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

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The Master's Program Informatics

The master's degree program Informatics at KIT follows on from the knowledge acquired in the course of a bachelor's degree program (computer science, business informatics, or similar). Students learn to work independently in a scientific manner and deepen their knowledge in individually selected areas. They develop the ability to apply scientific methods of computer science and to independently develop new procedures for solving problems of all kinds.
Computer scientists are in great demand on the job market. Numerous companies in the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion also offer attractive prospects for the future. A doctorate following the master's program enables graduates to pursue an academic career in teaching and research.

The master's program Informatics is designed for four semesters. A special feature of the study program at KIT is the above-average freedom of choice. Thus, students have the opportunity to arrange their study plan according to their individual preferences and to choose from more than 150 courses per semester. An integral part of the curriculum is a scientific master thesis, which can be application-oriented as well as theoretically oriented.

Specialization subjects

Two specialization subjects must be chosen in the degree program.
The following subjects are available for selection:

  • Theoretische Grundlagen
  • Algorithmentechnik
  • Kryptographie und Sicherheit
  • Betriebssysteme
  • Parallelverarbeitung
  • Softwaretechnik und Übersetzerbau
  • Prozessautomatisierung
  • Entwurf eingebetteter Systeme und Rechnerarchitekturen
  • Telematik
  • Informationssysteme
  • Computergraphik & Geometrieverarbeitung
  • Anthropomatik und Kognitive Systeme

Elective subject

In the elective subject, any computer science modules can be selected from the wide range of courses offered by the KIT Faculty of Computer Science.

Supplementary subject

The supplementary subject offers insights into possible fields of application of computer science and thus provides orientation for the later professional life. Corresponding modules are offered by all faculties at KIT, such as electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, or economics and humanities.

Key and interdisciplinary qualifications

With the key and interdisciplinary qualifications, knowledge is acquired that is not directly related to the study of computer science, but is essential for later professional life. These include foreign languages, presentation techniques, social competence and the ability to work in a team.


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

Regulations, statutes and links to the Informatik Master

Selection Rules Selection Rules 2018
  Correction to Selection Rules 2019
Study and examination regulations SPO 2015
  1st Amendment to the Statutes SPO 2015
Module Manual SPO 2015
schematic overview plan SPO 2015
Links for the start of your studies Living and studying in Karlsruhe