|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|
The internet is 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 upon by these technologies. This unique, hands-on programme provides a comprehensive computer science education with an emphasis on internet technologies. At the same time, it enables you to acquire basic knowledge in the fields of business/economics and law, social studies, media and communication or embedded and intelligent systems (each offered as elective modules). In this way, the programme bridges the gap between computer science and business/economics, law and the humanities.
- A practice-oriented computer science degree programme focused on internet technologies
- Bavaria-wide top position of Computer Science in the CHE Research Rankings
- Software engineering project: outstanding application-oriented software development carried out as a larger-scale team project over a whole semester
- Expand your horizons by choosing one of three elective modules
- An excellent staff-student ratio and state-of-the-art facilities
- Integrated subject-specific English language training
- A great student experience on one of Germany's loveliest university campuses
The degree programme is relevant for all occupational fields related to internet technology. Having graduated from this interdisciplinary programme, you can look forward to excellent career prospects across the whole occupational spectrum of the public and private sectors, which are increasingly reliant on internet and communication technologies for their day-to-day operations.
While the degree qualifies you for career entry positions in the public and private sectors, it also gives you the prerequisites to undertake a master’s degree programme in applied computer science, in computer science with a suitable application focus, or in a field related to computer science. For instance, you could continue your university education with Passau's M.Sc. Computer Science or other master's programmes, such as M.A. Media and Communication, provided you study the relevant electives during this bachelor's programme.
In general, following up with a master’s degree demonstrates your capability for carrying out original scientific research; it also allows you to consolidate your knowledge and paves the way for doctoral study and a career in academia.
In the computer science modules you will learn to design, develop and maintain internet-based systems and web-based information systems. You will also develop expertise in the area of human-machine communication and, on the technical side, learn how new phenomena and their associated threats arise as a result of the worldwide interconnectedness of various agents and systems (e.g. social networks, IT security and internet crime), as well as 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.
In addition to studying Internet Computing as a compulsory core subject, you will choose an elective on the following areas influenced by the internet:
- Internet, economy and law
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 you for setting up your own company. But even if you are not considering a start-up, this elective takes account of the close connection between business and the internet and conveys essential business management skills.
- Social and legal aspects of internet computing
This degree programme also allows you to specialise in the area of society and the media. This elective imparts the principles of communication studies and the humanities, which are necessary to fully comprehend the internet both as a phenomenon and in terms of its effects on society. You will, furthermore, be acquainted with theories of human communication and learn about the difference between internet-based media and traditional mass media such as radio and television.
- Embedded and intelligent systems
There is a steadily growing demand on systems to interact intelligently and transparently with their environment. Creating systems that can do so requires essential knowledge of how systems capture signals in their environment (e.g. using sensors), analysis these (e.g. by means of pattern recognition and image processing) and provide pertinent information (e.g. information retrieval). Furthermore, embedded intelligent systems must operate as close to the hardware level as possible. For this reason, this elective conveys fundamental knowledge on computer architecture.
For further details, please consult the Academic Advice Service's information sheet (German) and the module catalogue (German).
You will need German language skills at level C1 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-2 or TestDaF 4 in all four categories, unless German was the language of instruction for your secondary school education (e.g. Abitur at a German international school) or prior tertiary education.
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.
To apply for this degree programme you need a recognised university entrance qualification, e.g. the German Abitur or an equivalent qualification.