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Final Degree: Master of Science 

Computer Science

Standard Period of Study: 4 semesters
Start of studies: winter or summer semester
Teaching Language: English

The Master's program Computer Science is one of the English study programs offered by the University of Stuttgart. It covers various scientific fields such as robotics, visual computing, service technology and engineering, database systems, and parallel as well as distributed systems.

All new students are required to select a major at the beginning of the study program. The following specializations are being offered: “Autonomous Systems in Computer Science”, “Service Technology and Engineering” and “Visual Computing”. The core modules of your chosen major will focus on providing you with specialist knowledge in your chosen field. Furthermore, you can select various courses from the study program catalogue and adapt your study program to suit your own personal preferences and skills, thus ensuring that you qualify in the areas you are interested in.

As Stuttgart is located right in the heart of the leading technology region in Europe, many well-known companies have their world or European headquarters here. Furthermore, research and development laboratories of international companies are located in Stuttgart. With these strong connections the University of Stuttgart offers excellent research and working environments with great job opportunities in industry as well as academia for talented and motivated students.


A Bachelor's degree is required for admission to the M.Sc. Computer Science, as well as qualifying examination results in Computer Science or a closely related field, and adequate knowledge of the English language.

Study schedule

The students have to decide on one of the offered majors:

  • "Autonomous Systems" combines courses in machine learning, artificial intelligence, decision making and robotics with sensors and actuators, hardware and software systems as well as parallel and distributed computing resources.
  • "Service Technology and Engineering" aims to provide the scientific and technological foundations of services, to train people in the design and maintenance of service-oriented platforms and solutions. This major targets application domains such as mobility, communication, as well as product and production design.
  • "Visual Computing" covers the entire visual computing pipeline by offering various lectures in the field of video processing, computer graphics, visualization, human machine interaction, and optimization.

In the first year the students attend the compulsory modules, and select a predefined number of modules from the available catalogs core of their profile, respectively. The third semester offers high flexibility as here electives can also be chosen from related Master's programs, or the students can spend the semester abroad. The fourth semester is reserved for the master's thesis.

PDF: Program structure Computer Science M.Sc.
Module Guide

The Module Guide describes the modules and the required courses belonging to the module.

  • The Module Guide (also called module handbook) is published in the Campus Management System C@MPUS [de] (please click as follows: choose the degree - click on the book behind the study program's name).
The exam regulation is only availabe in German since it is an official document.
The examination regulations (in German: Prüfungsordnungen) include a survey of the required modules.

Computer Science - Master of Science

Prüfungsordnung 8/1/13
Admission Restrictions

The complete information on the admission process, required knowledge of English, and the criteria for the assessment of professional suitability can be found in the admission regulations.

Language requirements

Proof of sufficient knowledge of the English language (usually a TOEFL test passed with at least 80 points (Internetbased Test) or comparable proof)

Closing Date

For the winter or summer semester:

  • Application deadline January 15 for start of studies in the following winter semester
  • Application deadline July 15 for start of studies in the following summer semester
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Students who discover a passion for research topics and projects are particularly well-suited to an academic career at a university or research institution. If this applies to you, a Master’s degree is required for working at a university as this enables you undertake a doctoral degree, or to work at a university or research institution.
Anyone with a Master’s in Computer Science has extensive and research-oriented knowledge and skills in the field of Computer Science in general, but particularly in their chosen major. Because the study program is conducted entirely in English, our graduates have the opportunity to work internationally.
Based on the current job market, our graduates have excellent career prospects and are currently very much in demand. And over the last twenty years, Computer Science has always proved to be a subject with great potential on the job market, and this will remain so in the future.

The quality of this degree program has been certified.


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Katrin Schneider

Program Manager Computer Science and Software Technology; Department Manager Computer Science; Erasmus-Coordinator