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Computer Science

Bachelor

Are you passionate about IT and software development? Become an expert in your field – study for a BSc degree in Computer Science online.

Online Studies

Start your career's next successful chapter with a 5-star education from IU

Get your application in before December 15 and you can save up to US$1,399.

Apply now

Choose a fully accredited study program and set yourself up for success. At IU, you’ll join over 100.000 students from all over the world. And the best part? You’ll develop job-ready skills in a practical setting — so you’ll have a real advantage in your industry.

*You can start any time.
*This discount is only available for the online studies model.

Overview

Start your online Bachelor in Computer Science

Computer Science is undergoing rapid change and allows you to be at the cutting edge of technological advancements. Digital development and other IT topics such as big data will have a huge impact on the future of our society, which means that experts in this field are in great demand.

Whether you have IT or an industry that uses IT in mind, the online BSc Computer Science programme will teach you all the knowledge and skills you need for a successful start in the IT job market.

One particular focus of the BSc Computer Science programme is software engineering. This is currently the most important sub-discipline of computer science, and it can be applied in many jobs across a wide range of industries. You'll build a broad knowledge base complemented by courses like cyber security, data science, and artificial intelligence. Enhance your career with additional skills in data security, project management, and IT law.

Your online degree summed up

All the facts and figures about your study programme at a glance
Study model
Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
180 ECTS
Language: English
Dual degree: Available
Study duration & extension
36 - 72 months (depending on time model)
Free of charge extension period
Start online studies: any time
Tuition fees
Starting from € 199 (US$ 209)* per month

*based on the exchange rate from 01.12.2022 09:05 AM (CET)
Accreditation
180 ECTS - English
Accredited in line with German and European standards
ZFU 1113720c
Past education recognised
Save time and earn your degree faster by having your previous achievements/experience recognised
100 % flexible

You decide where and when you want to study

Versatile & Innovative

Your digital learning journey with personal support!

Top-Level Education

First-class study programmes with a recommendation rate of 96 %

Study contents

Online course overview

First of all, you’ll lay the foundations with introductory classes on programming, academic writing, and mathematics. Afterwards, in the computer science modules, you'll deal with core topics such as databases, algorithms, and theoretical computer science.

In addition, you’ll expand and deepen your skillset with core areas of software engineering. These include modules such as requirements engineering, software quality assurance, and IT service management. Courses on IT security and IT law, agile project management, and current issues in computer science will round off your studies.

The order of courses presented below is for the online studies model of this programme.

Semester 1
ModuleECTS

Introduction to Computer Science

5

Introduction to Academic Work

5

Mathematics I

5

Object-oriented Programming with Java

5

Data Structures and Java Class Library

5

Intercultural and Ethical Decision-Making

5

Semester 2
ModuleECTS

Mathematics II

5

Web Application Development

5

Collaborative Work

5

Statistics - Probability and Descriptive Statistics

5

Computer Architecture and Operating Systems

5

Project: Java and Web Development

5

Semester 3
ModuleECTS

Database Modeling and Database Systems

5

Project: Build a Data Mart in SQL

5

Requirements Engineering

5

Computer Networks and Distributed Systems

5

Algorithms, Data Structures, and Programming Languages

5

IT-Service Management

5

Semester 4
ModuleECTS

Project: IT Service Management

5

Theoretical Computer Science and Mathematical Logic

5

Introduction to Programming with Python

5

Software Quality Assurance

5

Specification

5

Project: Software Engineering

5

Semester 5
ModuleECTS

Seminar: Current Topics in Computer Science

5

Introduction to Data Protection and IT Security

5

Cryptography

5

Electives A

10

Electives B

5

Semester 6
ModuleECTS

Electives B

5

Agile Project Management

5

IT Law

5

Computer Science and Society

5

Bachelor Thesis

10

Electives overview

Electives A & B

In your 5th & 6th semester, you'll need to choose three elective modules in total, which you can choose from one of the following modules:

ModuleECTS

Mobile Software Engineering

10

Big Data and Cloud Technologies

10

Business Intelligence

10

Software Engineering with Python

10

IT Project and Architecture Management

10

Salesforce Platform Management*

10

Salesforce Platform Development

10

Studium Generale*

10

Internship*

10

*If you decide to take this elective, you will not qualify for the dual degree at LSBU.

