Networked information technology permeates all areas of life. Business Intelligence, autonomous vehicles, intelligent systems, mobile computing are keywords that describe the current trends. System developers and software architects require extensive specialist knowledge and additional skills. These are acquired in the master's degree course in Applied Computer Science.
EQUIPPED TO TACKLE THE TASKS OF TOMORROW
The Master’s program in Applied Computer Science equips more in-depth theoretical knowledge in the various fields of Computer Science and extends their expertise in selected fields of major fields of studies. This qualifies to undertake development work and also to take on management functions in industrial companies. The Master’s degree also qualifies to a doctorate and ultimately to work in research.
THE CHOICE IS YOURS
The Master's degree in Applied Computer Science allows three specializations. The specialization Autonomous Systems covers methods and technologies as they are used in autonomous vehicles and systems. The Data Science specialization focuses on the analysis of large amounts of data from industry, research and business and their utilization. The specialization IT-Security imparts skills to better protect systems, networks and involved components like software.
If you cannot decide on one of the three specializations, you can choose an individual specialization according to your interests. If all elective modules are chosen from one specialization, the specialization will be shown in the final certificate. In the case of an individual specialisation, no specialisation is indicated in the final certificate.
RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
The Master's program imparts skills that go far beyond a Bachelor's program. The curriculum is very research oriented. Two large research projects have to be done, a publication in addition to Master’s Thesis must be written. The close cooperation with the Fraunhofer KEIM Applied Research Center which is sited at Department of Information Technology ensures that always a large range of interesting and current research topics. The Department of Information Technology has a sound network of industrial partners which offer assignments for research projects and final theses. This ensures that the course content is always up-to-date, and oriented towards actual research and modern applications.
HOW IS THE PROGRAM STRUCTURED?
The Master's program takes three semesters to complete. The first two semesters are each divided into three sections: core modules of computer science, electives and research projects. The work for the Master’s Thesis is done in the third semester.
The core modules extend the theoretical foundation in the areas of computer science, IT security and theoretical computer science. The research project can be carried out in companies, research institutions or at the Faculty of Information Technology. Elective modules can be chosen from the three study foci Autonomous Systems, Data Science or IT Security, or they can be chosen across foci if an individual specialization is desired. The study program is completed with the master thesis in the third semester. The master thesis can also be carried out in companies, research institutions or at the Faculty of Information Technology.
After completion of the master's program, there is the possibility of a cooperative doctorate at a partner university, or at the Fraunhofer Application Center KEIM in cooperation with the University of Stuttgart.