IT systems are important in almost all areas of life. The Master's program in Applied Computer Science equips students with comprehensive interdisciplinary knowledge that enables them to cope with the dynamic nature of high technology. While the program is methodologically oriented, it also emphasizes considerations regarding applications, independent of any particular short-lived, fashionable trends.
Through numerous options, students are able to set their own individual focus of study. In doing so, they can choose basic and specialization modules from the following research areas:
- software, security, and verification
- embedded and distributed systems
- intelligent systems
- algorithms and complexity.
The Master's program in Applied Computer Science is a full-time, classroom-based degree program with a standard program duration of four semesters. In addition to the research areas students can choose from, topics including law, organizational psychology, and business management are covered to prepare them for leadership roles. There is also, as in the Bachelor's program, an application subject: Options include engineering disciplines such as electrical engineering, logistics, mechanical engineering, and robotics, for example, as well as the business-related subject of service-oriented computer science.
If you have successfully completed a relevant Bachelor's degree (especially Computer Science or Applied Computer Science), you have generally proven that you possess the necessary knowledge and skills.
As a prerequisite for enrollment, a relevant (Computer Science) Bachelor's degree is usually required (with a grade of 2.5 or better). Graduates of the Bachelor's programs at TU Dortmund University in Computer Science and Applied Computer Science with a grade of 2.5 or better meet the enrollment requirements in any case and may be able to switch to the Master's program during a semester. The Master's access committee for Computer Science and Applied Computer Science decides which degrees are recognized and whether access to the Master's program is possible despite poor grades or under specified conditions.
The career prospects after studying Computer Science (Computer Science and Applied Computer Science alike) are among the best of all subjects. The reason for this is the extraordinary penetration of IT systems into nearly all areas of life and business. As a result, the demand for computer scientists is extremely high. Also noteworthy is the fact that these jobs are relatively independent of the ups and downs of business cycles.
Graduates in Dortmund will find it easy to start their professional lives, not least because of the variety of attractive employers in the neighboring technology park and more generally because of the international visibility of the IT scene in the region.
During the Master's program, you collaborate in project groups and in the process get a foretaste of your future career. As a participant, you work in different areas of responsibility; you learn to cooperatively develop, document, and present a project. Here you will also acquire important soft skills that employers demand. At the end of the group project, a larger software product will have been created that you not only can be proud of, but also can use as the basis for further topical specialization during your studies, for example for the Master's thesis.
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Location & approach
The campus of TU Dortmund University is located close to interstate junction Dortmund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dortmund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dortmund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Campus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dortmund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Campus). Signs for the university are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dortmund.
To get from North Campus to South Campus by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Campus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.
TU Dortmund University has its own train station (“Dortmund Universität”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dortmund main station (“Dortmund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 15 or 30 minutes). The university is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.
You can also take the bus or subway train from Dortmund city to the university: From Dortmund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dortmund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dortmund main station to the stop “Dortmund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dortmund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dortmund Universität S”.
The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.
The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dortmund University. There are two stations on North Campus. One (“Dortmund Universität S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the university directly with the city of Dortmund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Campus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Campus and offers a direct connection to South Campus every five minutes.
The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.