B.Sc. Information Engineering at Campus Heilbronn

New digital technologies provide companies with ever-greater possibilities for gathering, linking and evaluating information. To take advantage of novel technologies, like intelligent products, companies need skilled professionals for the design and implementation of linked, end-to-end IT systems. Information engineering considers the entire chain from the sensor to the IT system through to the business model, making it an essential field of expertise for the digital transformation.

The bachelor’s degree program Information Engineering at TUM Campus Heilbronn provides the necessary knowledge and skills to design IT systems along the entire life cycle of information as a resource. It offers you the opportunity to acquire solid theoretical, practical and technical skills in an ever-evolving field and will prepare you for your role as an information engineer.

Type of Study: Full-time

Standard Duration of Studies: 6 semesters

Credits: 180 ECTS

Main Locations: Education Campus Heilbronn

Start of Degree Program: Winter semester

Language of Instruction: English, individual elective modules in German

Costs: Semester fees €102; please find the latest news regarding tuition fees here

Professional Profile: Informatics

During the three years of the degree program, you will be prepared to participate in the design and implementation of IT systems across various disciplines. In addition to a strong computer science core, the program teaches fundamentals of management and electrical engineering to enable you to effectively take part in the discourse communities of these disciplines. You will continuously expand your newly acquired knowledge in practical exercise modules and project work designed to enhance your social and communication skills, as well.

In addition to discipline-specific fundamentals, the bachelor’s degree program Information Engineering also provides the opportunity to apply the knowledge acquired in internships, projects and practical seminars. 

The comprehensive description of the degree program can be found in our degree program documentation.

After you have acquired sound basic knowledge in the first four semesters, you can decide on individual areas of specialization beginning in the 5th semester. You can choose from a wide range of special course offerings in the areas of informatics and management.

In semesters 1-4 of the program, you will learn the essential concepts and principles of programming languages, algorithms and data structures, software engineering, database systems, computer networks and cyber-physical systems. In addition, you will acquire knowledge in mathematical fundamentals, such as analysis, linear algebra and discrete mathematics. You will deal with the basic concepts of business informatics, such as enterprise architecture management and business process management, and learn how to present a scientific seminar paper.

In semesters 5-6 of the program, you will decide on an individual area of specialization and choose a research area from a large pool of special courses in the areas of informatics and management. In addition, you will apply your theoretical knowledge in a joint project with industrial partners. The degree program concludes with the bachelor’s thesis in the 6th semester.

The TUM Department of Informatics encourages its students to spend part of their degree program abroad and actively assists them in doing so.

Academic program: Overview of modules (PDF 64 KB)

The degree program is taught in English. Applicants should thus have good English language skills. A verification of English language skills is unnecessary. Language aptitude will be tested as part of the application process. You can also attend elective modules in German. In the module catalog, you can see in which language a module is taught. The departmental student advising of this degree program can also provide you with such information. International students need a verification of German language skills for their application.

As a graduate, you will have the necessary competencies and skills to participate in the design and implementation of interdisciplinary cyber-physical business systems. You will be able to fundamentally understand the interaction of new technologies and their dissemination with the socio-technical systems in which they are embedded, as well as to identify and adopt future developments in order to participate in the development of holistic, sustainable solutions.

In your work on the development of end-to-end IT solutions, you will be able to competently consider physical and economic constraints. You will have the technical and methodological knowledge of informatics, electrical engineering and economics that is essential for an information engineer. Thus, you will be able to acquire knowledge independently in the future and understand the disciplinary-specific forms of problem solving and decision-making. 

You will have also gained initial experience in working in interdisciplinary teams on projects and will be able to present your results to a scientific audience.

After graduation, numerous opportunities will arise whether in the form of direct entry into a company, freelance work or the continuation of your studies. The next level is a master’s degree and then a doctorate. The Master of Science in Information Engineering (at Campus Heilbronn) is expected to be offered from the winter semester 2024/25.

If you decide to pursue a career after successfully obtaining your degree, you will be qualified to assume a role in innovation management, project management, information management, consulting or software development. You will be able to work in all industries, including business, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, mathematics and medicine. Graduates of the Technical University of Munich assume management positions in IT and corporate management.

There are many reasons to study at TUM Campus Heilbronn. The city is located in the heart of Heilbronn-Franken, a region of leading companies on the global market. A large number of innovative companies, including many family-run SMEs, have achieved leading positions in the markets from here. These “hidden champions” have a high demand for employees who have both technological expertise and management skills – this results in excellent career opportunities for graduates of the Information Engineering program.

