Today's complex information processing systems require specialists with comprehensive know-how regarding the software, hardware and information technology aspects of such systems.
The international Bachelor's degree course (B.Sc.) in Information Engineering, which is taught completely in English, enables you to understand, specify, design and maintain such systems and to further specialise in the disciplines involved.
Complex systems that process various kinds of information can be found in many business and industrial sectors. In automotive systems, electronic control units process sensor output to determine the car's current stability and derive counter-measures in critical situations. User interfaces with touch panels read user inputs and control machines in the automation industry. Autonomous vehicles in automated warehouses make use of various sensor signals to find the right shelf. Smart cameras check the quality of parts and goods post-production, and wireless communication systems allow mobile devices to deliver location-based services.
All these fields need people who have the engineering know-how to design the information processing components of such systems – as software architects or designers, electronics engineers, system engineers or test and quality engineers. As an Information Engineering graduate, you could also work in (technical) marketing as a link between German companies and the markets, suppliers and business partners worldwide.
Your ability to put theoretical and state-of-the art knowledge into practice will make you very attractive to employers. Equipped with project experience gained from the first semester on, project management and business skills, and experience from a mandatory industrial placement, you will be well prepared to take on responsibility in a company.
The degree course, which has been accredited by ASIIN, is seven semesters in length, with a large part of the curriculum dedicated to practical experience in the form of lab work, student projects and a semester in industry.
- Year 1: fundametals of mathematics, electrical engineering and software construction, intercultural and language competencies
- Year 2: signals and systems, analog and digital electronics and applications, computer science and applications, economics and management
- Semester 5: industrial placement (20 weeks)
- Semesters 6/7: selected topics in computer science, computer engineering and information engineering, elective modules, Bachelor thesis
This degree course will suit you if you have a broad general interest in technology and technical systems, enjoy solving problems from mathematics and physics, and like the idea of programming and creating software solutions and understanding and advancing the electronic aspects of today’s technology. You’ll do well if you have the passion and staying power to tackle and solve complex tasks and are a rational and independent thinker.
- Higher education entrance qualification (Hochschulreife) equivalent to German Fachhochschulreife, allgemeine Hochschulreife (Abitur) or fachgebundene Hochschulreife or equivalent
- English language proficiency as demonstrated by one of the following: TOEFL (at least 550 PBT or 220 CBT, 87 IBT), IELTS (min. Band 6), BULATS (65), TELC B2-C1, Pearson (PTE General level 3, PTE Academic 59)
Alternatively, a higher education entrance qualification equivalent to an Allgemeine Hochschulreife or Fachhochschulreife from a majority English-speaking country will be accepted as proof of English language proficiency. For applicants holding a German higher education entrance qualification, a grade of at least befriedigend in English shall be deemed proof of English language proficiency.
If you completed your schooling outside Germany and want to study here for a Bachelor’s degree, you need to hold an academic school-leaving qualification which entitles you to admission to higher education; that is, it needs to be comparable to a German Abitur or Fachhochschulreife. The organisation uni assist will check your certificates from school and any degree-level studies to establish comparability.
You can find more information about HAW Hamburg’s application criteria at International applicants.
Important note: Due to the ongoing corona crisis there are some important changes in the application process:
1. We have extended the application period until 31 July 2020 for non-EU applicants; for EU-applicants until 20 August 2020.
2. As it is difficult to obtain the required proof of English language skills due to the coronavirus crisis, we will accept applications without the accepted language test results. Please note that you will need to provide a valid English test result or another accepted proof of English skills to the Student Admissions and Registration Office by the end of the winter semester 2020/21 to be able to continue your studies. Should you fail to provide the required proof before the end of the winter semester, you will be deregistered.
3. Moreover – as an exception for this year’s application period only – we will accept documents/digital copies sent to us by email should you not be able to send us the required (certified) application documents by regular mail before the end of the application period because of the coronavirus crisis. Once you have arrived in Hamburg, you will need to present certified copies or the original application documents to the Student Admissions and Registration Office by 2 November 2020 at the latest to finalise your enrolment.
4. For your information: HAW Hamburg’s winter semester 2020/2021 will begin later than usual – on 2 November 2020.
To apply for the Bachelor's degree course in Information Engineering, please follow the online application process. After completing the online application procedure, please submit
- your 'VPD' from uni assist (more information below)
- your CV
- a letter of motivation and
- your proof of English language proficiency
directly to the Student Admissions and Registration Office (see below).
