Admission Requirements and Selection of Students


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For admission to the Master's program a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Geoscience, Mathematics, Meteorology, Neuroscience or Physics (or an equivalent academic degree) is required. Further admission requirements for the Master's program Computational Science are:

  1. Proof of successful attendance of mathematics courses on the subjects analysis/calculus, linear algebra and/or differential equations with a total work load of at least 18 credit points (CP) according to the European Credit Transfer System .
    A strong background in mathematics is required for the attendance of most of the courses - the detailed prerequisites are listed in the Handbook of Modules.

  2. Proof of successful attendance of at least one course on the subject numerical mathematics, covering at least the following topics:

    1. floating point operations, rounding errors
    2. interpolation with polynomials and splines
    3. quadrature
    4. solution of systems of linear equations: LU and QR-decomposition, conditioning of systems, least square problems
    5. solution of nonlinear equations, Newton-method

  3. Proof of successful attendance of at least one course on the subject object-oriented programming.

  4. Basic proficiency in data structures and algorithms, proficiency in working under UNIX-based operating systems.
    This background does not have to be demonstrated upon application for admission to the Master's program. It is assumed that candidates who did not receive corresponding training during their Bachelor's studies acquire the necessary knowledge either by self-study or by attendance of suitable courses outside the program Computational Science before enrollment into the program.

  5. Depending on the field of specialization chosen by the applicant: an extended background in that field of the natural sciences, of computer science or of mathematics which provides the scientific basis for the field of specialization (beyond the minimum requirements listed above).
    Candidates must demonstrate this proficiency via a minimum of 12 CP earned in the corresponding scientific discipline during their Bachelor's studies (with the credits used for compliance with conditions a.,b. not taken into account). The detailed prerequisites for the various courses are listed in the Handbook of Modules.

  6. All applicants who are not native German speakers have to demonstrate proficiency in German via the DSH: a minimum level of DSH-2 is required.

As an integral part of the admission procedure the Examinations Board carries out a selection procedure among the candidates, which decides about the admission to the Master's program. The selection procedure is based on the candidate's performance during his or her Bachelor's studies, more precisely on the grade resulting from the combination of

  1. the candidate's overall Bachelor's grade (which enters with a weight of 60%),
  2. the candidate's average grade in the math courses on the subjects analysis/calculus, linear algebra and differential equations (20% weight), and
  3. the candidate's average grade in the courses in his or her field of specialization, with the math courses on the subjects analysis/calculus, linear algebra and differential equations not being included (20% weight).
The resulting grade is expected to be 2.5 (according to the German grading system) or better.



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