International Programmes 2022/2023

Master of Science in Computer Science MSc Computer Science

Kiel University • Kiel

Master of Science in Computer Science
Teaching language
  • English

There is a Master's programme where the teaching language of all modules is English as well as a Master's programme where the teaching language of all modules is German. Participants with knowledge of both languages can choose a Master's programme which consists of modules in both languages.

Programme duration
4 semesters
Winter and summer semester
Application deadline

The application deadline for the summer semester is 15 January. The application deadline for the winter semester is 15 July.

Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Combined Master's degree / PhD programme
Joint degree / double degree programme

Kiel University offers a Master's degree programme in Computer Science. Lectures are held in German as well as in English, and we take care to offer programmes which can be studied with proof of knowledge in one of these languages.
In our module database, you will find a programme named "Computer Science", in which all of the recommended modules are taught in English. You may choose according to this recommendation. However, our Master's programme is designed to give you high flexibility, so if you are interested in a specific alternative module, you should contact the named research adviser of this programme. As we do not expect you to choose the research adviser for your thesis right at the beginning of your Master's studies, it is possible to modify this programme even after you have started your Master's studies. However, it is recommended that you choose your research adviser by the beginning of the final year of your Master's studies.

Course organisation

You may choose the elective modules in Computer Science according to the recommendation given in our Computer Science Master's programme in English, named "Computer Science", or you may choose differently. In the latter case, please make sure to fulfil the requirements of the Degree-Specific Examination Regulations (FPO) for Computer Science (one-subject, Master's programme).

All individual study programmes must consist of elective modules in Computer Science which have to add up to 60-65 LP as well as non subject specific modules which have to add up to 10-15 LP, a seminar of 5 LP as well as a project of 10 LP and the thesis with 30 LP. In total, these are 120 LP and a regular period of study of four semesters.

(LP stands for "Leistungspunkte", the German word for credit points.)

International elements

Our department has ERASMUS agreements with several European universities. There are also agreements with partner universities in Asia. Therefore, it is possible to spend one or two semesters abroad.

Course-specific, integrated German language courses
Course-specific, integrated English language courses
Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Semester contribution

An enrolment fee ("Einschreibgebühr") of 55 EUR is charged for the first enrolment at Kiel University. A semester contribution ("Semesterbeitrag") currently amounting to 264.50 EUR must be paid each semester at Kiel University. This covers free public transport ("landesweites Semesterticket") for trains and buses in Schleswig-Holstein and Hamburg, reduced lunch prices, and other benefits for students.

Costs of living

Approx. 800 EUR per month to cover personal expenses

Funding opportunities within the university
Academic admission requirements

Admission to our Master's programme is only possible with a Bachelor's degree in computer science that is comparable to the Bachelor's degree in computer science awarded by our department.

The Bachelor's and Master's studies in Kiel are research-oriented. Therefore, Bachelor's degrees achieved outside of Kiel often lack fundamental concepts in theoretical and practical topics, such as advanced programming (beyond object-oriented concepts), mathematical foundations (especially mathematical proofs), theory of computation, and logic in computer science. To adapt this knowledge to the Kiel Bachelor's degree, applicants from outside the "Bologna region" will probably have to attend and pass exams in these fields before they can be admitted.

Language requirements

English language skills must be proved via a GRE test result with at least 145 points in verbal reasoning. There are no exceptions to this rule.

Application deadline

The application deadline for the summer semester is 15 January. The application deadline for the winter semester is 15 July.

Submit application to

All non-German citizens with foreign academic certificates must apply centrally through uni-assist.

Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
c/o uni-assist e.V.
11507 Berlin


Please find information on accommodation in Kiel on the following website:

Support for international students and doctoral candidates
  • Other
Support programmes for international students

The International Center offers advising, activities and services for international students. In addition to the student counsellor for all Master's students, our department has a supervising tutor for international students.

