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  • Local: n/a
  • Foreign: Free
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English
  • Deadline:
  • 15 November

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    Visual imagery is the most important sensory information for humans.
    More and more information is represented by digital images and visual simulations. The entire field of acquiring, analysing, and synthesising visual data by means of computers is called visual computing. Due to its interdisciplinary nature, the full spectrum of visual computing cannot be addressed adequately within a traditional, mono-disciplinary programme of study. This has prompted Saarland University to offer a novel interdisciplinary Master's programme that is entirely devoted to all aspects of visual computing. It includes classes and seminars on:
    • image acquisition and geometric foundations
    • image analysis (image processing, computer vision, pattern recognition)
    • image synthesis (computer graphics, scientific visualisation, geometric modelling)
    • related fields such as telecommunications, machine learning, artificial intelligence, signal processing, computational linguistics, medical engineering, and cognitive sciences
    • useful foundations in mathematics, computer science, physics, and mechatronics

    Educational organisation

    Students are free to choose courses according to their preferences, but have to obtain credit points from certain categories. There is no fixed timetable for courses.

    Forms of assessment

    Almost every course ends with an exam, term paper, or project. Credits are given only for successfully completed courses. The overall grade is the mean of all grades (90 ECTS) obtained during the course of study and the grade of the Master's thesis (30 credit points).

    Course objectives

    A deeper knowledge in all relevant visual computing areas; preparation for a PhD position; ability to work in an international surrounding, be it in research or industry
    A Master of Science in visual computing offers excellent job prospects in growth sectors such as machine vision, the optical industry, medical imaging, the automotive industry, robotics, surveillance, telecommunication, multimedia, computer games, and media design.

    University requirements

    Academic requirements: Bachelor's degree in power engineering (electrical or mechanical) or related fields with a final grade "good" or 2.3 (on a German scale) or better

    Language requirements: Certificate of proficiency in EnglishAccepted are a TOEFL test with a minimum score of 550 points (paper-based), 213 points (computer-based)- or 79 points (internet-based)- Cambridge Advanced English Test (min. grade B)- Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency Test (min. grade B) or the IELTS (min. 6.0)Native speakers are exempt from this regulation.

    Study abroad unit(s): None

    Program requirements

    Language requirements

    English proficiency is essential. Standardised test results (TOEFL, CPE or IELTS) are required. Exceptions are only made for native speakers and those who hold a degree from a university in a country where English is the native language.

    Academic requirements

    Bachelor's degree in computer science, mathematics, physics, electrical engineering, mechatronics, or a related field, with a grade of at least 75%; completed online application form including the following:
    • CV
    • purpose of study
    • transcript of records
    • two references from professors or employers
    • English certificate
    • GRE is recommended but not mandatory

    Enrolment fees

    Approx. 200 EUR per semester, including a semester ticket covering public transport in the Saarbrücken area

    Costs of living

    About 800 EUR per month to cover personal expenses (incl. accommodation)

    Job opportunities

    Jobs as tutors and assistants are available in the department each semester. Openings will be posted on bulletin boards and on our websites.

    Funding opportunities within the university

    Some grants for very gifted students are provided by the International Max Planck Research School for Computer Science. Upon application to our Master's programme, grant application is processed automatically without any additional bureaucracy.

    Arrival support

    The International Office provides support (in finding accommodation and registering with university and resident authorities) and organises social and intercultural tutoring.

    Services and support for international students

    Saarland University offers a special support and guidance service for our international students and visiting scholars. As well as welcoming new foreign students to the university, we organise excursions and cultural events where students and scholars from abroad can meet German students and colleagues. We also provide support in dealing with official and administrative matters. To encourage interaction between German and international students, the international office also runs a successful peer mentoring programme called "you and me".


    We help students find accommodation. Rooms and apartments are easy to find and affordable.
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