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Cognitive Computing - Master of Science (for in-service professionals)

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Normal program duration:
4 semesters
Language of tuition:
Program commencement:
Winter semester
Master of Science (M.Sc.)

What are the hallmarks of this program?

At present we are experiencing a fundamental transformation in our economy and society as a consequence of new information technologies. This transformation is abuzz with catchwords such as digitalization, Industry 4.0, the Internet of Things, robotics, machine learning and artificial intelligence. This transformation is paving the way for numerous new applications and value chains to come into being. Nowadays, for example, predictive maintenance can be used to keep complex machines running for longer and with greater efficiency, and e-learning systems can be used to provide easier access to knowledge at schools and universities and to lifelong learning. Smart farming is making it possible to increase yields in an ecologically responsible way, and intelligent and interconnected assistance systems provide us with help negotiating road traffic and working in the field of healthcare. In the industrial sector, intelligent systems are supporting industrial production and its associated logistical needs, and in the financial sector huge volumes of data are being used in conjunction with intelligent algorithms to identify connectivity and reduce reaction times.

Studying “Cognitive Computing” means participating in the technological innovations of the future. It is a program of study which bridges the gap between the disciplines of computer science, machine learning and artificial intelligence.

“Cognitive Computing” is essentially the modelling of human cognitive abilities and their application to fields of technology. It combines the disciplines of artificial intelligence, neuroinformatics, cognitive modelling, computer vision, computer linguistics and neurobiopsychology. Taking a program of study at the nexus of these relevant disciplines means that graduates taking the in-service Master’s program for professionals in “Cognitive Computing” will be able to use their newly-acquired skills to develop innovative and intelligent systems and services.

The aim of the program is to provide students with a theoretical as well as practical scholarly grounding in cognitive computing and cognitive technologies, so that graduates are in a position to utilise their skills for concrete, economically relevant and industrial applications. The program provides students with a solid knowledge of research methods as well as giving them opportunities to apply what they have learned in a study project. Students choose two specialist fields. The program offers students a wide selection of courses and modules which examine areas such as machine learning, artificial intelligence, neuroinformatics, natural language processing, computer vision and (neuro-)psychological foundations of cognition. The applied dimension of the program takes place in conjunction with companies in the region and further afield.

What can I do with a degree in Cognitive Computing?

Graduates from the in-service Master’s program for professionals in Cognitive Computing are well qualified in a broad range of fields which they can apply to future hi-tech jobs in digitisation, machine learning and artificial intelligence. For employees who are seeking to play an active part in shaping the digital transformation in their company, this program gives them an ideal qualification which provides the basis for lifelong learning and ongoing professional training.

How is the program structured?

What are the Entry Requirements?

Applicants must have completed a Bachelor’s degree program in a relevant subject. Examples of relevant degree programs are (business) informatics, artificial intelligence, cognitive science, (computer) linguistics, mathematics, natural sciences or engineering. Applicants must also demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Program fees amount to €5000,- per semester. For further information, please refer to the admission regulations.

As a rule, the in-service program for professionals in Cognitive Computing takes place in collaboration with a company at which participating students are employed. The collaborating company pays the program fees and partially releases their employee from their duties to enable their participation in the program. Students are able to earn approx. 50% of their credits within their company itself or at company clients. The program is of particular interest to companies anticipating significant increases in productivity through digitisation, artificial intelligence and machine learning. Such companies might include ICT companies (especially software companies), the automobile industry, mechanical engineering companies and the electronics industry. This is of course not an exhaustive list, and the program is open to all sectors seeking to use intelligent systems or large data volumes in order to optimise or access value creation processes.

How do I apply?

Please find out in good time about any potential minimum admission requirements and application deadlines for this program of study.

German citizens in possession of German certification (Abitur) may apply directly using the Osnabrück University Online Portal. This is also the case for international applicants in possession of German certification.

For international applicants with overseas certification, different conditions may apply.

Is there a period of study abroad?

The examination regulations do not prescribe an obligatory period of study abroad.

How can I find out more?

Student Advisory Service

For general information on studying, on admission requirements and the program structure, please enquire at the Central Student Advisory Service.

Specific questions regarding the content of the program should be addressed to the departmental student advisory service.

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