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Master's Degree Programs

Saarland University offers a variety of programs in addition to the classical variant, the Master of Computer Science. In the Visual Computing program, students learn to create, edit and digitalize images. Bioinformatics considers, for example, computational methods that aid in cancer diagnosis, while media informaticians develop new software for digital media. In addition, the Saarland Informatics Campus offers the international study program “Language and Communication Technologies” together with six other European universities. Here students learn, at various locations, about the interplay between written and spoken language and their corresponding automatic processing.

Computer Science

Come to Saarbrücken for your master’s degree in computer science: a scientific environment that can be found at scarcely any other computer science location in Europe awaits you here. The wide range of research groups at Saarland University, the Max Planck Institutes and the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence is also reflected in the variety of themes covered by the courses and seminars.

Application Deadlines

May 15th for the winter semester (lectures starting mid-October) or the following summer term

November 15th for the summer semester (lectures starting mid-April) or the following winter term

Application Guide

To start the application process, read the material below carefully:

 1. Do you meet the basic prerequisites?

Admissions are very competitive and you should make sure you have achieved, or will achieve, at least the minimum graduate admission requirements to apply. Satisfying these minimal standards, however, does not guarantee your admission!       

An individual check of eligibility cannot be offered in advance to the application.

 

a) Eligibility for the master‘s degree programme in Computer Science

Students seeking admission to the Master’s programme shall have a Bachelor’s degree from a German university (at least 180 CP) or an equivalent qualification from a foreign university in computer science, informatics or a related field:

Sufficient merit in the applicant’s previous academic track record and the appropriate curricular content of the Bachelor’s degree. Applicants should demonstrate a level of knowledge and competence that corresponds to that acquired in the Bachelor’s degree programme in computer science taught at Saarland University. Specifically, this requires applicants to show that they have the necessary level of expertise in the following areas:

I. Mathematics (discrete mathematics, real analysis and multivariable calculus, linear algebra, numerical methods, stochastics)

II. Theoretical informatics (formal methods, formal logic, computability, understanding of complexity – particularly the complexity classes P and NP)

III. Practical informatics (functional and object-oriented programming, data structures and algorithms, databases, software development methods, system architecture)

Minimal prerequisite: a cumulative undergraduate grade point average (CGPA) of 75% or 3.00 GPA on a 4 point scale and ranking in the top 10% of the graduating class.

 

b) Necessary language skills

  • The teaching language of the Master’s degree programme is English.
  • Proof of advanced proficiency in English (level C1 of the Common European Framework) must be provided.
  • It is not sufficient to state that your courses at a previous university were completed in English.
  • Native speakers or applicants, who have studied in a country, where English is the mother tongue are excluded from this rule.
  • For German applicants, a basic English course up to the general qualification for university entrance (Abitur) is sufficient.
  • Knowledge of German must not be provided.

Minimal language skills:

  • TOEFL (internet based): min. 95 out of 120
  • TOEFL (computer based): min. 240 out of 300
  • TOEFL (paper based): min. 540 out of 677
  • IELTS (academic test): min. 7.0 out of 9

 

c) Evidence of particular interest in the subject

Submission of a personal statement written by the applicant and two letters of recommendation written by referees who know the applicant academically (ideally one from the supervisor of your Bachelor thesis, letters should be from faculty members or members of research labs).

The criteria listed above will be used to assess the aptitude of the applicant in terms of the academic profile and requirements of the Master’s degree programme in computer science. The decision whether the programme admission requirements have been met is made by the Examination Board.

 

2. Fill in the online application form

  • Incomplete applications cannot be considered.
  • You are responsible for making sure that all required documents, including references, are submitted on time and meet the university’s requirements.
  • Complete applications that are received after the deadline will be considered automatically in the decision making round for the next semester.
  • Check the documents you submit carefully, as you will not be able to upload revised versions.
  • As soon as your application is complete, you will receive a confirmation email!

Applications for our postgraduate programmes are made online!

Do not register more than once to the Online Application System (OAS) of the Computer Science Department.

