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M.Sc. Business Information Systems

Beginning in 2007/2008, Clausthal University of Technology will offer an innovative Master Programme in Business Information Systems. The students obtain a degree that is comparable to the former Diploma as well as acquiring the ability to perform scientific work, allowing them to pursue a further Ph.D. career. The Programme lasting four semesters teaches theoretical, methodical and product-related competences in Computer Science, Business Studies and the core of Business Information Systems.

Students have the option to take on the speciality subject of Energy Management as an application area. This is a unique feature of the Master Programme Business Information Systems at Clausthal University of Technology. It focuses on IT-based scheduling, configuration, administration and optimisation of processes and systems for energy production and distribution, addressing economic and technical aspects alike. Benefiting from both the professional and geographical proximity of the Energieforschungszentrum Niedersachsen (Research Centre for Energy of Lower Saxony) which is currently being established nearby in the town of Goslar, this Master Programme can lead on to an attractive future with bright job prospects.

The Programme addresses graduates from Bachelor Programmes in Business Information Systems, Business Information Technology, or similar fields. It is the natural continuation of the Bachelor Programme Computer Science/Business Information Systems (with specialization in Business Information Systems) at Clausthal University of Technology.

Apart from gaining methodical and professional knowledge, acquiring social competences (so called soft skills) plays an important role while studying the Master Programme. Projects, Seminars and Master Theses are closely linked with current ongoing international research. This, in addition to professional and scientific qualification through active participation in latest research on Business Information Systems, allows students to gain valuable experiences in communication, presentation, teamwork, and foreign languages.

The core of the curriculum in Business Information Systems consists of courses in:

  • Electronic Commerce / Electronic Business
  • Project and Quality Management in Software Systems Engineering
  • Technological Foundations of Cooperation Systems
  • Decentralised Information Systems
  • Computer-Supported Collaborative Work
  • Data and Web Mining
  • Multi-agent Systems
  • Web Information Systems

The specialisation in Energy Management covers the following subject areas:

  • Engineering and Scientific Foundations of Energy Management
  • Economic Aspects of Energy Management
  • Technical Aspects of Energy Management


Duration of study: 4 terms
Degree: Master of Science (M.Sc.)

The Master Programme Business Information Systems covers the following six areas:

  • Business Information Systems, consisting of:
    • Advanced foundations
    • Specialisation
    Advanced fundamentals and specialised knowledge in core areas of Business Information Systems, like Electronic Business and Electronic Commerce, Cooperating Systems and CSCW, web-based Information Systems, Distributed and Peripheral concepts in Application Systems, Human-Centred Information Systems and Procedure Models.

  • Computer Science, consisting of
    • Advanced foundations
    • Specialisation
    Advanced fundamentals and specialised knowledge in core areas of Practical and Applied Computer Science such as; Software Engineering, Database Systems, Distributed Systems, Computer Networks and Complexity Theory.

  • Economics, consisting of
    • Advanced foundations
    • Specialisation
    Advanced fundamentals and special knowledge in core areas of economics, for example; Micro-Economics, Supply Chain Management, Project Management and Project Planning and Knowledge Management.

  • Applied Mathematics
    Advanced knowledge in the areas Operations Research / Optimisation and Stochastics.

  • General Foundations, Projects, Seminars
    Advanced knowledge within the work in project teams or seminars. Moreover these courses serve as enhancement of social competences which are brought forward through teamwork, the attendance of events dealing with rhetorics, presentation and foreign languages.

  • Master Thesis
    The creation and presentation of a M.Sc. Thesis (in German or in English) gives students the experience of working scientifically on their own and helps them to gain the skills necessary for the acquisition, development, integration and description of complex scientific matters.


Specialization Energy Management

This specialization complements the above competences with additional skills in various areas of Energy Management. The students gain knowledge in Engineering and Scientific Fundamentals of Energy Management (e.g. Electrical Engineering, Physics, Inorganic Chemistry and Thermodynamics) and in economic aspects of Energy Management (e.g. Energy and environmental economics). As a technical areas of specialisation, the students can choose between studying Resources Management or Energy Systems and Electricity Industry.


Foreign applicants are supposed to apply via AAA. In addition to the documents requested by the AAA, students from outside the EU should provide the following:

  • a transcript of records that clearly states grades and credit-points,
  • a short description (at most 50 words) for each course of lectures that has been visited,
  • 1–2 pages curriculum vitae,
  • 1–2 pages the motivation for the application, and
  • two addresses of potential referees.

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