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International Master’s Degree Program
DSAI at the Saarland University

“The Department of Computer Science is one of the four best in Germany.”
CHE Ranking

Unique combination

The Saarland Informatics Campus (SIC) at Saarland University is one of the top European locations for studying computer science and starting a scientific career. Along with the professors in Saarland University’s Department of Computer Science and Department of Language Science and Technology, scientists from the Helmholtz Center for Information Security (CISPA), the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), the Center for Bioinformatics Saar, the Max Planck Institute for Informatics and the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems teach in the Data Science and Artificial Intelligence program. A unique combination in Germany!


Shape the digital future

Artificial intelligence is now being put to use everywhere, in online shopping, autonomous driving or medical data analysis. For this purpose, specialists prepare complex data, analyze it using methods from statistics and artificial intelligence, and derive from it previously unidentified trends and facts. At the Saarland Informatics Campus you have the opportunity to learn these skills in a renowned environment and to study interdisciplinary.

Study in tune with the times

Do you want to help shape the digital future, maybe even make an important contribution to society?
Then the Master’s program in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (DSAI) is the right place for you. Here, renowned experts conduct application-oriented research in the fields of Data Science, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Big Data and prepare you comprehensively for the challenges of the digital future: the perfect start into an exciting and highly sought-after professional and research field.

Facts about the Master Data Science and Artificial Intelligence

  • Registration: until the 15th of June, later by request
  • Usual program length: 4 semesters
  • Lectures are in English, no German knowledge is necessary
  • No study fees
  • Leading European location in the field of DSAI with its own graduate school and strong international orientation
  • Individual care and support by more than 800 scientists at the location
  • Top places in the CHE ranking
  • High quality of life in Saarbrücken at low rents
Dr. Tanja Breinig
Study Coordination
+49 (0)681 302-58092
Saarland Informatics Campus E1 3, R. 209,
66123 Saarbrücken

Application Areas

The new Master’s program Data Science and Artificial Intelligence prepares you comprehensively for the challenges of the digital future. An exciting career and research field awaits you!

Autonomous driving

Digital language assistants

Industrial automation

Artificial intelligence for games

Chatbots in marketing and media


Warning systems for impending natural disasters

Graphic Design

Diagnostic systems for illnesses

“1900 students, 300 doctoral students and 500 scientists from 80 countries make SIC a first-class location for computer science.”
Prof. Verena Wolf

Your studies at Saarland University

The international Master’s program DSAI aims to prepare students for demanding national and international research and development activities. Techniques from the fields of data science, artificial intelligence, big data and machine learning complement each other in order to analyse data, automate processes and construct and process models that enable autonomous action. And they are both research- and application-oriented: Our students work on concrete questions and problems of application subjects such as computer linguistics, physics, material sciences, chemistry, psychology and biology. By dealing with sensitive data, aspects of IT security, law, data protection, philosophy and ethics are also important contents. An industrial internship and a master internship in a research group can be included in the compulsory elective.



Machine Learning
Artificial Intelligence
_ Big Data
_ Data Management
_ Modeling und Simulation
_ Data Visualization
_ Mathematics und Statistics
Computer Security

Course program

The four-semester master’s course granting a Master of Science (M.Sc.) and comprising 120 CP includes no specific required lectures, but rather:

Choice of core lectures in “Data Science and Artificial Intelligence” (DSAI) (18 CP)
Choice of core lectures in “Informatics“ (9 CP)
Choice of core lectures, advanced lectures or seminars in DSAI (27–31 CP)
Seminars in DSAI (7 CP)
Choice of electives (min. 17 CP)
Master’s module including the master’s seminar (12 CP) as well as the master’s thesis (30 CP)


As a rule, admission to the Master’s programme is possible in the winter and summer semesters.
Application deadlines:

15 June for the winter semester 2019/20 (lectures start in mid-October)

To start the application process, please read the application rules.

