Computer Science lies at the core of all modern industries, as computer systems and information technology are the basis for almost all of today’s production processes. Computer technology changes constantly but there are a number of fundamental principles underlying these technologies. The Computer Science program at Jacobs University focuses on understanding these principles and their application in practice. In addition to courses dealing with core competencies (programming, software engineering, foundations of computer science), you will be covering mathematics (calculus, linear algebra, and statistics) and take courses in engineering and sciences whilst also conducting guided research.
Study Computer Science at one of the world’s top-ranked universities (THE Ranking and THE Young University Ranking 2019, CHE Ranking) with excellent career options in top tech companies.
Job description and job opportunities
Computer science is one of the key disciplines of the 21st century and affecting almost all modern industries. As a consequence, the possible career paths are very broad for graduates with a computer science degree and the job market is very favorable. The job market includes jobs such as software engineer, system integrator, information systems manager, data analyst, database administrator, application developer, cyber security analyst, IT consultant, or system analyst.
“The student body is great.”
“Jacobs is probably one of the top universities from which Microsoft hires software engineers in all of Germany.” (B. Mercer, Microsoft)
Start your career in one of the top tech industry related companies
Graduates of the Computer Science program at Jacobs University have obtained positions in companies of the information technology sector such as Amazon, Cleversoft, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, SAP, Skype, 360 Treasury Systems, Twitter, Research Gate or VMware and within companies that are using information technology extensively such as the BMW Group, Deutsche Bank, KPMG, or Uber. Some graduates founded their own companies like Deep Web Solutions GmbH, Take Off Labs, or techOS GmbH.
Or continue your education at a leading university
Past graduates have also chosen to continue their education by enrolling into graduate programs at other German universities such as the RWTH Aachen, the Technical University Berlin, or the Technical University München; at other European universities such as the University of Amsterdam, the University of Cambridge, EPFL Lausanne, the University College London, the University of Oxford, or ETH Zürich; or at international universities such as the Carnegie Mellon University, Cornell University, or the University of Montreal.
We help you plan and start your individual career path
The Career Services Center (CSC) as well as the Jacobs Alumni Office help students in their career development. The CSC provides students with high quality training and coaching in CV creation, cover letter formulation, interview preparation, effective presenting, business etiquette and employer research as well as in many other aspects, thus helping students identify and follow up rewarding careers after their time at Jacobs University. Furthermore, the Alumni Office helps students establish a long-lasting and worldwide network which comes in handy when exploring job options in academia, industry, and elsewhere.
Today’s business world requires disciplinary knowledge from graduates as well as the ability to apply this knowledge. Career-related services at Jacobs University provide information, counseling and training, networks, and events. Jacobs University’s students participate in trainings on project management, business communication, job interview skills, and more. Digital job and internship portfolios help students to prepare for their career.
The ?rst study year is characterized by a broad offer in disciplinary education that builds on and extends the students’ entrance qualification. CS Students select introductory modules with a total of 45 CP from the CHOICE area of a variety of study programs, of which 22.5 CP will be from their intended major.
Students can still change to another major at the beginning of the second year of studies if they have taken the corresponding modules of the study program in the first year of studies.
CS students take the following discipline-specific CHOICE Modules in their first year of study:
CHOICE Module: Programming in C and C++ (7.5 CP)
CHOICE Module: Algorithms and Data Structures (7.5 CP)
CHOICE Module: Introduction to Computer Science (7.5 CP)
CHOICE Module: Introduction to Robotics and Intelligent Systems (7.5 CP)
The first two modules, Programming in C and C++ and Algorithms and Data Structures, introduce students to imperative and object-oriented programming and basic algorithms and data structures. The Introduction to Computer Science module discusses abstract and concrete notions of computing machines and algorithms, and the representation of information. Students are also exposed to a pure functional programming language. The Introduction to Robotics and Intelligent Systems module discusses the interaction of computers with the physical world and it lays the foundation for intelligent systems.
In their second year, students take modules with a total of 45 CP from in-depth, discipline-speci?c CORE modules. These modules aim to extend the students’ critical understanding of the key theories, principles, and methods in their major at the current state of knowledge and best practice.
CS students take 30 CP from the following CORE modules:
- CORE Module: Databases and Web Services (7.5 CP)
- CORE Module: Software Engineering (7.5 CP)
- CORE Module: Operating Systems (7.5 CP)
- CORE Module: Automata, Computability, and Complexity (7.5 CP)
Students decide to complement their studies by taking the discipline-specificmandatory elective CORE modules (15 CP):
- CORE Module: Computer Networks (5 CP)
- CORE Module: Legal and Ethical Aspects of Computer Science (2.5 CP)
- CORE Module: Secure and Dependable Systems (7.5 CP)
Or substitute these modules with CORE modules from a second field of studies with the aim to pursue a minor.
During their third year, students prepare and make decisions for their career after graduation. To explore available choices fitting individual interests, and to gain professional experience, students take a mandatory summer internship.
The 5th semester opens also a mobility window for ample study abroad options. Finally, the 6th semester is dedicated to fostering the research experience of students by involving them in an extended Bachelor thesis project.
CS students take major-specific and major-related advanced Specialization modules to consolidate their knowledge at the current state of research in areas of their choice.
- CS students can choose four of the following Specialization Modules:
- Specialization: Computer Graphics (5 CP)
- Specialization: Human Computer Interaction (5 CP)
- Specialization: Image Processing (5 CP)
- Specialization: Distributed Algorithms (5 CP)
- Specialization: Artificial Intelligence (5 CP)
- CORE: Robotics (5 CP)
- Specialization: Machine Learning (5 CP)
- Specialization: Computer Vision (5 CP)
- Specialization: Digital Design (5 CP)
- Specialization: Information Theory (5 CP)
Admission to Jacobs University is selective and is based on a candidate’s school and/or university achievements, recommendations, self-presentation, and performance on required standardized tests. Students admitted to Jacobs University demonstrate exceptional academic achievements, intellectual creativity, and the desire and motivation to make a difference in the world. Please note that there is no application fee.
Fees & Finances
We believe that everyone has the right to a good education – and this is the principle we live by here at Jacobs University. This is why we offer students a personalized financial aid package to finance their studies, consisting of scholarships and deferral options, for example. You only start repaying the deferred tuition fees once you successfully entered the job market. That way you can focus completely on your studies. We are convinced that a Jacobs’ education will form the perfect foundation for your future career – that is why we are happy to invest in you. Our financing options are automatically available to you upon admission to a study program.