Application Process

Application process

We aim at offering the program to a wide range of students. Applicants should have a strong background in computer science or a related field since programming and mathematical knowledge is assumed. Moreover, applicants need to have a very good command over the English language in order to follow the lectures and exams. Therefore, you have to fulfill the following formal requirements in order to apply for the Master in Intelligent Adaptive Systems at Universität Hamburg. 

Application Period

Once a year, you have the possiblity to apply for the Master of Science Intelligent Adaptive Systems at Universität Hamburg, Germany. The application period for the winter semester each year starts February 15 and ends March 31.  The Universität Hamburg usually sends official answers on rejection/acceptance around May 15 each year. There is no summer semester intake or late intake.
Please, also check this website and the wiki close to February. Application requirements may change.

Formal requirements

Before you apply for the Master in Intelligent Adaptive Systems, you have to fulfill the following formal requirements

A Bachelor’s degree in computer science or a related field insofar as 60 ECTS credit points were acquired in the core field of computer science.  The 60 ECTS are counted without courses in maths, core engineering, soft skills, electrical engineering courses, economics, etc. Please evidence the 60 ECTS in a self-made table, listing the core computer science courses of your transcript of records. Please read the detailed explanation in our wiki: formal requirements.

You need to provide proof of your English language proficiency evidenced by a test with a minimum score. Please see the detailed explanation in our wiki: formal requirements.

Language proficiency test score with minimum score:

  • CEFR/TELC Level >= B2
  • IELTS >= 6.5
  • TOEFL: IBT >= 90,
  • PBT >= 575, CBT >= 230
  • Cambridge >= CAE or CPE
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Please send only applications, which meet both of the formal requirements. A very detailed explanation of the formal requirements and how you evidence both can be found in our wiki.

Required documents

This is a list of all required documents you have to send in order to evidence the formal requirements and to be able to be rated according to citeria used in the application’s selection process.

The application will only be considered complete if all 11 parts have been submitted before the deadline via postal mail. Send your complete application via postal mail to the address listed below. Only complete applications take part in the selection process and which arrive before the 31 March.

Please, use the order presented here to organize your application.  Do not use stapler or folders, etc. to clip your documents together when sending them via postal mail.

The first page of your application is a pdf form asking for your personal information. Only use the cover-letter-form provided here . Please fill out the form using a pdf reader and print afterwards.  If you cannot fill in your information with a technical device, please do so by hand. This document goes on top of your application.

The Universität Hamburg requires you to fill out a general and university-wide online application form on their platform called STiNE. Submit, print and sign the STiNE online form. Please, see our wiki for a detailed help on how to fill in your data.

Your Curriculum Vitae (table version) needs to contain your relevant experience (academic, work, international, private) and your grade and minimum passing and maximum grade of the degree. Please, see wiki for explanation of cv, grade, and grading scale.

 

A letter of motivation written by yourself in the English language (max. 1.5 pages) in which you explain your choice of course and place of study regarding your academic and professional aims and experience so far. Please be precise and write about yourself – no history lesson on computer science 🙂

 

You need to provid proof of your English language proficiency evidenced by a test with a minimum score. Please see the detailed explanation in our wiki on the formal requirements.

Language proficiency test score with minimum score:

  • CEFR/TELC Level >= B2
  • IELTS >= 6.5
  • TOEFL: IBT >= 90,
  • PBT >= 575, CBT >= 230
  • Cambridge >= CAE or CPE

Your degree’s transcript of records (and if you can provide a diploma supplement)

 

In order to meet the formal requirement, you have to evidence 60 ECTS in core computer science courses. Please provide a table (self-made) with your finished Computer Science subjects contained in your transcript evidencing your 60 ECTS or more. Please use this table example and read the explanation in the wiki.

A copy of your certificate showing that you have finished your degree -the Bachelor Certificate. If you have not finished your degree, please provide evidence of the date you are going to be finished issued by your university.

 

Please, provide your degree’s grade in numbers.  It has to be an official document containing your grade (final/preliminary) in numbers issued by your university. If your certificate or your transcript provides your grade then you do not need a second document.

 

Please provide your degree’s general grading scale in numbers in an official document issued by your university.  The degree’s grading scale needs to contain the minimum passing grade and the maximum grade of your degree in numbers.

If your transcript or certificate provides such a scale, then you do not need a second document.

If you have not done your degree in Germany then you need evidence that your foreign educational qualifications are recognized by Universität Hamburg, Germany. Please read the section 11 about Anabin and how to evidence it cost-free in our wiki.

You may provide additional documents but please only if relevant to the IAS study program, e.g., relevant for IAS a letter of recommendation or online course certificates, or stay abroad, volunteering, etc.

If you have questions to one of those 11 required documents, please read the corresponding paragraphs in our wiki first. Please, be aware that all the information you provide has to be valid and backed up by official documents, e.g.,  your university.

Postal address

The deadline is the 31 of March each year. There is no postal mail service on Sundays. Faxes and e-mails are not accepted. We do not inform you of missing documents or late applications.

Please send only applications, which meet the formal requirements and contain all required documents. Please use the order of documents presented  here 1.-11. to:

Dr. Annika Peters
Universität Hamburg
Department of Informatics / WTM / F-214
Vogt-Kölln-Straße 30
22527 Hamburg
Germany

Your application is considered incomplete if one or more of the required documents are not received before the deadline (via postal mail), or if your STiNE online application form is not submitted online, or if you do not meet one or more of the formal requirements. As a result, your application will not take part in the selection process. There will be no reconsideration of your application. Please, also note, that we do not inform you about received mail (letters, parcels, envelopes) or incompleteness of your application. Please check with your postal mail provider if you like an acknowledgment.

Selection Process

Applications that fulfill the formal requirements, contain all required documens, and arrived in time via postal mail take part in the selection process.

The criteria are rated individually and then combined, with 1. accounting for 40% and the 2. and 3. 30% each.

Each application, which takes part in the selection process, is ranked accordingly. Usually, only the first 5% of the ranked applications receive a letter of acceptance. 

The applications are selected using the following three criteria:

The quality of the motivational letter, in particular concerning your education, further professional qualification, relevant experience, and why IAS/UHH/Hamburg/Germany. This may also include a phone/email interview.

The result of the highest obtained degree and the comparability of its content to the BSc “Informatik” at the Universität Hamburg (transcript, table,  your grade with grading scale, degree certificate, recognition of foreign qualification)

Relevant professional or academic work experience and international experience gained through study or work abroad (a clear CV, transcript, letter of motivation, if applicable letter of recommendation)

 

Service to all prospect applicants

As a service to you, we offer from June –  February a preliminary quick check of your self-made table evidencing 60 ECTS. Please provide all the information asked for in the example, send your transcript, and cover-letter-form additionally via email. Please, note due to a high number of applications (>450),  there will be no quick check service from 1 March to end of May.

Moreover, the IAS Team is happy to answer all your question via email, or in-person but please ask before the application period starts, and consult the very detailed wiki first, ias-team ‚At‘ informatik.uni-hamburg.de .

More detailed information on the entire application process can be found in our wiki. Please read carefully – there is a lot of helpful information. This might make all the difference for your application – It is the first test whether you can read or not 🙂 .

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