Study Guide for the Bachelor's Degree in Cybersecurity (FAQ)
Based on the examination regulations of 2 July 2015.
Admissions, Organization and Program of Study
Before you begin your studies, you must enroll (matriculate) at the university. For this purpose, you must fill out the application for enrollment, which can be obtained online or in the student secretariat (Building A4 2).
In addition to this application, you need proof from your health insurance company that you are insured, and a university entrance qualification (Abitur or similar). As well, the semester fee must be paid. Further information is available here.
If enrollment is successful, you will be sent with your proof of enrollment to the university’s card office (Building C 3 1), where you will receive your student ID. This must be validated in order to be used as a bus and train ticket (semester ticket) for the duration of the respective semester.
Each semester, you must re-register. For this purpose, the semester fee has to be paid within a specified period. Shortly afterwards, it is possible to re-validate your student ID so that it can continue to be used as a semester ticket.
All organizational information can also be found on the websites of Saarland University and the Department of Computer Science. There is also information on housing accommodations. Information about the BAföG (study grants/loans) can be found on the website of the University or the Studentenwerk (Student Union), as well as the official BAföG site. There is a BAföG calculator here.
What is the standard length of study for the bachelor’s degree program?
Does the cybersecurity bachelor’s degree program have restricted enrollment?
What do the performance assessments look like?
Can I choose my lectures freely?
The lectures are divided into different categories. The following courses must be completed by the students in order to attain the bachelor’s degree:
- Programming 1 & 2 (required, 18 graded CP)
- Mathematical foundations (required, 18 graded CP)
- Additional foundations of computer science (required, 36 graded CP)
- Foundations in the field of cybersecurity (required, 42 graded CP)
- Software design practicum (required, 9 ungraded CP)
- Undergraduate seminars on topics of cybersecurity (choice of electives, 5 graded CP)
- Advanced lectures in the area of cybersecurity (choice of electives, 18 CP)
- Seminars on topics of cybersecurity (choice of electives, 7 graded CP)
- Bachelor’s seminars (9 graded CP) and bachelor’s thesis (12 graded CP)
In addition, at least 6 more CP must be obtained through the following courses:
- Any courses from the bachelor’s degree in computer science
- Soft Skill Seminar
- Supervision of tutorials (as a tutor)
- Language courses (max. 6 CP, only living languages)
- Any courses approved upon request by the Examination Board
Credit Points and Exams
What are credit points?
How many credits do I have to earn per semester?
In general, 30 CP should be earned per semester. The minimum requirements are 9 CP after one semester, 18 CP after two semesters, 60 CP after four semesters, 105 CP after 6 semesters and 165 after nine semesters. If a student fails to meet these minimum requirements, he or she is informed in writing that the achievement of the study objective is at risk, and is also offered a consultation. If a student does not meet the minimum requirements for a second time, he or she loses the right to examination at each university in the Federal Republic of Germany. This will be communicated to the person concerned by a written notification from the Examination Board. The student has the possibility to give a statement.
What is the Examination Board?
Is there a final exam for the bachelor’s degree program?
What happens if I cannot participate in an exam?
If a student cannot participate in an examination, he or she must provide a valid reason. In the case of illness, a medical certificate must be submitted to the lecturer of the course without delay. If a candidate misses an examination and does not give proof of a valid reason, he or she is deemed to have failed. The same applies if a student tries to influence the test results by cheating or using non-approved aids.
Can I count my tutorial activites toward my studies?
Bachelor's Thesis and Completion of the Degree
When do I receive my bachelor’s degree?
Students who have fulfilled the requirements of their study regulations will receive their bachelor’s degree. It will reflect the results of their performance assessments and the bachelor’s thesis.
What is the bachelor’s thesis?
Why is the bachelor’s seminar required?
What is the Computer Science Students’ Representative Council?
The Computer Science Students’ Representative Council (“Fachschaft”) represents the students in this course of study. It is made up of elected members who are concerned about the interests of the students and is, so to speak, the students’ “voice”. The Council ensures, for example, that the students’ proposals for the use of the study fees are passed on to the right places.
The homepage of the Council provides much more information about its work.