Kiel University

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Kiel University (also referred to as the CAU) was founded in 1665. It is Schleswig-Holstein's oldest, largest and best-known university, with 27,500 students and 3,821 staff members. It is also the only full-fledged university in the state. Seven Nobel Prize winners have worked here. The CAU has been successfully taking part in the Excellence Initiative since 2006.

We use research, teaching and the transfer of science to address the great challenges of our time in health, environmental and cultural change, nutrition and energy. In doing so, we ensure peace and preserve livelihoods for future generations. We use responsible actions to make sure that scientific discoveries are transferred into all sectors of our society by interdisciplinary thought – regardless of short-lived trends – where they are incorporated into political, economic and social decisions aimed at securing peace and prosperity.

When it was founded back in 1665, the CAU had the motto “Pax Optima Rerum: peace is the most valuable asset.” This maxim is as applicable today as it was over 350 years ago. We want to follow this key idea and contribute towards creating a peaceful, fair world in which everyone lives freely and comfortably. We aim to create a world in which treating the environment with respect also enables future generations to enjoy the same benefits.

CAU’s mission:
Our mission is to deliver research and teaching that contribute to peace, prosperity and maintaining a pluralistic, free society as well as address the challenges we are facing. Our strong disciplines carry out this mission. The fulfilment of this mission requires interdisciplinary collaboration and involves transdisciplinary issues. We find solutions to today’s pressing problems and implement these solutions together with stakeholders from society, industry and politics.

Teaching profile:
We are dedicated to research-based teaching and learning. Therefore, the development of new teaching approaches is evolving constantly at the interfaces between research from the different scientific disciplines. Students from all over the world benefit from this: research results are quickly integrated into programme curricula and our academic staff is trained in state-of-the-art teaching methods.

Research profile:
The CAU is Schleswig-Holstein’s only full-fledged university with a major focus on research. Over time, four dynamic priority research areas have systematically developed. These are based on strong disciplines interacting together – Marine Science, Life Science, Societal and Cultural Change, and Nano Surface and Interface Science. Each individual research area makes a substantial contribution towards dealing with at least one of the grand challenges of our time.

Transfer profile:
A university is not an island. It is an entity that impacts on, with and for society in a number of ways, by offering space for new ideas, passing on knowledge and values, and enabling debates about controversial subjects. Universities train specialists, produce innovative products and start-ups, help companies to develop further and assist politics by giving advice and warnings. The CAU encompasses top quality, innovative science, a sense of responsibility and the transfer of knowledge. We advocate for the university’s active role in society and aim to work closely together with the community to be the driving force behind regional, national and international development by looking for and finding pioneering solutions for our most pressing issues. This is the reason why we maintain a variety of active connections with our partners in science, industry, politics and society.

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27,500 Students
3,821 Staff members

University location

The city of Kiel is located directly on the Baltic Sea coast and is the capital of the northernmost German federal state, Schleswig-Holstein. Famous for its sailing tradition, Kiel has hosted two Olympic sailing competitions. The city's annual "Kiel Week" is the world's largest sailing event and one of the biggest cultural festivals in northern Europe. Kiel's international flair is enhanced by its port, where Scandinavian ferries dock next to cruise liners and historic ships. Those who enjoy going out will benefit from the city's lively cultural life as well as the many clubs and bars to be found between the campus and the city centre. Kiel is a strong centre of science and research. Our students benefit from studying by the sea in a city that offers short distances and a wide range of leisure facilities by the waterside. It takes less than 20 minutes to get from the lecture hall to the beach. A fresh breeze on your face and the right books on hand create a great atmosphere for learning. The social conditions for studying in Kiel are excellent. Freshmen receive a welcome payment of 100 EUR when they come to Kiel to commence their undergraduate studies. Here, they have the opportunity to live in one of the many halls of residence, which are reasonably priced and situated close to the universities. In our bicycle-friendly city, not only the universities but also other inner-city locations can be reached conveniently by bike. The new scientific generation represents the most important resource for making Kiel, the state capital, fit for the future.