Admission

Entry requirements

How To Start Your Degree with the Online Degree Saver Programme:

Once you've enrolled and started on your studies, you'll have access to a part of your courses, based on the time model you choose. You will be registered as a student only after 50% of the total ECTS have been successfully completed. Then you will gain access to the rest of your courses, and will be able to finish your degree.

The admissions documents must be provided in English or German, if they were not issued in one of these two languages, a translation is required. If you need to translate your documents, we can help refer you to our trusted translation partners. You can find more details here.

General academic requirements
  • Higher Secondary School Leaving Certificate such as A-Levels or IB Diploma and your transcript of records.
  • A subject-related higher education entrance qualification.

Depending on your qualifications, you might have to meet additional requirements, such as successfully passing a university entrance examination or one of the following programmes to make sure you are ready to study with us:

  • Bachelor Entrance Examination (included in Online Degree Saver Programme)

Please get in touch with our Study Advisory Team to find out the exact requirements applicable for your application.

English language skills

At IU, we teach in English to prepare you for the international work market. Therefore, we ask you to provide us with a proof of your English language skills. 

Is English your native language or have you graduated from an English-speaking school or university? Then you do not need to prove your English language skills. 

You can prove your English skills with an English B2 level certificate (no older than 5 years). Don’t have this at hand? No problem! You can quickly get your English certified with Duolingo. 

  • Take the online test in just 45 to 60 minutes 
  • Receive your certified results within 2 days 
  • Save valuable money and time 

Find out if the Duolingo test is suitable for you. Click here to try it for free. In order to be accepted to your study programme, a minimum of 95 points in the Duolingo exam is required. 

Did you take the test and not get the 95 points required? Don’t worry! We’re offering a free English course. By successfully completing the course in 3 months, you'll prove that you have the required level of English proficiency.

We also accept the following English language skills certificates: 

  • TOEFL (minimum 80 points) or 
  • IELTS (minimum Level 6) or 
  • Cambridge Certificate (minimum Grade B) or 
  • Equivalent proof, such as a B2.2 Certificate from the free IU English course - further information can be requested from our student advisors.* 

*Proof must be provided before the start of the study and must not be older than five years.
*Please note that course isn't accepted as a language certificate for on campus study programmes

Earn a high school diploma and a Bachelor’s degree – at the same time!

Don’t have a high school diploma? Have one but your grade average doesn’t meet our admission requirements? We have a solution for you! 

With the High School Diploma Study Pathway, you can earn a high school diploma and start your online Bachelor’s degree at IU – at the same time.

Visit our High School Diploma Study Pathway page for more details. 

Start your career's next successful chapter with a 5-star education from IU

Get your application in before December 15 and you can save up to US$1,399.

Apply now

Choose a fully accredited study program and set yourself up for success. At IU, you’ll join over 100.000 students from all over the world. And the best part? You’ll develop job-ready skills in a practical setting — so you’ll have a real advantage in your industry.

*You can start any time.
*This discount is only available for the online studies model.

Careers

Your BSc Computer Science career outlook

Whether you choose to work in the public sector or the private sector, or be self-employed, your BSc in Computer Science will open up multiple paths to a successful professional future. Once you’ve completed your BSc Computer Science online degree, you could work as... 

Project Manager Software Development

The job of a project manager is one of the most important success factors in the introduction of software. You work at the interface between the customer and the company developing the software.  
In addition, you ensure that the exchange between the different departments in the work process works. In this context, you take on the role of the responsible project manager, who ensures that everything runs smoothly.

Business Analyst

As a business analyst, you take care of business processes and are responsible for requirements management. This means that you analyse and prioritise all process and system requirements that have to be fulfilled in order to offer economic solutions from a company and customer perspective.  
You identify existing problems and develop concepts and IT guidelines to solve them.

Software Developer

As a software developer, you design and develop software - from individual components to complete applications. In coordination with different departments, you programme solutions that are tailored to specific requirements and user needs. 
You always keep an eye on the economic framework conditions and make sure that they are adhered to. 

Student reviews

This is what our students say

  • I chose IU because it is the most flexible of all the online universities I looked at.

    Marie Arnold

    Online student

  • I decided to study online because I wanted to develop professionally and at the same time have enough time for family and job.

    Veronika

    Online student

  • In addition to its good reputation, the combination of online and in-person lectures is what made me choose to study at IU.

    Martin Schramm

    Graduate

Personal counselling

Have any questions?

Visit our FAQ page or get in touch with our Study Advisors. You can also find information about the application process under our Become a Student page.

