With a master’s degree in Web Science, you will be able to study and solve problems on the web. Our interdisciplinary curriculum emphasises computer science and builds bridges to social sciences, economics, studies of the law, linguistics and mathematics. All mandatory courses are taught in English.
In general, our programme aims at persons with a bachelor’s degree or a minor in computer science. Unless you already hold a master’s degree, our programme even is free of tuition. The medium of instruction is English.
Graduates from the institute WeST have found interesting positions at successful companies, started their own businesses or continue towards a PhD Institute WeST has a limited number of places available each year for pursuing a PhD. If you excel earning a master's degree in Web Science you will be in pole position for continuing with doctoral studies.
Koblenz is one of the oldest and most attractive cities in Germany with its surroundings honoured as UNESCO World Cultural Heritage. The University of Koblenz-Landau has close contacts with leading companies, offering possibilities for internships, collaboration and project experiences.
Goals of the Programme
With a master’s degree in Web Science, you will be able to technically improve and analyse the web, to understand how the web influences people and what makes online businesses successful. You 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, you will be able to mathematically describe and predict all of the above.
The overall goal of the programme is to qualify you for starting a PhD or a leading position in business. Graduates from the institute WeST have found interesting positions at companies such as Google, Ernest & Young, Software AG or Bosch or even started their own businesses.
MSc Web Science: Application
Application procedure depends on if you hold a non-German or a German bachelor's degree or if you are already enrolled in another programme at our university.
Applicants with a Non-German Bachelor's Degree
Application via Uni-assist
Students with a degree from outside of Germany apply via uni-assist. Uni-assist is an external service provider and not affiliated with the University of Koblenz-Landau. Uni-assist checking your higher education entrance qualification („Hochschulzugangsberechtigung“) and Master's entrance qualification ("Masterzugangsberechtigung").
Application opens on 1st February (for winter term in the same year) respectively on 1st August (for next year's summer term). To find our programme quickly, log in into the uni-assist portal, click on the application, choose your desired semester, select „Koblenz-Landau, Universität Koblenz Landau“ from the university drop-down list and enter „Web Science“ into the course name field. (cf. figure on the right). Make sure to select the right semester, as in some months you can apply for both winter and summer term.
If you have any questions on this step, please refer to uni-assist – we do not have insight on your application during this phase.
Please pay the uni-assist fee as early as possible, because uni-assist will start processing your application only after you paid the fee. Uni-assist offers a detailed description of payment options. After payment is complete, it takes uni-assist to 6 weeks to process your application.
If uni-assist confirms that you are legally allowed to take up a Master's programme in Germany, your application gets forwarded to us at the institute WeST. Uni-assist informs you that your application gets forwarded to us, but it will take approx. 1 week until we get access to the data. We will then check if you fulfil requirements and decide if you will be admitted or not and provide you with our decision and information on further steps. This usually takes about one week.
Please make sure your documents are officially certified. Keep in mind that these documents must be delivered both electronically and per postal mail. If not issued in English or German, you must also provide an officially certified translation. Do not forget to include an English language certificate as listed in our requirements section.
Due to the lengthy programme application process (around 6-7 weeks) and visa wait times (up to 3 months, depending on country), we strongly advice international applicants to send the complete application to uni-assist and pay the uni-assist fee as early as possible, at the very latest by mid of May (for winter term) respectively November (for summer term). Otherwise, you will very likely run into time issues.
However, this is not a formal regulation, but an advice. Applications are welcome on an ongoing basis and admittance is possible until available places are filled or the term starts.
If admitted, you must enrol at the University of Koblenz-Landau. You can do this after your arrival in Germany, at the beginning of each term. The enrolment takes place at the Office of the Registrar ("Studierendensekretariat") at Emil-Schüller-Straße 12 (city centre, next to the main station). Your contact persons for international students are Ms. Maria Scholten and Ms. Frederike Forneck. Further information comes with admission letters but can also be found at our page about steps to undertake after your arrival in Koblenz.
Keep in mind that you must have arrived in Koblenz at the start of the semester (1st April for the summer term, 1st October for winter term) and should enrol within the first three weeks of April or October.
Applicants with a German Bachelor's Degree
Application via Student's Office
Students with a bachelor's degree from Germany apply via the Office of the Registrar („Studierendensekretariat“) at the University of Koblenz-Landau. General information on the application can be obtained at our university's help site for applicants (in German).
The university opens the application for winter term approximately in June, for the summer term in December. Please use our university's application portal.
You will receive a binding list of required documents after online application. For starters, here is a non-binding preview of required documents.
Please address questions regarding your application to the Studierendensekretariat on the campus in Koblenz.
The Web Science Master's programme is excepted from the university-wide application deadlines (15th of July or January), thus applications are welcome on an ongoing basis and admittance is possible until available places are filled or the term starts.
However, keep in mind that administrative processes take some time and a late application could interfere with your scheduled begin of studies. As a rule of thumb, July (for winter term) or January (for summer term) are reasonable, non-binding deadlines.
Students without any master's degree do not have to pay any tuition fees. Education in Germany is heavily funded by the federal states. As a result, despite the high quality of the German education system, studying in Germany is much cheaper than in countries: such as Great Britain or the United States.
Usually, students with a non-EU master's degree do not have to pay tuition fees either. Only students who already hold a master's degree from a European university are sometimes required to pay tuition fees (650 € per semester). However, both of this is DECIDED from case to case by our students' office (firstname.lastname@example.org). Students with a Master's degree from a German university will have to pay tuition fees.
Students enrolled at the University of Koblenz-Landau have to pay a recurring semester contribution. It covers part of the administrative costs as well as social contributions to the student council and the student union. It, therefore, includes a student transit pass (public transportation within Koblenz). As of winter term 2015, the semester contribution is € 194 per semester.