Computer Science (Bachelor of Engineering)

Computer science is the fundamental pillar of present and future key technologies. Computer science is a driver for innovation – for technological progress as well as for social, economic and scientific change. Our graduates are able to analyse, design, develop and make available for practical use complex information systems for technical and business fields of application.

In view of the wide range of possible applications for computer scientists, comprehensive foundations are laid which teach the skills for methodical problem solving and enable quick familiarisation with all areas of computer science. In each specialisation area that our students can choose, current topics are addressed, thus laying the cornerstone for handling new technologies constructively. The fields of activity of the computer scientist are constantly expanding and changing- the basis for lifelong learning is laid in the studies.

In addition to the basic training in practical, technical and theoretical computer science, the bachelor’s programme also includes the teaching of interdisciplinary methods and skills such as presentation techniques, English, project management, or mathematics.

What our students say

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Felix G., 4th semester, Computer Science bachelor’s student

I deliberately chose the local university, because it is very modern both from the outside and the inside. Due to the competent lecturers, you feel you are in the right place and ready to start your own projects. As our Faculty offers different degree programmes, it is easy to get a different perspective to problems. It’s the whole package!


Overview

  • Full-time studies for seven semesters in German with one core module and numerous optional modules in English.
  • There are about 75 places per year available. Selection is made by numerus clausus, a procedure for programmes with restricted admissions.
  • During the programme, a total of 210 ECTS credits must be achieved.
  • FHWS location: Sanderheinrichsleitenweg 20 in Würzburg 
  • Studies start in the winter semester each year, i.e. on 1 October.
  • Degree: Bachelor of Engineering

International activities

  1. In the 4th semester, an English-taught core module is offered.
  2. One core module to improve one’s English skills.
  3. Offer of field trips abroad.
  4. Students can go to a partner university to study abroad during their 6th semester.
  5. From the 6th semester, students can take modules taught in English, for example during the International Week.

Requirements

In order to be able to take up studies in Computer Science, the following is required:

  • general higher education qualification
  • subject-specific higher education entrance qualification
  • an entrance qualification for a university of applied sciences (Fachhochschulreife) or
  • an entrance qualification for a bachelor's programme at universities of applied sciences that is being recognised by law or the public authority responsible as being equal to the ones mentioned above.

For more information, please refer to the Department of Student Affairs (HSST).

Your contact there is
Mr Sebastian von der Weide
phone 0931 3511-6139
e-mail sebastian.vdweide[at]fhws.de

For more information about an application, please refer to the website of FHWS.

Application

The application period for the next possible start date of the bachelor’s programme in Computer Science in the winter semester (starts on 1 October) is each year from 1 May to 15 July.

Die Anmeldung erfolgt ausschließlich online.

The online application form is available from the beginning of May.

Programme structure

  • During the first four semesters of a bachelor’s programme, you will learn the basics of the discipline. This includes courses in core areas such as practical and theoretical computer science, computer engineering as well as mathematics and business studies. In the fourth semester, you will work on your first team project.
  • The 5th semester is dedicated to the mandatory internship.
  • For your 6th and 7th semester, you can select an area of specialisation where you then have to complete a specialisation seminar as well as two specialisation modules.Opens internal link in current window
  • During the 6th semester you will complete a comprehensive project, the so called research project.
  • You will conclude your studies by writing a bachelor’s thesis.
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Topical overview of contents during studies in the bachelor's programme Computer Science

Possible specialisations

Before starting your 6th semester, you will select your area of specialisation where you have to take three modules. By specialising, you can set a certain focus within your bachelor’s studies. A specialisation module earns 15 ECTS credits and consists of a seminar and two more core modules which are described in the study plan.

In the Computer Science programme, you can choose from the following areas of specialisation:

Questions?

The programme advisor is responsible for advising prospective and current students on programme-specific matters and covers a broad spectrum:

Contact: Prof. Dr. Arndt Balzer

FAQs

Application & Admission

How much is the semester ticket for public transport?

For more information, please visit the Studentenwerk’s page on the semester ticket.

