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Master's Programme Software Engineering 

Faculty Faculty of Mathematics, Computer Science and Physics
Duration / ECTS-Credits 4 semesters / 120 ECTS-Credits
Academic Degree
Master of Science (MSc)
Qualification Level
Master (Second Cycle)
ISCED-11: Level 7, EQF/NQF: Level 7
ISCED-F 0612 Databases, Network Design and Administration
Mode of Study
Study Code
UC 066 648
Curriculum Information on the Curriculum (2021W) *
Language of Instruction English
Admission Requirements
Relevant bachelor's degree or equivalent and Laguage Certificates

* 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.

University Innsbruck Bulletins » (Click to open all University of Innsbruck Bulletins)


Relevant study programmes at the University of Innsbruck:

  Bachelor's Programme Computer Science

  Supplementary Programme Computer Science which extend one of the following studies »


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).

First Semester »

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

Second Semester »

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

Third Semester »

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

Fourth Semester »

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

Graphic chart »

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Qualification Profile and Skills

The Master’s Programme in Software Engineering advances and expands the knowledge and skills acquired during a relevant bachelor’s programme. In particular, it imparts the knowledge as well as the theoretical, methodological and practical skills and competences for analysing complex tasks in the field of software engineering and for implementing them in a targeted manner.

The following key competences are imparted or advanced during the Master’s Programme in Software Engineering:

  • In-depth knowledge of the methods and practices for the design, analysis, construction, testing, maintenance and operation of complex IT systems
  • Critical questioning of technologies, applications and scientific approaches in order to make well-founded, targeted and responsible decisions about their practical use
  • Ability to implement innovative and technically demanding software projects, to work responsibly in interdisciplinary teams and to act as an interface between specialist departments and development teams

The master’s programme is guided by reference to research in the areas of software engineering, data engineering, information security and IT management as well as practical issues. The language of instruction is English.

Expected Learning Outcomes

Students of the Master’s Programme in Software Engineering learn

  • methods and practices for the design, analysis, implementation, testing, maintenance and operation of complex IT systems;
  • to master of tools and processes for the implementation of innovative and technically demanding software projects;
  • in-depth technical and scientific knowledge in selected areas of software engineering;
  • the ability to critically reflect on the limits of technical solutions in order to make responsible decisions about their practical use;
  • to work in interdisciplinary teams and to act as an interface between specialist departments and development teams.

Future Prospects: Occupational Profiles and Career Opportunities

Due to their acquired qualifications, graduates can work in a wide range of professional fields in which they can take on positions with responsibility. These are in particular areas of responsibility with a focus on individual phases of the software life cycle as well as coordinating activities in the complex interaction between IT systems and organisations. Relevant roles are, for example, those of IT or system architects, product managers, software quality managers, those responsible for digitisation projects, IT consultants or IT entrepreneurs. The master’s programme also provides knowledge and skills that enable persons to carry out highly qualified and independent research work within the scope of a continuing doctoral programme.

Postgraduate and further Studies at the University of Innsbruck


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.

Description of the applied grading system (including the grade distribution table) »

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
Outstanding performance

= 100%


Generally good, but with some errors

Generally sound work with a number of substantial errors
Performance meets the minimum criteria

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). 

Information about the Programme (in German only)

Forms (in German only)

Recognitions (in German only)

Recognition of exams AND Supplementary Sheet

Contact and Information

Examination Office
Standort Technikerstraße 17 Piktogramm barrierefreier Zugang 

Associate Dean of Studies
Assoz. Prof. Dr. Cezary Kaliszyk

Dean of Studies
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Thomas Franosch

Information for students with disabilities  

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