International Programmes 2019/2020

Master of Science in Computer Science MSc Computer Science

University of Passau • Passau

Degree
Master of Science in Computer Science
Course location
Passau
Teaching language
  • English
Languages

This degree programme comprises both English- and German-taught modules and can be studied entirely in either language. Making use of the free German language tuition offered to international students is strongly recommended to ensure that students have access to the full range of focus modules at the later stage of their studies. Speakers of French may study the double degree programme with INSA Lyon, and there is an English-taught double degree option with HSE Moscow, Russia.

Programme duration
4 semesters
Beginning
Winter and summer semester
More information on beginning of studies
The programme starts in October and April each year.
Application deadline

Applications for the summer semester intake (April start) must reach us by 15 December; for the winter semester intake (October), 15 June.

Tuition fees per semester in EUR
None
Combined Master's degree / PhD programme
No
Joint degree / double degree programme
Yes
Description/content

Computer Science is one of the drivers of technological progress in all economic and social spheres. When you graduate with an MSc in Computer Science, you will be a specialist in at least one field of computer science, and you will have a wide-ranging expertise in scientific methods.

Having completed this programme, you will be able to autonomously and comprehensively define computer science problems and their applications. You will also be able to structure them and build abstract models. Moreover, you will have the relevant knowledge to define and implement state-of-the-art solutions.

Course organisation

You will choose modules from the following five subject areas (please note that only areas 3 to 5 can be studied entirely in English; for areas 1 and 2, there is an insufficient number of English-taught modules to gain the required number of credits):

1) Algorithms and Mathematical Modelling (requires German language skills)
2) Programming and Software Systems (requires German language skills)
3) Information and Communication Systems
4) Intelligent Technical Systems
5) IT Security and Reliability


1) Algorithms and Mathematical Modelling (AlgMath): This module group teaches you about deterministic and stochastic algorithms and how they are implemented, evaluated, and optimised. You will acquire advanced knowledge of computer-based mathematical methods – particularly in the areas of algorithmic algebra and computational stochastics – as well as in-depth knowledge on mathematical modelling and complexity analysis of discrete and continuous problems.

2) The Programming and Software Systems (ProgSoft) subject area imparts modern methods for constructing large-scale software systems as well as creating and using software authoring, analysis, and optimisation tools. You will also consolidate your knowledge of various programming paradigms and languages. Moreover, you will explore the structure of language processing systems and learn to deal with parallelism in programme routines.

3) In the module group Information and Communication Systems (InfComm), you will study the interactions of the classic computer-science subjects of information systems and computer networks. This specialisation presents an answer to the problem of increasing volume and complexity of worldwide information distribution and networks as well as an answer to the growing requirements on quality and performance of computer communication. You will also learn how to transfer database results to multimedia data.

4) Intelligent Technical Systems (ITS): This module group teaches you the necessary knowledge in systems theory, machine learning and signal and image processing to explore the theory and practical application of intelligent, self-learning systems.

5) IT Security and Reliability (ITSecRel): This subject area is concerned with the security and reliability of IT systems, e.g. in hardware circuitry, communication protocols or complex, networked application systems. To ensure the secure operation of these systems, you will learn design methods, secure architectures, and technical implementation of the underlying components.

Types of assessment

Courses and seminars operate on the assumption that students will do a good deal of preparation and follow-up work outside the classroom, with support from the respective lecturers but nevertheless conducted independently.

Modules are assessed during or at the end of each semester. European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) credits are awarded when the respective module has been passed and the required coursework submitted. Assessments and coursework are usually graded. The forms of assessment include written and oral examinations, student presentations and written reports, essays and papers or a combination of the above. A Master's thesis must be written as part of the programme.

The final grade for the programme is the average mark of all graded modules.

A Diploma supplement will be issued
Yes
International elements
  • Specialist literature in other languages
  • Language training provided
  • Training in intercultural skills
  • Courses are led with foreign partners
Integrated internships

There is no formal internship requirement for this degree programme. Nevertheless, we recommend that you go to the effort of completing one or more voluntary internships as you study towards your degree.

