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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: n/a
  • Foreign: Free
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English
  • Deadline:
  • 15 July
  • StudyQA ranking:
  • 496pts.
  • Duration:
  • 2 years

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    In the English-language Master's degree programme "Computer Science and Media", students are introduced to advanced topics and the latest research findings in the field of interactive digital media. Two main areas form the basis of the research-oriented and accredited programme:
    (a) study of current topics in the field of computer science and media (media security, data mining, information retrieval, machine learning, big data analytics (first professorship in Europe!), optimisation, mathematical modelling, human-computer interaction, mobile media, usability, virtual reality, computer graphics, computer vision, visual analytics, and visualisation)
    (b) acquisition of key skills through a project-based study approach in small groups with the goal of enhancing students' academic communication, presentation, and writing abilities

    Students work in the laboratories of the scientifically-oriented chairs, which provide an excellent overall infrastructure. They are regularly involved in current research and development projects during their studies and even in international publication activities. Teaching and research assistantships, as well as other jobs, are readily available at the university and with local companies.
    Well-trained computer science experts are in high demand both here in Germany and on the international job market. As this programme combines advanced computer science with application-oriented project work, there is a particularly strong demand for our graduates in the telecommunications, game and entertainment industries, and in service-oriented software departments in industrial and commercial enterprises and multimedia corporations. We have learned from our alumni that MSc graduates frequently find employment in R&D departments at large research institutes (e.g. Fraunhofer), as well as at universities and tertiary educational institutions, where they often plan to pursue a doctorate.

    Educational organisation

    The Master's programme comprises lectures, tutorials, seminars and two comprehensive student research projects, as well as a Master's thesis for which students can choose from various specialised fields. During the first and the third semesters, students undertake research projects (15 ECTS each) in small groups of three to six. These can be selected from a wide variety of topics offered by the various professors. A large elective module (24 ECTS) spanning the second and third semesters allows students to specialise further in advanced topics of computer science, mathematics or Master's courses from other fields. The third semester is also an ideal semester for students to spend abroad, since it offers greater flexibility with respect to the choice of classes. The fourth and final semester is reserved for undertaking the Master's thesis project.
    The standard duration of studies for the Computer Science and Media Master's programme is four semesters, leading to the award of a Master of Science degree. All Master's courses are offered in English. Basic English is spoken nearly everywhere, as the historic city of Weimar attracts many visitors from all over the world. However, it is useful to acquire some knowledge of the German language to simplify your daily life. Teaching and research assistantships, as well as a variety of other jobs, are readily available at the university and with local companies. Student services and the student council support students in finding jobs.
    For information about part-time studies, please contact the International Counsellor for details:

    Study abroad unit(s)

    Participants have the option of spending one to two semesters abroad at one of the many international partner universities of the Faculty of Media.

    Forms of assessment

    Credits are earned through project presentations, written and oral exams. Course requirements are announced at the beginning of each individual course.

    Course objectives

    The Master's programme in Computer Science and Media is designed to provide graduates with advanced analytical, creative and research skills for the development of software and application systems for digital media. Problem-based active learning and interdisciplinary course work are central and important aspects of our curriculum. This significantly advances the soft skills of our graduates, particularly in teamwork, communication and presentation skills.

    University requirements

    Program requirements

    Language requirements

    Applicants must provide proof of English at level B2 (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages - CEFR). Equivalent tests: IELTS (minimum 6.0 points) or TOEFL (internet-based) minimum 80 points. German level A1 is recommended but is not a requirement.
    In order to register for the Master's thesis, students must provide proof of English at level C1 (CEFR). As part of our study programme, we offer advanced English classes up to level C1, which count towards the degree.

    Academic requirements

    The prerequisite for admission to the Master's degree programme is a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science, media informatics, media technology or related fields such as electrical engineering, physics, or mathematics with a strong focus on computer science.
    English skills at level B2 (CEFR)

    FAQ Application Computer Science and Media:

    Enrolment fees

    Approx. 160 EUR per semester. This is a contribution to student services and the student council. It further includes free regional transport, student discounts for meals at the university cafeteria, and theatre and museum tickets as well as many other activities. The additional fee for the student ID ("Thoska") is 20 EUR (one-time only fee).

    Costs of living

    In Weimar, living expenses tend to be lower than in larger German cities. We recommend that students budget at least 700 EUR per month.

    Job opportunities

    There are many opportunities for students to find teaching and student assistantships at the university and with local companies.

    Funding opportunities within the university

    Arrival support

    International Office
    Phone 1: +49 (0) 36 43-58 23 63
    Phone 2: +49 (0) 36 43-58 23 73
    Fax: +49 (0) 36 43-58 23 75
    Address for visitors:
    Geschwister-Scholl-Straße 15
    99423 Weimar

    Weimar International Network (WIN)
    Information, services, and buddy programme for international students prior to arrival

    Services and support for international students

    Academic Support and International Counselling: Faculty of Media, Ms Annette de Jong
    Phone: +49 (0) 36 43-58 38 88
    Fax: +49 (0) 36 43-58 37 01

    International Office
    Phone 1: +49 (0) 36 43-58 23 63
    Phone 2: +49 (0) 36 43-58 23 73
    Fax: +49 (0) 36 43-58 23 75
    Address for visitors:
    Geschwister-Scholl-Straße 15
    99423 Weimar

    Weimar International Network (WIN)
    WIN is an online platform of services for international students in Weimar. It offers useful information and events, fosters contact between international and German students, and provides orientation for newcomers to Bauhaus-Universität Weimar.
    WIN offers helpful advice, links, and contact information. You can also register to participate in cultural exchange programmes and subscribe to the monthly newsletter "curious@bout Weimar." The calendar contains information about upcoming international events in Weimar and the surrounding region.
    WIN is a project of the International Office of Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, coordinated in cooperation with student services Thüringen and the student initiative Bauhaus Internationals.


    The "Studentenwerk Thüringen" (student services Thuringia) administers approx. 1,100 apartments in Weimar. Monthly rates vary from 105-280 EUR. The university itself does not provide accommodation.

    Phone: +49 (0)3 61-7 37 18 21
    Visiting address: Weimar, Marienstraße 15 a

    Typically, up to five students share living quarters. Students have their own bedrooms and share a kitchen and a bathroom. Most rooms are furnished (bed, desk, chair, cupboard, shelf), but kitchenware and appliances are not included. Mentors for international students provide assistance in settling in during the first couple of days and also organise events.

    Students advertise private and shared flats on the university website ("Pinnwand"):
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