South Westphalia University of Applied Sciences


Welcome to South Westphalia University of Applied Sciences!

Small tutorial groups and individual support is the formula for success at South Westphalia University of Applied Sciences. Outstanding facilities and a focus on modern and pioneering courses and research - embark on a successful professional career here.

Top rankings

South Westphalia University of Applied Sciences and its study course Business Administration with Informatics has been ranked amongst the leaders in the well-known "University ranking list" produced by the Centre for Higher Education Development (CHE) in conjunction with "DIE ZEIT" weekly newspaper.

A wide variety of courses yet still a personal feel

With 12,000 students registered on 51Bachelor and Masters courses and eight faculties, South Westphalia University of Applied Sciences is one of the largest of its kind in North Rhine Westphalia. Despite this, it is a friendly studying environment at its campuses in Hagen, Iserlohn, Meschede, Soest, as well as Lüdenscheid since the 2010/2011 winter term. Professors are always willing to listen, everyone gets involved and successes are celebrated together.

Specialists and leaders for business

We train qualified specialists and leaders in the fields of engineering, natural sciences, information technology, business administration and agricultural economics. It's not just the kudos that the former institutions enjoyed that makes for successful graduates. A close network with collaborative partners from business, associations and institutions offers positive prospects for a successful start to a professional career and a happy life.

Tailor-made study packages for each stage of your training and career

Studying is based, now as before, on classic full-time attendance courses. However, we have developed tailor-made forms of study around this for every stage of your training and career.

Collaboration and networks extending far beyond the economic region of South Westphalia

South Westphalia University of Applied Sciences is the contact for industry, agriculture and trade in many of the latest technology and process sectors. Research and business are successfully linked to each other in common projects and as business partners for innovative and technological advice.

Research and development for tomorrow and beyond

Research, development and studying here is very application-oriented. We look for technological solutions for tomorrow and beyond working for and with industry. Associated research and (technology) transfer institutes are networked with South Westphalia University of Applied Sciences in the main research areas of computer sciences, information and communication technology, optical technologies, materials science and production engineering, environmental and energy research, sustainable agriculture, as well as bio- and nanotechnology. South Westphalia University of Applied Sciences participates on three platforms of expertise and, consequently, is successful within the economic region of South Westphalia and has national and international recognition.

Thinking and acting on an international scale

In the age of global networking, it is crucial to think and act on an international scale. This is the basis of our teaching and research. International collaboration also provides for work experience overseas, as well as the exchange of lecturers and students. Several courses are taught completely in English.

We take our social research assignments and lectureships very seriously, not just for the economic region of South Westphalia but more so for the people who work, study and live here.

We act as a catalyst!

Location - where you can find us

Our institution consists of five units, located in Hagen, Iserlohn, Lüdenscheid, Meschede and Soest. The study programs published on this website will take place in the ancient Hanseatic City of Soest. It is home to a wide range of successful companies and research facilities. Located between the densely populated and highly industrialized metropolises of the Ruhr area and the rural hills and forests of the Sauerland low mountain ranges, it offers numerous possibilities for exploring either big cities like Dortmund, Düsseldorf and Cologne or the many recreational possibilities of the beautiful countryside.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
  • German

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Systems Engineering and Engineering Management (M.Sc.)

Campus 3 semesters October 2017 Germany Soest

The programme aims to deepen and broaden the research potential and the knowledge base of graduate engineers [+]

Objectives of the Course The programme aims to deepen and broaden the research potential and the knowledge base of graduate engineers. The programme builds on the well-established first-degree (Dipl. Ing.) courses especially in Electrical, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. These courses in Engineering are regarded as a foundation and the Masters Programme will provide advanced and special education extending from this base. The course aims to provide research education in electronic systems and engineering management for graduates from backgrounds in mechanical, electrical and manufacturing engineering. The course will incorporate modern electronic technology and a major non-technological element (management science) because it is highly relevant to use of both strands in the new M.Sc., as they are important aspects of modern industrial and engineering practice and research. This programme will provide advanced specialist education equipping graduates with the skills to integrate electronic technology, control systems design and digital signal processing in a wide variety of industrial applications and research topics. Entrance Requirements The necessary qualification for the study course Systems Engineering and Engineering Management has to be proven by a) a degree (bachelor or diploma) in a course of studies of at least seven semesters b) or a bachelor´s degree in a course of studies of six semesters PLUS one semester of additional qualification according to the conditions of the Board of Examiners. Enrolment at the Fachhochschule Südwestfalen during this additional qualification is limited to one semester, a good knowledge of the English language: the command of the English language has to be testified by a TOEFL test in which at least 213 points in the computer based test (CBT) or 80 points in the internet based test (iBT) were obtained, or by a comparable test, proof of ability: the ability for the master course is considered as adduced if the applicant has completed the previous mentioned course of study (bachelor or diploma) with a good result (at least comparable to the German grade "Gesamtnote Gut"). In all other cases ability has to be proven through an aptitude test; closer information on this test as well as on the entrance requirements in general is given from the faculty. [-]


International Management & Information Systems (M.A.)

Online & Campus Combined Full time 3 semesters April 2017 Germany Soest

The Master of Arts degree in International Management & Information Systems (IMIS) prepares students for leadership roles in a globalized economy where the intelligent use of IT systems is becoming a critical success factor. [+]

Objectives of the Course The Master of Arts degree in International Management & Information Systems (IMIS) prepares students for leadership roles in a globalized economy where the intelligent use of IT systems is becoming a critical success factor. The English-language degree course is meeting this demand by offering a two-fold qualification where IT-related subjects such as Integrated Information Systems, Business Intelligence, Electronic Business and Management Information Systems are coupled with key Business Administration competencies including Marketing Management, Entrepreneurship, Innovation Management, Finance and Accounting. State-of-the-art technologies allow for distance-learning opportunities and an optional integrated study abroad or practical experience semester provide students with additional career prospects. Degree profile The degree program focusses on the integrated acquisition of IT and leadership skills to address the increasing importance of information technology in (internationally) linked businesses: • the support of International Management through IT and • the management of Information Technology systems across international boundaries. Accordingly, the degree program emphasizes two core areas, each with their individual diverse applications and methods: • IT competencies in Integrated Information Systems, Electronic Business, Business Intelligence and Information Management • Management competencies in Marketing Management, Entrepreneurship, Innovation Management as well as Finance & Accounting. English-language, internationally focussed course content as well as partnerships with international universities provide students with a truly international experience. Study duration and enrollment The program "International Management & Information Systems" (IMIS) builds upon the Bachelor’s degree course “Business Administration with Informatics”. The standard course duration is three semesters with a total of 90 credits including 20 credits for the Master’s thesis (incl. colloquium) and additional 5 credits allotted to a block course covering research methods for the Master’s thesis. [-]