Where the technological, organisational and entrepreneurial aspects of software development meet, you enter the exciting world of Software Engineering and Management
At the heart of complex, multidimensional organisations, software engineering involves more than just the development of modern information systems. Consequently, software engineers need to move beyond the boundaries of their job-specific expertise and enhance their professional profiles by acquiring managerial and interpersonal competences. Software engineers who aim to be future business leaders should not only possess such multiple skills, but should be able to translate theoretical knowledge into business practices, engender interdisciplinary dialogues and communicate successfully in an international and intercultural environment.
The M.Sc. Software Engineering and Management has been tailored to the needs of students who are interested in interdisciplinary approaches and seek a good foundation for their future careers.
The global world is characterised by steadily expanding world-wide networks, on the one hand, and a global shortage of IT experts, on the other. As a result, there is a growing demand for software engineers who can look forward to well-paid positions in industry. Thus, the job prospects for Master students in this field are highly promising.
Prospective employers of our graduates are internationally operating companies which require a broad range of skills as well as specific expertise in software development. Alternatively, job openings may be provided by small and medium-sized enterprises which develop software solutions for larger companies. Finally, by successfully completing this Master programme, our graduates will be well equipped to set up their own business or to develop and perform software projects all over the world.
Job prosperity in software engineering not only depends on subject knowledge but also on project and change management experience. Moreover, intercultural and interpersonal competences are crucial for software engineers who seek to take appropriate management decisions and to act confidently and responsibly in a challenging business environment.
For this reason, the Faculty of Informatics has designed this postgraduate programme to qualify first-degree graduates for management and leadership positions in international IT organisations. This course has been created in close consultation with business, industry and the engineering professions to ensure the employability of the prospective graduates. Cooperating companies are, inter alia, AUDI AG, Daimler AG, Bosch Engineering GmbH, Würth GmbH and SAP AG.
Heilbronn University has appointed a body of notable academics who possess unique competences that derive from their qualifications and professional experience. They have all worked in industry or commerce and understand, at first hand, the challenges presented by a global business world. Moreover, most tenured lecturers are involved in (inter)national research projects. Academic partnerships and exchange programmes with a number of universities all over the world allow our students to gain experience in an international software engineering context. Such partner institutions are Edinburgh Napier University in Scotland, Dundalk Institute of Technology in Ireland and the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia in Spain. These partnerships may include projects with virtual international student teams as well as video conferences and other form of on-line collaboration.
The Master of Software Engineering and Management can be obtained in 3 semesters.
The first two semesters cover the following four major areas providing a sound theoretical basis in each field and preparing students for a number organisational and leadership tasks in international software engineering organisations.
- Computer Science
- Applied Software Engineering
- Information Systems in Business
- Leadership, Intercultural and Interpersonal Competences
The final semester is dedicated to the Master Thesis which is accompanied by a colloquium.
The thesis may deal with a topic of interest motivated by contemporary research or be commissioned by a cooperating organisation. Each thesis is supervised by two examiners one of whom may be an external professional.
SPECIFIC PROGRAMME FEATURES
The M.Sc. Software Engineering and Management offers a number of specific benefits and assets such as
- lectures delivered exclusively in English,
- a favourable student-lecturer ratio,
- an interdisciplinary curriculum,
- integration of management and engineering practices,
- a clearly structured and timeefficient schedule,
- sustained teaching quality by systematic student appraisal,
- state-of-the-art facilities,
- innovative forms of teaching,
- creative forms of learning, e.g. problem-based and blended learning.
Using case studies and working in teams not only improves analytical and problem solving capacities but familiarizes them students with methodological and creative problem solving techniques and the relational skills which are vital for future business leaders.
Successful applicants fulfil the following entry requirements:
- An excellent or good German(average grade of 2.5 or less) or European Bachelor degree (minimum 210 ECTS) or an equivalent international qualification (attested by an ASK certificate) in Computer Science or a closely-related field. Candidates who have obtained 180 ECTS for their first degree can acquire an extra 30 ECTS in appropriate Bachelor programmes at Heilbronn University.
- An excellent or good German, European or International Bachelor degree in any other field if applicants can provide proof of additional course-related educational or vocational experience acquired in the previous three years.
- A high level of proficiency in English attested by the following scores: TOEFL pbt: 550; cbt: 213; ibt: 79; IELTS: 6.0 or CAE: minimum C; Results must not be older than 2 years.
Why study at Heilbronn University?
