Hasso-Plattner-InstitutSDG am HPI
Hasso-Plattner-InstitutDSG am HPI

Master of Science: Software Systems Engineering

Shaping the future with the latest information technology

The English-language Master Software Systems Engineering is the right program for anyone who wants to deepen their knowledge in one of the most state-of the-art fields in​​​​​​​ computer science. Explore the innovation potential of modern technologies at one of the top universities in Germany.


[Translate to Englisch:] M.Sc.: Software Systems Engineering

Close to the global metropolis of Berlin, the Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) welcomes its students to the Griebnitzsee campus in Potsdam. Equipped with latest information technology, students explore topics such as AI, machine learning, data analytics, data engineering, software systems, online systems and interactive systems. Together with companies from business and industry, complex solutions are developed during the master's program that advance the digital transformation. Graduates draw the tools for innovative research or successful startup ideas from their areas of specialization.



Title: Software Systems Engineering

Degree: Master of Science*

Standard length of studies: 4 semesters

Credits: 120

Language of instruction: English (min. C1)

Start of studies: Winter semester

Application : 1st April - 1st June

Costs: No tuition fees (only University of Potsdam’s semester fees)



*The Master of Science degree is awarded by the joint Digital Engineering faculty of HPI and the University of Potsdam (UP).

Study contents Master Software Systems Engineering

The Master Software Systems Engineering is science and research oriented. In four semesters, the lecturers imparts in-depth scientific fundamentals, advanced specialist knowledge and skills in the field of software systems engineering and computer science, as well as advanced methods. Teaching also focuses on skills and knowledge of concepts, methods, techniques and procedures for the planning, analysis and development of complex IT and data systems.

The study program at HPI not only provides students with an excellent education, but also prepares them in a practical manner for a career in management positions. The so-called soft skills (professional skills) for the further development of social and personal competencies round off the curriculum. Graduates are able to innovatively design IT systems and data, to manage them in a reflective manner, and to communicate forward-looking ideas and results to decision-makers in a comprehensible way.

Video: Day in the life as a Software Systems Engineering student


This scholarship program offers you the opportunity to continue your academic education in Germany with a postgraduate course of study in Software Systems Engineering (M.Sc.).


The scholarships are exclusively for excellent foreign students with a first academic degree. They cover the financing of the study stay in Germany as well as the semester fees at the University of Potsdam. Information on the scholarship for the winter semester 2023-24 are available here:


To the scholarship application

Your career after graduation

As experts in one of the most state-of the-art fields in computer science, graduates continue their research as sought-after scientists beyond their studies. At HPI's Research School,with its branch offices in Cape Town, Haifa, Nanjing and Irvine, research is done on the technologies of the future. HPI's Future Soc Lab provides the necessary IT resources.

Thanks to the in-depth specialist knowledge and the professional skills imparted, the degree program at HPI qualifies students to found their own startups and to implement innovative business ideas. The HPI E-School and the HPI Seed Fund support these projects during and after the studies.

Graduates are able to shape digital transformation and initiate the necessary change processes in business, science and society. This makes graduates  sought-after employees in all areas in which IT solutions play an essential role. HPI prepares students for key positions in management and leadership.

Module groups

Model Curriculum: Master Software Systems Engineering

Scope of the Master’s Program

Application and admission requirements


Good reasons for studying at HPI

Top positions in university rankings

With the Master's degree in Software Systems Engineering, you will study at the joint Digital Engineering Faculty of the University of Potsdam and the Hasso Plattner Institute. The University of Potsdam is represented in international ranking lists such as Times Higher Education and Nature's Top 175 young. HPI achieves a top ranking in the German CHE ZEIT ranking every year.

Find out what else the unique campus, the excellent career services, and the teaching at HPI can offer you here.

Potsdam – A place to be

Our campus in Potsdam-Babelsberg is located directly on the Berlin city border. This makes HPI a link between the two capitals, which together are among the largest and most diverse science regions in Europe. Berlin sees itself as an international center for innovative company founders and as a business location. Together, Potsdam and Berlin offer you an inexhaustible supply of culture and entertainment.