Master of Science Autonomous Systems
Autonomy, adaptability and network integration are characteristic features of complex IT systems. Conventional control systems and architectures are no longer adequate to realize the potential of these technologies completely, nor are they sufficient to master the complexity of such systems. The solution is to design selected components as 'autonomous systems' which can act mainly on themselves without external control most of the time. In this context, autonomous mobile and biomimetic robots form the forefront of development.
The international programme 'Autonomous Systems' offers multi-faceted training in the fields of artificial intelligence and robotics, spanning a whole range of issues involved in the field.
The four-semester programme aims to challenge talented, motivated and dedicated students and involves coursework as well as project work. A large portion of the programme, including the preparation of the master's thesis, involves research and development projects.
The project work portion takes the form of a 9-month R&D project and a final thesis project. The program's affiliation with the Fraunhofer Institute, one of the leading research institutes in Germany and the largest organisation for applied sciences in Europe, provides an unparalleled opportunity for students to pursue extensive practical training in projects at the cutting edge of the field. These projects may also be carried out in a number of other broader research efforts at the university. This helps to ensure a high-quality education in the field, and also offers problem-oriented training in soft skills such as project management and presentation.
Presentations by leading international guest speakers are scheduled regularly and help to further expose the students to the state of the art in a wide variety of robotics-related fields. The number of seats per semester is limited to only 25 candidates, thus ensuring the admitted students a high-quality education. An extraordinary level of commitment, pro-activeness, self-discipline and the ability to work well under pressure is expected of candidates.
This program is fully accredited by ASIIN, the German accreditation agency for study programs in engineering, informatics, and natural sciences. ASIIN is a member of the Washington Accord for the international recognition of accredited degree programs and, as such, the program's accreditation is recognized worldwide.
The Master's programme in Autonomous Systems is offered by the Applied Sciences Institute at the Bonn-Aachen International Centre for Information Technology (B-IT) which is based on cooperation between two renowned German centers of excellence: the Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems (IAIS) and the Department of Computer Science of the Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences (H-BRS).
The goal of this course of studies is to provide students who have an initial university degree the opportunity to learn scientifically founded concepts, methods, and techniques to enable them to both develop these further and to apply them towards the solution of practical problems. The focus of the course of studies is on questions and the principles of the design of distributed, interacting autonomous systems.
The course of study is conducted in English
Multidisciplinary study enhances existing skills and knowledge of students
Internationally accredited Master of Science degree
Preparation for PhD
Special mentoring program from faculty members
One on one support (study buddies) for incoming international students
Free German language classes offered to international students
Opportunities in high-profile research projects
Opportunity to become involved in the program's award-winning RoboCup team
Opportunity to spend a semester at one of the program's partner-universities
Opportunity to live and study in Bonn, Germany, and to learn a new foreign language
For admission to the program, a professional academic degree (bachelor's or equivalent) is required in the areas of computer science, mathematics, natural sciences, or engineering.
Another requirement is sufficient knowledge of concepts, methods and tools in the field of computer science. Such knowledge is usually acquired in a four-year computer-science course with at least 65% computer-science content. Programme applicants who have already graduated from a first level degree course in mathematical/scientific subjects or engineering can be admitted to the program provided that the course had a computer-science content of, as a rule, at least 50%. They must also perform additional assignments, to be specified on an individual basis, worth up to 30 ECTS credits.
Finally, the program is taught entirely in English, the TOEFL, IELTS or the Cambridge Certificate for English language proficiency is required for all candidates who meet any of the following criteria:
Candidates who do not have English as the de facto language in their country (i.e. countries other Australia, Bahamas, Canada, New Zealand, UK, and USA)
Citizens of Australia, Bahamas, Canada, New Zealand, UK, and USA whose first language is not English (i.e. those who have lived in countries other than those mentioned here and who have not obtained a school diploma which conforms to one of the national certificates of these countries - e.g. High school diploma, IB diploma, A-levels and so on).
Exemptions are granted to applicants who meet any of the following criteria:
Candidates who have earned a bachelor’s degree from universities in Australia, Bahamas, Canada, New Zealand, UK, and US.
Candidates who have earned degrees from English-language degree programs in Germany.
The minimum required language skill level is upper B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. This currently corresponds to a TOEFL score of 79 or higher for the internet-based test, and to an IELTS score of 6.5. Scores must be submitted from a test taken within the last 24 months. The TOEFL code for the university is 7977 ("Fachhochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg"). No German language skills are required for the programme.No German language skills are required for the program.
Admission is based solely on credentials and academic excellence.
Winter semesters start on September 1 while summer semesters start on March 1. Application windows for applicants who require a visa to study in Germany are open for two months.
For those who need a visa:
Winter semester intake: November 15 to January 15
Summer semester intake: May 15 to July 15
For those who need no visa:
Winter semester intake: November 15 to August 15
Summer semester intake: May 15 to to February 15