Visual perception is responsible for most our impressions about the world around us. This is why computers are being increasingly used to process digital images and visual simulations. Areas in which these applications are already well established include medical technology, the automotive industry, multimedia systems and industrial quality control. Creating and analysing digital images requires specialist knowledge. The Master's degree programme "Visual Computing" at Saarland University is therefore a joint undertaking involving the university departments of Informatics and Computer Science, Mathematics and Mechatronics, the medical technology division at the Fraunhofer Institute for Biomedical Engineering and the Max Planck Institute for Informatics. The programme also maintains close cooperative ties with the Intel Visual Computing Institute, which is also located on the Saarbrücken campus.

The M.Sc. programme "Visual Computing" teaches students the fundamental principles, processes and applications of computer-assisted processing of visual information. Students will become acquainted with the theory and practice of image analysis and pattern recognition. They learn how images are generated, processed and analysed from a technical point of view, and how to create static and animated images that are the best possible representation of reality. The requisite theoretical and practical knowledge is taught in courses and modules that cover image generation and the underlying geometrical principles, image synthesis and image analysis and related areas. Students on the Master's programme also acquire important fundamental knowledge in the disciplines of mathematics, informatics, physics and mechatronics.

English is the language of instruction and examination. Particularly talented students are eligible for scholarships from the International Max Planck Research School for Computer Science. Graduates from the Saarbrücken Master's programme not only have an excellent foundation from which to undertake subsequent doctoral research work, they also have excellent career prospects in a wide range of fields, including the optical industry, the medical technology sector, bioinformatics, the automotive industry, telecommunications, industrial quality control, multimedia, media design and robotics.

Course of study Visual Computing
Type of programme Consecutive Master's degree programme
Accreditation Quality assurance system accredited by the Accreditation Council
Standard period of study 4 semesters for full-time students
Degree qualification Master of Science (M.Sc.)
Language of instruction English
English language requirements Advanced level
Start of programme Winter semester or summer semester
Restricted entry No
Application deadline 15.11.2019 for summer semester 2020
Where to apply Online application portal – Computer Science
Tuition fees Not applicable
Semester fee See current fee structure
Study counselling Central Student Advisory Service
Course advisers Contact the course adviser
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