Computer Science M.Sc.


Key Info

Basic Information

Master of Science
Start of Studies:
Winter Semester, Summer 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.

German and English

Admission Requirements

  • First university degree, required qualifications according to the examination regulations 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 German and English --- Mehr Informationen ---

    What does that mean?

    --- Zur Einschreibung in diesen Studiengang muessen Sie Kenntnisse in allen Unterrichtssprachen nachweisen. Details regelt die Pruefungsordnung. ---

Admission to First Semester


Admission to Higher Semesters


Dates and Deadlines


Degree Content

The Master’s program aims to deepen existing expertise, abilities and methods in computer science with the goal of leading to higher qualifications and independence in this field. The Master’s in computer science involves areas like theoretical computer science, applied computer science, software and communication, data and information management and the applied subject. Within the areas there is a wide range of electives to choose from.

Applied Subjects

Business administration, biology, chemistry, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, mathematics, medicine, philosophy and physics - with approval of the examination committee another subject offered at RWTH Aachen can be selected.

Application Subjects

In the Master’s program students can familiarize themselves with special areas of computer science by choosing from a catalogue of application subjects :

  • Automata
  • Logic and verification
  • Efficient algorithms
  • Logic and complexity theory
  • Programming languages and verification
  • Software modeling and verification
  • Computer graphics and multimedia
  • Databases and data exploration
  • Embedded systems
  • High performance computing
  • Information systems and data bases
  • Communication systems
  • Artificial intelligence and knowledge-based systems
  • Media computer science and man-machine interaction
  • Software construction, software technology
  • Speech processing and pattern recognition

These correspond to the research concentrations in the individual computer science departments and allow for a specialization within the program.

Study Abroad Programs

The faculty has set research and teaching cooperations with a number of European and non-European universities. The Moveonline Exchanges database is helpful if you want an overview of all RWTH Aachen exchange programs.



A prerequisite for starting studies is a first university degree, with which the necessary background education can be proven, as determined in the exam regulations. The exam board determines whether it fulfills the entrance requirements. Detailed information about the prerequisites on the department´s webpage.


Career Prospects

Computer scientists can find work in wide range of areas where information technology is used. Examples for this are computer manufacturers, telecommunication companies, software houses, administrative systems users (banks, insurance companies, public service and so on) or embedded systems (for production lines, process engineering plants, complex consumer goods like cars and for investment goods like airplanes), multimedia service providers and consulting companies. Due to the increasing use of computers and communications systems there have always been and continue to be excellent career prospects.


Module Handbook and Examination Regulations

The module handbook provides a description of all modules of a degree program and offers a comprehensive insight into the program contents.

The examination regulations are comprised of legally binding provisions on learning objectives, prerequisites for study, the course structure and processes, and examination procedures.

Regulations that generally apply to all Bachelor's and Master's degree programs, including information on language proficiency requirements, can be found in RWTH's General Examination Regulations. These general regulations are further specified and complemented by the subject-specific examination regulations.

If two examination regulations are valid for a degree program during a transition phase, the most current version shall apply to students enrolling in the program for the first time.

Please note that only the German examination regulations are legally binding.

Module Handbook
Subject-Specific Examination Regulations
RWTH's General Examination Regulations



The Master course of study in Computer Science is offered by the Department of Computer Science in the Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics, and Computer Science.