The degree course admits first-year students in the winter semester only. Applications from EU applicants will be accepted 1 June–20 August and from non-EU applicants 1 April–31 July.
Applicants wishing to enter in a higher semester may apply for entry in either winter or summer semester. Applications from EU applicants will be accepted 1 December–15 January, and from non-EU applicants 1 October–30 November.
Applications and admissions
Student Admissions and Registration Office (Studierendensekretariat)
Stiftstraße 69, 20099 Hamburg (ground floor)
T +49.40.428 75-9898
Drop-in hours: Monday/Tuesday: 11:00 am–1:00 pm; Thursday: 2:00–5:00 pm
Infothek opening hours: Monday–Thursday: 10:00 am–4:00 pm; Friday: 10:00 am–1:00 pm
Advice and information by phone: Monday/Tuesday: 9:00–10:00 am; Thursday: 9:00–11:00 am
For general queries on HAW Hamburg degree courses and course choice
Student Counselling Team (Zentrale Studienberatung)
Stiftstraße 69, 20099 Hamburg, rooms 121/122
T +49.40.428 75-9110
Drop-in hours: Monday/Tuesday: 11:00 am–1:00 pm; Thursday: 2:00–5:00 pm
Advice and information by phone: Monday/Tuesday: 10:00–11:00 am; Thursday: 1:00–2:00 pm
Contact person for applicants with disabilities or chronic health conditions
Alexanderstraße 1, 20099 Hamburg, room 4.10
T +49.40.428 75-7220
Current office hours
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Martin Lapke
Berliner Tor 7
Tel.: + 49.40.428 75-8023
International Student Coordinator
Berliner Tor 7
Tel.: + 49.40.428 75-8162
Fax: - 86 13
At a glance
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Starting your studies
The date of the welcome ceremony for first-semester students will be announced well in advance. We kindly ask all first-year students to attend and to arrive on time. We wish you all the best and much success in your studies!
First-semester welcome ceremony
October 29, 2020
Zeise Kinos (Zeise Saal 1, Friedensallee 7-9, 22765 Hamburg)
8.00 Uhr - E1a Elektrotechnik und Informationstechnik
10.00 Uhr - E1b Elektrotechnik und Informationstechnik
12.00 Uhr - Regenerative Energiesysteme und Energiemanagement – Elektro- und Informationstechnik
14.00 Uhr - Information Engineering
An orientation unit will take place at the beginning of your studies. In this unit, you will receive all of the information that is important as you start your degree course, the semester groups will be assigned, and you will be registered for the computer network. It is therefore very important that you attend. You can find the dates and times on the orientation unit pages.
Information Engineering (B.Sc.) curriculum
|Module components||1st semester||2nd semester||3rd semester|
|Mathematics 1||Mathematics 1||5||8|
|Mathematics 1 - Exercises||1|
|Software Construction 1||Software Construction 1||4||7|
|Software Construction 1 - Lab||1.5|
|Electrical Engineering 1||Electrical Engineering 1||3||6|
|Electrical Engineering 1 - Lab||1|
|Learning and Study Methods 1||Learning and Study Methods 1 - Exercises||2||4 |
|Learning and Study Methods 1 - Lab||1.5|
|Learning and Study Methods 2|| |
Learning and Study Methods 2 - Lab
|Mathematics 2||Mathematics 2||5||8|
|Mathematics 2 - Exercises||1|
|Software Construction 2||Software Construction 2||3||6|
|Software Construction 2 - Lab||1|
|Electrical Engineering 2||Electrical Engineering 2||3||6|
|Electrical Engineering 2 - Lab||1|
|Electronics 1||Electronics 1||3||6|
|Electronics 1 - Lab||1|
|Intercultural Competence||Intercultural Competence||2||3|
|Learning and Study Methods 2||Learning and Study Methods 2 - Lab||1.5||2|
|Signals and Systems 1||Signals and Systems 1||3||6|
|Signals and Systems 1 - Lab||1|
|Algorithms and Data Structures||Algorithms and Data Structures||3||6|
|Algorithms and Data Structures - Lab||1|
|Electronics 2||Electronics 2||4||7|
|Electronics 2 - Lab||1.5|
|Digital Circuits||Digital Circuits||3||6|
|Digital Circuits - Lab||1|
|Economics and Management||Economics and Management||3||6|
|Economics and Management - Case Study||1|
|Module components||4th semester||5th semester||6th semester||7th semester|
|Signals and Systems 2||Signals and Systems 2||3||6|
