E-Commerce (Bachelor of Science)

Our E-Commerce programme, available since 2011, is the first of its kind at a state institution of higher education and has been completely designed by recognised experts to meet the special challenges of the market. Before that, our Faculty has already made a name for itself with the E-Commerce specialisation in the degree programme Business Information Systems. With the independent degree programme E-Commerce, instead of only two, there are now seven semesters for an even more profound and in-depth education and training.

What our students say

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David S., 5th semester, E-Commerce bachelor’s student

Our E-Commerce programme is a good way to acquire comprehensive specialist knowledge for the digital marketing industry. In addition, we also acquire technological knowledge which is also important for a necessary understanding of the e-commerce industry. So this degree programme covers a broad range as well as offers a good combination of technology and digital marketing.

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Nina L., 5th semester, E-Commerce’s bachelor’s student

For many young people who want to learn about current innovations and contribute to them, the E-Commerce programme is perfect. It is often the case that lecturers deal with topics that are not exciting enough or important enough for the younger generation. E-Commerce, however, offers the exact opposite. During each semester, lecturers include current topics from outside the university into their courses. So students can always learn something new and are always able to join in the conversation. What’s more, the programme itself is so new that there are many doors open to students for work alongside or after one’s studies. I am definitely not worried about my future!

 

 

Overview

  • Full-time studies for seven semesters in German with optional modules in German or English.
  • There are about 100 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.
  • Sanderheinrichsleitenweg 20 in Würzburg 
  • Studies start in the winter semester each year, i.e. on 1 October.
  • Bachelor of Science

International activities

  1. There are two core modules to improve one’s English skills.
  2. Offer of field trips abroad.
  3. Students can go to a partner university to study abroad during their 6th semester.
  4. 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 E-Commerce, 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

Hochschulservice Studium
Telefon: 0931-3511-6139
E-Mail: shl.hsst[at]fhws.de

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

Application

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

The application procedure takes place exclusively online.

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

Programme structure

  • During the first four semesters of the bachelor’s programme, you will learn the discipline’s basics. This includes courses in core areas such as online marketing, software development & programming, business studies as well as mathematics.
  • 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.Opens internal link in current window
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Topical overview of contents during studies in the bachelor's programme E-Commerce

Possible specialisations

Before starting your 6th semester, you can select an area of specialisation where you then have to complete 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 E-Commerce programme, there are the following areas of specialisation possible:

Questions?

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

Contact: Prof. Dr. Rolf Schillinger

FAQs

Application & Admission

What is the enrolment procedure?

Please follow the link for information about the application procedure for the E-Commerce bachelor’s programme.

What is the numerus clausus (NC) for E-Commerce?

2,7

Do I need a finished vocational training in order to study

In order to be able to take up studies in E-Commerce, 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?

No, we do not expect any existing practical experience.

General programme-related questions

What is in the programme's curriculum?

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

1st semester

  • Web Programming 1
  • Basics of Computer Science & E-Commerce
  • Mathematics 1
  • English for E-Commerce
  • Surface Design & Usability
  • Basics of Economics

2nd semester

  • Web Programming 2
  • Web Technology incl. a web project
  • Mathematics 2
  •  Digital Sign Systems
  • Statistics
  • AWPM (general elective module)

3rd semester

  • Web Programming 3
  • Software Engineering
  • Databases
  • Mobile Systems and Applications
  • Online Marketing
  • Accounting incl. a business game

4th Semester

  • Web Application and Development Systems
  • IT Project Management
  • Managing Innovation & Starting New Businesses
  • English Communication
  • Content Engineering
  • E-Commerce Focus Seminar

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)
In which fields 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

Questions on the start of studies

Who is a contact for questions about studying E-Commerce?

Your contact person for study-related questions is Prof. Dr. Rolf Schillinger.

The programme advisors are responsible for advising prospective and current students on programme-specific matters and in doing so, they cover a broad spectrum:

  • Study requirements;
  • Structure and contents of the programme
  • Selection of specialisations and core elective modules
  • Organising and managing studies, especially in case of difficulties due to illness
How much is the semester ticket for public transport?

Follow the link for more information about the semester ticket.

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

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.

Specific programme-related questions

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.

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.