|Degree awarded||Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)|
|Duration and credits||6 semesters; 180 ECTS credits|
|Starts in||April (summer semester) and October (winter semester)|
|Language of instruction||German|
About the programme
The Internet has become a central feature of society which permeates nearly all economic and social activities. As a consequence, the continuing development and deployment of Internet technologies needs experts trained not only in applied computer science but in all the various areas touched by these technologies. This uniquely hands-on programme provides a comprehensive computer science education with an emphasis on Internet technologies. At the same time, it gives its students ample opportunity to acquire a thorough grounding in business, economics, law, social studies, and media and communication. In this way, the programme bridges the gaps between computer science and social science, humanities, communication studies and law.
- A hands-on computer science degree programme focused on Internet technologies
- First place for Computer Science for research among Bavarian universities in the CHE research rankings
- A major software engineering project: outstanding application-oriented software development carried out in a team setting over a whole semester
- An excellent staff-student ratio and state-of-the-art facilities
- Students can take interdisciplinary courses offered by all faculties of the University
- Integrated subject-specific English language training
- A great student experience on one of Germany's loveliest university campuses
The degree programme has relevance for all occupational fields related to Internet technology. In particular, those graduating from this interdisciplinary programme enjoy excellent career prospects across the whole occupational spectrum of the public and private sectors, both of which are increasingly reliant on Internet and communication technologies for their day-to-day operations. Moreover, this degree gives its graduates access to master's-level study for consolidation of their knowledge or as a next step towards their doctorate and a career in academia.
In the computer science modules you learn to design, develop and maintain Internet-based systems and web-based information systems; you also develop expertise in the area of human-machine communication and, on the technical side, learn how the worldwide interconnectedness of various agents and systems (e.g. social networks, IT security and principles) gives rise to new phenomena and their associated threats – and how to analyse these effects. These competences are rounded off by knowledge on central technologies in the areas of information search and text analysis, as well as the latest fields of research, such as Web Science.
The electives acquaint you with the following areas touched upon by the Internet:
- Internet, Business and Law
- Social and Legal Aspects of Internet Computing
The technical challenges aside, the Internet also opens up new business opportunities: newly formed, innovative Internet-based small enterprises constitute a key economic characteristic in Germany and Europe.
The relevant business, economic and legal principles are covered in the first elective, preparing students for setting up their own companies. Solutions for business problems and management tasks connected to information systems are a central part of our programme.
The second elective allows you to specialise in the Society and Media area. When imparting the principles in the field of communication studies and humanities, it is necessary to comprehend both the Internet as a phenomenon and its social effects in their entirety. Moreover, you will be acquainted with the theories of human communication, learn about the difference between Internet-based media and classic media, such as radio and television.
What choices are open to me after I graduate from the programme?
The degree qualifies you for career entry positions but also gives you the preparation needed to tackle a master's programme in applied computer science or computer science with a suitable application focus, or in a related field: While you can continue your academic education with the M.Sc. Computer Science following graduation, the degree also qualifies you for other master's programmes, such as the M.A. Media and Communication, provided you study the relevant electives.
Academic entry requirements
To apply for this degree programme you need a recognised university entrance qualification, e.g. the German Abitur or an equivalent qualification.
German language requirements
You will need German language skills at level B2 CEFR or higher to study this degree programme, as that is the main language of instruction for this programme. Therefore, you will have to provide a recognised German language certificate such as DSH-1 or TestDaF 3×4 with your application, unless German was the language of instruction for your secondary school education (e.g. Abitur at a German international school).
The University of Passau has set up a German language teaching unit, German Courses Passau, which offers a selection of preparatory language programmes tailored to the needs of international students. These range from summer courses to a full academic year and cater to learners of all levels.