Successful, practical and project-oriented

The focus of the programme is the development of business applications and their integration into heterogeneous environments. Emphasis is put on current topics, e.g. networking of companies, e-business applications and evaluation of customer information (customer relationship management). An architecture can be both between applications (internal to business and between businesses) and between structures within an application.

Applications architects develop IT applications and consult in the networking and integration of existing systems. Specialization on software and systems architecture in this way is not offered at any other German university. The Business Application Architectures master's programme at HFU prepares students in three semesters in a focused manner for the tasks of an application architect in companies. The programme provides broad-based know-how and know-why.

Programme structure

Programme content
Details of programme (I9079-1)

The Business Application Architectures master’s degree programme is tailored to fulfil business demand for software and systems architects. It provides specialised technical and business administration skills related to the design, construction, and deployment of modern technologies and architectures. Core competencies in the fields of software, systems and business are acquired during two theoretical semesters and one thesis semester.

Semester 1: 3 mandatory modules (2 modules of 9 ECTS each, 1 module of 12 ECTS)
Semester 2: Choice of elective modules (3 modules of 9 ECTS each and 1 module of 3 ECTS)
Semester 3: Thesis work (either externally in industry or at the University)

Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes - subject knowledge and skills

  • Ability to find optimal solutions for complex IT architectures in an increasingly networked business world using the latest IT architecture methods and technologies from the workplace and science
  • Analysis and implementation of the core corporate functions of application systems using practical and scientific developments
  • Application of design and development methods and operation of application architectures
  • Structure and organization of large SW projects
  • Understanding of the interdisciplinary aspects of IT management

Learning outcomes - transferable skills

  • Ability to plan, execute and manage application architecture projects
  • Ability to learn new information and skills quickly and carry out academic work (also as a basis for lifelong learning and doctoral work, and the spoken and written communication of scientific results)
  • Ability to apply design and communicative skills when dealing with the differing priorities of diverse stakeholders (customers, project leaders and developers) 
  • Decision-making and problem-solving skills in projects
  • Soft skills for self-management, project management and teamwork
  • Reflective manner in dealing with others, teamworking skills and ability to deal with ethical and intercultural challenges

Learning outcomes - employability skills

  • Training as IT architect familiar with the life cycle of application systems
  • Ability as a junior architect to design applications of moderate complexity or work with senior architects to develop large-scale systems. With several years of professional experience, ability to work independently.
  • Development of IT architectures and business applications systems
  • Consulting on networking and integration of existing systems
  • Implementation of solutions for information management and business architectures
Allocation of places

Allocation of places

The study places available will be allocated equally between international and German students. If either quota is not filled, it may be filled with students from the other category.