Course-specific, integrated German language courses
Yes
Course-specific, integrated English language courses
Yes
The course of study can be taken entirely online
No
Digital learning and teaching modules
  • MOOCs
  • Video learning
  • Chats with lecturers
  • Wikis
Description of e-learning elements

The university uses ILIAS, a platform that provides a web-based e-learning functionality. Lecturers can decide on a course-by-course basis whether to offer the e-learning functionality, which is used to varying degrees throughout the university.

Furthermore, the university is a member of BVU – the Bavarian Virtual University. As this is a joint project among Bavarian universities, students enrolled at the University of Passau have access to the BVU's vast offering of online courses (MOOCs).

Participation in the e-learning course elements is compulsory
No
Can ECTS points be acquired by taking the online programmes?
No
Can the e-learning elements be taken without signing up for the course of study?
No
Tuition fees per semester in EUR
None
Semester contribution
The semester contribution fee is 72 EUR per semester. This covers the student services association and bus pass fees.
Costs of living
You should budget for a minimum of 720 EUR per month for accommodation, food, transport and other activities. However, this sum does not yet include your health insurance contributions! If you need a visa to come to Germany, this is the amount you must have available to you (e.g., paid into a blocked account) for each month. Nevertheless, your actual cost of living will vary depending on your lifestyle, and so you should treat this figure as an absolute minimum.
For details, see: http://www.uni-passau.de/en/costs-funding.
Funding opportunities within the university
Yes
Description of the above-mentioned funding opportunities within the university
The International Office awards a small number of scholarships to international degree-seeking students who have been enrolled in a Bachelor's programme for at least two semesters or in a Master's programme for at least one semester.
You may also apply for a Deutschlandstipendium scholarship, which is open to students of all nationalities. This scholarship has a stipend of 300 EUR per month and runs for one year. You may re-apply in subsequent years.
Finally, there is a one-off emergency hardship grant available to international students in exceptional cases of unexpected financial difficulties.
For details, see: http://www.uni-passau.de/en/costs-funding.
Academic Admission Requirements

A first university degree (e.g., Bachelor's degree) in computer science, internet computing, or a related discipline with a minimum computer science content of 110 ECTS credits, obtained after completing a three-year full-time undergraduate programme. This degree should be ranked among the best 70% of your cohort, or with a final result of, or equivalent to, 2.7 (or better) on the German grading scale.

Language requirements

This programme can be entirely studied in English, in German, or in a mix of the two, by choosing the relevant modules taught in the respective languages.
If you intend to study this programme in German, you should provide proof of one of the following:

  • German at level B2 CEFR (e.g., DSH-1; TestDaF TDN 3×4, or equivalent)

or

  • English at level B2 CEFR (e.g., TOEFL 567 pBT, 87 iBT, ITP starting from 543 "silver"; IELTS 5.5, Cambridge English Language Assessment (CAE or CPE), or an equivalent certificate) plus German skills at level A1 CEFR (i.e., beginner's level).

Do not worry if you do not have basic German skills or cannot provide a certificate, as you will take a free German language beginner's course during the first year of studies in Passau.

If you have completed some of your education – e.g., your secondary school or a university degree programme – in German or English, this counts as proof of language proficiency in the relevant language and you do not have to show an additional language certificate for that language.

Application deadline

Applications for the summer semester intake (April start) must reach us by 15 December; for the winter semester intake (October), 15 June.

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Please visit our application pages for details on how to apply and what documents to submit.

Possibility of finding part-time employment

For international students, a dedicated career adviser is on hand: the "iStudi Coach" will help you with all your questions about finding work or placements in Germany.

Please note that students from non-EU countries must apply for a work permit at the national job centre if they work more than 240 half-days per year. Students from EU member countries do not require a work permit.

Accommodation

The International Office has set up an accommodation service for international students. We have a number of rooms available in our halls of residence as well as several private flats which are available for rent to exchange students. Some are within walking distance to the university, others are more conveniently reached by bike, bus or car, but always in less than thirty minutes.

The International Office can arrange your accommodation for one semester or a full academic year. Rooms in our halls of residence cost between 200 EUR and 400 EUR per month and are fully furnished. Kitchen and bathroom facilities are usually shared, although some rooms have en-suite bathroom facilities.

On average, a room on the open housing market costs in the vicinity of 200 EUR to 400 EUR a month. Landlords usually require a two-month or three-month deposit when you move in, which will be returned to you at the end of the rental period, provided you leave your accommodation in good condition. Many students share a flat with other students.

