Hasso Plattner Institute for IT Systems Engineering

Potsdam, Deutschland, Germany
Information Systems


The Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) in Potsdam holds an unique position on the landscape of German universities. The highly ranked Bachelor, Master and PhD degree programs in IT-Systems Engineering have a high practical and innovation orientation. The HPI has no tuition fees and is financed through private funds donated by its founder, Professor Hasso Plattner, who co-founded the software giant SAP. Plattner is the most important private supporter of science in Germany and will contribute to further promote this unique university-level training in IT Systems Engineering.

Bachelor Programs

Our Bachelor’s degree program in IT Systems Engineering provides students with strong practical and software-oriented computer science skills and knowledge. The study combines the foundations of software development with engineering methodology. Emphasis is therefore not only placed on the necessary theoretical background but also on hands-on expertise. HPI’s degree program is among the best in German-speaking countries and regularly earns a top place in the CHE (Centre for Higher Education) university ranking. The tuition-free program offers a first professional, academic university degree (Bachelor of Science), which is conferred together with the University of Potsdam.

Master Programs

If you already hold a Bachelor´s Degree in the field of IT Systems Engineering or in a similar equivalent field of studies, and if you have achieved excellent grades as part of that degree and are interested in our study goals and content, we look forward to receiving your application.

Our capacity is limited due to the fact that we guarantee our Master´s students small study groups and the support of an individual professor. 60 students are accepted into the Master´s Program each year. Enrollment is possible in summer and winter semester. The application deadline is January 15 for summer semester and July 15 for winter semester. Submitted applications are evaluated by the Master´s Program Admissions Board at our institute.

PhD Programs

A doctorate or PhD (Promotion) is the essential foundation of any career in the sciences. The PhD is the only degree recognised by the academic community as well as by business and industry throughout the world.

The Hasso Plattner Institute currently has about 120 doctoral candidates working on their PhDs. In order acquire a doctorate at the HPI, doctoral students are required to be registered at the University of Potsdam for the duration of their studies. The language of instruction can be either German or English depending on the student's own preference. The terms of graduation at the Hasso Plattner Institute are subject to the Doctoral Regulations (Promotionsordnung) outlined by the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at the University of Potsdam.

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