Required Application Documents

You need to submit four types of documents (PDF files) with your application in order to be considered for admission:

1) Transcripts (Academic Records):

  • a copy of your university entrance diploma
  • copies of all previous degrees (with certified translation, if the original language is not English or French)
  • a certified list of all attended courses with the respective grades, including an explanation of the grading system
  • Please do not apply if the CGPA of your bachelor’s degree is under 75%!

2) CV:

including information on your areas of interest in research, as well as any projects or publications

3) Statement of Purpose:

Your reasons for applying to the proposed program at Saarland University

4) Letters of Recommendation

A complete application must have two letters of recommendation, uploaded by the referees:

  • It is your responsibility to ensure that your referees have the information they need to provide a reference and submit it by the deadline.
  • You enter the following information for each of your recommenders: name, address, phone number, institution or employer, title, email address (referee’s institutional or professional email address).
  • It is extremely important to enter valid email addresses of your referee! An email will be sent to your recommenders with information on how to proceed.  Alternatively, your referees may send us the references in sealed envelopes; under no circumstances may these confidential reports be sent to us by the applicant.
  • If a referee has not received their notification email, please ask them to check their junk/spam folders.
  • References should be written on institutional or professional letter-headed paper

 

GRE Test:

To better assess your skills, we advise a GRE Test (general and/or computer science). However, proof of participation in this test is not mandatory.

 

3. Your application will be evaluated in the admission procedure

After the application deadline, the committee needs a few weeks to evaluate the applications in detail. Please refrain from checking on the status of your application. You will be automatically notified by email when a decision has been made. If you have applied for more than one degree programme you will receive a separate decision for each. If you have been admitted to the program, you will need the originals of your documents for enrollment in the Office of Student Affairs. These will be compared to the electronic documents from your application.

 

4. Re-Application

After a rejection, a re-application for the same or another master’s degree programme of the Computer Science Department at Saarland University will not be accepted.

 

5. Contact

Due to a large number of applicants, please make sure that you have read the given information carefully before contacting us:

Please use only the following email address for additional information concerning your application: master@cs.uni-saarland.de

E-mails to individual people in the Department of Computer Science, Saarland University or to personal email addresses, will not be answered!

 

FAQ
Dr. Tanja Breinig
Study Coordination
+49 681 302 58092
Saarland Informatics Campus E1 3, R. 209,
66123 Saarbrücken

Bioinformatics

The master’s degree program in bioinformatics is closely linked to field of computer science. Nearly all of the core competencies in bioinformatics, such as biology, biochemistry, pharmacy and computer science, are concentrated within a small area of the university campus.

Karin Jostock
Secretary and Examination Office, Center for Bioinformatics
+49 681 302 64702
Saarland Informatics Campus E2 1, R. 408,
66123 Saarbrücken

Embedded Systems

This study program can be seen as forming an interface between classical engineering sciences and general computer science, in order to illumate all aspects of modern, networked and embedded systems.

Application Deadlines

May 15th for the winter semester (lectures starting mid-October) or the following summer term

November 15th for the summer semester (lectures starting mid-April) or the following winter term

Application Guide

To start the application process, read the material below carefully:

 1. Do you meet the basic prerequisites?

Admissions are very competitive and you should make sure you have achieved, or will achieve, at least the minimum graduate admission requirements to apply. Satisfying these minimal standards, however, does not guarantee your admission!       

An individual check of eligibility cannot be offered in advance to the application.

 

a) Eligibility for the master‘s degree programme in Embedded Systems

Students seeking admission to the Master’s programme shall have a Bachelor’s degree from a German university (at least 180 CP) or an equivalent qualification from a foreign university in embedded systems, engineering, computer science, mechatronics or a related field:

Sufficient merit in the applicant’s previous academic track record and the appropriate curricular content of the Bachelor’s degree. Applicants should demonstrate a level of knowledge and competence that corresponds to that acquired in the Bachelor’s degree programme in embedded systems taught at Saarland University. Specifically, this requires applicants to show that they have the necessary level of expertise in the following areas:

I. Mathematics (discrete mathematics, real analysis and multivariable calculus, linear algebra, numerical methods, stochastics)

II. Computer Science (functional and object-oriented programming, formal methods, software development methods)

III. Engineering (embedded systems, mechatronics, signal processing, information theory)

Minimal prerequisite: a cumulative undergraduate grade point average (CGPA) of 75% or 3.00 GPA on a 4 point scale and ranking in the top 10% of the graduating class.

