TH Köln

Master Digital Sciences

Documents for Study Program Accreditation

How to apply? - Filling in the Self Report

The catalogue of modules that an applicant passed in the undergraduate studies has to be uploaded in the application process. This catalogue is needed for two reasons.

  • An applicant will be admitted to the selection process only if he or she has completed sufficient credits in modules that are closely related to the fields of computer science, information science, or data science.
  • The selection process considers, among other things, the applicant’s degree of aptitude based on the match between the undergraduate study profile and the intended specialization in the master’s program.

For details please see https://th-koeln.de/studium/digital-sciences-master_83002.php.

If an applicant has passed more than one university program he or she should consider the one which fits best with the intended specialization. The modules of this study should be entered in the Microsoft Excel template.

In the excel worksheet “FillOutTemplate” the following data has to be entered:

  • Personal data
  • The name of the program, the corresponding university (country) and the total of credits.
  • The catalogue of all modules. For each module the name and the number of credits have to be listed.

If the transcript of the program does not cover credit points, but use another measure of student’s effort instead, this measure can be used in place of credit points. Check that the sum of the credits for all modules matches the total number of credits mentioned for the program.

After filling in the needed data, please save the worksheet in CSV format. This CSV file is required to be uploaded in the application process.

Brief description of the study program

The study program Digital Sciences is offered cooperatively by the Faculties of Computer Science and Engineering, and Information and Communication Sciences at the TH Köln and offers a diverse range of courses in the disciplines of Computer Science, Information Science and Data Science giving a flexible and highly customizable master’s program (Master of Science degree). It leads to a degree in three or four semesters, depending on the student’s prerequisites.

The Master’s program is designed for students who wish to build on a completed Bachelor’s degree from one of the above-mentioned disciplines (e.g. Computer Science, Business Information Systems, Media Information Systems, IT Management, Code & Context, Data and Information Science, etc.). It is designed to address individual student goals, support tailored personalized learning paths, and create space for interdisciplinary and agile learning projects as well as appropriate didactic-methodological approaches across disciplinary and faculty boundaries. Large parts of the study program can be completed in English due to a broad range of English-language modules. Therefore, the study program is opened up to international students.

The current module manual (as PDF version, in German) can be downloaded here.

Four fields of study

The study program Digital Sciences is offered cooperatively by the Faculty of “Computer Science and Engineering” (F10) and the Faculty of “Information and Communication Sciences” (F03) and is international, seminar-based and strongly project-oriented. The master’s program includes four fields of study.

Graduates of the Digital Sciences program are qualified for management and leadership tasks at the interface between technology and application. In relation to the fields of study, these are the following focal points.

Business Information Systems (BIS)

The field of study prepares students to take on bridging functions at the interface between business and information technology. In particular, this includes the ability to develop a deep understanding of the business activities of a company, to penetrate economic fields of action and to derive requirements for IT as well as potentials of digitization in order to contribute to the success of the company through their implementation.

A detailed description of the field of study can be found at the URL https://digital-sciences.de/en/studyprograms/business-information-systems/.

Data and Information Science (DIS)

The field of study aims at generating and making available knowledge gained from data and information. Graduates work in companies that depend heavily on the generation of business-relevant knowledge, e.g. from web data, e.g. digital information platforms, online merchants, social networks, online media, etc. Also a use in research or in the facilities of research infrastructures (e.g. scientific libraries, Leibniz institutes, etc.) is conceivable due to the high proportion of research-centered modules.

A detailed description of the field of study can be found at the URL https://digital-sciences.de/en/studyprograms/data-and-information-science/.

IT Management (ITM)

The field of study builds on broad knowledge and skills in operational IT management and focuses on strategic IT management. From this perspective, the tasks of setting up, operating and further developing IT are considered. Effectiveness, efficiency and security on the one hand, as well as the design of IT in line with requirements and the support of digital transformation are always in focus. The ability to explore new IT deployment scenarios and technologies and to assume management and budget responsibility are also part of this.

A detailed description of the field of study can be found at the URL https://digital-sciences.de/en/studyprograms/it-management/.

Software Architecture (SAR)

The field of study teaches software engineering oriented towards large and complex systems, which understands IT as a socio-technical system and pays particular attention to people and their ways of thinking and acting when creating software systems. It reflects the growing importance of software for innovative digital products and services in our society by enabling graduates to design and implement complex software systems in the context of social, technological and economic conditions.

A detailed description of the field of study can be found at the URL https://digital-sciences.de/en/studyprograms/software-architecture/.

Six Focus Areas

Six focus areas serve as an integrative framework, corresponding to the perspectives of Technology, application and social-cultural impact are defined as follows: