The Saarland Informatics Campus (SIC) at Saarland University is one of the top European locations for studying computer science and starting a scientific career. Along with the professors in Saarland University’s Department of Computer Science and Department of Language Science and Technology, scientists from the CISPA – Helmholtz Center for Information Security, the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), the Center for Bioinformatics Saar, the Max Planck Institute for Informatics and the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems teach in the international Data Science and Artificial Intelligence Masterprogram.
“The Department of Computer Science is one of the four best in Germany.” CHE Ranking
Shape the Digital Future
Artificial intelligence is now being put to use everywhere, in online shopping, autonomous driving or medical data analysis. For this purpose, specialists prepare complex data, analyze it using methods from statistics and artificial intelligence, and derive from it previously unidentified trends and facts. At the Saarland Informatics Campus, renowned experts conduct application-oriented research in the fields of Data Science, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Big Data and prepare you comprehensively for the challenges of the digital future.
- Autonomous driving
- Digital language assistants
- Industrial automation
- Artificial intelligence for games
- Chatbots in marketing and media
- Warning systems for impending natural disasters
- Graphic Design
- Diagnostic systems for illnesses
“1900 students, 300 doctoral students and 500 scientists from 80 countries make SIC a first-class location for computer science.” Prof. Verena Wolf
Your Studies at Saarland University
The international Master’s program DSAI aims to prepare students for demanding national and international research and development activities. Techniques from the fields of data science, artificial intelligence, big data, and machine learning complement each other in order to analyze data, automate processes and construct and process models that enable autonomous action. And they are both research- and application-oriented: Our students work on concrete questions and problems of application subjects such as computational linguistics, physics, material sciences, chemistry, psychology, and biology. By dealing with sensitive data, aspects of IT security, law, data protection, philosophy, and ethics are also important contents. An industrial internship and a master internship in a research group can be included in the compulsory elective.
- Machine Learning
- Artificial Intelligence
- Big Data
- Data Management
- Modeling and Simulation
- Data Visualization
- Mathematics and Statistics
- Computer Security
The four-semester master’s course granting a Master of Science (M.Sc.) and comprising 120 CP includes no specific required lectures, but rather:
- Choice of core lectures in “Data Science and Artificial Intelligence” (DSAI) (18 CP)
- Choice of core lectures in “Informatics“ (9 CP)
- Choice of core lectures, advanced lectures or seminars in DSAI (27–31 CP)
- Seminars in DSAI (7 CP)
- Choice of electives (min. 17 CP)
- Master’s module including the master’s seminar (12 CP) as well as the master’s thesis (30 CP)
Renowned Department with Strong International Orientation
- The Department of Computer Science is one of the four best in Germany (CHE Ranking)
- 900 students, 300 doctoral students and 500 scientists from more than 80 countries
- The Master’s program was developed together with students and therefore fulfills the expectations of future master’s candidates particularly well
- Our students are intensively supported by preliminary courses and tutors
- Students have the opportunity to participate in research projects at an early stage
- Bachelor degree in Computer Science or in a related course of study at a university
- Under certain conditions, a Master’s program also with a degree from a university of applied sciences possible
- Good English skills
- Registration: until the 15th of November
- Usual program length: 4 semesters
- Lectures are in English, no German knowledge is necessary
- No study fees
- Leading European location in the field of DSAI with its own graduate school and strong international orientation
- Individual care and support by more than 800 scientists at the location
- Top places in the CHE ranking
- High quality of life in Saarbrücken at low rents
“Data Scientist: The Sexiest Job of the 21st Century” Harvard Business Review
And Afterward? Careers in Science and Industry
All doors are open to our graduates with a Master’s degree in DSAI: By 2023, Germany will need around half a million data experts. Whether in the automotive, energy or healthcare industries, not only IT companies but also government institutions, banks or industry are recruiting competent and committed junior staff – worldwide!
Talented students can work towards their doctorate at the Saarbrücken Graduate School of Computer Science. SIC also supports young start-ups in further developing and marketing their ideas and inventions.
Studying Data Science and Artificial Intelligence
Interdisciplinary and Unique in Europe
The Saarland Informatics Campus offers a unique diversity throughout Europe. Six internationally renowned institutes such as the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence or the Max Planck Institutes cooperate closely with the university. For students, this environment offers unique opportunities to get to know the many facets of the world of computer science.
Future-Oriented and Renowned
Anyone studying computer science in Saarbrücken learns in close proximity to many respected researchers who have received numerous awards for their work. It’s no wonder that computer science was voted one of the four best subjects in Germany (CHE ranking).
Made for You
The Master’s program DSAI was developed together with students and therefore fulfills the expectations of future master’s candidates particularly well. Our students are intensively supported by preliminary courses and tutors. In addition, the Saarland Informatics Campus offers the opportunity to participate in research projects at an early stage.
Springboard for Your Career
DSAI Master students have the best prospects for the future. At the Saarbrücken Graduate School of Computer Science, they can work towards their doctorate or switch to the private sector. The SIC cooperates with large companies such as Airbus, Boeing, Dell, Disney, Facebook, Google, Intel, Microsoft, and others.
“Data Science and AI are nowhere else in this breadth. Students regularly give us top marks in the nationwide CHE ranking.“ Prof. Jens Dittrich
As a rule, admission to the Master’s program is possible in the winter and summer semesters.
15 November for the summer semester 2020 (lectures start in mid-October)
To start the application process, read the material below carefully:
1. Do you meet the basic prerequisites?
Admissions are very competitive and you should make sure you have achieved or will achieve, at least the minimum graduate admission requirements to apply. Satisfying these minimal standards, however, does not guarantee your admission!