|Signals and Systems 2 - Lab||1|
|Software Engineering||Software Engineering||3||6|
|Software Engineering - Lab||1|
|Microcontrollers - Lab||1.5|
|Digital Systems||Digital Systems||3||6|
|Digital Systems - Lab||1|
|Databases - Lab||1|
|Scientific and Project Work||Scientific and Project Work||2||4|
|Industrial Placement||Industrial Placement||-||20|
|Bus Systems and Sensors||Bus Systems and Sensors||3||6|
|Bus Systems and Sensors - Lab||1|
|Operating Systems||Operating Systems||3||6|
|Operating Systems - Lab||1|
|Digital Signal Processing||Digital Signal Processing||3||6|
|Digital Signal Processing - Lab||1|
|Digital Communication Systems||Digital Communication Systems||3||6|
|Digital Communication Systems - Lab||1|
|Elective Project 1||Elective Project 1||3||5|
|Elective Project 2||Elective Project 2||4||5|
|Elective Course 1||Elective Course 1||3||5|
|Elective Course 1 - Lab||1|
|Elective Course 2||Elective Course 2||3||5|
|Elective Course 2 - Lab||1|
|Bachelor's Thesis with Colloquium||Bachelor's Thesis with Colloquium||-||15|
Kalenderdateien für IE1:
Kalenderdateien für IE3:
Kalenderdateien für IE6:
Kalenderdateien für IE7:
An industrial placement of 20 hours per week is integrated into the fifth semester of the Information Engineering degree course. Information about the placement is included in the course guidelines.
Prof. Dr. Jens Ginzel
Appointments by prior arrangement
Berliner Tor 7
T +49 40 428 75-8013
jens.ginzel (@) haw-hamburg.de
Examinations and theses
The Faculty Service Office of the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science is responsible for all questions and formalities related to examinations.
If you want to register your thesis, the registration form must first be filled out and printed using the Student Information System (Stisys), then signed by the first supervisor and you. You then need to submit the form to the Faculty Service Office. The date on which you submit the form will be recorded as the thesis registration date.
Important: Please make sure to read the instructions BEFORE registering your Bachelor's thesis! Please also familiarise yourself with the instructions and templates for the final paper, both of which can be found below.
Elective Project 1 - CJ1 (Bachelor's project)
The CJ1 elective project is intended to give students the opportunity to work on a topic of their choosing in a team of four. Students gain experience in the application of project management methods to complex technical problems and further develop their ability to work within a team.
Application for a CJ1 elective project
- Application for a credit and grade confirmation
- Request for oral examination and minutes (in accordance with APSO-INGI)
- Authorisation to collect certificate documents
- Medical illness certificate (for presentation to the Examination Board)
If you have a health impairment, you may be able to apply for compensation for disadvantages in examinations. You can obtain more information from the representative for students with disabilities or chronic illnesses.
In the event of illness, you must submit a sick note from your doctor (Krankmeldung) to the Faculty Service Office immediately – i.e., within the three days following the examination. If a sick note is not received by the Faculty Service Office in time, you will be required to submit a medical certificate (ärztliches Attest). To ensure that a conclusive and specific certificate is submitted, the Examination Board will provide you with a form to give to your doctor. Please ensure that the certificate is filled out correctly, and especially that it contains the practice stamp and the doctor's signature.
In general, the decision about whether an illness is a valid justification for not attending an examination will be made by the Examination Board.
In the event that an examination must be interrupted due to illness, special conditions apply. More information can be obtained from the Examination Board.
In the case of a supplementary oral examination, an oral examination, or a colloquium, the examiner must be informed that the examination cannot take place due to illness.