Career advisory service

The university provides advice on job hunting, jobs and career-entry positions at German and international companies, here and abroad. These include personal interviews and advice, training courses on how to apply as well as intercultural and soft skills training.

International students have access to a dedicated career adviser – the "iStudi Coach" – who helps students find internships and apply for student jobs and career-entry positions at German companies. The iStudi Coach also coaches international students on German labour market practices, how to write applications, and so on.

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Specific specialist or non-specialist support for international students and doctoral candidates
  • Welcome event
  • Buddy programme
  • Tutors
  • Accompanying programme
  • Specialist counselling
  • Cultural and linguistic preparation
  • Visa matters

University of Passau

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View of the main entrance of the central library © University of Passau

The University of Passau

Some 13,000 students from more than 100 countries are currently studying towards their degrees on our bright, modern campus next to the Inn River and a stone's throw from the town centre and the historical Old Town.

The four faculties of the University offer degrees at the undergraduate, Master’s and doctoral levels. Currently, five Master’s programmes – MSc Computational Mathematics, MSc Computer Science, MA Development Studies, MSc International Economics and Business and MSc Mobile and Embedded Systems – can be studied entirely in English.

A cosmopolitan university

No other Bavarian university has more of its students spending part of their programme abroad – to study, conduct research or gain work experience – than the University of Passau.

The range and depth of language tuition offered by our Language Centre probably has a role to play in this. Another reason is that our programmes are very international in their outlook – and with more than 200 international partner universities to choose from, it is difficult not to be tempted to go abroad for a semester or two or even to complete one of our 20 double degree programmes offered in co-operation with our global partner universities.

An unparalleled student experience

Passau’s students benefit from a good staff-to-student ratio and from studying on an urban campus of manageable size that is located very close to the town centre.

The facilities on campus are of a high standard: There are bright, sunny seminar rooms, lecture theatres equipped with the latest technology, numerous computer rooms, Wi-Fi access exists throughout the campus, and our well-stocked university library stays open until midnight on most days.

Student satisfaction at the University of Passau is particularly high and our sought-after graduates typically occupy executive posts in business, social, and academic organisations in Germany, Europe, and indeed all over the world.

Student life

Throughout the semester, there are plenty of events of all sorts on campus and around town, often organised by our very active student societies. The Sports Centre has some 40 sports clubs, including acrobatics, climbing, rowing and yoga.

74% International students currently studying MSc Computer Science
236 Partner universities throughout the world

University Location

An ideal student town

Passau is situated near the Bavarian Forest at the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers, and it is considered one of the most beautiful cities in Germany. After two fires that destroyed much of the town in the 17th century, the Old Town was rebuilt in the baroque style by Italian master builders, which is why you will notice a distinct Italian flair as you stroll through "Bavarian Venice", another name by which Passau is known.

With students accounting for one-quarter of its population, Passau is very much a student town with many galleries, art studios, bars, cafés, clubs and, of course, beer gardens; naturally, there is a modern multiplex cinema. A shopping centre and the nearby pedestrian zone offer a lot of excellent eateries and shops, just a short five-minute walk from campus.

Passau is home to a number of cultural institutions, such as the theatre and the "Scharfrichterhaus" – a restaurant, cinema and political cabaret/stand-up stage where many of Germany’s most popular contemporary comedians started out. Both have productions and acts running throughout the year.

In addition to this, Passau plays host to numerous annual cultural events, including "Europäische Wochen Passau" – a cultural festival which brings international symphonic orchestras, classical ensembles, theatre companies and artists to Passau for about six weeks every year; the Eulenspiegel Festival with predominantly German comedy acts and rock bands; two Oktoberfest-style festivals in spring and autumn; and no list of festivals would be complete without the traditional Christmas Market in front of St. Stephen’s Cathedral every December. Incidentally, did you know that St. Stephen's has the world's largest cathedral organ?

Outdoor enthusiasts will be delighted at the many opportunities for hiking, climbing, cycling, and alpine and cross-country skiing in the nearby Bavarian Forest. Additionally, Passau is not far from the Austrian and Bavarian Alps, with their famous skiing areas as well as their mountain biking and hiking trails.