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Applied Computer Science

Schmalkalden University of Applied Sciences

24 months
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A new class of IT applications emerged gaining immense attention and substantially changed the social perception of Computer Science significantly. The Applied Computer Science programme is offered at Schmalkalden University of Applied Sciences.


In the same time, new challenges arose from this class of smart systems altering methods for design, development and operation of IT systems in a fundamental way.

 The Applied Computer Science programme is offered at Schmalkalden University of Applied Sciences.

The new challenges are deeply anchored with the main characteristics of these smart systems and applications:

  • Mobility: Mobile systems are moving while providing or consuming services. Generally mobile users take mobile devices with them in order to utilize wireless communication services. Mobile Applications exhibit specific behaviors and are constrained in ways that were unknown in traditional IT systems. They have to be developed for economic use of scarce resources and at the same time to adapt gracefully to context changes.
  • Distribution: Modern IT systems tend to be highly distributed. The adoption of mobile devices and wireless communication technology makes it possible to access services located globally. In consequence, the resulting complexity has to be met with adequate concepts, methods, and technologies.
  • Contextual dependence: Due to mobility and rapidly changing environments applications have to adapt themselves to situational changes quickly. Smart applications are expected to deliver meaningful and adapted variants of their services in different type of environment (context awareness).

Areas of Employment 

There is a vast amount of emerging application areas for the development of smart applications. In industry but also in everyday life there are intensive efforts to foster the adoption of smart systems. An overview of these application areas would include:

  • Healthcare: increase the effi ciency and the quality of medical diagnosis and treatment
  •  Logistics: track & trace applications
  • Smart Grid: smart meters send data related to the power consumption on the client side
  •  Smart Homes: Domestic appliances are enabled to interact with other devices and services over the internet
  •  Tourism: Location-based services can help tourists to get orientation in unknown environments

Programme Structure

Obligatory Courses

  • Module Distributed Systems
  • Module Signals and Systems
  • Module IT Security
  • Module Computer Graphics
  • Module Mobile Systems
  • Module Computational Intelligence
  • Module Agile Software Development
  • Module Service-oriented Networks
  • Module Web Applications
  • Module Seminar
  • Module Project

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

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120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

Other requirements

General requirements

  • An outstanding academic degree in the fields of informatics or related areas (Bachelor degree, German "Diplom"), or equivalent which should have in general a grade better than 2.5.
  • Proof of English language ability for non-native speakers: e.g. ToEFL 550 (paper-based) resp. 213 (computer-based) resp. 79 (internet-based). Other language scores are considered as well.
  • Your curriculum vitae
  • Letter of motivation that states the study interest and proves practical skills in the field of software development, advanced knowledge in an object-oriented programming language (e.g. Java) as well as the obvious interest in topical questions of modern software development (max. 1 page)
  • A copy of your birth certificate or a copy of your passport or identity card
  • A copy of the university entrance qualification (highest school leaving certificate)
  • Officially certified copy (copies) of your university degree(s) and certified translation(s) into English or German

Tuition Fee

130 Euro per semester

Living costs for Schmalkalden

630 - 1000 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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