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Computer Science (MSc)

After successfully completing a Bachelor's or Diploma degree in Computer Science, would you like to gain further qualifications? Then the Master's degree programme in Computer Science may be just right for you!

The Master's degree programme in Computer Science is a 3-semester full-time course and comprises 90 ECTS credits.

It is characterised by its breadth and imparts not only technological knowledge, particularly in the areas of intelligent algorithms (e.g. big data and artificial intelligence), embedded systems (e.g. data encryption applications) and software development (e.g. web technologies, software quality), but is also designed to encourage you to create socially meaningful, fair and transparent applications that do not neglect the sensitivity of users' individual data. The degree programme will also impart technological knowledge that will allow you to implement autonomous machines or autonomous processes to perform certain activities or tasks.
You will deepen the knowledge you have already acquired from your Bachelor's degree with comprehensive, up-to-date specialist knowledge, skills and methods and develop skills that will enable you to analyse, solve and optimise complex problems yourself. You will be ideally prepared for responsible activities, for example in a managerial position in the development and research sector in industry. The Master's degree programme in Computer Science is also suitable as a prerequisite for further scientific work, e.g. a subsequent doctorate and/or scientific work in research institutions.

The Master's programme builds on a computer science degree (B.Eng., B.Sc.) with 210 ECTS credits. If your degree is worth 180 ECTS credits, you will have to complete so-called "equalisation credits" worth 30 ECTS credits.

You can start the Master's degree programme in Computer Science in any semester.

*For documents such as exam regulations and module handbook, please visit the programme's german page.

Career prospects

The future professional fields cover many areas and thus offer a broad field of activity in research, teaching, development and management of IT projects, IT consulting and quality management of IT systems. Potential areas of work include, for example, data analysis (e.g. for mobile applications or online applications), autonomous machine control and process management for the automotive industry, mechanical engineering and the healthcare sector as well as software development for production and energy optimisation, planning and simulation of systems and production processes.

There is currently an increasing demand for qualified computer scientists in all areas of application.

With a Master's degree in Computer Science, you will therefore have excellent prospects on the labour market - also internationally. As a Master of Science, you will have a wide range of career opportunities with responsible and managerial positions.

Last but not least, a Master's degree will pave your way into management positions and secure you an appropriate starting salary.

Admission requirements

The prerequisite for admission to the Master's degree programme in Computer Science is a qualified degree from a Bachelor's degree programme in Computer Science or a comparable degree programme. The Examination Board will determine whether the subject is comparable.

As a special admission requirement, sufficient knowledge and skills in the following subject areas must have been acquired in the undergraduate degree programme:

  • programming in Java and C, Mathematics to the extent of at least 12 credit points,
  • algorithms, data structures, databases,
  • software engineering,
  • theoretical computer science and
  • web technologies.

This is generally assumed for computer science graduates. For graduates of other degree programmes, the fulfilment of these special admission requirements is determined by the examination board.

The examination board will determine whether and which achievements these applicants may have to make up.

Proof of missing achievements must be provided by the time of registration for the Master's thesis.

The degree programme must have been completed with an overall grade of 2.5 (up to 2.59) or better. The examination board determines the comparability of "related degree programmes".

Applicants with qualifications obtained abroad may be admitted on application, provided that proof of equivalence can be provided.

The required overall grade is not an NC, but an admission requirement that must be met in order to participate in the application process.

This means that an application (overall grade lower than 2.59) is not considered / cannot be taken into account in the award procedure.

International prospective students

As an international applicant, please note the German language skills required for this degree programme.

Study structure

You will attend courses on the following topics:

Summer term: 

  • Web Engineering
  • Software quality in component-based development
  • Computer Engineering
  • Discrete Mathematics and Applied Mathematics
  • Compulsory elective subject 1

Winter term:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Big Data
  • Advanced content of IT security
  • Compiler construction
  • Compulsory elective subject 2

You can choose from a wide range of elective subjects. You can take computer science subjects at the BO at the Bochum campus (software development for the design and construction of electric test vehicles, parallel algorithms as well as software engineering and system software), subjects from the Master's degree programme "Mechatronics and Information Technology" (Bochum University of Applied Sciences, Velbert/Heiligenhaus campus), the Master's degree programme "Sustainable Development" (Bochum University of Applied Sciences, Bochum campus) and, as part of the Ruhr Master School, courses from the compulsory elective catalogues of Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts and the Westphalian University of Applied Sciences Gelsenkirchen. An overview of the elective modules from the Ruhr Master's School can be found at:

Ruhr Master School

Three "overarching future topic networks", in the form of topic clusters, are particularly emphasised in the curriculum as a structure for the modules and as core subjects:

  • Intelligent algorithms (artificial intelligence, big data, discrete and applied mathematics, electives: e.g. parallel algorithms, numerical mathematics and simulation, pattern recognition)
  • Embedded systems (computer engineering, compiler construction, discrete and applied mathematics, advanced content of IT security, electives: including robotics, driver development, real-time and operating systems)
  • Software development (web engineering, software quality in component-based development, advanced content in IT security, electives including software engineering and system software, specialisation in software development in C++)

Final semester:

  • You complete your degree programme with the Master's thesis (3 - 5 months) and the subsequent colloquium.

Learning agreements

The Master's degree programme in Computer Science lasts 3 semesters and is therefore based on a 7-semester Bachelor's degree programme leading to a degree with 210 ECTS credits.

However, even if you have a Bachelor's degree with only 180 ECTS credits, you can easily enrol on a Master's degree programme with us. You can achieve the missing 30 ECTS points by completing credits that do not necessarily have to be completed before the Master's programme!

The elective modules must not have been taken in the previous Bachelor's degree programme.

You can decide for yourself whether you would like to work on the credits first and then take the Master's courses or whether you would like to take credits parallel to the regular Master's courses. The only condition: Before registering for the Master's thesis, you must have completed all of the alignment work.

Studying alongside work? - That's fine!

Work and study can be easily combined in the Master's programme in Computer Science. Almost all Master's students at Bochum University of Applied Sciences have a part-time, part-time or even full-time job. Only the duration of studies varies depending on the workload.
There are up to two days in the semester when there are no compulsory subjects, only electives. Only two of these have to be taken during the entire degree programme, without any further restrictions. In addition, the subjects offer a high number of ECTS credits with few semester hours per week, so that less attendance time is required in contrast to other universities. In the summer semester 2024, Mondays and Fridays are not compulsory subjects. Students can also complete their electives in the Ruhr Master's School or in one block week.

This degree programme is part of the Ruhr Master School (RMS). Choose from additional compulsory elective modules from the partner universities Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Westphalian University of Applied Sciences, which will be recognised for your studies at Bochum University of Applied Sciences. Take advantage of the extended study options!

Take a look at the compulsory elective catalogue!

Computer science

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