An individual check of eligibility cannot be offered in advance to the application.
a) Eligibility for the master‘s degree program in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence
- Students seeking admission to the Master’s program shall have a Bachelor’s degree from a German university (at least 180 CP) or an equivalent qualification from a foreign university in computer science, informatics or a related field:
- Sufficient merit in the applicant’s previous academic track record and the appropriate curricular content of the Bachelor’s degree. Applicants should demonstrate a level of knowledge and competence that corresponds to that acquired in the Bachelor’s degree program in DSAI taught at Saarland University. Specifically, this requires applicants to show that they have the necessary level of expertise in the following areas:
- Mathematics (discrete mathematics, real analysis, and multivariable calculus, linear algebra, numerical methods, stochastics, statistics)
- Theoretical informatics (complexity theory, computability)
- Practical informatics (functional and object-oriented programming, data structures and algorithms, databases)
- Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Data Mining
- Minimal application prerequisite: a cumulative undergraduate grade point average (CGPA) of 75% or 3.00 GPA on a 4 point scale and ranking in the top 10% of the graduating class.
b) Necessary language skills
- The teaching language of the Master’s degree program is English.
- Proof of advanced proficiency in English (level C1 of the Common European Framework) must be provided.
- It is not sufficient to state that your courses at a previous university were completed in English.
- Native speakers or applicants, who have studied in a country, where English is the mother tongue are excluded from this rule.
- For German applicants, a basic English course up to the general qualification for university entrance (Abitur) is sufficient.
- Knowledge of German is not needed.
- Minimal language skills:
- TOEFL (internet-based): minimum 95 out of 120
- TOEFL (computer-based): minimum 240 out of 300
- TOEFL (paper-based): minimum 540 out of 677
- IELTS (academic test): minimum 7.0 out of 9
c) Evidence of particular interest in the subject
- Submission of a personal statement written by the applicant and two letters of recommendation written by referees who know the applicant academically (ideally one from the supervisor of your Bachelor thesis, letters should be from faculty members or members of research labs).
- The criteria listed above will be used to assess the aptitude of the applicant in terms of the academic profile and requirements of the Master’s degree program DSAI. The decision of whether the program admission requirements have been met is made by the Examination Board.
2. Fill in the online application form
- Incomplete applications cannot be considered.
- You are responsible for making sure that all required documents, including references, are submitted on time and meet the university’s requirements.
- Complete applications that are received after the deadline will be considered automatically in the decision making round for the next semester.
- Check the documents you submit carefully, as you will not be able to upload revised versions.
- As soon as your application is complete, you will receive a confirmation email!
- Applications for our postgraduate programs are made online!
- Do not register more than once to the Online Application System (OAS) of the Computer Science Department.
Required Application Documents
You need to submit four types of documents (PDF files) with your application in order to be considered for admission:
- Transcripts (Academic Records):
- a copy of your university entrance diploma
- copies of all previous degrees (with certified translation, if the original language is not English or French)
- a certified list of all attended courses with the respective grades, including an explanation of the grading system
- Please do not apply if the CGPA of your bachelor’s degree is under 75%!
- Including information on your areas of interest in research, as well as any projects or publications
- Statement of Purpose:
- Your reasons for applying to the proposed program at Saarland University
- Letters of Recommendation
- A complete application must have two letters of recommendation, uploaded by the referees:
- It is your responsibility to ensure that your referees have the information they need to provide a reference and submit it by the deadline.
- You enter the following information for each of your recommenders: name, address, phone number, institution or employer, title, email address (referee’s institutional or professional email address).
- It is extremely important to enter valid email addresses of your referee! An email will be sent to your recommenders with information on how to proceed. Alternatively, your referees may send us the references in sealed envelopes; under no circumstances may these confidential reports be sent to us by the applicant.
- If a referee has not received their notification email, please ask them to check their junk/spam folders.
- References should be written on institutional or professional letter-headed paper
- To better assess your skills, we advise a GRE Test (general and/or computer science). However, proof of participation in this test is not mandatory.
3. Your application will be evaluated in the admission procedure
After the application deadline, the committee needs a few weeks to evaluate the applications in detail. Please refrain from checking on the status of your application. You will be automatically notified by email when a decision has been made. If you have applied for more than one-degree program you will receive a separate decision for each. If you have been admitted to the program, you will need the originals of your documents for enrollment in the Office of Student Affairs. These will be compared to the electronic documents from your application.
After a rejection, a re-application for the same or another master’s degree program of the Computer Science Department at Saarland University will not be accepted.
Due to a large number of applicants, please make sure that you have read the given information carefully before contacting us:
Please use only the following email address for additional information concerning your application: firstname.lastname@example.org
Saarland Informatics Campus
6 internationally renowned research institutes and 3 networked departments of Saarland University with 4 Collaborative Research Centers and 18 joint study programs combine their individual strengths and competencies. The numerous scientists at world level, the talented junior staff, the lively cooperation and the extraordinary range of research topics make SIC a unique IT location in Europe.
International in the Top Group
In the immediate vicinity, there are many respected researchers who are at home in very different disciplines. This makes creative interdisciplinary research work possible, which again and again produces outstanding research results of international significance. So far, seven Leibniz Prizes from the German Research Foundation and 19 awards from the European Research Council have gone to the scientists at SIC.
A Campus University in the Heart of Europe
Small but beautiful and with a low cost of living: This is the Saarland with its French flair, high quality of life, and diverse culture and nature – but above all its warm and open people. A semester ticket allows free trips by train or bus in the surrounding area, and Paris lures in less than two hours by ICE. Short distances are also to be found on campus: The cafeteria and the cafés invite you to relax and enjoy. The nearby forest and the sports courses offer opportunities to keep fit. And the university orchestra, choirs, theater groups, and language center offer cultural variety.