Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Requirements

Unfortunately not. Our Master programme is an intensive course, which requires, and is based on, specialized knowledge in Information Technology.

EDP skills are no sufficient qualification. Requirements for application are engineering studies in any of the following areas: Telecommunications, Electronics, Computer Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Automation Technology.

You are welcome to apply, even though your chances very much depend on the focus of your studies. We can only consider your application or recommend extra supplementary courses to meet requirements after we have checked your study subjects.

Essentially not. In exceptional cases such an application might be considered. And even then, applicants with better results will always be ranked before you.

German Language

The DSH-exam is a prerequisite for graduation. This means that you have to pass the DSH exam at some time during your studies. Please contact the Coordination Office to discuss your case.

For more information see Studies in German.

The DSH is generally independent of your nationality. If you have neither passed the German 'Abitur' nor a language proficiency test comparable in standard to the DSH-exam, you are required to pass a language proficiency test before your can get a Master degree.

For more information go to DSH.

If you attended a 'Deutsche Schule' and successfully passed the 'DSD (Deutsches Sprachdiplom der Kultusministerkonferenz) - Stufe II' there, this diploma is valid as a DSH equivalent. Otherwise you will have to pass DSH before graduating.

For more information go to DSH.

Your academic results are more important. Whether or not your language proficiency is sufficient for your studies (A2) or whether an extra preparation would be recommendable, is yet to be determined. Please contact the Coordination Office.

The Coordination Office offers competent help with this. You can also read a sample text in order to get a first impression yourself. But do not be shocked if you are a beginner: the text level is your aim, not your start.

Unfortunately that is not possible. Our courses, especially the German courses, can only be attended by students who are registered at HS Mannheim for that particular semester. If you plan to attend a language course somewhere else before enrolment, you can also get expert advice from our Coordination Office.

Occasionally we offer individual subjects in English, but the general medium of instruction remains German.

Normally it will be German. However, the language of the Master Thesis can be agreed with the respective mentor to be in another language.

Practicalities

No study fees are charged, only a semester fee of € 134.80 (a contribution fee payable to Student Union and an administration fee).

To better calculate the total costs, go to Cost of living.

In Mannheim, there are numerous dormitories for students as well as private accommodation. Our International Office helps foreign students with booking a student’s room.

See Accommodation.

The first thing you need is an admission letter, which is issued by the Department as soon as the selection process is finished. Secondly, you need a proof of feasibility for the study period (self-support, family support, scholarship, etc.).

From this point on, the procedure can vary. We recommend you get informed in time about country-specific requirements (such as a blocked bank account).

In most cases, you first obtain a provisional visa to enter Germany and then get it extended in Mannheim as soon as you have registered at Hochschule Mannheim.
More information is available under these links:

Studierende und Wissenschaftler (in German)

DAAD website

Career Opportunities

Our graduates particularly find employment in the following professional fields:

  •     Research and Development
  •     Conception and Planning
  •     Consulting
  •     Academia

Please go to Professional career.

So far, about 80% of our foreign graduates have stayed in Germany and have been able to place themselves in the national market, most of them starting their career in highly qualified positions. The current new residence laws still offer such possibilities to HS Mannheim graduates. You can find more information if you visit the following links:

Aufenthaltstitel (in German)

Blue Card

Please go to Professional career.

Application

It commences twice a year, both in the winter semester (September) and the summer semester (March).

The deadlines are as follows (depending on your personal circumstances):

Deadlines for graduates from EU universities:

  • 15 July (winter semester), 15 January (summer semester)

Deadlines for graduates from non-EU universities:

  • 15 May (winter semester), 15 November (summer semester)

Due to the tight housing situation and the high number of applicants we strongly recommend that all candidates submit their applications by the early deadlines (15 May or 15 Nov).

Also go to Application.

Please click on Application to inform yourself about the exact details of the application procedure. For further assistance you can contact the Coordination Office. After these steps you can fill in the application form.

The most convenient way is your application by email, exactly as described on page 3 of the application form. Please submit all application documents in digital form. More about the procedure under Application.

Document papers in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, and some other languages need not be translated. For others, please ask our Coordination Office.

If you have completed all other necessary study assignments and if the available records serve as a sufficient basis for a preliminary decision, you can apply. However, you will not be eligible for final admission until you have graduated and handed in your final documents, and then only if you still fulfil all the requirements.

Depending on how much later you would arrive, it might be better if you applied for the following semester. You can discuss this with theCoordination Office.

Studies

The main difference is the practical orientation. You will find detailed information here.

The purpose of this graduate course is the consolidation and intensification of the knowledge you gained during your undergraduate studies.

It also offers the possibility of extending your previous subject area by acquiring additional knowledge, or of moving into a new subject area altogether. For example if your focus was data technology, you will not be able to get credited for programming languages you already know; but you could train in new software applications or in the additional aspects of digital systems or embedded systems. Or you can add value to your graduation in Electronics with a specialization in sensors or biomedical technologies, which would open a different professional route for you.

Besides, methods for scientific research as well as theoretical and analytical skills are imparted in this Master’s course.

Also go to Professional profile

Not in principle. More appropriately, already passed subjects cannot be repeated. Nevertheless, particular cases can be discussed with the course advisor individually.

We are aiming at a target number of 25 to max. 40 students per academic semester, in order to guarantee a good ratio of students to supervising professors.

MSc Degree

As a matter of fact, it is the German Universities that have been striving for the international acknowledgement ever since the introduction of the Bachelor/Master system in our country. The MSc in Information Technology at the Mannheim University of Applied Sciences has been successfully accredited and fulfils all requirements for its national and international acknowledgement. However, this does not necessarily include the evaluation by individual organisations in other countries.

In addition to their Master Certificate, graduates receive an official Diploma Supplement in English, which will be useful for the international acknowledgement.

The Master degree qualifies you for a PhD, but you will still have to meet the respective admission requirements for PhD students of the university in question (academic grades, quota, etc.). Presently, more than 10% of our MSc graduates study for a PhD at various universities in Germany and abroad.

TOP10 Quality Label

With the Label 'TOP10 International Master´s Degree Courses made in Germany' the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) and the Donors‘ Association for German Science distinguished internationally oriented Master programmes that feature clearly above average according to definite criteria. Your can find more information here.

The award underwrites both the quality of the studies and its academic renown. Scholar applicants all over the world can present their sponsors a study project with a seal of quality. Graduates can increase the value of their degree. And above all we are eager to ensure that every programme participant can confirm this quality by experience.

The first nationwide competition to select the 10 best Master’s degree courses was announced in spring 2006, with over 120 entries from 77 universities all around the country. The jury was composed of independent representatives from universities in Germany and abroad as well as from industry. Our programme was the only one in Engineering Sciences among the prize-winners.

The competition was announced one more time in 2008 and previously awarded courses of study were excluded. Our then head of Master was called as a member of the jury. A further course of engineering was indeed awarded, however in a very different area.

Since then, the quality label has not been awarded any more. And so there is only one programme in the wide area of Electrical Engineering among the label holders: Information Technology at Hochschule Mannheim.