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Social Informatics specialisation

Computer science for tomorrow's world

Social Informatics specialisation (I9143-1)

In your degree with a specialisation in Social Informatics you will look at how digitalisation is changing our society and how software systems influence social groups. In doing so you will not only be looking at software from a technical viewpoint, but also evaluating social, economic and ecological aspects in the development of products.

You will be designing future-oriented software systems particularly for large user groups, for example social platforms for crowdsourcing or for customer loyalty in companies. Or you may work on concepts for digital public participation, so-called eGovernment. The development of technical systems, for example for smart homes or the automobile sector, could also be something you will work on in the future.

By specialising in Social Informatics you will gain insights into a young, forward-looking area of Computer Science that very few universities in Germany offer.

Programme structure

The following table shows the programme structure. The bachelor programme takes 7 semesters and is clearly structured. In each semester you will take 5 modules which are generally completed with a graded assessment. The foundation level studies are completed after 2 semesters, the advanced level studies after 5 semesters.

You gain practical experience already during your course through integrated projects. In the 5th semester you do an internship in a software company of your choice. If you wish you can do your 6th semester abroad - and we'll help you find a suitable university. In the 7th semester you complete your degree by writing your thesis, generally within a company.

Job description and perspectives

The need for highly-skilled IT professionals is constantly growing. IT graduates who design sustainable IT products which take the effect on man and society into consideration, are in great demand on the job market. They have excellent career perspectives and salary expectations.

Career pathways

  • Product manager for software systems and IT services
  • Strategic product management/market research

Employment sectors

  • IT firms
  • Software and communication industry
  • Service companies
  • Administration, trade

Further academic qualification - master's degree

After completing your bachelor's degree you will be qualified to take our Computer Science or Mobile Systems master's degree. With a master's degree, you will be optimally prepared to take on management responsibilities or to do a doctorate.

Social Informatics specialisation (I17965)
I can recommend the "IT Product Management" programme to anyone who wants to combine creativity with IT. Thanks to the practical nature of the course, today I can easily communicate with developers and understand the needs of users. Besides lectures and project work, the internship was a milestone in my degree programme. My 6-month internship has turned into a 2-year job.
Izzet Can Sahpaz, IT Product Management graduate 2019, currently working student in Requirements and Systems Engineering ITD/I Department, Mercedes-Benz AG