Computer Science (German) (B.Sc.)

Computer science is an integral part of modern life. It is the study of computation, information, and automation. Computer science includes the systematic and automatized processing of information.

Computer science topics span from theoretical disciplines (like algorithms, theory of computation, and mathematical models for the behaviour of programs) to applied ones (such as designing and implementing hardware and software applications, managing communication networks, and testing chips).



A very important aspect of a computer science degree is the study of algorithms. Algorithms are finite sequences of rigorous instructions used to solve a specific class of problems. They form the basic building blocks of computer programs. Applications of computer science can be found in many different industry areas, from business management to agriculture.

The program awards the degree of "Bachelor of Science" (B.Sc.). The standard duration of a bachelor degree in computer science is six semesters. Upon request, it is possible to study parts of the program as a part-time student (with a maximum duration of eight semesters).

It is also possible to study computer science with the specific purpose of teaching at the secondary level I (LS1), at the secondary level II (LS1+2), and at vocational schools (LAB). Finally, it is possible to study computer science as a minor topic in a double-subject degree at the Faculty of Arts.


Computer science offers a wide range of career opportunities. In Germany, the increasing demand for computer scientists is currently far outstripping the opportunities offered by universities. As information and communication technology is driving economic growth, this trend is expected to continue and even intensify in the coming years. The ability to learn and master the latest technological developments is crucial for professional success. The Computer Science degree programme in Saarbrücken provides you with the necessary tools to operate in this dynamic environment.

For those computer science students who aspire to a career in industry, studying in Saarbrücken can provide the essential theoretical foundations while offering practical experience through interesting projects, often in co-operation with industry. For those whose ambitions lie in the field of research, Saarbrücken serves as a springboard to advance their ideas. Saarland University opens the doors to a worldwide network of universities and institutes and offers a perfect platform to get started internationally.

The Saarbrücken computer science programme ranges from areas such as computer graphics and artificial intelligence to the finer points of software technology. The training programme is characterised by a successful integration of science and research. In addition to lecturers from the university, scientists from the two Max Planck Institutes, the German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence and the Helmholtz Centre for Information Security (CISPA) also play a key role in this collaboration.

The computer science degree programme is at the top of the CHE star ranking and Saarbrücken is generally recognised as one of the top universities for studying computer science. If you ask German professors of the subject for recommendations, Saarbrücken is regularly named among the top three destinations for computer science education.

Research focus

Saarbrücken's Department of Computer Science focuses on a perfect combination of theory and practical research as the basis for all endeavours. The Department of Computer Science achieves this with 27 chairs and an additional three chairs in cooperation with the Department of Mathematics. There are long-term collaborations with partners from industry, the German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence and the Max Planck Institute for Computer Science. The collective intelligence of around 200 brilliant minds drives innovation and excellence in these three centres.

Computer science research generally pursues three goals:

  • To extend the functionality of computer systems, i.e. to enable new applications.
  • The functionality of computer systems should be improved in terms of their performance and their price-performance ratio.
  • Formal proofs must guarantee the correctness and high reliability of computer systems.

In Saarbrücken, research projects cover a broad spectrum covering all three core objectives. The pursuit of innovation spans various areas, from ground-breaking research in multimedia, distributed information and communication systems to pioneering projects in speech and image processing, all aimed at opening up new applications. In addition, a strong commitment to efficiency is at the centre of all efforts. For example, research is conducted into the intricacies of geometric algorithms, fundamental cryptographic methods, high-performance communication protocols, hardware and software integrity, programme analysis techniques and formal specification methods.

Many of the projects are dedicated to the development of complete prototype systems to ensure that innovations have a tangible impact in the real world.

Detailed information on the research focus areas of Computer Science can be found on the department's website.

