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.
The degree course admits first-year students in the winter semester and in the summer semester.
Application period for the winter semester: EU applicants: 1 June–15 July; non-EU applicants: 1 April–31 May
Application period for the summer semester: EU applicants: 1 December–15 January; non-EU applicants: 1 October–30 November
- 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.
To apply for the Bachelor's degree course in Information Engineering, please use the online application process.
The following documents are important for a successful online application:
- Your VPD from uni assist (more information below)
- Your CV
- Your cover letter
- Proof of English language proficiency
You must complete the application form at myHAW and upload all the necessary documents there to submit your application.
Applications and admissions
Student Admissions and Registration Office (Studierendensekretariat)
Stiftstraße 69, 20099 Hamburg (ground floor)
T +49.40.428 75-9898
studierendensekretariat (at) haw-hamburg (dot) de
Contact us with your questions about applications and admissions
The Information Point is open at the following times:
Monday–Thursday: 10:00 am–1:00 pm
In-person office hours:
Thursday: 2:00 pm–4:00 pm
Telephone office hours:
Monday and Tuesday: 9:00 am–10:00 am
For general queries about HAW Hamburg degree courses and course choice
Student Counselling Team (Zentrale Studienberatung)
Stiftstraße 69, 1st floor, room 122
T +49 40 42875 9110
Contact person for applicants with disabilities or chronic health conditions
Meike Butenob/Dieter Röh
Stiftstraße 69, Haus 3, room 37
Tel. +49.40.428 75-7220
inklusion (at) haw-hamburg (dot) de
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Martin Lapke
Berliner Tor 7
Tel.: + 49.40.428 75-8023
ie_info (at) haw-hamburg (dot) de
International student coordinator
Berliner Tor 7
Tel.: + 49.40.428 75-8162
Fax: - 86 13
ie_info (at) haw-hamburg (dot) de
At a glance
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Starting your studies
The Information Engineering welcome ceremony will be held at
9:00 a.m. on
Wednesday, the October 04th 2023
in the main auditorium at Berliner Tor 21.
as a part of the semester orientation unit.
We are looking forward to seeing you!
Please check the website of the OU
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.
Strong math skills are critical to successful studies in Information and Electrical Engineering. For this reason, the Department of Information and Electrical Engineering offers new students the opportunity to test and refresh their knowledge in a preparatory course that runs during the 14 days before they begin their actual studies. This ensures that their skills will enable a promising start in the course. Contact: mathevorkurs-ti-ie-haw (at) gmx (dot) net.
|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|
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An internship placement of 20 weeks minimum in an industry setting is integrated into the fifth semester of the Information Engineering degree course. Information about the placement is included in the course guidelines. To obtain an official certificate outlining the requirements of the internship, please contact the internship coordinator.
Prof. Dr. Jens Ginzel
Appointments by prior arrangement
Berliner Tor 7
T +49 40 428 75-8013
jens.ginzel (at) haw-hamburg (dot) 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
Master’s options in the Department of Information and Electrical Engineering
Are you already studying in a Bachelor’s degree course in the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science and interested in one of these three Master’s courses: Automation Technology (M.Sc.), Information and Communication Technology (M.Sc.), or Microelectronic Systems (M.Sc.)?
Here you can find an overview of the entry possibilities for Bachelor’s graduates, as well as our academic advisors’ recommendations for a successful transition and what you should keep in mind during your Bachelor’s studies to prepare.
- 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 Examinations Committee)
If you have a health impairment, you may be able to apply for compensation for disadvantages (Nachteilsausgleich) 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 Examinations Committee will provide you with a form to give to your doctor (see above under 'Examination-related forms'). 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 Examinations Committee.
In the event that an examination must be interrupted due to illness, special conditions apply. More information can be obtained from the Examinations Committee.
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.
Winter semester 2023/24: 1 September 2023–31 March 2024
Lecture period: 9 October 2023–17 February 2024 (including the three-week examination period)
Christmas holidays: 25 December 2023–5 January 2024
Summer semester 2024: 1 April 2024–30 September 2024
Lecture period: 2 April 2024–27 July 2024 (including the three-week examination period)
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 semester contribution for winter semester 2023/24 is €379.
Please also transfer the amount even if you are blocked from re-registering. The block can only be lifted if you have paid the semester contribution.
New re-registration deadlines as of summer semester 2024
Winter semester: 1 July –15 September
Summer semester: 1 January –15 March
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 of €15 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
Bank: Deutsche Bundesbank
Purpose for winter semester 2023/24:
Semester code 20232 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.: 202322567890 Mustermann, Max
Berliner Tor 5
Mon–Fri 6:00 am–9:00 pm
Sat 8:00 am–8:00 pm
Berliner Tor 7
Mon–Fri 6:00 am–9:00 pm
Sat 7:00 am–8:00 pm
Berliner Tor 9
Mon–Fri 6:00 am–9:30 pm
Berliner Tor 11 + 13
Mon–Fri 6:00 am–9:30 pm
Berliner Tor 21
Mon–Fri 7:00 am–9:00 pm
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