 

b) Necessary language skills

  • The teaching language of the Master’s degree programme is English.
  • Proof of advanced proficiency in English (level C1 of the Common European Framework) must be provided.
  • It is not sufficient to state that your courses at a previous university were completed in English.
  • Native speakers or applicants, who have studied in a country, where English is the mother tongue are excluded from this rule.
  • For German applicants, a basic English course up to the general qualification for university entrance (Abitur) is sufficient.
  • Knowledge of German must not be provided.

Minimal language skills:

  • TOEFL (internet based): min. 95 out of 120
  • TOEFL (computer based): min. 240 out of 300
  • TOEFL (paper based): min. 540 out of 677
  • IELTS (academic test): min. 7.0 out of 9

 

c) Evidence of particular interest in the subject

Submission of a personal statement written by the applicant and two letters of recommendation written by referees who know the applicant academically (ideally one from the supervisor of your Bachelor thesis, letters should be from faculty members or members of research labs).

The criteria listed above will be used to assess the aptitude of the applicant in terms of the academic profile and requirements of the Master’s degree programme in embedded systems. The decision whether the programme admission requirements have been met is made by the Examination Board.

 

2. Fill in the online application form

  • Incomplete applications cannot be considered.
  • You are responsible for making sure that all required documents, including references, are submitted on time and meet the university’s requirements.
  • Complete applications that are received after the deadline will be considered automatically in the decision making round for the next semester.
  • Check the documents you submit carefully, as you will not be able to upload revised versions.
  • As soon as your application is complete, you will receive a confirmation email!

Applications for our postgraduate programmes are made online!

Do not register more than once to the Online Application System (OAS) of the Computer Science Department.

Required Application Documents

You need to submit four types of documents (PDF files) with your application in order to be considered for admission:

1) Transcripts (Academic Records):

  • a copy of your university entrance diploma
  • copies of all previous degrees (with certified translation, if the original language is not English or French)
  • a certified list of all attended courses with the respective grades, including an explanation of the grading system
  • Please do not apply if the CGPA of your bachelor’s degree is under 75%!

2) CV:

including information on your areas of interest in research, as well as any projects or publications

3) Statement of Purpose:

Your reasons for applying to the proposed program at Saarland University

4) Letters of Recommendation

A complete application must have two letters of recommendation, uploaded by the referees:

  • It is your responsibility to ensure that your referees have the information they need to provide a reference and submit it by the deadline.
  • You enter the following information for each of your recommenders: name, address, phone number, institution or employer, title, email address (referee’s institutional or professional email address).
  • It is extremely important to enter valid email addresses of your referee! An email will be sent to your recommenders with information on how to proceed.  Alternatively, your referees may send us the references in sealed envelopes; under no circumstances may these confidential reports be sent to us by the applicant.
  • If a referee has not received their notification email, please ask them to check their junk/spam folders.
  • References should be written on institutional or professional letter-headed paper

 

GRE Test:

To better assess your skills, we advise a GRE Test (general and/or computer science). However, proof of participation in this test is not mandatory.

 

3. Your application will be evaluated in the admission procedure

After the application deadline, the committee needs a few weeks to evaluate the applications in detail. Please refrain from checking on the status of your application. You will be automatically notified by email when a decision has been made. If you have applied for more than one degree programme you will receive a separate decision for each. If you have been admitted to the program, you will need the originals of your documents for enrollment in the Office of Student Affairs. These will be compared to the electronic documents from your application.

 

4. Re-Application

After a rejection, a re-application for the same or another master’s degree programme of the Computer Science Department at Saarland University will not be accepted.