Tuition fees

Online study model & fees for your Bachelor degree in Computer Science

Depending on your personal or professional circumstances, you may wish to complete your studies as quickly as possible, or you may prefer a more flexible study programme that is less time-consuming. That’s why we offer part-time options for all our study programmes. This allows you to study alongside professional or personal commitments. We adjust your study fees based on your chosen time model.

Are you unable to finish your programme within the given time? No problem! If you realise that you need more time, you can simply switch to another time model with one months’ notice before the end of the month.

No registration or administration fees are charged when you apply for studying – you'll only be charged once your studies have started. If you won't be admitted to a programme because you do not meet the admission requirements, no fees will be charged.

Full-Time

Duration 36 Months

Perfect for students who want to hit the ground running and shorten the period of study by increasing their studying pace.

US$ 385
US$ 345 /mth* Apply now
* € 329 based on the exchange rate from 01.12.2022 09:04 AM (CET)

Part-Time I

Duration 48 Months

Excellent for talented all-rounders who want to give their studies everything they’ve got while holding down a job and keeping down their monthly costs at the same time.

US$ 333
US$ 303 /mth* Apply now
* € 289 based on the exchange rate from 01.12.2022 09:04 AM (CET)

Part-Time II

Duration 72 Months

Ideal for students who would like to take their time completing their courses on top of their job and everyday life and keep down the monthly costs of their studies.

US$ 229
US$ 209 /mth* Apply now
* € 199 based on the exchange rate from 01.12.2022 09:04 AM (CET)
Additional charges

Boost your career.

Earn a dual degree.

With the IU and LSBU (London South Bank University) dual degree track, you get a unique opportunity – you can choose if you want to graduate with both a German and a British graduation certificate, without any extra academic requirements. The study programmes at IU and at LSBU are coordinated and therefore equivalent to each other.

All our study programmes include the following benefits

  • Teaching and study material
  • Marking of your end-of-module exams
  • Free 4-week trial
  • Online tutorials and guidance from tutors
  • Use of the online campus
  • Individual study coaching
  • Online exams
  • Career coaching
  • Learn English for free
Recognition

Recognition of previous achievements

Have you already completed a training course, studied at a university or gained work experience? Have you completed a course or a learning path through IU LinkedIn Learning, and earned a certificate? Then you have the opportunity to get your previous achievements recognised, and complete your studies at IU sooner.

  • Save time: Skip individual modules or whole semesters!

Even before you apply for an online study programme, we’ll gladly check whether we can take your previous achievements into account: 100% online, no strings attached. Simply fill in our recognition application form, which you can find under the content section of each study programme's webpage, and upload it via our upload section. You can also e-mail it to us, or send it via post.

Send an email to study@iu.org to find out which previous achievements you can get recognised. Make sure you send your application before the end of your 1-month trial. You can get your previous achievements recognised during your studies.

Do you need help with your application for recognition? Our student advisors will be happy to help. Simply arrange a personal call-back appointment. Arrange a personal video consultation appointment to discuss recognition

Why IU International University of Applied Sciences is the best choice

Your Studies Are Flexible and 100% Online

Schedule when you want to learn and study 100% online. At IU you have the possibility to complete your degree fully from home, whether full-time or part-time. You can even take your exams online whenever it suits you. 

Accredited & Globally Recognised

IU is accredited and certified with a seal of approval from the German Accreditation Council. All IU study programmes, materials, and services meet high internal and external quality standards, which are regularly reviewed and updated. We can also provide you with an official Europass Diploma Supplement once you graduate, to ensure that your degree is recognised anywhere in the EU.

You Gain Full Support

We provide you with innovative learning tools, digital study material, tutorial videos, student advice and support. You also have 24/7 access to our large online library. Your tutors are always available to answer your questions. Our study coaches are also available to help at any time. 

The Ideal Mix of Theory & Practice

Our programmes provide you with essential theoretical knowledge and focus, above all, on practice-oriented studies designed to best prepare you for your future career. Thanks to our great variety of electives you can specialise in the specific areas that match your personal goals.

Start your career's next successful chapter with a 5-star education from IU

Get your application in before December 15 and you can save up to US$1,399.

Apply now

Choose a fully accredited study program and set yourself up for success. At IU, you’ll join over 100.000 students from all over the world. And the best part? You’ll develop job-ready skills in a practical setting — so you’ll have a real advantage in your industry.

*You can start any time.
*This discount is only available for the online studies model.