Master of Science (M.Sc.)

The master’s program in Informatics broadens and deepens your existing knowledge. In addition, it offers you the opportunity to individually specialize in one or more discipline-specific areas.

Department of Informatics

Key Data

Type of Study
  • Full Time
  • Part-time
Standard Duration of Studies
  • 4 (fulltime)
Credits Main Locations
Admission Category Start of Degree Program
  • Possible for both winter and summer semester
Costs Required Language Proficiency

Information on Degree Program

The application of informatics has changed our lives and the way we work in a more intensive and sustained manner than any other science in the last 30 years. Mobile phones, digital cameras and PCs have become everyday commodities within an incredibly short time span. Informatics has played a key role in major developments in fields such as medicine, automotive engineering, and aerospace.

Informatics is a modern discipline and the engine of innovation for technical progress in all fields of economic and social life. Specialists in informatics shape the future! Their occupational fields are continually expanding and subject to constant change. 

For a comprehensive description of the program, please refer to the degree program documentation:

The duration of the master’s program in Informatics is four semesters. The program offers a high level of flexibility as regards the selection of your own specialties. In addition to the modules in the catalog of elective subjects, you can also choose to concentrate on a practice-led vocational education and training or a research-based profile that incorporates your first research work. 

Required language skills for admission:

You need sufficient English language skills if you wish to apply for this program. Evidence of your language proficiency has to be submitted before the end of the application deadline. Learn more about recognized certificates and other ways to prove your English language skills.

This evidence of your language proficiency confirms that you comply with the minimum language requirements for admission to the program. Depending on the program and your individual background, it may be necessary for you to keep working on your language skills during your studies. Be sure to take a look at the services of our Language Center.  

Languages of instruction:

The language of instruction for this program is German or English. Depending on the focus area you choose, you can study in German, English or both languages. The language of instruction for each module is detailed in the module overview. // To learn more about the language of instruction for each module, contact the departmental student academic advisor of this program.    

The Department of Informatics is one of the largest and most highly renowned in the field in Germany. As a graduate, you possess a top-class vocational education and training that, to a great extent, you will have tailored to your own interests.

You will have expanded your knowledge of the discipline and, upon successfully completing the degree, be able to conduct independent scientific work. Thus you fulfill the requirements for further developing the discipline and are well prepared for a challenging professional occupation or a doctoral degree.

In addition to a solid education in the core areas of informatics, the master’s program offers you the opportunity to specialize in at least one of eight areas: 

  • software engineering
  • databases and information systems
  • artificial intelligence and robotics
  • computer graphics and vision
  • computer architecture
  • distributed systems, computer networks, and security
  • formal methods and their applications
  • algorithms and scientific computation 


The freedom to shape your own individual competency profile enables you to enter a field of study early on that is suited both to research and to practical innovation. 

Opportunities arise for graduates of the master's program in Informatics in challenging fields all over the world – from trade, research, industry, services, and insurance to consultancy or public administration. 

Application and Admission

Minimum requirements to apply for a Master's program at TUM are a recognized undergraduate degree (e.g. a bachelor’s) and the successful completion of the aptitude assessment procedure. Aptitude assessment allows the TUM school or department to which you are applying the opportunity to evaluate your individual talents and motivation for study.

During the application period, you must apply through the TUMonline application portal and upload your application documents.

If you receive an offer of admission, you will additionally have to submit individual documents as notarized hardcopies by post to be enrolled.

Generally, applicants with a qualification for postgraduate studies (e.g. a bachelor’s) obtained outside of the EU / EEA must have their documents reviewed in advance through uni-assist.

In detail:


We may require additional documents depending on the type of educational background you earned and your country of origin. After accepting an offer of admission in TUMonline, you will receive a list of documents you must submit to TUM in hardcopy for enrollment.

Application period for the winter semester: 01.01. – 31.05.
Application period for the summer semester: 01.09. – 30.11.

During the application period, you must apply through the TUMonline application portal and upload your application documents. Please be aware that we can only process your application if you upload all required documents within the application period.

We will review your application as soon as it is complete. Please check your TUMonline account regularly, to see if we have any queries to your documents or if you have to amend one or more documents.

After receiving admission, you will see in TUMonline which documents you have to submit for enrollment, and in which form. Please note that you always have to send the signed application for enrollment and all notarized hardcopiesby post.

We recommend that you submit the documents for enrollment as soon as possible after receiving admission. If individual documents are not available by then, you can submit them up to 5 weeks after the start of the lecture period. You will, however, only be enrolled once we have received all documents.

You can check the status of your application at any time in your TUMonline account

Selection takes place through an aptitude assessment procedure. Aptitude assessment is a two-part procedure after the submission of an official application to a program. In this procedure, the TUM school or department determines whether you meet the specific requirements for its master’s degree program.

In the initial stages, the grades you obtained during your bachelor's program, as well as your written documents, will be evaluated using a point system. Depending on the amount of points accumulated, applicants are either immediately admitted, rejected or invited to an admissions interview. 

The online application process takes place through our application portal TUMonline.  

This degree program does not encompass a compulsory internship nor is an internship a requirement for admission. However, it is recommendable, as a rule, to gain practical experience as soon as possible

What are my options after earning this degree?

You have earned your master’s degree and are ready to start your career? TUM Alumni & Career can assist you with questions regarding professional orientation, job search and job application.

If you are interested in continuing your studies, you will find information of doctoral studies at TUM, here.