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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

Studies

Are you motivated and do you really want to make a difference?

That’s why you decided to register at our university and belong to our student body, or you would like to soon.We’re glad to hear that because studying Computer Science at the University of Paderborn is the right decision for you!

For years, the Computer Science Department in Paderborn has been holding one of the top CHE Ranking positions (see the current rankings (only available in German)). The statistics prove that our student support, course offerings, and industry-relevant study programs are exceptionally excellent.We provide our students numerous possibilities to determine and design their own individual study plan and academic career (like with a semester abroad at one of our partner universities). In addition to offering a wide range of courses in our Bachelor’s and Master’s programs so that you can specialize in your area of choice, we also give you the opportunity to participate in our PhD program.

For our first-semester students, we have helpful information especially for their needs. And we also provide a mentor program that gives students further support along their way to successfully completing their degree.

 

Our Degree Program at the Department of Computer Science at the Paderborn University are distinguished by an academic orientation, particular focus on contents and an adequate arrangement of used forms of study. The degree programs are not limited to conveying current valid contents, but also include the basic concepts and methods, which are relevant to their prevailing trends.
Through basic research, the graduates are qualified for successfully working in their profession, throughout their entire professional life. This global objective is accommodated in the whole design of the study program. For this, basic concepts are presented in a coherent and cross-divisional manner, a sound education in mathematical basics is conveyed and extending, as well as deepening modules for individual areas are offered in cross-sectional events.
All our Degree Program are offered in a Bachelor- and Master system:

In general, you must collect a certain number of ECTS points throughout your studies, to successfully complete the required modules and therefor graduate. You can find further information about the distribution of ECTS points on the pages of the individual study programs. 

The first four semesters of the Bachelor Study Program, are the so-called undergraduate studies and consist of mainly compulsory courses.
The second phase, the specialization, of the Bachelor Study Program takes place in the 5th and 6th semester. Here the students are offered certain options based on their interests.

The Master Study Program is completed in four semesters and is based on deepening the knowledge acquired during the Bachelor.
In some study programs, project groups are added and in some master study programs, there is the opportunity to visit lectures in English.

To extend the interdisciplinary knowledge, e.g. during the Bachelor – and master Study Program computer Science, 12 ECTS points are to be accomplished in interfaculty lectures. In the Bachelor Study Program the rule holds, that the scope of the subsidiary subject plus the scope of the interfaculty lectures add up to 25 points.

The opportunity to learn and get help with solving problems offers the Computer Science Learning Center.

In the scope of the support for the best high potential, we offer the Support Program PRISMA during the Masters.

For teacher study programs, there is the possibility to take part in the section studies (Profilstudium) “Media & Education”. As Media- and Information technologies are of great significance for schools nowadays.
Aside from conveying subject matters accordingly to the curriculum, it is becoming more and more a central task for teachers, to convey media competences and is therefor an equally important educational task.

Furthermore, the Department of Computer Science offers you, after a successful Master´s Degree, the opportunity to pursue a doctorate. Scientific staff positions, in which the preparation of a doctoral thesis is embedded, are advertised on a regular basis.
One of our aims is to promote and challenge our scientific offspring with the corresponding resources they require.

Currently, at the Department of Computer Science, we have a cooperation with the local company Benteler. Besides the usual Bachelor Study, students can complete a high practical part at an early stage of their studies and have a strong partner by their side.

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