Information and Communication Technology (BSc)

What is the degree programme about?

Information and communication technology affects all areas of our lives. Without this technology, making phone calls, surfing the net and driving assistance systems would not be possible. IT also helps protect the environment and save lives, for example in new energy sources which rely on smart grids and modern medical devices.

In this degree programme students learn about a range of engineering-related topics. The unique feature of this interdisciplinary degree programme is the way in which it combines the most important elements of electronic engineering and computer science. Students also have a great deal of freedom to choose subjects according to their own interests.

By the end of the degree programme graduates are able to develop multimedia systems, intelligent power grids or faster transmission technology, for example.

What can I do with this degree?
  • The range of possible areas where graduates may pursue careers is as diverse as the content of the degree programme itself. Specialists in information and communication technology have true vision and help to shape the future, meaning that they can work in many different fields. They are not limited to a specific profession.
  • Most information and communication technology graduates find jobs at companies that provide communication services (network equipment, mobile communications, internet providers), manufacturers that produce telecommunication devices (fixed or mobile devices), network equipment providers (telephone exchanges, radio stations), computer manufacturers, or software development companies. Their expertise is also required in the automotive and electronics industries.
  • Many employers see information and communication technology as the number one factor driving innovation, meaning that graduates of this subject have excellent career prospects. In addition, starting salaries are usually very high.
What qualities and skills do I need?
  • a passion for technology
  • good knowledge of mathematics and computer science
  • good proficiency in English as this is the teaching language in some courses
Good reasons for choosing to study at FAU
  • Study plans are designed carefully and lecture theatres, laboratories and other research facilities on the Faculty of Engineering's campus are all very close to one another, ensuring you will be able to study efficiently and successfully.
  • FAU's information and communication technology lecturers have an excellent reputation internationally. Their research has received many awards.
  • The research in information and communication technology carried out at FAU is unique in Germany. Together the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits – the home of MP3 – and the Department of Electrical, Electronic and Communication Engineering form International Audio Laboratories Erlangen, the only research centre of its kind in the world, which specialises in audio and multimedia technologies.
  • FAU is involved in Medical Valley EMN, one of the most economically powerful, research-focused medical engineering clusters in the world.
  • Lecturers are part of Energie Campus Nürnberg where they work together with colleagues from other areas to find solutions to key issues that affect the future (e.g. smart grids).
  • At FAU students benefit from ideal conditions with regard to both the teaching they receive and the opportunities they have to contribute to research through project work and their final theses.
  • We run a two-week mathematics course before the start of the degree programme for all new students who would like to brush up on their knowledge.
  • Today engineering graduates are highly sought-after in the job market due to their social skills and their unique way of approaching problems. Dynamic companies in the information and communication technology sector place great importance on striking a balance between having a career and having a family.
Potential challenges
  • Information and communication technology is a discipline of engineering and this is reflected in the degree programme, where students learn how to develop innovative technical products. It is unrelated to communication studies or marketing.
  • You are required to complete work placements lasting a total of eight weeks as part of the degree programme. You will be at an advantage if you complete part of this before starting the degree programme, i.e. between finishing school and starting the first semester.
  • You will need to be able to work independently so that you can work on certain content by yourself. Teamwork and social skills are required for tutorials and laboratory work.
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Degree program 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 program: Winter Term

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Degree type: Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
Type of study: One subject Bachelor's degree programme
Location: Erlangen
Standard duration of study: 6 Semester
Start date of degree program: Winter Term
Size: (currently 1-50 Students)
Faculty: Faculty of Engineering
Admission: No Admissions Restrictions