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M.Sc. Web Science
Institute for Web Science and Technologies
University of Koblenz-Landau
|Address||University of Koblenz-Landau, Campus Koblenz, Institute for Web Science and Technologies, Building B, Universitätsstraße 1, 56070 Koblenz, Germany|
|Course||Master’s in Web Science|
|Type of course||Full-time||Length of course||Four semesters|
|Date of commencement||Start of the winter semester (in October) or start of the summer semester (in April) Application Deadline: we strongly advice international applicants to apply as early as possible, at the very latest by mid-May (for winter term) respectively November (for summer term)|
|Accommodation||Students can apply for apartments in the student halls of residence.|
|Cost/Fees||There are no tuition fees, only an administrative semester fee of 214 Euro per semester|
|Student grants / financial assistance||Students admitted to the program can apply for a financial support scholarship (a partial scholarship) for the first semester.|
|Exchange partner schools||Partner Institutes and Research Centers in various countries within the WSTNet (an international network to promote and enhance research and academic teaching in Web Science)|
|Major recruiters of graduates of this programme||Graduates are excellently prepared for science-based careers in research institutions - including the pursuit of a PhD, - governmental agencies, industry and political organizations. Graduates from the Institute of Web Science and Technologies have found interesting positions at companies such as Google, Ernest & Young, Software AG or Bosch, started their own businesses or continued towards a Ph.D.|
|Admissions requirements|| 1. Standardized proof of English proficiency. A standardised language certificate is required - we accept IELTS band: 6.5; TOEFL iBT® test: 79; Cambridge Certificate: B2. It is not sufficient if your previous studies were held in English.|
2. Academic Background in Computer Science. You need either computer science as a major or 60 European Credit Points in Computer Science during your bachelor’s program.
3. Eligibility to enter a master's program in Germany in general. There are some legal requirements that determine if the bachelor’s certificate from your university allows you to enter a master's program in Germany. Uni-assist checks these requirements when you apply for our program.
4. You need a grade between 1 and 2.5 on the German grading scale to enter our program. Uni-assist transforms your grade for us.
|Course director||Dr. Ulrich Wechselberger|
With a master’s degree in Web Science students will be able to technically improve and analyse the web, to understand how the web influences people and what makes online businesses successful. They will not only learn about legal aspects of the web, but also to analyse and understand its content and the communication between its users. Finally, they will be able to mathematically describe and predict all of the above. Our interdisciplinary curriculum emphasises computer science and builds bridges to social sciences, economics, law, linguistics and mathematics. All mandatory courses are taught in English.
The curriculum is organized in seven module groups:
* Foundations of Web Science establishes the main idea of Web Science. It provides an interdisciplinary primary view of the web and of more abstract web structures.
* The Computer Science track teaches the essential technical aspects, namely web engineering, semantic web and web retrieval.
* Web and Society considers interaction of the web and different user groups: citizens, customers, entrepreneurs, and interest groups.
* The module group Elective Courses in Computer Science provides a wide range of technical topics. Modules may be chosen freely from all Master courses in computer science with relevance to the web given at the University of Koblenz-Landau.
* Elective Interdisciplinary Courses contain web-related modules offered by our university from other disciplines (such as economy, social sciences, linguistics, anthropology, communication theory etc.). Students have to freely elect at least two modules.
* Topics for seminars and research lab can be freely chosen from Web Science subjects. Furthermore, this module group contains a social skills and leadership training.
* The topic of the master's thesis can also be freely chosen from any Web Science subjects.
The University of Koblenz-Landau is one of the youngest universities in Germany and has grown considerably in its relatively short history. Since its transformation from a teacher training college in 1990, numerous new departments and institutes have sprung up. In addition, a wide range of new degree programs and chairs have been created, and existing courses and research consistently expanded. At the eight existing faculties on the two campuses in Koblenz and Landau, you can currently study Education, Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, Sciences, Computer Science (Koblenz) and Psychology (Landau). Since 1990 the number of students has increased dramatically to about 15.600 enrolled students, almost evenly split between the two campuses.
The Institute for Web Science and Technologies (WeST) was founded in October 2009 at the University of Koblenz-Landau, Campus Koblenz, and investigates the World Wide Web as the most important IT infrastructure of the 21st century. We examine the technical aspects of the Web being an open, global and networked system. Moreover, we understand the Web as a socio-technical system and believe that its functioning crucially depends on social, economic and governmental processes. Web Science is the new subject that targets the interdisciplinary understanding and further development of this complex dynamic system.
Koblenz is one of the oldest and most attractive cities in Germany with its surroundings honoured as UNESCO World Cultural Heritage.
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