Our full-time bachelor's degree programme in Software Engineering will provide you with a broad spectrum of engineering competencies in the areas of analysis, specification, design, implementation, testing, maintenance, and documentation of software systems.

As a GISMA student, you will acquire the necessary knowledge and skills for a successful career in any industry or company that depends on software and related processes, models, and tools, including project management.


What you will learn

Our Bachelors of Engineering (BEng Software Engineering degree programme is a dynamic and diverse programme that covers many of the key areas of this specialism, from software design and modelling to cyber security and big data, that you will need to graduate with the knowledge, skills, and practical experience to begin your career in the field.

Accreditations and rankings

GISMA Business School is state recognised. It also benefits from AMBA accreditation, which was awarded for the Global MBA and is an honour shared by only 6 business school in Germany and 2% of all business schools worldwide. The prestigious AMBA accreditation represents innovation and excellence in education.

How you will study

GISMA Business School supports flexible and individual learning by applying a systematic hybrid learning scheme.

You will spend part of your lectures in class at our Potsdam campus. These face-to-face phases are complemented by e-learning sessions. You will work on cases, reflect on readings, take part in online discussions, and participate in group exercises and projects. This variety of learning methods is part of our unique teaching strategy, which includes student-centred pedagogy, project-based learning, collaborative learning, and personalised coaching.

Potsdam, your next study destination

As a student at GISMA University of Applied Sciences, you will be based at our flagship Potsdam Campus. This ultra high tech campus is home to all of our University of Applied Sciences students, either in person or virtually. Our classrooms feature the hyflex system, meaning regardless of where our students are in the world, they connect in real-time and benefit from seamless peer-to-peer learning. The campus is in great company, with neighbours such as SAP right across the road.

Potsdam is the picturesque capital city of the state of Brandenburg. It is known for technological innovation, economic growth, a unique culture, and a high standard of living. It is a world heritage site, with the backdrop of outstanding nature. The city also benefits from being the twin city of Berlin, the German capital. The two cities share a border, and the journey from Potsdam Main Station takes just 20-30 minutes to be in the centre of Berlin, where you can find an extensive cultural, retail, and nightlife scene.


Hear from one of our professors

Gisma - Business School

Teaching tech concepts is like tightrope walking. The topics are so interesting, but you need to be very careful to not overwhelm students with too much theory. I have found a solution a long time ago: We should empower students to implement concepts right after learning theories. I really love the thrilled look on their face when students notice they can understand a complex tech concept and implement it in action. This is what the job market is looking for: Graduates who possess such a precious mix of theory and practice.

Prof. Dr. Mohammad Mahdavi
Professor for Data Science


The full-time bachelor's degree programme comprises a standard period of study of six semesters. The curriculum includes a “mobility window” in the 5th semester: a semester reserved for you to study abroad or undertake further modules with an applied focus as part of career development.

For the bachelor's programmes, the total student workload for the courses is 180 ECTS credits.

A key element of this programme is the Career Development Semester, within which you will work on an end-to-end software engineering project. This project will allow you to work on a business problem, similar to what you may be given by a future employer. You will take this problem and develop a solution by collecting data, then building software to resolve the problem. You will then evaluate, test, and deliver the business solution, just like you would for an employer or client.

Additionally, within this module, you will work in App & Web Development Studio. This is a sandbox style lab, where you will have the opportunity to develop a web or mobile app, using the technical skills developed in previous modules. This is your opportunity to put a lot of the theory learnt into practice, which will develop your skills for your career ahead.


Indicative Content

Subject Specific Competencies

  • Introduction to Programming
  • Data Structures & Algorithms
  • Databases & Big Data
  • Computer Science Lab
  • Advanced Algorithms
  • Advanced Programming
  • App & Web Development
  • Computer Networks
  • Software Design and Modelling
  • Software Testing
  • Operating Systems
  • Cyber Security

General Business Competencies

  • Digital Transformation and Cases
  • Sustainability Management
  • Project Management
  • Innovation Management in a Digital and Globalised World

Action and Intercultural Competencies

  • Creative Problem Solving and Strategy Development
  • Foreign Language
  • Study Abroad or Career Development Semester*
  • Internship

Scientific and Methods Competencies

  • Mathematical Foundations
  • Statistics
  • Academic Writing and Research Methods
  • Bachelor Thesis

Career Development Semester

  • End-to-End Software Engineering Project
  • Software & AI
  • Business Start-up Simulation
  • App & Web Development Studio

Software engineering opens up a world of career opportunities, across a wide range of industries and business sectors and will allow you to forge your own path into specialisms and potential career options within various sectors. This degree equips you with technical IT abilities that may be applied to a variety of IT and web-based jobs ranging from application developer to web designer

  • Applications developer
  • Game developer
  • Information systems manager
  • IT consultant
  • Programmer
  • Web developer
  • Software engineer

Fees and funding

Please contact a programme consultant for more details on how to apply.


    Price / Year Early Bird Discount
EU/Germany 3yr  €     9,600 25%
International 3yr  €     10,500 25%


*Early bird offer for applications submitted at least 8 weeks before orientation date. 

Regional discounts are available for CIS, MENA and LATAM regions. Please check the fee section on this page.


Flexible payment plan

GISMA offers flexible payment plans that allow you to spread the costs of your programme fees in up to six instalments. A refundable* deposit of €2,000 is required to secure your place, and the remainder of the tuition fee is to be paid after the start of programme in accordance with your payment schedule.

You will be eligible for a discount of 5% off the total fee if the payment of the entire tuition fee is completed before the first instalment due date.

Payments are accepted by bank transfer, or via one of our payment partners – Transfermate and Stripe. If you have any queries regarding payment options, please speak to a programme consultant.

*Terms and conditions apply.


Entry requirements

  • General university entrance qualification
  • English proficiency: B2 (IELTS 5.5) or equivalent
  • Non-EU applicants must conduct an entrance test

Financing your studies


In many cases, non-German citizens studying in Germany are entitled to apply for the BAföG (Federal Education and Training Assistance Act) grants-and-loans system, if certain conditions are met. 

If foreigners have the prospect of staying in Germany and if they are socially integrated, they are considered eligible for funding. For more information and to check your eligibility please use the link below (which can be translated into English). 

BAföG for non-German citizens

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  • Full-time
  • Potsdam
  • 36 months
  • Jan, Apr, Jul, Oct 2023
  • € from 9,600 per year
  • € 10500 International students

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