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Master’s study programs in Informatics

In the Master program you deepen the knowledge you gained on the Bachelor level.

The Master program is composed of

  • Master's Basic Module in the selected specialization
  • Master's Project (group project for two to four students) 
  • various modules specific for your specialization
  • Master's dissertation

Choose your preferred specialization to tailor your education to your individual interests and needs.

We offer five different programs:

Information Systems combines methods from the spheres of both informatics and business administration, allowing you to take a holistic, comprehensive approach toward solving the problems that companies face. You learn to analyze non-standard problems and to actively shape complex information flows in companies. You understand how to creatively develop information systems and applications.

Software Systems focuses on the software development aspects of informatics, centering around systematic and economic criteria. You learn how to independently develop ambitious apps and highly complex systems.

People-Oriented Computing deals with the human-centered design of information technology. User-friendliness, security, and cultural and ethical aspects are of core importance. You create interactive systems and visualize information.

Computing and Economics focuses on the analysis and the design of electronic markets, social networks, and online platforms. You learn to creatively balance the information flow between providers and users. You independently design efficient online auctions and develop solutions to prevent manipulations.

Data Science provides a future-proof education. Big Data is one of the great challenges in our data-driven economy and society. You learn to analyze large data sets, recognize patterns, show correlations, and prepare results in a professional, interactive manner. Thus you lay the foundations for strategic and operative decisions.

Informatics minor

Studying Informatics is a good complement to almost any major subject and gives you excellent chances on the job market.

On the Master’s level, depending on your Major study program (home faculty), Data Science, Informatics, Information Systems, or People-oriented Computing are available as Minor study programs.


In your Major study program you earn 90 ECTS credits, which includes 30 ECTS credits for the MSc Thesis. The MSc Thesis is the culmination of your studies.
You can freely select the Minor study program to complement your Major in Informatics. In the Minor study program you earn 30 ECTS credits.

The 2nd and 3rd semester of your MSc program is especially suitable for an exchange semester. Upon agreement by the supervising professor it is even possible to write your MSc Thesis abroad.

The Master's program is structures such that it can be completed within two years of full-time studying. It is in principle possible to study part-time while working up to 20%. We recommend against studying part-time while working 50% during the lecture period.
The Master's program has to be completed within 5 years.

Master courses offered by IFI (PDF, 65 KB)

Background knowledge

We expect a university BSc degree with focus on Informatics. People who had finished their first studies several years ago are also welcome. Good English skills are important, as most courses on the Master's level are offered in English, only some are held in German. Part of the literature is available only in English.

On the Master's level you have a lot of freedom, so you need good self-management skills to organize your individual study path.

After studying

With a Master of Science in Informatics you receive an advanced scientific education. You gain autonomous, scientific, and project-oriented working skills. With an MSc in Informatics you have excellent job opportunities and can take over leading positions. In addition you are qualified to begin a PhD.