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Computer Science (BSc)

What is the degree programme about?

Are you inquisitive and creative and do you like working in a team to solve exciting problems? If this is the case, the Computer Science degree programme could be the right choice for you. Computer science is not just about learning to program and dealing with hardware and software. It is an interdisciplinary field that deals with technical, organisational and social issues in the development and use of information systems.

During your studies you will learn how to analyse real problems and situations and use IT systems to solve them. Typical questions that computer scientists may work on include

  • How can doctors use a PC without touching it (e.g. during surgery)?
  • How can cars warn drivers of hazards in the future?
  • Can computer simulations help us develop more effective power sources?

At the beginning of the degree programme you will revise and strengthen your knowledge of computer science from school. Building on this knowledge you will then learn about processes and strategies used to solve many different kinds of problems in a structured way.

What can I do with this degree?

As a computer science student you will learn to solve different kinds of problems, think analytically and solve issues involving a combination of logics and mathematics. These skills will make you a highly-sought after graduate, as the methods you learn will enable you to adapt to new ways of thinking and working in almost all areas of industry and the economy. This means that a wide range of possible professions will be open to you. Here are a few examples:

  • developer for special effects software for film productions
  • technical manager for the improvement of search machine algorithms
  • product manager for IT solutions for companies and service providers
  • developer for software components and hardware in the automotive industry
  • administrator and systems engineer for networked computer systems
  • researcher and lecturer at universities and schools
  • software consultant for innovation, project and process management
  • software specialist for medical device development
  • security expert for the development of secure IT systems
  • developer for IT systems for analysis and optimisation in sports
What qualities and skills do I need?

To study this degree programme you should enjoy:

  • analysing and modelling complex problems
  • solving problems in logic and mathematics
  • working in a team

Ideally you should also:

  • be familiar with basic programming paradigms
  • be interested in technical topics
  • be creative and motivated
Good reasons for choosing to study at FAU

The benefits of the Computer Science degree programme at FAU include:

  • the wide range of possible specialisations
  • many possible minor subjects
  • freedom to choose your own specialisations
  • computer science is part of the Faculty of Engineering
  • the campus is easy to get around and different departments are close to one another
  • a large number of partnerships with companies (e.g. Siemens, Audi, IBM) and universities in other countries (e.g. Stanford University, ETH Zürich, Imperial College London)
  • great career prospects for graduates
  • many opportunities to gain work experience during your studies
  • active student representatives who ensure students' opinions are heard
Potential challenges
  • Computer science is not just about programming – it is much more complex.
  • Computer scientists do not always work by themselves in front of a computer – discussions with other people are a regular part of professional life.
  • We recommend that you take the course on Java programming that FAU offers before the start of the lecture period.
Degree programme start date and application deadlines

The FAU website provides an overview of the current application deadlines as well as information on the selection process and how to apply.

Start date of degree programme: Winter Term

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Degree type: Bachelor of Science (BSc)
Type of study: One subject Bachelor's degree programme
Location: Erlangen
Standard duration of study: 6 Semester
Start date of degree programme: Winter Term
Language: German
Admission: No Admissions Restrictions
Size: (100-199 Students)
Early entrance programme: yes
Part-time study: no
Faculty: Faculty of Engineering