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Part-Time Master’s in CS (and Sections of the Part-Time Page in General)

The goal of the 8-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). 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. In the part-time Master’s program, the Master’s Thesis is extended to a one-year period. The Examination Committee guarantees that the thesis research topic does not exceed the requirements of a 6-month thesis in the full-time Master’s program – despite the longer time period.In addition, students must complete courses in a minor subject, totaling 12 ECTS points. As an alternative, they can also take the same amount of Studium Generale courses. 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.

Master Part-time Computer Science

Master Part-time Computer Science

The goal of the 8-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). 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. In the part-time Master’s program, the Master’s Thesis is extended to a one-year period. The Examination Committee guarantees that the thesis research topic does not exceed the requirements of a 6-month thesis in the full-time Master’s program – despite the longer time period.In addition, students must complete courses in a minor subject, totaling 12 ECTS points. As an alternative, they can also take the same amount of Studium Generale courses. 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

Transfers between Part-Time and Full-Time Programs

As a rule, at the start of each semester, students can transfer from a part-time program to a full-time program, and vice versa. To do so, they must mention this when re-registering for the next semester. When a student transfers to the full-time program, no accreditation is given to accumulated ECTS points that were not received by taking examinations. The President’s Board of the University and the EIM Faculty emphasize that due to the workload necessary for the registration and grade transfer process, a transfer always involves a great deal of paperwork for the Central Examination Office, the Student Registration Office and, last but not least, for the student. Transferring frequently from full-time to part-time, and vice versa, is not prohibited, but is therefore not practical. To set up an optimal individual study plan, the recommended time for a possible transfer is after 2 semesters in the full-time program, or after 4 semesters in the part-time program.

Curriculum

The following document shows the differences between the part-time and the full-time programs. Paragraphs that are not included in the document are the ones that are identical with those in the regulations for the full-time program: Adjustments made for the part-time program

Abbreviations Used


ESSEmbedded Systems and System Software
MMWWHuman-Machine Interaction
MuAModels and Algorithms
NFMinor Subject
PGProject Group
SGStudium Generale
SWTSoftware Technology and Information Systemshttp://www.cs.uni-paderborn.de/en/students/degree-program/part-time-master-in-cs.html#

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