The Master's Program Informatics

The master's program in Informatics at KIT is consecutive to the bachelor's program and is designed for four semesters. The program is characterized by a great variety of courses. It combines a profound and at the same time broad education with a specialization in at least two of the many areas of computer science (e.g., theoretical computer science, algorithm technology, cryptography and security, parallel processing, software engineering and translator construction, design of embedded systems and computer architecture, telematics, information systems, computer graphics and geometry processing, robotics and automation, anthropomatics and cognitive systems, system architecture).
The core of the program is formed by two specialization subjects. The scope of a specialization subject, in which a specialization in an area of computer science takes place, is not limited. A variety of elective modules ensures the breadth of the education. The study program is supplemented by content from another subject area (supplementary subject) as well as by the teaching of social competence and teamwork skills (as interdisciplinary qualifications).

The following specialization subjects are available for selection:

  • Theoretische Grundlagen
  • Algorithmentechnik
  • Kryptographie und Sicherheit
  • Betriebssysteme NEW > Systemarchitektur
  • Parallelverarbeitung
  • Softwaretechnik und Übersetzerbau
  • Entwurf eingebetteter Systeme und Rechnerarchitekturen
  • Telematik
  • Informationssysteme
  • Computergraphik & Geometrieverarbeitung
  • Robotik und Automation
  • Anthropomatik und Kognitive Systeme
Informatik-Master am KIT KIT
Der Informatik-Master am KIT

Prof. Snelting presenting the study program Informatics.


Master Profiles
The KIT Faculty of Computer Science offers nine different profiles in the Master's program in Informatics. If you attend the courses required by a profile, you will receive a certificate about the special knowledge acquired in the profile in addition to the master's certificate.
Profiles are to be seen as a structuring of the Master's program and do not require any additional work. A Master's program without profiles with self-selected focal points is still possible and fully equivalent. The examination regulations for the Master's program remain unchanged.


Qualification goals
In the Master's program in Informatics, the scientific qualifications acquired in the Bachelor's program are further deepened and supplemented; students acquire the ability to do scientific work. Graduates of the Master's program in Informatics possess the following competencies in particular:

  • Methods of computer science (core competence).
    They are able to independently apply and further develop the scientific knowledge and methods of computer science and to evaluate their significance and scope for solving complex scientific and social problems. They are able to successfully handle complex application-related and research-oriented tasks both within computer science and in neighboring disciplines.
  • Communication
    You will be able to present and communicate topics in computer science both verbally and in writing, and to discuss them convincingly with both experts and non-specialists.
  • Team and project work
    You can work in teams in an interdisciplinary manner and plan and organize team and project work.
  • Social relevance (civic engagement)
    You know the social relevance of computer science and can act responsibly accordingly.
  • Further education (personal development)
    They can adapt to new technologies and transfer their knowledge to future developments.


The program concludes with a master's thesis and the academic degree "Master of Science" (M.Sc.).

Informatics M.Sc.

The most important facts at a glance

academic degreeMaster of Science, M.Sc.
Restriction of admissionyes
RequirementsA passed Bachelor's degree or at least equivalent Graduation in the Bachelor's degree in computer science or a degree programme with essentially the same Content at a university, university of applied sciences or university of cooperative education or Duale Hochschule or at a foreign university. (see selection statutes for details)
Start of studiesfor winter and summer semester
Standard period of study4 semesters
maximum study period7 semesters
Job descriptionsto the job descriptions
Master profile

The KIT Deparment of Informatics offers nine different profiles in the master program. Profiles are to be seen as a structuring of the master's program and do not require additional effort. If you attend the courses required by a profile, you will receive a certificate of special knowledge in addition to the certificate. A master study without profiles with self-chosen specializations is still possible and completely equivalent.

to the master profiles