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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 new exam regulation 2017

Here you can find information about the old exam regulations from 2009



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.
Very general information about the study program can be found in some presentation slides as PDF.

Slides and Screencast of the presentation for the new international students, held on October 12, 2017 by Prof. Szwillus.

Curriculum

The following table shows an example curriculum

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. 

PreMaster Courses

Some of you have been admitted to the Master Program in Computer Science under the condition that you pass one or two preparatory courses (PreMaster courses), because of some deficits in your previous Bachelor education. These courses were assigned to you when your admission documents were checked against eligibility. The following six PreMaster courses will be given, some of them having two parts, some only one:

  • Mathematics 1 and 2
  • Software Engineering 1 and 2
  • Softskills, Management
  • Models and Algorithms 1 and 2
  • Systems 1 and 2
  • Foundations of Human-Computer-Interaction

If such a course has been assigned to you, you should clear it in the first year (first or second semester) of your study. While you have not yet passed the course, you can not enter some of the regular courses of the Master program, which require the content of the PreMaster course. Courses without this pre-requisite can be started right away.

The courses will be held according to the following time scheme, and will be given once a year:

Modul 1Modul 2
October
NovemberMathematics 1Software Engineering 1
DecemberMathematics 1Software Engineering 1
JanuaryMathematics 2Software Engineering 2
FebruaryMathematics 2Software Engineering 2
MarchSoftskills
AprilModels and Algorithms 1Systems 1
MayModels and Algorithms 1Systems 1
JuneModels and Algorithms 2Systems 2
JulyModels and Algorithms 2Systems 2
August
SeptemberFoundations of Human-Computer-Interaction

All courses will be available in PAUL soon and all students who have been assigned to a course will be added as participants automatically from the central examination office. Hence, after some time, the PreMaster course should show up in your PAUL account as a mandatory course.

The organizers/teachers of the courses will contact you about organisation details of the PreMaster course (date, time, place) in due time.

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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