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Program Manager

Prof. Dr. Jan Karpe

  • Phone: +49 2261-8196-6388

Central Academic Advising Office

Südstadt Campus
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Web Science (Master’s program)

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The five-semester Master’s program in Web Science is offered parallel to professional employment and covers all important aspects which are relevant to decision-makers in web-related fields. The language of instruction is English. Classes are taught online two evenings per week. There are two onsite-weekends per semester which take place in Cologne.

The Master’s program (M.Sc.) follows an interdisciplinary approach: Apart from imparting fundamental knowledge about web architecture and concepts, the program’s focus is placed on a myriad of aspects, such as strategy and marketing, design as well as legal and security issues. In addition, students acquire knowledge in the fields of project management, leadership, consultation, analysis, coordination of web application systems, conception of internet system architecture and quality assurance.

The Master’s program in Web Science is taught entirely in English and is designed for international professionals who already hold a degree in a related field. Potential candidates should have at least 12 months professional experience in a web-related field and should aspire to fill executive positions on a corporate level. These candidates may hail from such diverse fields as computer science, design, business administration, law, social sciences or the humanities.

The Master’s program provides them with an opportunity to expand and deepen their knowledge in order to hold leadership positions, be it in enterprises or as freelancers.

At a Glance

Category Description
Program Web Science 
Degree Master of Science (M.Sc.)  
Type of program Part-time program for professionals 
Beginning of program Summer semester and winter semester 
Program duration 5 semesters 
Credits 120 ECTS credits 
Language of instruction English 
Campus Gummersbach Campus 
Restricted admission No 
Fees €1.400 (per semester)
Semester fee reduced by the public transport fee (per semester) 
Additional Information On-site classes take place on TH Köln's Südstadt Campus in Cologne. The responsible Office of Student Services is located on our Gummersbach Campus.  
Accreditation Program accredited until Sep 30, 2023 

Part-time studies for professionals

The Master’s programme is designed to be studied parallel to your professional activities. The courses are mainly held as online lectures, online seminars, and online project work. Students will participate in online sessions on approximately two evenings per week during each semester (Tuesdays and Thursdays). The online sessions are based on our specifically customized online collaboration tool Adobe Connect Pro, freely available during your studies. At the beginning and at the end of each semester an on-site weekend takes place in Cologne.

Online Environment

The online sessions are based on our specifically customized online collaboration tool Adobe Connect Pro. The tool allows for online lectures as well as for group work in breakout rooms. For asynchronous communication and cooperation outside the sessions, there is ILIAS, where also learning materials and term specific organisation information can be found.

In order to participate in the online sessions the students are required to use a computer with adequate resources. You may want to test whether your environment meets the technical requirements on the Adobe site. In any case a camera, a USB-connected Headset and a network connection are required. In addition to meeting technical requirements it is an indispensable requirement, that the students have a room available where they can participate in the online sessions without being distracted.


This course of studies is accredited by the German quality assurance agency AQAS in 2011.

ℹ️ Due to COVID-19 the next Web Science weekends will take place online.

(On-Site Activities)

The on-site workshops take place in the buildings of the TH Köln in Cologne. Transportation to and from Cologne should be organized by the student. The Cologne-Bonn Airport offers excellent and low-cost transportation to many places in Europe and is only around 20 minutes by train from the city. Cologne’s main station is in the city center and provides access to high-speed train connections to many cities in Northern Europe.


Unfortunately, the Web Science programme does not fulfil the requirements for a study to which a residence permit according to § 16 (1) of the Residence act is granted. A “visa for the purpose of study” requires that the study must be the main purpose of the stay. We have been informed by embassies that these requirements are not sufficiently met if only an evening, weekend, or distance study is planned. The Web Science programme consists mainly of online and only two on-site sessions per term. Therefore it is advisable to apply for a visitor visa to attend the on-site weekends.

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