What is Informatics?
Informatics forms a part of almost all aspects of our lives - from cars, planes and mobile phones through to domestic appliances and, of course, computers and the Internet.
The number of computer processors is higher than the number of people and soon, each person will be outnumbered with hundreds of such computers.
IT systems influence a variety of processes, e.g. in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, traffic, media and communication fields.
Informatics sustainably changes our worlds of work and home life, thereby influencing our culture as well.
As a result, information scientists are represented in almost all specialist fields and have promising job prospects. They work to structure and analyse problems from various areas, develop software systems and manage projects.
The key focus of informatics is not on machines, but on the design and organisation of processes and working environments. Its fundamental roots can be found in mathematics and engineering sciences.
Informatics is a basic and interdisciplinary science. It is concerned with the processing, storing, presenting and transferring of information. The main focus is on methods for automated information processing.
Informatics at KIT
At KIT, Informatics is offered as a consecutive Bachelor / Master degree. The respective subjects "Theoretische Informatik" (Theoretical Informatics), "Praktische Informatik" (Practical Informatics), "Technische Informatik" (Computer Engineering) and "Mathematik" (Mathematics) constitute the key academic aspects of this course of study.
Fields of specialisation and complementary lectures are offered on this basis, and rounded off with key and interdisciplinary qualifications.
Interdisciplinary contents are taught here.
The KIT is the foremost university for Informatics in the whole of Germany.
It owes its leading position for the main part to excellent ratings from students and human resources managers. Read more
The broad range of research and teaching fields offered by the department is unparalleled.
It comprises Computer Technology and Architecture as well as Theoretical Informatics, Telematics, Program Systems, Parallel and Distributed Systems and Applications from the Engineering Sciences.
A student's advice:
You don't necessarily have to have chosen to take natural sciences at school, and you don't need any previous knowledge of programming or a computer of your own either.
You should have the following prerequisites: a good command of English and the ability to think logically and abstractly.
You should enjoy working as part of a team and have a sociable and outgoing personality, enjoy solving problems and applying the mathematics you learned at school.
A knack for mathematics doesn't mean that you must have an A grade in maths:
The subject matter ties in with your university entrance qualifications and is even repeated in some cases. So don't panic!
The following table contains articles of association and regulations on the application process:
|Bachelor Informatics||Master Informatics|
|No restriction on admission||Selection Articles
|Study and Examination Regulations