About the Department

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The Computer Science Department was established in 1986 as part of the Faculty of Mathematics, Computer Science and Natural Sciences. The department is characterized by the combined expertise of 30 research units, closely linked to engineering and many other disziplines and research institutes.

Our Activities


Our Research is excellent

Top-level research, international projects and interdisciplinary collaboration shape our academic profile and form the basis of our success in the Excellence Initiative of the German federal and state governments. The department participates in two of three clusters of excellence and in the Graduate School of the Excellence Initiative. Thus we contribute to the excellence status of RWTH Aachen significantly.

40 Years Jubilee

Course of Study in Computer Science - a Success Story with a Future

Prof. em. Dr. Walter Oberschelp
Prof. em. Dr. Walter Oberschelp

The department of computer science at RWTH Aachen celebrated on 11 May 2012, 40 Anniversary of their course of study in computer science.


Thanks to the high quality of our research and education, the department regularly takes top-positions in relevant research and university rankings; a fact well documented by the internationally renowned academic distinctions and prizes awarded to our academics.

Laureateship of an Honorary Doctor

Computer Science Department Honorary Doctors

University Rankings

Innovative programs, leadership positions in major university rankings: computer science at the RWTH Aachen is guaranteed first-class. The current ranking report of RWTH Aachen University provides an overview about the performance of the RWTH Aachen in various university rankings from 2006 to 2013. The report is an element of the Quality Controlling in Teaching of RWTH Aachen University.


Alumni and Career

We are proud of our alumni. Many graduates are the recipient of numerous honours and hold leadership positions in industrial or academic environments in Germany and abroad.


Course of Study Accreditation

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The Computer Science Department at is among the top institutions in computer science teaching and research — not just in Germany, but in all of Europe. And we are determined to keep it that way. That’s why we are recruiting top students with the drive to develop the fascinating technologies that will shape the future.

As first Higher Education Institutions in Europe, RWTH Aachen and the University of Bonn were awarded the Euro-Inf Quality Label for their jointly offered Master’s degree programmes “Media Informatics”,“Life Science Informatics” and “Software Systems Engineering” (exclusively offered by RWTH Aachen University).