Registration deadlines for summer semester 2020
9 March 2020, 10:00 am to 14 June 2020
9 March 2020, 10:00 am to 16 March 2020, 12:00 pm
Courses with special registration periods
9 March 2020, 10:00 am to 30 April 2020
Registration deadlines for winter semester 2020/21
Study Project (LP) and Learning and Study Methods 2 (LSL2) – special registration period
To be announced
Compulsory electives (WPs) (for winter semester 2020/21)
25 May 2020, 8:00 am–2 June 2020, 23:59 pm
Elective projects (PROs) (for winter semester 2020/21)
25 May 2020, 8:00 am–2 June 2020, 23:59 pm
IMPORTANT: Special requirement for deregistering from exams in the second examination phase of summer semester 2020!
If you wish to deregister from an exam in the Department of Information and Electrical Engineering that takes place in the second examination phase, you must do so via email by 6 September 2020: fsb_ti(@)haw-hamburg.de
For summer semester 2020, please see the offers listed on the Electives page for
Compulsory elective modules (WPs)
Elective projects (POs)
Resit examinations – winter semester 2020
Last updated: 03 September 2020
|Course||Examiner||Exam date||Location BT7/room||Registration deadline|
|IE-B4 DB Databases||U. Herster||12 October 2020; 16:00 Uhr||405||05 October 2020 by email only: email@example.com|
Interim examinations – summer semester 2020
Last updated: 3 February 2020
Summer semester 2020: 1 March 2020–31 August 2020
Lecture period: 9 March 2020–10 July 2020
First day of lectures: 9 March 2020
Last day of lectures: 10 July 2020
Winter semester 2020/21: 1 September 2020–28 February 2021
Changes to semester dates due to the corona pandemic:
|Degree courses in the Department of Nursing and Management / Department of Public Management||14 Sept 2020–30 Jan 2021|
|Bachelor's students in their second semester and higher / Master's students||12 Oct 2020–27 Feb 2021|
|First-semester Bachelor's students||2 Nov 2020–27 Feb 2021|
Christmas holidays (no lectures): 21 December 2020–1 January 2021
Summer semester 2021: 1 March 2021–31 August 2021
Lecture period: 22 March 2021–16 July 2021
(Alternative dates for degree courses in the Department of Nursing and Management and the Department of Public Management: 15 March 2021–16 July 2021)
First day of lectures: 15 March 2021 / 22 March 2021
Last day of lectures: 16 July 2021
Winter semester 2021/22: 1 September 2021–28 February 2022
Lecture period: 20 September 2021–4 February 2022
First day of lectures: 20 September 2021
Last day of lectures: 4 February 2022
Christmas holidays (no lectures): 20 December 2021–31 December 2021
Summer semester 2022: 1 March 2022–31 August 2022
Lecture period: 21 March 2022–22 July 2022
First day of lectures: 21 March 2022
Last day of lectures: 22 July 2022
To re-register for the new semester, please pay the semester contribution by bank transfer within the re-registration period. Please do not pay before the start of the re-registration period as the final amount will not be determined before this period begins.
The total semester contribution for re-registration for winter semester 2020/21 is €335.60.
Winter semester: 1 June–15 August
Summer semester: 1 December–15 February
The semester contribution must be in the HAW Hamburg account by the last day of the re-registration period at the latest!
Important: Late re-registration can result in involuntary deregistration from the university. Subsequent re-registration is only possible within the appeals period. Regardless of whether or not deregistration takes place, an additional administrative fee will be charged for late re-registration.
If you are financially unable to pay the semester contribution, you may contact the Students' Union (AStA). In warranted cases it can provide you with a loan.
Bank account information
Recipient: HAW Hamburg
Account number: 106666000
Bank: HSH Nordbank
Semester code 20202 and your student ID number (please do not leave a space in between!) last name, first name (please leave a space between the student ID number and your name!), e.g.: 202021024563 Mustermann, Karl
As soon as the semester contribution is credited to the HAW Hamburg account you can update your chip card, and with it your semester ticket for the public transport system. To do so, you must insert the chip card in a validation station.
Berliner Tor 5
Mon–Fri 6:30 am–9:00 pm
Sat 8:00 am–3:00 pm
Berliner Tor 7
Mon–Fri 6:30 am–9:30 pm
Sat 7:00 am–4:00 pm
Berliner Tor 9
Mon–Fri 6:00 am–10:00 pm
Berliner Tor 11 + 13
Mon–Fri 6:00 am–9:30 pm
Berliner Tor 21
Mon–Fri 6:00 am–9:30 pm
Sat 7:00 am–2:00 pm