Software Engineering B.Eng.

BEng Software Engineering

Enter a high demand field, watch your opportunities soar

Shape Your Future in Software Engineering

Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time? Are you aiming for a specific career role, or do you simply know your strengths lie in software development and engineering? As an aspiring software engineer or tech leader, you might have a groundbreaking idea you want to bring to life or a strong aptitude for solving complex technical problems. Achieving a Bachelor’s degree in Software Engineering allows you to develop the technical knowledge, skills, and industry connections required to access global career opportunities and refine your field of expertise.

Our full-time Bachelor’s degree in Software Engineering is designed to provide students with a comprehensive, internationally oriented education in software development and engineering. The BEng Software Engineering programme will teach you how to tackle challenges in all areas of software development, from coding and algorithms to systems design and project management. The programme prepares students for a professional career in a wide variety of tech fields.

As a graduate of the BEng Software Engineering programme, you will be in high demand by tech companies, consultancy firms, and innovative start-ups. Your expertise will be sought after in diverse sectors such as software development, IT consulting, systems analysis, and digital innovation, where a deep understanding of software engineering practices is essential.

Key Skills Developed

Who Is The Programme For?

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.

How Will You Study?

Gisma University of Applied Sciences 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.


The degree programme has been awarded the quality seal of the Accreditation Council Foundation. The Accreditation Council Foundation is a joint institution of the federal states of Germany for quality assurance in study and teaching at German universities.

Gisma University of Applied Sciences is state recognised. It also benefits from AMBA accreditation, which was awarded for the Global MBA and is an honour shared by only 6 universities in Germany and 2% of all universities worldwide. The prestigious AMBA accreditation represents innovation and excellence in education.


Potsdam, near Berlin


36 months


Jan, Apr, Jul, Oct 2024

Tuition Fee:

From € 9,600 per year

From € 13,125 per year – international students

From Foundations to Future: Your Software Engineering Journey

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, undertake further modules with an applied focus as part of career development or to do an internship.

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

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.

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.

Students starting online will have the option to complete the programme on-campus in Germany seamlessly.


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

  • Foreign Language
  • Intercultural Skills and Ethics
  • Creative Problem Solving and Strategy Development
  • Internship

Career Development Semester

  • End-to-End Computer Science Project
  • Data Driven Business Models
  • Business Start-up Simulation
  • AI Applications for Digital Business

Scientific and Methods Competencies

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

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.

Potential graduate opportunities: applications developer, game developer, information systems manager, IT consultant, programmer, web developer, software engineer.

As a student at Gisma, you will be supported by our Career Centre, who provide personalised career support and development.

more about our career centre

In today’s competitive job landscape, employers seek well-rounded graduates ready to hit the ground running. Gisma’s Double Degree programme equips you with the in-demand knowledge and versatile skillset to stand out from the crowd. Combine this Gisma specialised degree with a prestigious International Business Management degree from Kingston University London, creating the perfect launchpad for your dream career – all in a streamlined timeframe.

Double Your Impact With a Double Degree

Prof. Dr. Mohammad Mahdavi

Hear From One of Your Future 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 of Data Science

Fees & Admissions

Entry Requirements

  • General university entrance qualification
  • 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.

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.

Tuition Fees

Germany/EU applicants: From € 9,600 per year

International applicants: From € 13,125 per year

We offer a range of savings and funding options. For a full breakdown of all our fees, visit our fees and funding page below.

How To Apply

Learn about the application process at Gisma University of Applied Sciences! We’ve streamlined the application steps to ensure a smooth journey into our diverse academic community. 

Visit our how to apply page below.

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.

Our Faculty's Industry Experience

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Thrive in the Digital Age: Gisma Partners with SAP

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 Alumni Survey

At Gisma University of Applied Sciences, we empower our students to launch successful careers. We go beyond education, providing the skills and experience they need to thrive in the professional world. Our graduates are job-ready and make a lasting impact, with many landing positions at top companies.

Alumni Survey (2022)


of our students found employment six months after graduation


of our Gisma students secure a job before graduation


of graduates hold managerial positions in leading organisations


of our graduates enjoy a salary ranging from €55k to €60k