ITE - A combination of Computer Science and Engineering

FH Wedel offers both a bachelor's and a master's programme in IT Engineering, starting twice a year (April and October). The bachelor's programme, which is only available in German, is scheduled for 7 semesters and the consecutive master's programme, conducted in English, is scheduled for 3 semesters.

The university campus is located on the western periphery of Hamburg. A part of the Hamburg Metropolitan Area and connected to Hamburg's train and bus system, Wedel belongs to the federal state of Schleswig-Holstein, a centre of wind energy production.

The Hamburg Metropolitan Area is one of Germany's wealthiest regions, with a high per-capita income and a low unemployment rate. The costs of living are lower than in other regions with a comparable standard, which are mainly located in Southern Germany.

FH Wedel is a small private university with a logn tradition and broad competence in technical studies. Unlike public German universities, we have to charge a moderate tuition fee. In return our students receive individual support, and are brought to a high above average academic level. Our policy is not to just issue titles, but rather provide sustainable knowledge. This is why FH Wedel has an excellent reputation with companies operating in the region. We maintain close cooperation with many of these companies, because our main goal is to place our graduates into excellent jobs.

Interdisciplinary competence and excellent job prospects

The demand for computer scientists and engineers is much higher than the number of suitably qualified graduates, and this disproportion will certainly grow in a world which is highly determined by technological progress, especially in countries with a decreasing population like Germany. Graduates with skills in both fields are in even higher demand.

FH Wedel offers a consecutive programme in IT Engineering. The bachelor's programme is conducted in German and is open to all high school graduates with a dedicated mathematical and technological interest who wish to keep their future field of professional employment as open as possible. The master's programme is conducted in English and provides students with the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and build upon their skills. Applicants coming from abroad need good programming skills and good understanding of mathematics and technological basics. They will have the chance to obtain a German master's degree which will enable them to apply for a wide range of jobs in an economically strong and politically stable country.

Job market and prospects

There is hardly any other professional field in Germany where the discrepancy between the number of open jobs and the number of suitable applicants is as dramatic as in computer science and engineering.

Engineers with dedicated IT skills are highly sought after in the automotive sector, the aerospace industry, medical engineering, automation, and a great variety of other sectors in technological production. Graduates will be able to choose whether they want to be involved in the production of large technological objects such as sea vessels, or small devices such as mobile phones. They can also freely choose the size of their employer - from global corporations to garage shops.

IT Engineering M.Sc. programme

If you want to enhance the knowledge you obtained during your bachelor's programme and take another scientific and technological challenge, you may want to enrol in our 3-semester Master’s programme IT Engineering. If you prefer studying part-time, it may take up to 7 semesters.

Our master's programme enables you to carry out scientific work and provides you with profound theoretical and analytical skills. You will acquire techniques that enable you to solve complex problems. You will become acquainted with challenging fields such as medical engineering and robotics and you will be trained for leading positions in companies. If you decide to stay in science, you may pursue a PhD thesis at a scientific university as a follow-up step. Our professors will support you in this endeavour.

Contents

In our master's programme IT Engineering you will acquire advanced skills in Computer Science and Engineering. During the winter semester, you will receive further tuition in the fields of dynamic systems, distributed systems, embedded systems, and medical engineering. During the summer semester you will have the choice between more computer science-oriented subjects, such as Algorithmics and IT Security, and engineering subjects, such as Technical Optics and Modern Production Methods. Other possible choices are Robotics, which combines computer science and engineering, and Business Intelligence, which will let you gain leadership competence. You are free to choose which subjects you want to focus on - Computer Science, Engineering, or both.

At the end of your studies you will possess an advanced skill set that can be applied to all fields of application, with additional specialization in some selected fields.

Close cooperation with industry and commerce

FH Wedel maintains very close contacts to industry and commerce, especially in the Hamburg Metropolitan Area and Northern Germany. The association for our friends and patrons, the Wedeler Hochschulbund e.V. (WHB), further bridges the gap between theory and praxis. Business representatives are integrated into our programmes, which guarantees a mutual exchange between science and praxis that enables our students to keep pace with current trends and challenges.

Our praxis-oriented study programmes and our close ties to industry and commerce are the reason for our students' excellent reputation with job recruiters. They recognise that our graduates are highly qualified, committed, and eligible candidates for leading positions. In particular, practical and application-oriented subjects make up about two-thirds of the curriculum.

