination regulation). For this reason nearly all non-German speaking students take the general education with the German language course. Students not doing it this way, are already already able to speak German or learn it somewhere else.

Minor Studies

In the English Master in Computer Science there are currently 3 possible standard minor subjects (12 ECTS): Mathematics, Economy and Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. However there is no need to take any of these courses, alternatively the general education ("Studium Generale", 12 ECTS) can be taken. Furthermore every international (non-German speaking) student has to take and pass a German language course (this is not mentioned in the examination regulation). For this reason nearly all non-German speaking students take the general education with the German language course. Students not doing it this way, are already already able to speak German or learn it somewhere else.

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