 

5. Contact

Due to a large number of applicants, please make sure that you have read the given information carefully before contacting us:

Please use only the following email address for additional information concerning your application: master@cs.uni-saarland.de

E-mails to individual people in the Department of Computer Science, Saarland University or to personal email addresses, will not be answered!

 

Study Guide
Dr. Tanja Breinig
Study Coordination
+49 681 302 58092
Saarland Informatics Campus E1 3, R. 209,
66123 Saarbrücken

Entrepreneurial Cybersecurity

The Master’s degree program ‘Entrepreneurial Cybersecurity’ combines research topics of cybersecurity and computer science with a startup project. At the end of their studies, students will not only receive a Master’s degree, but, ideally, will also start their own business.
50% of the program is dedicated to lectures and seminars in „Cybersecurity” and „Computer Science” complemented by courses in „Business Administration” teaching students the basics to found a successful company. The other 50% of the program consist of a „Cybersecurity Project”, which is developed in small groups of 3 students, closely supervised by our mentors, with the objective to develop a market-ready product. Finally, each student’s contribution is summarized in their individual „Master’s Thesis”.
All startup activities are given sustainable support by the university and CISPA.

Prof. Dr. Andreas Zeller
Software Engineering
+49 681 302 70971
Saarland Informatics Campus E9 1 , R. 207,
66123 Saarbrücken

Language Science and Technology

The Master’ programme ‘Language Science and Technology’ aims at basic, applied, and cognitive research on written and spoken language that combines with state-of-the-art facilities to provide students with a rich and stimulating environment. Students can put the focus on various fields of language processing such as computational linguistics, psycholinguistics, phonetics and speech science or speech technology.

Dr. Stefan Thater
Department of Language Science and Technology
+49 (0)681 302-4496
Campus C7 2, R. 1.11,
66123 Saarbrücken

Mathematics and Computer Science

Mathematics forms the foundation for computer science; at the same time, computer science opens up exciting new areas of work for mathematics.

Prof. Dr. Peter Ochs
Mathematical Optimization Group
+49 (0) 681 302 57355
Saarland Informatics Campus E1 7, R. 409,
66123 Saarbrücken

Media Informatics

This master’s study program is distinguished by its practical and scientific orientation in the interdisciplinary field of media informatics. The students acquire analytical, creative, and practical skills in software and systems development for digital media. Through cooperation with the Hochschule der Bildenden Künste Saar (the university of art and design located in Saarbrücken) design skills are also taught. The students attend courses, carry out a Media Art & Design project, and complete a practical phase at a company.

Dr. Tanja Breinig
Study Coordination
+49 681 302 58092
Saarland Informatics Campus E1 3, R. 209,
66123 Saarbrücken

Visual Computing

The interdisciplinary Visual Computing master’s degree program provides the broad theoretical and practical knowledge needed to create, process, and analyze digital images. The seminars are devoted to image creation and its geometric foundations, image analysis and synthesis, and related areas. In addition, basic principles of mathematics, computer science, physics, and mechatronics are taught.

Prof. Dr. Joachim Weickert
Mathematical Image Analysis
+49-681-302-57340
Saarland Informatics Campus E1 7, R. 4.23,
66123 Saarbrücken

Business Informatics

The master’s degree program in business informatics prepares students for challenging research and development responsibilities in the national and international area. Students learn to use concepts of business informatics to solve entrepreneurial challenges. You will acquire deep expertise in the fields of economics and computer science, and be able to act with independence and methodological competence.

Sandra Nitschke
Examination Office, Business Informatics
+49 681 302-3607
Campus B4 4, R. 1.14,
66123 Saarbrücken

International Study Programs

Language and Communication Technologies

This international master’s program can be considered as belonging to the area of computational linguistics. It takes place at two universities in a choice of nine countries, and provides wide-ranging content and competencies.

Dr. Jürgen Trouvain
Computational Linguistics & Phonetics
49 (0)681 302-4694
Campus C7 2, R. 4.06,
66123 Saarbrücken

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