Heilbronn is also an excellent place to live. The city offers a delightful combination of tradition and modernity. For example, the beautiful Neckarmeile with its many cafés, restaurants and bars is only a few minutes’ walk from the campus. The location is also characterized by the pleasant atmosphere on the Heilbronn education campus and the beautiful situation of the city, which is surrounded by vineyards.

Both national and international students have the opportunity to establish an international network at TUM Campus Heilbronn. The majority of students on campus come from abroad. International students benefit from available degree programs taught mainly in English. All TUM students can also avail of the services of the TUM Language Center.

Here, you will find more information about TUM Campus Heilbronn and its facilities.

Application

We are looking for young, motivated people who like to ponder over logical puzzles at length and are fascinated by information systems, networks, software architecture, artificial intelligence and management, among other things.

You do not need any prerequisites in informatics, but rather the ability to identify and understand problems and work towards efficient solutions to them. You should also possess a certain affinity to mathematics, as well as an interest in science. In addition, you should have very good communication skills and work well with others in a team.

Since this degree program is taught predominantly in English and some elective modules are offered in German, we require advanced English language skills and basic German language skills.

Application deadline

Application deadline for the winter semester: 15 May to 15 July

Application deadline for the summer semester: 15 November to 15 January (only entry into the 2nd or higher semester of enrollment in the degree program)

Applications are to be submitted online via the Internet portal TUMonline.

After creating a TUMonline account, you will be asked to enter personal data and information about your education and training to date, as well as to upload individual documents.

You do not have to submit any documents in paper form for the application. Only in the case of admission will we need the relevant documents in paper form, as a certified copy where applicable, for enrollment.

In order for your application to be considered, all required documents (verification of German language skills A2, graduation certificates, etc.) must be submitted by the application deadline. Documents relevant for the application process cannot be submitted later. Please note, provisional documents (for example, provisional graduation certificates) cannot be considered.

The only exception is the VPD certificate from the University Application Service for International Students (uni-assist), which can be submitted after the application deadline has expired, provided that your application includes a declaration that you have applied to uni-assist for an examination of your documents.

If you have already earned relevant credits (min. 28 ECTS) in another degree program or at another institution of higher education, you can apply for a higher semester of enrollment in the degree program (min. second semester) in the summer semester.

Here, you will find comprehensive information on the application process for a higher semester of enrollment in the degree program.

Applicants for a bachelor’s degree program with a foreign university entrance qualification require prior to the online applicationpreliminary check of their graduation certificates by uni-assist. Since this can take up to four weeks in total, we recommend that you initiate this process early.

International applicants must also submit one of the verifications of German language skills listed here, as some elective modules are taught in German. The verification must be received by TUM by the application deadline. With this verification, you will meet the minimum requirement for admission. In order to successfully obtain your degree, it may be necessary to further develop and expand your own language skills. Our Language Center can help you in this respect.

The TUM website contains comprehensive information for international applicants. In order to ensure a smooth start to your studies, we recommend that foreign applicants, who need to apply for a visa to commence their studies in Germany, submit their application at the start of the application period and apply for the VPD certificate from uni-assist at an early stage.

Depending on your previous education and country of origin, we may require additional application documents. You can find out which documents are relevant when applying online via TUMonline. For more information on all required documents, see the Document Glossary of the Technical University of Munich.

You can check the status of your application at any time in your TUMonline account.

Note on your application documents

In order for your application to be considered, all required documents (verification of German language skills A2, graduation certificates, etc.) must be submitted by the application deadline.

Documents relevant for application cannot be submitted later than this date. Provisional documents (for example, provisional graduation certificates) cannot be considered.

The only exception is the VPD certificate from uni-assist, which can be submitted after the application deadline has expired, provided that your application includes a declaration that you have applied to uni-assist for an examination of your documents.

An industrial internship is not mandatory in this degree program and is not an admission requirement. Depending on your academic progress, however, we recommend that you also gain practical experience outside the university.

Admission

The selection of students for admission to the program takes place through an aptitude assessment procedure. This is a two-stage procedure in which we assess your suitability for the special qualitative requirements of the bachelor’s degree program.