Study program documents
Your Profile

_ Bachelor degree in Computer Science or
in a related course of study at
a university
_ Under certain conditions, a
Master’s program also with a degree from
a university of applied sciences possible
_Good English skills

occupational fields

_ Data Science
Artificial intelligence
_ Machine learning
_ Data management
Development and consulting
Research and development

“Data Scientist: The Sexiest Job of the 21st Century”
Harvard Business Review

And afterward? Careers in science and industry

All doors are open to our graduates with a Master’s degree in DSAI: By 2023, Germany will need around half a million data experts. Whether in the automotive, energy or healthcare industries, not only IT companies but also government institutions, banks or industry are recruiting competent and committed junior staff – worldwide!
Talented students can work towards their doctorate at the Saarbrücken Graduate School of Computer Science. SIC also supports young start-ups in further developing and marketing their ideas and inventions.

Studying Data Science and Artificial Intelligence

Interdisciplinary and unique in Europe

The Saarland Informatics Campus offers a unique diversity throughout Europe. Six internationally renowned institutes such as the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence or the Max Planck Institutes cooperate closely with the university. For students, this environment offers unique opportunities to get to know the many facets of the world of computer science.

Future-oriented and renowned

Anyone studying computer science in Saarbrücken learns in close proximity to many respected researchers who have received numerous awards for their work. It’s no wonder that computer science was voted one of the four best subjects in Germany (CHE ranking).

Made for you

The Master’s program DSAI was developed together with students and therefore fulfills the expectations of future master’s candidates particularly well. Our students are intensively supported by preliminary courses and tutors. In addition, the Saarland Informatics Campus offers the opportunity to participate in research projects at an early stage.

A Springboard for your career

DSAI Master students have the best prospects for the future. At the Saarbrücken Graduate School of Computer Science, they can work towards their doctorate or switch to the private sector. The SIC cooperates with large companies such as Airbus, Boeing, Dell, Disney, Facebook, Google, Intel, Microsoft and others.

“Data Science and AI are nowhere else in this breadth. Students regularly give us top marks in the nationwide CHE ranking.“
Prof. Jens Dittrich

This is where the future comes into being

At Saarland Informatics Campus, 6 internationally renowned research institutes and 3 networked departments of Saarland University with 4 Collaborative Research Centers and 18 joint study programs combine their individual strengths and competencies. The numerous scientists at world level, the talented junior staff, the lively cooperation and the extraordinary range of research topics make SIC a unique IT location in Europe.

In the forefront internationally

In the immediate vicinity there are many respected researchers who are at home in very different disciplines. This makes creative interdisciplinary research work possible, which again and again produces outstanding research results of international significance. So far, seven Leibniz Prizes from the German Research Foundation and 19 awards from the European Research Council have gone to the scientists at SIC.

A campus university in the heart of Europe

Small but beautiful and with a low cost of living: This is the Saarland with its French flair, high quality of life, and diverse culture and nature – but above all its warm and open people. A semester ticket allows free trips by train or bus in the surrounding area, and Paris lures in less than two hours by ICE. Short distances are also to be found on campus: The cafeteria and the cafés invite you to relax and enjoy. The nearby forest and the sports courses offer opportunities to keep fit. And the university orchestra, choirs, theater groups, and language center offer cultural variety.

You want to not only study computer science, but change the digital world of the future?

Get informed now and learn more about the exciting and varied Computer Science Matser of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence at Saarland University.

To start the application process, please read the application rules.

Nachwuchsgewinnung, Öffentlichkeitsarbeit und Technologietransfer am Saarland Informatics Campus werden unterstützt durch das Kompetenzzentrum Informatik Saarland, gefördert durch

Weitere Infos

Das Projekt Tandem an der Universität des Saarlandes verfolgt das Ziel, die für eine wirtschaftliche oder industrielle Verwertung interessanten Forschungsergebnisse der saarländischen Informatik und der Max-Planck Institute durch einen Inkubationsprozess soweit weiterzuentwickeln, dass entweder Investoren die Produkte kaufen oder lizenzieren, oder neue Unternehmen im Saarland gegründet werden. Begleitende Aktivitäten im Projekt umfassen nationale und internationale Öffentlichkeitsarbeit, Maßnahmen zur Förderung des Technologietransfers im Allgemeinen sowie Formate zur Nachwuchsakquise im Bereich der Informatik. Das Projekt Tandem trägt dazu bei, die saarländische Informatik und den Wirtschaftsstandort Saarland zu stärken.