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Hof University Graduate School

Software Engineering for Industrial Applications M.Eng.

You already earned a Bachelor in Software Engineering or Computer Science and gathered some professional experience? You feel a need for deeper knowledge of software management and engineering tasks, especially for earning a leading position?

Then our M. Eng. program in Software Engineering for Industrial Applications is just right for you. Kick-start your career with our perfect interdisciplinary toolbox of knowledge and skills in outstanding technological competence, software management and engineering skills.


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Our web technology-, development- and software management oriented modules enable you to develop industrial applications for companies all over the world.

We also focus on strategic knowledge in software and project management. Our teaching methods include various modern methods such as cloud-computing and international projects with our partner universities.

With this Master’s program, you gain

  • a unique Master’s degree at the interface of management and technology with the degree M.Eng.
  • a perfect interdisciplinary toolbox of knowledge and skills for complex management and engineering tasks in the field of software development
  • German language skills of at least level A2 at graduation.

In addition, you benefit from

  • an innovative mix of teaching methods - virtual learning, blended learning, simulations and case studies
  • development of your intercultural competence,
  • valuable work experience gained during the internship semesters.

As a graduate, you...

  • have excellent career perspectives in various fields, e.g. web technology projects, component-oriented software development or software design
  • most likely find an interesting and well-paid position immediately after graduation to due a high demand for skilled software engineers in Germany
  • are predestined to work in international software project teams

You are ready to work as

  • Software Developer
  • Software Engineer
  • Software Quality Manager
  • Software Change Manager
  • Industrial IoT Systems Developer

All our programs are practice-oriented, interactive and multimedia-based. Teaching is based on application-oriented knowledge and is supported by projects with industry, site visits and interaction with experts. Case studies as well as real-life business examples contribute to profound insights into the theoretical knowledge.

Our professors (all with PhD) and lecturers are experts in their respective fields bringing together solid scientific understanding with valuable professional experience. Thus, the knowledge transfer from business life to the classroom is ensured.

In addition, we have a strong focus on career promoting activities for students (e.g. career talks, job fairs, seminars and trainings). A three-day team-building event is a highlight for our third and fourth semester students. It includes an industrial visit and is a great opportunity for students and professors to meet outside the campus. Through an intensive exchange of ideas and networking, a connection is established beyond the point of graduation.

The standard period of study is 4 semesters.

  • The first two semesters provide practice orientated theory (case studies, excursions, expert meetings…).
  • The third and fourth semester is spent working as an intern in the industry to gain more practical experience.  The Master’s thesis has to be written during this time as well.

After successful completion of the program, Hof University awards the academic degree Master of Engineering (Eng.).

Semester 1 and 2: praxis-oriented theory

Basic modules (all mandatory)

  • Project management
  • Software engineering
  • Communication and negotiation skills
  • Internet of things

Core modules (all mandatory)

  • Component oriented software engineering
  • Advanced programming
  • Concept and tools for application development
  • Practical studies - Industry 4.0
  • Non-relational data bases
  • Applied cloud computing

Electives (select two)

  • German language A1 *
  • German language A2 *
  • Analytical information systems
  • Mobile computing
  • Recent trends in software engineering

* mandatory with German level of A1 at the point of admission  (higher levels available)

Semester 3 and 4: Internship and Master's thesis

  • practical work-experience
  • Master‘s thesis with a company

For an admission in this Master program, you need to fulfill the following admission criteria:

Academic requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree in software engineering or similar from an accredited university, at least 180 ECTS or equivalent (depending on home country)
  • One year ofwork experience
  • Letter of motivation

Language requirements

You need to prove your proficiency in English. This can be done with either of the following:

  • TOEFL minimum 90
  • IELTS 6.5 or above

By the beginning of the internship, all students have to prove that they are at a A2 German language level. The German language level A2 can be reached during the studies in Hof.

For further information please check our application guide.

All applications must be done via our online application portal Primuss.

  • The application period for winter intake is between April 15 and May 31.
  • The application period for summer intake is between November 05 and November 30.
  • An admission committee intensively scrutinizes all applications and decides about final admission. Admission letters will be issued in June for winter intake and December for summer semester intake.

If you have any questions concerning the application process, please contact admission(at)


A unique feature of our M.Eng. is that students spend the second year doing a paid practical internship in industry (e.g. in an IoT- or web technology or software development project).

The Master thesis is also project-based and done in cooperation with a company. Thus, you can immediately apply your knowledge, gain profound professional experience and earn money at the same time.

Career Service

Software Engineering for Industrial Applications

Degree awarded
Graduate School
4 semesters
Winter and summer semester
Application period

Winter semester: April 15 - May 31

Summer semester: November 5 - November 30

Tuition fees
3,300 € per semester
Language of instruction

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Student Affairs - Program manager

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