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

Master of Science: Data Engineering (phased out)*

*The Master's degree program in Data Engineering is being phased out.The new Master 's degree program in Computer Science will start from the winter semester 2024/25 (subject to approval by the MWFK). Prospective students can register here to receive information about the start of applications.


Highly qualified IT engineers are in great demand worldwide for analyzing the growing volumes of data in all areas of society. The master’s program in data engineering is aimed at the next generation of highly talented IT engineers who wish to complete a practical and research-oriented computer science study program and to focus on big data systems; that is, the collecting, linking and analyzing of large and complex data volumes.

Have you already completed a bachelor’s degree in the field of computer science, mathematics, IT system engineering, data engineering or in a related subject area? Would you like to undertake a practical and research-oriented computer science study program? Then we look forward to your application!

We enable students to learn in small groups with the special supervision of our professors. It is possible to begin the study program in the summer and in the winter semester. The eligibility of applicants is determined by the Admissions Committee of the Hasso Plattner Institute.

Study Content

The Master of Science in Data Engineering is a four-semester program at the Faculty of Digital Engineering, a faculty jointly founded by the Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) and the University of Potsdam (UP).

In their studies, students deepen the scientific foundations of computer science and acquire theoretical, methodical and practical skills to deal with complex information systems. The focus thereby is on the core areas of data management, data analysis, and data visualization. Focused on actual problems from industry and research, students learn to map the real process of a data-driven project.

Besides receiving in-depth knowledge of IT technology, students achieve competency in so-called soft skills, which play a vital role in the successful management of large IT projects. 

Career Prospects for Master’s Degree Graduates

Graduates of the master’s program earn an invaluable professional qualification. They are able to take on leadership or management positions, particularly where the design, building, maintenance, and operation of complex information systems play a key role. Upon graduation students are ready to assume the position of data engineer, data scientist, data specialist or strategic data analyst.  

Module groups

Model Curriculum: Master Data Engineering

Scope of the Master’s Program

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