Hasso-Plattner-Institut25 Jahre HPI
Hasso-Plattner-Institut25 Jahre HPI

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.): IT Systems Engineering

With our Bachelor's program in IT Systems Engineering, we offer a highly practical and software-oriented computer science program. It combines the basics of software development with engineering methodology.

Program Overview

Students who aspire to a bachelor's degree in computer science at HPI, not only acquire theoretical knowledge, but also practical skills and knowledge.

The study program is tuition free and culminates in the Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree, awarded jointly by Digital Engineering Faculty of the Hasso Plattner Institute and the University of Potsdam.

Studying Computer Science at HPI

The global need is growing for IT experts who are not only highly qualified in technology, but also have important interdisciplinary skills and key competencies. These qualities, which play a decisive role in the successful management of large, networked IT projects, are an integral part of our IT Systems Engineering degree program.

Contents of the Study Program in IT Systems Engineering 

In addition to the basics of classic computer science, we teach our students to understand, plan, develop, evaluate and expand complex, distributed IT systems. The focus is on various modelling and programming techniques, software architectures and software-based systems.

In the Bachelor's program, points of emphasis can be set in specialization fields. Below you will find an overview of the contents of the program.

Obligatory Modules

  • Foundations of IT Systems Engineering
  • Software Engineering and Modeling
  • Mathematical and Theoretical Foundations
  • Software-Based Systems (computer graphics, database systems, interactive systems, process-oriented information systems, web and internet technologies, operating systems, etc.)


  • Business Process & Enterprise Technologies
  • Human Computer Interaction & Computer Graphics Technology
  • Internet, Security & Algorithm Engineering
  • Operating Systems & Information Systems Technology
  • Software Architecture & Modeling Technology

Professional Competencies for Specific Fields

  • Principles of Economic
  • Principles of Law
  • Design Thinking
  • Professional Skills

You can find an overview of all modules of the Bachelor course IT Systems Engineering here. (German only)

Professional Skills and Practical Experience

Professional Skills:

Our students are able to develop complex IT systems after completing their studies.

The Professional Skills Colloquium provides students the means to confidently master this challenge. Here students learn methods and techniques to expand their communication skills as well as project and self-management competencies. Students also acquire fundamental knowledge of economics and law.

The Bachelor Project:

A special feature at the heart of the practice-oriented study program is the Bachelor project. In the fifth and sixth semesters, students develop their own software project in a team, which includes concrete tasks from partners from business, society and research. The project, carried out at the end of the Bachelor's studies, provides the opportunity to put what has been learned into practice.

Entrepreneurship and Design Thinking

In addition to providing IT qualifications, HPI's training program opens the door to successful self-employment. The topic areas Entrepreneurship and Design Thinking support our graduates in starting their own IT company.

Sample study plan: Bachelor IT Systems Engineering

Model Curriculum

Career Opportunities Bachelor IT Systems Engineering

Whether mobile communication, Smart Home, Internet security, logistics, or health care, hardly any area of our life today can do without the use of digital technology.

Our graduates are highly sought after in today’s national and international job market. As job candidates, they find numerous exciting career opportunities waiting for them in global corporations, medium-sized companies and start-ups. Due to their practical training, our graduates qualify for the positons of software architect, software developer or project manager, to name just a few.

Requirements and Application

If you would like to study at the Hasso Plattner Institute, you need to have an interest in mathematics and intellectual challenges, a good understanding of German and English, enjoy working in a team, and a desire to develop innovative solutions for economic and social applications and IT systems.

Factors for Your Successful Application:

  • a good school leaving certificate grade (51 percent)
  • an average grade in the individual subjects of mathematics (double-weighted), English, German and - if listed in the certificate - computer science (24 percent)
  • evaluation of the academic assessment test and other qualifications, such as internships or competitions (25 percent)

You will find all information about the application as well as the current study and examination regulations on the application pages for the Bachelor's program.

CHE-Ranking: Best Computer Science Studies in the German-Speaking Countries

The non-profit Center for Higher Education Development (CHE) regularly rates HPI as one of the best providers of computer science courses among German-speaking countries. One reason for this is the intensive supervision of students by their professors and lecturers.

State-of-the-art IT technology, attractive seminar rooms and a campus with a wide range of facilities make everyday student life comfortable. Find out more about the excellent study conditions at HPI.

5 Benefits of HPI’s Computer Science Studies:

  • Ideal preparation for professional life through practical projects, partnerships, and unique courses.
  • Working in small groups means maximum engagement
  • Well-equipped computer pools and state-of-the-art IT technology
  • An excellent study environment at an attractive and well connected campus in Griebnitzsee, Potsdam
  • Tuition-free degree program through the joint faculty of HPI and the University of Potsdam

Study Computer Science Abroad

We attach great importance to international education and cooperation with excellent universities worldwide. If you are drawn to faraway places, you can spend a semester abroad gaining experience at one of our European partner universities or by doing an internship abroad (e.g. in the USA in Silicon Valley).

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