All applicants must undergo aptitude assessment. Based on the documents uploaded by you, we will make a pre-selection as to whether you are

In detail:

Preferred dates can be specified in TUMonline. Your personal aptitude assessment interview will take about 20 minutes. The purpose is to assess the likelihood that you will be able to successfully complete your desired degree program. Subject-specific prerequisites are not decisive. Instead, we assess the following:

  1. Knowledge of the structure of the desired degree program and the occupational profile of a computer scientist
  2. Ability to think in an abstract, logical and system-oriented manner and to formalize solutions
  3. Ability to develop solutions to transdisciplinary issues in the areas of natural sciences, informatics, technology and a wide range of application areas
  4. Degree-program-specific additional qualifications
  5. Precise reasoning ability in English

After the interview, you will be informed about the result in your TUMonline account.

Your invitation to the interview will be sent to you by email at least one week before the interview date.

As soon as you are accepted – in Stage 1 or Stage 2 – you will be admitted to the program and can enroll. If you have received a rejection, you can apply again for a future semester.

The website of the Technical University of Munich contains information on the deferral of admission to a degree program.

After you have been admitted to the degree program, we will need to submit hardcopies of the signed application and all documents required for your enrollment. They include the following:

Depending on your previous education and country of origin, we may need additional documents. A complete list of the required documents for enrollment will appear in TUMonline as soon as you have accepted your place in a degree program.

In TUMonline, you can also see which documents you need to submit in which form. Please note that you must always submit the signed enrollment form and all certified copies in paper form.

We recommend that you submit the documents for enrollment as soon as possible after admission. If you do not yet have individual documents for enrollment, you can submit them up to 5 weeks after the first day of classes. However, you can only be officially enrolled once we have all required documents.

You can check the status of your application at any time in your TUMonline account.

Depending on your previous education and country of origin, we may need additional documents. A complete list of the required documents for enrollment will appear in TUMonline as soon as you have accepted your place in a degree program.

Application schedule for the winter semester

  • Online application and uploading of the required documents: 15 May to 15 July
  • Information about the result of Aptitude Assessment Stage 1 and, where applicable, an invitation to Stage 2: probably in mid-August or September. The invitation to Stage 2 will be sent at least one week before the interview.

During the degree program

The qualification profile of the bachelor’s degree program in Information Engineering is composed of the individual modules. You must earn a total of 180 credits during the degree program. These are composed of the following:

  • Required modules Informatics and Mathematics
  • Elective modules Informatics
  • Elective modules Economics
  • Seminar and practical course
  • Elective modules Extradisciplinary fundamentals
  • Thesis and colloquium

Explanations can be found below. A detailed overview of the modules can be found in the curriculum and degree chart.

After the second semester, you must have successfully completed at least two of the following four required modules:

  • Introduction to informatics
  • Fundamental practical course: programming
  • Introduction to computer architecture
  • Discrete structures

The required modules INHN0001, INHN0002 and INHN0004 are weighted with only 50% of the credits.

For the bachelor’s degree Information Engineering, you must select modules amounting to 12 credits from the elective catalog Informatics and 18 credits from the elective module catalog Economics. You will find the current elective module catalog on TUMonline. We recommend taking the elective modules from the 5th semester onwards.

You will round off your individual competence profile with modules from the area of Extradisciplinary fundamentals. You can choose from a range of soft skills events depending on your interests. You must earn at least 9 credits.

Detailed information can be found at Examinations. The respective program-specific Academic and Examination Regulations (FPSO) apply to all students. For students from the winter semester 2021/22 onwards, the program-specific Academic and Examination Regulations (FPSO) of 12 March 2021 including the amending statute of 16 December 2021 and the General Academic and Examination Regulations (APSO) apply. You will also find the documents in our Overview of all statutes and legal bases for degree programs.

To complete a bachelor’s degree, students must write a scientific paper: the bachelor’s thesis. You will have four months to do so. Registration is possible on the 15th of every month. Everything you need to know from planning to submission can be found under Thesis.

After submitting your bachelor thesis, you will present your thesis in your bachelor colloquium.

Degree

After you have completed the required number of credits and submitted your thesis, you will graduate with a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.). This will enable you to start your career or start a master’s degree program. Tips and tricks on graduation and your next steps can be found under Degree.

Recognition of achievements from previous studies

You have the possibility to apply for recognition of credits from previous studies which have been completed externally. This is possible if the knowledge and skills acquired match those of the B.Sc. Information Engineering modules and if there is no significant difference between the learning outcomes to be achieved. 

If you decide to apply for recognition of credits, please note: 

  • You can only apply once within your first year.
  • If you have registered for the exam for this module, you can no longer apply for the recognition of credits. 
  • In order to ensure that your application is complete, please follow these guidelines. Please use the application form and submit your complete application via email to the Student-Service-Center

If you have any questions regarding the application for recognition of credits, please contact us via email or visit the consultation hour