Involving students in research

In Saarbrücken, great importance is attached to promoting the spirit of research among students right from the start. There are numerous opportunities for early involvement in research and teaching, be it through tutorials or through co-operation with lecturers. The department also runs a graduate programme generously funded by the German Research Foundation. Active participation in interdisciplinary research training groups such as ‘Cognitive Science’ and ‘Language Technology and Cognitive Systems’ as well as in the Collaborative Research Centre ‘Resources and Cognitive Processes’ also promotes a lively research environment.

In addition, the International Max Planck Research School awards prestigious scholarships for the Master's programme in order to offer outstanding computer science students from all over the world the opportunity to find their intellectual home in Saarbrücken.


Study Programm Details

During the six-semester Bachelor's degree programme, lectures and exercises on the following topics are on the curriculum:

  • Basic computer science topics:  Programming, algorithms and data structures, theoretical computer science, system architecture and software engineering.
  • Lectures on the mathematical foundations of analysis, linear algebra and stochastics.
  • A selection of two out of three compulsory elective lectures from the areas of Big Data Engineering, Elements of Machine Learning and Concurrent Programming.
  • Core lectures that introduce a field of computer science.
  • One specialisation lecture from computer science.
  • A software internship (at the university) in which a complex software product is created in a team.
  • A proseminar and a seminar that introduce cutting-edge research results.
  • A freely selectable minor subject, such as Business Administration or Mathematics.
  • A bachelor's seminar in which a comprehensive project is presented and a project work as final thesis.


Planning Your Studies


Computer Science as a Minor Topic

Computer Science is not only offered as a core Bachelor's degree programme, but also as a minor subject in our two-subject bachelor's degree programs at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. The faculty has outlined a series of milestones (as of March 2021) to be achieved, encompassing a total of 63 credit points (CP), all designed to illuminate the world of computer science:

Elective area 1 (1 of 2), 9 CP:
      - Programming 1 (9 CP)
      - Programming 2 (9 CP)

Compulsory elective area 2 (1 of 2), 9 CP:
      - Elements of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (9 CP)
      - Foundations of Cyber Security (9 CP)

Compulsory elective area 3 (2 of 4), 12 CP:
      - Concurrent Programming (6 CP)
      - Big Data Engineering (6 CP)
      - Elements of Machine Learning (6 CP)
      - Fundamentals of Algorithms and Data Structures (6 CP)

Compulsory elective area 4 (1 of 2), 9 CP:
      - Fundamentals of Theoretical Computer Science (9 CP)
      - System Architecture (9 CP)

Compulsory elective area 5, 24 CP:
      - Any courses in computer science or the mathematical foundations of computer science totalling 24 CP

Here you can find more information about Computer Science as a minor subject in the 2-subject Bachelor's programme of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.


Postgraduate courses

Postgraduate courses

In addition, access to further Master's degree programmes is possible with the appropriate specialisation in the Bachelor's area and possibly catching up on individual modules




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Entry restrictions do not apply to this programme. Students can begin the programme at the beginning of the winter or summer semester, though we recommend starting in the winter semester. Students proposing to start in the summer semester should contact the course advisors and the university's study counselling services to discuss their individual study plan.

You can enrol in the first semester of this study programme directly via Saarland University's SIM portals. You do not need apply for admission beforehand. You must enrol by:

  • the end of September if you plan to start in the winter semester
  • the end of March if you plan to start in the summer semester.

Please note: If you want to switch subjects and plan to enrol in a higher semester of the new study programme ('higher-semester entry'), you will also need to submit an RPL certificate (RPL: recognition of prior learning) from the relevant examinations office.

Enrolment documents can only be submitted online during the enrolment application process in the relevant SIM portal.

If you have any questions about using the SIM portals, please check out our SIM Saarland help pages where you will find lots of useful information, videos and step-by-step guides.

Please only submit the documents required for your enrolment directly in the SIM portal when completing your enrolment application.   

If you have any questions about the SIM portals, please visit our SIM Saarland support pages where you will find lots of information, videos and step-by-step instructions. 

Slightly different admission rules may apply to prospective students with a foreign higher education entrance qualification.


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