Master's Programme Software Engineering

Curriculum (2021W)

Master of Science

4 semesters / 120 ECTS-Credits

Mode of Study


Relevant bachelor's degree or equivalent and Language Certificates

Faculty of Mathematics, Computer Science and Physics

Level of qualification
Master (Second Cycle)
ISCED-11: Level 7, EQF/NQF: Level 7

0612 Databases, Network Design and Administration

Study code
UC 066 648

The curriculum is the basis of a degree programme. A look at the curriculum for the Master's Programme Software Engineering will give you a detailed overview of the structure, content, examination regulations and qualification profile of this Master's degree.

The curriculum can clarify several important questions before you start your studies. For example, which criteria have to be fulfilled for enrolment in the Master's Programme Software Engineering, how long the programme takes, which modules have to be completed and much more.

The curriculum 2021W currently applies to the Master's Programme Software Engineering.

Information on the Curriculum (2021W)

The complete version of the curriculum reflects the currently valid version of the curriculum. It is for informational purposes only and is not legally binding. The legally binding version of the curriculum, including any amendments, may be found in the University of Innsbruck Bulletins.

In order to determine which version of the curriculum is applicable in your case, see the Catalogue of Studies,
available at:
Section: Current Curriculum version.


Relevant study programmes at the University of Innsbruck:

Bachelor's Programme Computer Science

Proof of general university entrance qualification:

The general university entrance qualification for admission to a master's programme must be proven by the completion of a subject-related bachelor's programme, another subject-related programme of at least the same higher education level at a recognised domestic or foreign post-secondary educational institution, or a program defined in the curriculum of the master's programme. To compensate for significant differences in subject matter, supplementary examinations (maximum 30 ECTS credits) may be prescribed, which must be taken by the end of the second semester of the master's programme.

The rectorate may determine which of these supplementary examinations are prerequisites for taking examinations provided for in the curriculum of the master's programme.

In the course of the proof of the general university entrance qualification, the completion of the following core areas within the framework of the completed bachelor's degree programme shall be examined in any case:

  • 25 ECTS-Credits Core Area: Programming Languages and Software Engineering
  • 25 ECTS-Credits Core Area: Technik Mathematics, Natural Science, Technology
  • 25 ECTS-Credits Core Area: System Architecture
  • 25 ECTS-Credits Core Area: Applied Computer Science
  • 20 ECTS-Credits from a Specialisation

Recommended Course Sequence

The exemplary course sequence given below is recommended for full-time students beginning their study programme in the winter semester. The table shows one possible course sequence for the master's programme and is not compulsory. Delays resulting from repeated examinations are not taken into account.

The standard duration of the study programme is 4 semesters or 120 ECTS-Credits, whereby according to the Universities Act of 2002, a workload of 1,500 (real) hours per academic year must be fulfilled, corresponding to 60 ECTS-Credits (one ECTS-Credit is equivalent to a workload of 25 hours).

7.5 ECTS-Credits: CM Software Engineering
7.5 ECTS-Credits: CM Software Security Engineering
7.5 ECTS-Credits: CM Data Engineering and Analytics
7.5 ECTS-Credits: CM Research Methods of Software Engineering

10.0 ECTS-Credits: CM Advanced Topics in Software Engineering
10.0 ECTS-Credits: CM Software Engineering Project
10.0 ECTS-Credits: EM Advanced Topics of Software Security Engineering OR WM Advanced Topics of Data Engineering and Analytics

5.0 ECTS-Credits: CM Thesis Seminar Software Engineering
5.0 ECTS-Credits: CM Preparation of the Master's Thesis
10.0 ECTS-Credits: EM Current Topics in Software Engineering OR WM Interdisciplinary Skills
10.0 ECTS-Credits: EM Individual Choice of Specialisation

17.5 ECTS-Credits: Master's Thesis
2.5 ECTS-Credits: CM Master's Thesis Defense
10.0 ECTS-Credits: EM Current Topics in Software Engineering OR WM Interdisciplinary Skills

Studienverlauf_MA_Software Engineering_en

ECTS-Anrechnungspunkte (Arbeitsbelastung)
Course Sequence


Within the scope of the Master’s Programme, a Minor corresponding to 30 ECTS-Credits may be passed.

More information and a list of possible Minors can be found at:

Information about examination regulations, assessment and grading

Examination regulations

The examination regulation is an integral part of the curriculum, detailed information can be found under the paragraph examination regulations.

The grade distribution table is a statistical representation of the distribution of all successfully completed examinations in a given programme of study or subject (based on all registered students for the programme or subject). The grade distribution table is updated in regular intervals.

Austrian grading scheme Definition %-age
1EXCELLENT: Outstanding performance = 100%
2 GOOD: Generally good, but with some errors
3SATISFACTORY: Generally sound work with a number of substantial errors 100
4SUFFICIENT: Performance meets the minimum criteria
5INSUFFICIENT: Substantial improvement necessary; requirement of further work

December 2021

Overall classification of the qualification

Not applicable
Explanation: An overall classification (mit Auszeichnung bestanden/pass with distinction, bestanden/pass, nicht bestanden/fail) – is awarded only for examinations that conclude a programme of study and consist of more than one subject (an examination of this type is not specified in the curriculum of this programme of study).

Contact and Information

Examination Office
Location Technikerstraße 17

Associate Dean of Studies (from 01.03.2024)
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Aart Middeldorp

Dean of Studies (from 01.03.2024)
Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Math. Dr. Tim Netzer

Department of Computer Science

Information about the Programme (in German only)

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