Department of Information Systems

Cologne, NRW, Germany
Information Systems


The department of Information Systems at the University of Cologne is designed to prepare students for technical and managerial careers. We research and teach the social and technical design, development, implementation, and management of state-of-the-art computer-based and web-based business information systems.

Our mission is to educate capable professionals who can effectively develop, manage, and enhance business information systems for better operations and decision making within an increasingly digitalized business environment.

In Cologne, Information Systems focuses on four main research areas:


  • ·         Information Systems and System Development
  • ·         Information Systems and Information Management
  • ·         Integrated Information Systems
  • ·         Digital Transformation and Analytics


A further important component is the cooperation with the Center for Collective Intelligence, Sloan School of Management, Cambridge (USA) in the field of Information Systems and Information Management.


Our main objectives in research are:


  • ·         (the advancement of) theories, methods and tools obtaining intersubjectively verifiable knowledge about Information Systems
  • ·         the design of Information Systems as well as the necessary (further) development of concepts, procedures, models, methods, tools and (modeling) languages
  • ·         the achievement of a real-world understanding of use, acceptance, management and controllability of Information Systems as well as their respective system elements


  • ·         the primarily economically science-based assessment of risk, benefit and economies of scale in the design and implementation of Information Systems and the changes in value added processes as well as the associated strategic and organizational impacts on individuals, groups, businesses, industries and economic areas
  • ·         the prognosis of technical and non-technological developments and the impact of the use of Information Systems


The study of Information Systems is not without reason of great, ever-growing popularity: the focus is on the development and application of information and communication systems in business enterprises. The courses combine theoretical knowledge of many disciplines with the application-oriented orientation towards system solutions for operational challenges. In many working and living world contexts, with its innovative power, business informatics makes an important contribution to the product and (business) process design under economic conditions.

Information Systems is not only exciting but also strongly in demand on the labor market. Our graduates are successfully employed in various sectors (business consulting, management of system development and information management) and internal areas. They act at the interface between business processes and the technically embedded system environment.

These unique professional perspectives are also confirmed by consistently high positioning in rankings such as the “Wirtschaftswoche”, which surveys HR departments of German companies to find out which universities they consider the best.

Studying in an open minded city in the heart of Europe offers many possibilities.

Bachelor Programs

This bachelor’s programme in Information Systems is a combined course in cooperation with the Faculty for Mathematics and Natural Sciences which is administered by the Faculty of Management, Ecomomics and Social Sciences (in short: WiSo Faculty). The standard period is six semesters with 180 ECTS.

This field combines theoretical knowledge of various disciplines with the application oriented alignment with system solutions for corporative challenges. The discipline of Information Systems and its innovative strength is essential to develop solutions in product- and process design of businesses under economic conditions in many working contexts.

Master Programs

The master’s programme consists of 120 ECTS and is designed as a 4-semester full-time programme. It is a consecutive master degree based on a bachelor degree within the field of Information Systems. The Core and Advanced Section of the master programme contains 18 credit points. This area covers the methodological and content-specific basics of information systems. The Specialisation Section, where students altogether complete 48 credit points, includes modules from information systems and computer sciences as well as two specialisation seminars. The Supplementary Section serves as an additional section to develop a more specific profile – either by deepening and specialising or by diversifying knowledge. Altogether an area of 24 credit points has to be completed, in which modules from business administration, economics and social sciences are available to students.

For those interested in research, a doctoral programme under the supervision of one of the chairs in Information Systems is possible. As a fast track option, courses that are credited within the promotion are already possible during the master’s programme.


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