International orientation

Acquiring international experience ensures a qualification beyond technical and theoretical knowledge. The way we organize our master's programme IT Engineering guarantees contact with an international environment.

Additionally, you get the opportunity to meet students from our partner universities from time to time. You may also study one semester abroad yourself. This is, however, restricted to a very limited number of partner universities, as only few of them offer study programmes on the level of our master's programme IT Engineering.

Germany is one of the world's most export-oriented countries, especially in fields that require IT Engineering. Hosting Europe's second busiest seaport as well as several global players such as Airbus, Hapag-Lloyd, Philips, and Lufthansa, the Hamburg Metropolitan Area offers excellent work opportunities in an international setting, even at entry-level. This particularly applies to jobs that your master's degree in ITE qualifies you for.

Admission criteria

Our master's programme IT Engineering requires a certain proficiency in English. We consider the B2 level (CEFR, Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment) sufficient.

The immediate admission criterion for our master's programme IT Engineering is a bachelor's degree in a related field with an average grade of 2.5 or better. Applicants should have obtained 210 ECTS credits, which is equivalent to seven semesters of full-time studies.

The majority of our applicants graduated in a programme which, according to German regulations, corresponds to only 180 ECTS credits, or six semesters of studies, even if the programme was designed for seven semesters in their home country. To participate in our master's programme, those students will need to study some of our bachelor's programme's modules. We have therefore designed a four-semester-curriculum integrating six modules from our bachelor's programme. These modules are of course also held in English.

To prove your bachelor's degree's relevance to IT Engineering, your studies need to have included at least 80 credits’ worth of mathematics, information technology, science, and/or engineering. If your bachelor's programme did not contain modules of this kind and value, you cannot be admitted to our IT Engineering master's programme.

  • For bachelor's degrees with 180 ECTS credits the only other requirement is that your studies have included at least 10 credits in mathematics, and 5 credits in software development lab courses. Any further necessary adaptation to our master's programme will be accomplished by the additional bachelor modules of our four-semester-curriculum.
  • Bachelor's degrees with 210 ECTS credits need to meet the following requirements in mathematics and software development, which can partially be made up by bachelor modules taken at our university:
    • Your studies need to have included mathematics worth at least 20 ECTS credits, encompassing at least 5 credits in engineering mathematics and at least 5 credits in discrete mathematics. You cannot make up for engineering mathematics via our bachelor modules, unless you are sufficiently proficient in German to take part in our German modules. You can make up for Discrete mathematics by taking our English bachelor modules. Five additional credits can be made up for using our Signals & Systems module.
    • You also need to have passed basic software development modules worth at least 10 ECTS credits. These modules have to be made up of laboratory courses, not lectures. If your programming modules have been valued at less than 5 credits, there is no way for you to be admitted to the IT Engineering programme. By partaking in our Programming 2 module, you may make up for 5 credits.
    • You have to prove advanced knowledge in at least one of the object-oriented programming languages Java or C++. This knowledge will be examined in an entry assignment at the beginning of your first semester. You may take part in our module Advanced Object-Oriented Programming to gain this knowledge.

If you, according to these rules, need additional modules, you will most likely need at least 4 semesters, as our three-semester-curriculum is very tight and requires the above-mentioned prerequisites.

If your average grade is worse than 2.5 (i.e. higher), you may still be admitted. Your average grade needs to be 2.9 or better, and you will have to provide adequate additional qualifications. With an average grade of 3.0 or worse you have no chance of being admitted into one of our master's programmes. Note that the average gradein Germany ranges between 1.0 (the best possible grade) and 4.0 (the worst grade that is still sufficient to obtain a bachelor's degree). If your grade needs to be converted into the German grading system by uni-assist (a company that converts foreign degrees into grades comparable to the german system), the best possible grade of your system will be converted to 1.0 and the worst sufficient grade of your system will be converted to 4.0. Your own grade will then be converted according to this scale.

Further Information

The modules of the elective block (5 out of 7) are independently combinable. However, we do suggest that you choose one of the following combination profiles:

  • Computer Science: Algorithmics, Cryptography Workshop, Security Engineering, plus two additional modules
  • Engineering: Technical Optics, Modern Production Methods, Robotics, plus two additional modules 

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