Heilbronn, a location of choice Heilbronn University is located in the heart of a bustling economic region at a convenient distance from the commercial and cultural hubs of Stuttgart, Mannheim and Heidelberg. Its three campuses in Heilbronn, Künzelsau und Schwäbisch Hall span the central Neckar region in which they embody the spirit of teaching, learning and research. Formerly a School of Engineering, Heilbronn University has prospered and developed into one of the major Institutes of Higher Education in Baden-Württemberg, providing not only innovative research but also attractive academic study programmes which are aligned to the economic heartbeat of the country. The university off ers over 46 vocationally-oriented as well as knowledgebased Bachelor and Master courses up to 8,000 students in the fi elds of Engineering, Business Studies and Information Technology.
A partner of commerce and industry The greater Heilbronn area is renowned for its successful companies, many of which support Heilbronn University. In the past two decades, the close collaboration has engendered a series of future-focused, interdisciplinary study programmes which have been added to the traditionally region-specifi c courses of Heilbronn University so that it now qualifi es its students for regional, national and international organisations. International networks Heilbronn University has forged sustainable links with more than 100 reputable international univer sities enabling students to gain interpersonal and intercultural experience while improving their linguistic profi - ciency in a foreign language. Student mobility is further assisted by the university’s International Offi ce and by the academic coordinators of each faculty who advise students on the study programmes pursued abroad.
An excellent learning environment Heilbronn University has placed research and instruction at the heart of its activities while committing to creating optimal conditions for knowledge transfer and learning. More than 300 lecturers and members of staff ensure a learning environment in which the students can thrive and prove their academic mettle. This is enhanced by a favourable teacherlearner ratio which results, inter alia, in effi cient teamwork and highly satisfactory learning outcomes. The modern language programme on off er comprises mandatory modules in Arabic, English and Russian as well as optional classes in Spanish, French, Italian and German as a foreign language.
A family-friendly place of study In order to support students with small children, Heilbronn University runs a day-care and crèche service which is available fi ve days a week throughout the year. For this reason, the university has repeatedly received the prestigious German award of “Family-Focused Institution of Higher Education”.
Heilbronn: a city for students
Heilbronn is a vibrant regional centre which enjoys a diverse cultural scene including concerts, theatre, cinema, literature readings, art exhibitions, and other cultural events. Heilbronn city centre, with its newly designed pedestrian precinct, off ers a great opportunity to enjoy leisurely walks and shopping expeditions. A large number of cafés, beer gardens, pubs and excellent restaurants invites visitors and locals to relax and enjoy their culinary delights. Active students fi nd a large number of clubs where they can pursue their favourite sports. Public parks and promenades along the river Neckar are ideally suited for walking, cycling and inline skating. Students can also keep fi t in public swimming pools, on ice rinks and in climbing halls. In other words, the name of Heilbronn stands for quality of life. Forests, vineyards and parks are characteristic of the town and its surroundings. Heilbronn is famous for its outstanding wines which can be sampled by visitors and locals alike in cosy rural wine taverns and at the annual local wine festivals.
Heilbronn has excellent rail and motorway connections providing swift access to the major cities of the area. Students also benefi t from a low-cost regional travel card which covers the university’s three campuses and the greater Heilbronn area. Heilbronn forms part of Franconia, a German region which is steeped in history and cultural traditions. The economic signifi cance of HeilbronnFranconia is impressive too. Local enterprises have produced many global brand leaders and export their innovative products to over 80 countries. Companies such as Audi, Bausparkasse Schwäbisch Hall, Berner, Bechtle, Bosch, Bürkert, ebm-pabst, Lidl & Schwarz, Mustang, Optima Stahl, Würth and Ziehl-Abegg, which have conquered the world’s markets, have their roots in this region. This inspiring entrepreneurial network, maintained and fostered by Heilbronn University, provides students and grad - uates with exciting international employment opportunities and career paths.
International Student Services Whenever possible, students are allocated a room in the university’s student halls. All students have access to a constantly up-dated database listing furnished and reasonablypriced apartments which they can rent. Heilbronn University welcomes students who have special needs. They are given individual advice tailored to their needs on contacting the International Offi ce. In addition the following support is off ered to students:
- free membership in faculty-basedstudent organisations,
- detailed advice on handling residence permits and opening a personal bank account,
- guided tours to sites of particular interest,
- on-campus German classes,
- assistance in fi nding work placements and temporary jobs,
- preferential access to cultural events,
- ccess to university library services and the internet,
- information on the scholarships available to international students
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Last updated February 25, 2016