What is the enrolment procedure?

Please follow the link for information about the application procedure for the Computer Science bachelor’s programme.

What is the numerus clausus for Computer Science?

3,1

Questions on the start of studies

Are there car parks at FHWS?

There is a car park for about 250 vehicles below the building. It is closed with a barrier. If this barrier is open, feel free to use the car park. The barrier will open automatically when you drive out.

If the barrier is closed, please use the public parking along the street opposite the building.

FHWS staff, students of our Faculty as well as sessional lecturers can open the barrier with their FHWS Card. There is a separate area within the car park designated for staff and sessional lecturers which is closed with an additional barrier.

From the car park you can reach the Lecture Building via the lift near the entrance/exit. You can reach the Institute Building via the lift in the staff area of the car park.

You can park your bicycle or motorbike

  • in the area outside and left of the Lecture Building
  • in the underground car park (spaces are limited)

For more information about routes and directions, please go to the page

Directions to the Faculty Building

Do I need a finished vocational training in order to study?

In order to be able to take up studies in Computer Science, the following is required:

  • general higher education qualification
  • subject-specific higher education entrance qualification
  • an entrance qualification for a university of applied sciences (Fachhochschulreife) or
  • an entrance qualification for a bachelor's programme at universities of applied sciences that is being recognised by law or the public authority responsible as being equal to the ones mentioned above.
Do you expect practical experience when I start studying?

We do not expect any existing practical experience.

Are there any online offers I should know and make myself familiar with?

For current news on studies in general and semester dates and deadlines, please visit the homepage of the Faculty of Computer Science and Business Information Systems.

In order to register for courses, please go to our Moodle platform.

General programme-related questions

In which areas can I specialise during my studies?

In each degree programme (Computer Science, Business Information Systems, E-Commerce), you can focus on various fields in order to specialise.

Follow the link for an overview of specialisations you can choose from:

List of possible areas of specialisation

Who is a contact for questions about studying Computer Science?

The programme advisor is responsible for advising prospective and current students on programme-specific matters and covers a broad spectrum:

Contact: Prof. Dr. Arndt Balzer

What is in the programme’s curriculum?

During your studies, you will have to complete the following courses:

1st semester

  • Algebra
  • Algorithms & Data Structures 1
  • Databases
  • English for IT
  • Basics of Computer Engineering
  • Programming 1

2nd semester

  • Analysis
  • AWPM (general elective module)
  • Basics of Business Studies
  • Programming 2
  • Computer Architecture
  • Software Engineering

3rd semester

  • Algorithms & Data Structures 2
  • Operating Systems
  • Databases 2
  • Basics of Computer Engineering
  • Mathematical Software in Computer Science
  • Programming 3

4th semester

  • Basics of Data Communication
  • IT Project Management
  • Parallel and Distributed Systems
  • Programming Project
  • Software Engineering 2
  • Statistics

5th semester

  • Internship phase & Soft and Professional Skills

6th semester

  • Specialisation 1
  • Specialisation Seminar
  • Research Project
  • FWPM (core elective module)

7th semester

  • Specialisation 2
  • Commercial Law & IT Law
  • Bachelor’s Thesis
  • Bachelor's Seminar
  • FWPM (core elective module)

Specific programme-related questions

What are ECTS credits?

ECTS credits (also known as credit points or just credits) have been introduced to Germany in the context of the Bologna Process, i.e. the change from country-specific degrees to international bachelor’s and master’s degrees. They measure the workload an average student has to complete for his/her studies. You will get ECTS credits for completing courses. One ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of about 25 to 30 hours. This means: If you get 5 ECTS credits for a module, you will have to spend about 125 to 150 hours on course attendance as well as independent study.

Where can I find information about possible scholarships?

Follow the link for information about scholarships.

Where can I find information about a semester abroad and projects abroad?

Please contact the FIW International Affairs Officer Prof. Dr. Peter Braun, if you are a student at FIW and interested in our offerings regarding internationalisation.

If you are a student of one of our partner universities, please first have a look at our catalogue of modules taught in English which are offered each summer semester.