BEng Software Engineering
Enter a high demand field, watch your opportunities soar
Talented software developers are in high demand across all industries – and the need for these professionals is only growing. Technology is advancing at rapid rates and there is a limited number of people who have the knowledge to build quality software in line with these advancements. If you are passionate about all things technology or have an interest in creating quality software – this course could help you turn your passion into success.
Whether you are interested in the internet of things, the next addictive app, or complex global organisation internal networking, this Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) in Software Engineering will allow you to advance to the next level. Students on the BEng Software Engineering will learn to build quality software while considering design, development, security, and maintenance. This means you will be a sought-after candidate amongst all kinds of companies, whether you want to work in finance, banking, healthcare, national security, or something completely niche. 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.
*Subject to student numbers
Potsdam, near Berlin
Jan, Apr, Jul, Oct 2024
€ from 9,600 per year
€ 13,125 International students
Accreditations and rankings
Gisma is a state recognised University of Applied Sciences which benefits from AMBA accreditation, which was awarded for our Global MBA. AMBA accreditation is an honour shared by only six universities in Germany and 2% of all universities worldwide. The prestigious accreditation represents innovation and excellence in education, which is one of our core values at Gisma.
How you will study
Gisma supports flexible and individual learning by applying a systematic state-of-the art hybrid learning scheme. You will be based at our flagship Potsdam Campus, 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
This high-tech, modern campus, situated just a short distance from the vibrant city of Berlin, serves as a dynamic hub for our University of Applied Sciences students. Here, students engage in both in-person and virtual learning experiences. The architecture and building concept of the campus are designed with intelligence and efficiency in mind, creating spaces that emphasise flexibility, networking, and collaborative working. This environment is tailor-made to foster innovation, providing an exceptional setting that’s ideal for collaborative teaching and learning methods. The campus features ‘Open Spaces’ that cater to various needs, including relaxation, networking, individual study, and group work. The proximity to Berlin further enriches our students’ academic and cultural experience, connecting them to a broader spectrum of opportunities and inspirations.
The camera and sound technology in the classrooms is specifically suited to enable blended or hybrid teaching formats, where students on and off campus can join the class and connect in real-time, benefitting from seamless peer-to-peer interaction with each other. The campus is in a great location, with neighbours such as SAP Innovation Centre Network right across the road.
Potsdam is the picturesque capital city of the state of Brandenburg. It is known for its highly reputed science institutions, technological innovation, economic growth, a unique culture, and high living standards. 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 the centre of Berlin, where you can find an inviting cultural, retail and nightlife scene.
Hear from one of our professors
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
Learn from the very best in the field
You can be confident that you will be learning from some of the most accomplished and industry-respected professionals. Our professors at Gisma University of Applied Sciences are experts in their respective fields, with a wealth of experience and knowledge. They have come from and worked with some of the world’s largest and most prestigious companies, including Amazon, United Nations, Harvard, 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, KPMG, Boston Consulting Group, IBM, and Allianz.
Gisma is a proud member of the prestigious SAP University Alliances program, offering unparalleled opportunities for our students and staff. This exclusive partnership provides access to SAP’s academic materials, internships, and graduate programs. Our students benefit from open access to SAP training, certifications, and exciting workshops on cutting-edge topics. With the support of SAP experts, we equip our students for success in the digital economy. Join us to thrive in the world of endless possibilities.
Gisma University of Applied Sciences is state recognised and AMBA-accredited for our Global MBA
Germany has the 2nd best unemployment rate in Europe at 3.4%**
Chance to earn to €45,000***, the average graduate salary in Germany
Join a network of students from over 90 nationalities across the globe
The full-time bachelor’s degree programme comprises a standard study period 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 the theory you have learned into practice, which will develop your skills for your career ahead.
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*
Scientific and Methods Competencies
- Mathematical Foundations
- Academic Writing and Research Methods
- Bachelor Thesis
Career Development Semester
- End-to-End Computer Science Project
- Data Driven Business Models
- Business Start-up Simulation
- AI Applications for Digital Business
Your Future Career
Software engineering opens 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. Some other roles you could secure after gaining a BEng in Software Engineering are:
- Applications developer
- Game developer
- Information systems manager
- IT consultant
- Web developer
- Software engineer
As a student at Gisma, you will be supported by our Career Centre, who provide coaching sessions to improve your soft skills, such as CV writing, interview preparation, and interpersonal skills. They will also host Career Days, where local, national, and global organisations interview Gisma students for internships, graduate, and leadership positions.
Fees and Entry Requirements
Standard Tuition Fees
New pricing – from 31st March 2023:
Germany/EU applicants – € 9,600 per year
International applicants – € 13,125 per year
For more details on how to apply, fees, additional savings of up to 15%, and your funding options, please speak to our programme consultant.
Regional incentives are available for students from certain countries. Please check the fee section on this page.
- A school leaving certificate that enables the student to apply for a bachelor programme in the country it was issued in.
- English proficiency: B2 (IELTS 6.0 overall, no less than 5.5 in any component) or equivalent scores in TOEFL iBT, Pearson PTE or Duolingo. Gisma also offers an English test free of charge.
- International students must conduct an entrance test.
For students who need additional support to reach entry requirements
If you need additional support to meet the entry requirements for one of Gisma’s bachelor’s degree programmes, the Gisma Foundation Programme is designed for you. It provides you with English language support and subject-oriented, cognitive and methodological skills required to accelerate into a bachelor’s programme. Successful completion allows you to directly progress onto bachelor’s level modules.
For students who have educational degrees from India
Students who have acquired their education degrees from India will need to follow the Academic Evaluation Center (APS) process required by The German Foreign Affairs Ministry. For more information, please refer to our APS Step-by-Step Guide webpage.
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 €3,000 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.
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.
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).
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