Media Informatics M.Sc.


Key Info

Basic Information

Master of Science
Start of Studies:
Winter Semester
Standard Period of Studies:
4 semesters
ECTS Credits:
120Mehr Informationen

What does that mean?

ECTS are credit points that measure the workload of one's studies.


Admission Requirements

  • 1st university degree, required qualifications according to P.O. Mehr Informationen

    What does that mean?

    A first recognized university degree, through which the necessary education background for the Master course of study can be proven. The necessary knowledge needed in order for studies to be successful is determined in the respective exam regulations (PO).

  • Proficiency in English --- Mehr Informationen ---

    What does that mean?

    You must provide documentation of your language skills for the language of instruction at the time of enrollment. Exam regulations.

Admission to First Semester


Admission to Higher Semesters


Language Requirements

  • See Course of Study Description

Dates and Deadlines


This international program will educate the participant to successfully master the novel technical and economic challenges at the crossroads of computer science, software engineering, next-generation communication systems, and media.

Whilst a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science typically qualifies a person to participate in large software projects, the Master's degree provides the skills needed for leadership.

Graduates of the Media Informatics program can be expected to be technically innovative, to work as system architects, and to manage large projects. Studetents who excel during the Master's program will also have the necessary qualifications to pursue a doctoral degree.


Degree Content

The program will educate the participant to successfully master the novel technical and economic challenges at the crossroads of computer science, software engineering, next-generation communication systems, and media.

It consists of three main blocks:

  • Computer science and mathematical foundations
  • Multimedia Technology
  • Media science and business aspects

The program is also characterized by a significant proportion of research lab courses embedded in both basic and applied research of the participating Fraunhofer Institutes of Applied Information Technology (FIT) and Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems (IAIS). A further lab can be done at the University, at the Fraunhofer institutes, or in cooperation with industry.

Major topics include:

  • Internet Infrastructures
  • Data Communication
  • Digital Interactive Media
  • Management of Information
  • Computer Graphics/Animation/Visualisation
  • Speech/Image/Video Processing and Technology
  • Game Design
  • Security and Cryptography
  • Designing Interactive Systems
  • Cooperative Work Environments
  • E-Business
  • Knowledge Management
  • Virtual and Augmented Reality
  • Software Engineering

The course of study also includes methodological aspects of designing media informatics systems from the perspectives of software engineering, usability, media design, and business requirements.

The standard period of study is four semesters. Per semester about 30 credits have to be achieved in lectures from different areas, seminars, labs, and the Master's thesis in the 4th semester, which can be done within the framework of an industry internship.

Additional courses are offered in the summer and winter breaks enabling students to finish earlier. Most courses take place in the beautiful B-IT building next to the former office of the German Chancellor on the banks of the River Rhine in Bonn. All subjects are offered as modules that can be combined flexibly and which are fully integrated into the ECTS.

The program is offered by RWTH Aachen University and the University of Bonn in collaboration with the Fraunhofer institutes in St. Augustin within the Bonn-Aachen International Center for Information Technology (B-IT) and is distinguished by its international orientation, its focus on IT competence, and its high level of integration of research and teaching.



Formal Entrance Requirements

A candidate should have a recognized first degree (Bachelor of Science or Engineering) in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Informatics, or other closely related discipline, awarded by an internationally recognized university-level institution. Candidates should have also performed above average in their undergraduate studies.

For English-taught programs, candidates must be able to speak and write fluently in English (TOEFL 550 paper-based / 213 computer-based / 80 internet-based or IELTS 6.0).

Although all courses are taught in English the students are nevertheless supposed learn German during their time in Germany. Therefore, a basic German language course is offered before start of the program and during the first year.

Special Entrance Requirements

The candidate should have a substantial background in computer science and mathematics. Typically this would include previously taken courses in the following areas: Calculus, Linear Algebra, Discrete Mathematics and Logic, Numerics, Probability Theory, Fundamentals of Computer Programming, Computer Architecture, Data Structures, Analysis of Algorithms, Programming Languages, Automata Theory, Computability and Complexity Theory.

In addition, an applicant should have at least two advanced undergraduate courses on specialised topics such as Distributed Systems, Information Systems, Operating Systems or Multimedia Techniques.


Career Prospects

Computer scientists with an applied focus have been in great demand in the past, and this trend is expected to continue for the foreseeable future. With an M.Sc. degree in Media Informatics you will be well-prepared for the typical challenges faced when working in computer systems engineering and for creative work with audio-visual media.

The ABCD region (Aachen, Bonn, Cologne; Düsseldorf) is home to many prospective employers, including global players such as Microsoft, Philips, Ericsson, Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone, Bertelsmann Group, as well as many television stations such as WDR, VIVA, etc.

Alumni of Media Informatics are doing their PhD in Germany or abroad or are working at prestigious companies. For examples of companies and universities where our alumni accepted positions or to read what our alumni say about Media Informatics please see the b-it impressions on the Media Informatics homepage.


Examination Regulations

Regulations that apply for all Bachelor and Master courses of study as well as detailed information about the necessary documentation of required language skills can be found in RWTH’s Comprehensive Examination Regulation. Examination regulations are only published in German as they are legally binding.

Subject Specific Exam Regulations regulate academic goals, the course of study layout, and exam procedures. The appendix to the regulations contains the description of the modules, from which the course of study is composed.



If you have specific questions on course content please contact:

RWTH Aachen
Department of Computer Science 4
Media Informatics Team
D-52056 Aachen, Germany

Media Informatics Homepage