The Master's degree in Informatics is concecutive for the Bachelor degree in Informatics and a Bachelor degree in Applied Informatics at the Department of Informatics and Media of the University of Applied Sciences Brandenburg. Being eligible for a Master's degree programme requires a Bachelor degree examination with a grade of "good" or better. The recognition of exams of other disciplines as well as further details are governed by the admission order.
The Master's examination constitutes as a second academic degree, based on a successfully completed and professionally qualifiying first degree. The examination should demonstrate a high professional and scientific level. In particular, this means the ability for independent scientific work in research and development.
The aim of the Master's programme is an educational advancement and a consolidation of existing knowledge in informatics. You have the possibility of one or more specialisations within the broad spectrum of work and research areas of the Department of Informatics and Media. In addition to a deliberately broad-based depth of basics, specific advancements are offered in selected problem areas.
The standard period of study for a Master's degree in Informatics is 4 semesters (2 years).
The first semester of the Master's programme has an identical structure for all students. It defines basic principles and advancements of already existing informatics knowledge with courses in informatics theory, mathematics, technical informatics, and software architecture, databases and digital media. By the end of the first semester students make a choice of modules for their major. This gives students the opportunity to use the beginning of the Master's degree programme as an entry and orientation period and to prior get an idea of possible majors.
A specialization in one of the majors of Network and Mobile Computing, Advanced Information Processing Systems and Digital Media is possible by selecting appropriate modules. For a recognition of a major at least 3 of the attended elective modules (ie 15 CP) must be assigned to that major. Majors are stated in the Diploma Supplement.
In the project lab, small groups of 3 to max. 9 students independently (with a time budget of about 4 hours assistance per week) work for one semester under the constant supervision of a lecturer on a predetermined or self-selected topic, which will essentially corresponds to their current level of training. A supervising professor encourages and advises. Working on projects aims to
The fourth semester is used for graduates to write their Master's thesis and attend a Master's seminar. The Master thesis is a final thesis paper and a colloquium, worth 27 CP. Accompanying the Master's thesis students will take part in a Master's seminar (3 CP), which is not graded. The processing time for the Master's thesis is 6 months.
The Master's thesis should display a cohesive exploration of a broader topic and the resulting solution to a theoretical, practical or experimental problem. The Master's thesis is to show that the student is able to work independently on an issue from the area of informatics or media with the aid of scientific (and, if neccessary artistic and creative) methods - within a specified period.
With the passing of the Master's examination the students acquire a degree in "Master of Science" with detailed identification of selected and attended major modules and courses in the Diploma Supplement.
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