The master’s degree of Applied Computer Science combines the deepening of the knowing acquired during the bachelor studies with a focus on an innovative applied discipline.
Furthermore, the graduates develop new computerized models and methods in their area of concentration, convert or optimize them. These application subjects have a close connection to the environment and incorporate the research activities based on the campus. There, the two areas of concentration are Environmental and Business Computer Science and Robotics.
The main idea of the master’s studies of Applied Computer Science is the combination of the deepening of the knowing acquired during the undergraduate courses and a focus on an innovative applied discipline. These application subjects have a close connection to the environment and incorporate the research activities based on the campus.
In the area of Robotics, for example, there are the robot-driven impurity sorting or the energy efficient solution of automation tasks with the help of embedded systems. At the German industrial base, intelligent devices are one of the key technologies. Innovations in this field are developed from a close interleaving between methods and techniques from engineering, electrical engineering and computer science in terms of image analysis, machine learning, simulation and real-time data-handling.
In the fields of Environmental and Business Computer Science, the central meaning of information systems for the economic success of an enterprise as well as for a sustainable development is considered. For example, business information systems serve the supervision and optimization of information and material flows in companies. In many companies, the IT-based knowledge management in organizations became a main task. In addition, the protection of the environment is supported by complex IT applications. As an example, the computer-based recognition and classification of varnished surfaces on the basis of satellite pictures via processes in recognition of patterns should be mentioned.
Both areas of concentration are vital part of the studies. A detailed description of the individual modules can be found in the module handbook.
In the context of interdisciplinary projects and the master thesis, the students are offered the opportunity to work on interesting research projects at the Environmental Campus. The GREENSOFT project for example considers the aspects of sustainability already at the stage of software design. In the context of Green IT’s expansion, concepts and tools for software developers are here provided to allow the development of resource saving software and the resource saving use of the prementioned.
The focus of the research activities at the Institute for Corporate and Technology management (IBT) lays on the IT-driven optimization of production processes. There, the computer scientists work for example on the robot assisted fabrication of a vehicle body model or the implementation of adaptive control system strategies.
The research college MAGNENZ is a collaboration between the Environmental Campus and the Kaiserslautern University of Technology and it focuses itself on the development and application of superparamagnetic nano particles in the chemical industry. There, amongst other things, interdisciplinary tasks from the area of modeling and simulating biotechnical processes are elaborated. The research college offers successful master graduates the opportunity for a cooperative doctorate.
In the first two semesters, the study consists of six modules that run together with the master’s course in Media Computer Science (30 ECTS points) as well as of six unique modules for the course of studies (30 ECTS points).
In the essential curriculum of Applied Computer Science, modules run in databases and information systems, sustainable software technology, algorithms, machine learning, specialized chapters of computer science and mathematics. The essential curriculum is completed by a consolidation in four modules in the chosen area of concentration, either Environmental and Business Computer Science (20 ECTS) or Robotics (20 ECTS).
The third semester is reserved for the master thesis. The master thesis (final exam) should demonstrate that the students are able to work by them self on a subject-specific problem with scientific methods within a given time. The process time adds up to six months.
This course of study provides a profound, theoretically based and at the same time applied education in the core areas of theoretical, practical and applied computer science.
In the elective module, these comprehensive training contents are specifically completed by domain-specific professional knowledge in one of the two areas of concentration (Robotics or Environmental and Business Computer Science)
The Master’s degree programme 'Applied Computer Science' is a follow-on postgraduate programme, which builds on the department’s Bachelor’s degree programmes 'Applied Computer Science' and 'Media Computer Science'. Applicants must have been awarded a university Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent qualification in engineering sciences, natural sciences, or computer science or the equivalent. Applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree with a standard duration of at least three years and a grade point average of 2.5 or above (based on the German grading system). Applicants must have good knowledge of the German language.
An Admissions Committee is in charge of reviewing the applicants’ qualifications and verifying whether they fulfil the Master’s programme entrance requirements or not. This Admissions Committee is also authorised to determine any additional requirements, which students with no background in computer sciencehave to pass in order to qualify for admission.
Alumni of applied computer science have the option to work in all areas that handle data processing. The ideal field for graduates is in computerized adaptation of complex problems in the application areas. The development of so-called "future technologies" in the engineering sciences, physics and the life sciences, as well as a more complex networking of the economic systems opens a broad and dynamic occupation field, which will expand further in the next years.
Graduates have the opportunity to obtain jobs in commercial business enterprises, in the service sector, in searching and producing industrial companies, in banking, in civil service, and private or public institutions to convert and develop computer-based technologies.
Already computer-assisted simulations, simulated production flows, in silico experiments and procedures are used today for the data forecast in different areas, due to rising costs and time constraints, as well as an increasing lack of resources. Therefore, the activity profile of graduates goes far beyond pure application of software solutions.
Aside from traditional IT companies graduates can find jobs in the following areas:
- Environmental and energy industry
- Vehicle and automotive industry
- International machine- and plant engineering, automation technology
- Engineer and planning offices (factory planning and organisation)
- Physics, chemistry and material sciences
- Pharmaceutical industry
- Biotechnology enterprise
- Food industry, animal and plant breeding
- Traffic control and monitoring
- Air and space technology
- Logistics and sistribution
- Banks and insurance
- Management consultations
- Research and development companies
- Institutes and universities, research establishments