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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
Required Language Proficiency Languages of Instruction
  • English
  • German
Main Locations
Admission Category Start of Degree Program
  • Possible for both winter and summer semester
Standard Duration of Studies
(Number of Semesters)
  • 4 semesters fulltime
Credits Costs

Information on Degree Program

What does this program cover?

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:

How is the program structured?

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. 

What is the language of instruction?

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.    

Which further expertise and skills will I acquire?

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. 

Which professional opportunities can I take up with this qualification?

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. 

Binding Regulations for Progression of Studies, Examinations and Application

Application and Admission

How do I apply? (start of program in winter semester 2019/20)

 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 to study.  

You must apply online using the TUMonline application portal. After completing the online application process, you will receive a list of documents you must submit to TUM in hard copy by the application deadline.

In detail:  

What application deadlines do I need to meet? (start of program in winter semester 2019/20)

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

Our online application portal TUMonline will create an application form and a checklist with the documents you have to hand in. The checklist shows which documents you need for admission and which for enrollment

You must submit the signed application form and all documents you need for admission before the application deadline.

Please also submit the documents we need for your enrollment as soon as possible. If individual documents for enrollment are not available to you yet, you can hand them in up to five weeks after the start of the lecture period. However, we recommend that you submit all required documents well before the semester begins, as you will not be enrolled until all documents have been received. 

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. 

On what basis does TUM select applicants for admission?

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 admittedrejected or invited to an admissions interview

Where can I find the online application portal?

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

Do I have to complete an internship?

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.