Hasso-Plattner-Institut20 Jahre HPI
Hasso-Plattner-Institut20 Jahre HPI

Bachelor of Science: IT Systems Engineering

Our bachelor’s degree program in IT Systems Engineering provides students with strong practical and software-oriented computer science skills and knowledge. The study combines the foundations of software development with engineering methodology. Emphasis is therefore not only placed on the necessary theoretical background but also on hands-on expertise. HPI’s degree program is among the best in German-speaking countries and regularly earns a top place in the CHE (Centre for Higher Education) university ranking. The tuition-free program offers a first professional, academic university degree (Bachelor of Science), which is conferred together with the University of Potsdam.

Study IT at HPI: Cutting-edge IT technology, Individual Support (German only)

Program Overview

Running the gamut from classic enterprise software through embedded software (for example that used in cars) up to mobile apps - computer programs are an indispensable part of our daily lives. In order to shape the ongoing digitalization in various areas of life there is a great  need for those who not only possess technical skills but also the necessary social competencies to actively participate in the complex, development processes of IT systems. Our engineering science bachelor program in IT systems engineering prepares young computer scientists for these challenges.

In addition to providing our students with the fundamentals of classic computer science, we teach them to understand, plan, develop, and expand complex, distributed IT systems. The focus is on software modeling and programming technology and the architectures and basic systems of software. Our students not only learn to apply individual programming languages but also to understand the logic of these languages.

It is no longer individuals who develop complex IT systems today but rather entire development teams with different task areas. Communication in the group plays a vital role in managing IT projects successfully. In our program we place special emphasis on "soft skills"; these include project management and self-management. Our future engineers thereby learn methods, technologies, and procedures for productive work as individuals and as a part of a team.

Prospective students enjoy intellectual challenges, mathematics, and have a good understanding of German and English. They like to work in a team and have fun developing exciting solutions for innovative applications and IT systems in business and society.


There are three key factors for a successful application:

  • The average final high school grade (51 percent)
  • The average grades of the individual subjects: mathematics (double-weighted), English, German and - if indicated on the certificate - computer science (24 percent)
  • Evaluation of the scholastic aptitude test and further qualifications, such as any internships or competitions (25 percent)

  • Information on our application procedure

IT Systems Engineering: A Degree with a Job Guarantee

HPI graduates are sought-after experts in the national and international job market. There are many career opportunities open to them in global corporations, medium-sized companies and start-ups. And these don’t just involve software companies. Today almost all companies have their own IT departments - from major carmakers through food retailers up to electrical and chemical companies. Based on their practically-oriented education, our graduates are well qualified for positions such as software architect, developer or project leader.

Thanks to courses in the areas of Design Thinking and Entrepreneurship, students also receive preparation in setting up their own IT company. The venture capital fund Hasso Plattner Ventures (HPV) is available as a strategic partner in matters of financial investment and management support, as is the constantly expanding group of HPI startups. Every two years Hasso Platter Institute organizes a business plan contest business plan contest with HPV.

The HPI bachelor program provides the best conditions for a career in science. Our research-oriented master program in IT systems engineering opens the door, for example, to a positon as research assistant and PhD candidacy in a specific area of expertise. Or as a scholarship holder at the HPI Research School, a candidate can work toward a doctorate.

Bachelor Project: Gaining Practical Experience While You Study

The bachelor project is a notable part of our practice-oriented study program. Its focus is a concrete software project that the students carry out collaboratively. The bachelor project takes place in the fifth and sixth semester of the model curriculum. Students deal with assignments from partners in business, society and science. Our students thus learn to use programming languages, to work in clearly defined roles in teams, and, in consultation with project partners, to develop structured and targeted software solutions. The bachelor project results are presented each year to the partner organizations, family, and interested public at the Bachelor Podium.

Module Groups

  • 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.)
  • Competencies specific to the profession
    - Principles Economics
    - Priciples of Law
    - Design Thinking
    - Soft Skills
  • Software Project and Bachelor’s Thesis




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

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

CHE Ranking: Top Position for HPI’s Computer Science Program in German-Speaking Countries

The non-profit Centre for Higher Education (CHE) regularly ranks HPI as one of the best providers of computer science programs in German-speaking countries. A determining factor is the personal attention given to students at HPI. More than 60 teachers - including twelve professors - teach approximately 480 students. This allows learning in small groups and individual support in seminars and projects. Cutting-edge IT technology, attractive seminar rooms, and well-equipped computer pools are also available. For those who would like a change of scenery, there is the opportunity to gather experience during a semester at one of our European partner universities or during an internship abroad (for example in Silicon Valley, California).

Model Curriculum: Bachelor IT-Systems Engineering


Further information on application as well as study and examination regulations can be found on the page Application for the Bachelor's Program.


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