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Free University of Bozen-Bolzano

Master in

Software Engineering for Information Systems

In this programme, you will learn how to leverage next-generation technologies such as Cloud Computing, Internet of Things, and Analytics to create, connect, optimize and engineer innovative systems moving to the pragmatic application and commercialization on a rapid and large scale.


The physical world and the virtual world (cyberspace) are converging into new generations of systems like the Cyber-Physical Systems. Such systems monitor physical environments, communicate and cooperate with each other and with human beings in real-time, and make decentralized intelligent decisions. They are highly dependent on components whose functionality is controlled by software.

With the revolution of Industry 4.0, manufactural production also begins to depend on these systems more and more. At the same time, companies and organizations still need IT to automatize their business processes and release human beings form the burden of repetitive and tedious operations.

Business software provides such support but requires a great knowledge of the operational environment in which it runs as it is developed to meet the needs of a specific business. Thus, designing and building software for such systems is an art that also requires skills in context analysis and customization.

Overall, there is an increasing need for a new generation of systems and software technologies that ensures robust, safe, secure, uninterrupted, and real-time operations - particularly in situations where human life or business is exposed to risk if software fails.

In this Master, you will learn how to conceive, design, implement, customize, and maintain these systems by applying software engineering principles to the industry practice and develop and test your prototypes. Courses are designed to provide you with advanced software engineering knowledge and practice of software and systems development complemented by competences in lean management and entrepreneurship.

The internship program will drive you through a unique experience and prepare to your thesis work that you can also perform in collaboration with international research centers like CSIRO Australia and companies associated to the program. The learning experience you get with this Master will give you a solid base for your future as software and systems-engineer.

At a glance

Master class: LM-18
ECTS credits: 120
Duration of the course: 2 years
Courses will be taught in English
Places available: 30 + 20 non-EU
Campus: Bozen-Bolzano
Tuition fees: € 1.345,50 per year (please see here for the international curriculum)

Structure of the course

Students can choose between a local curriculum completely offered at unibz and an international curriculum coordinated by the faculties of Computer Science of unibz, University of Oulu (Finland) and Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain).

Study plan
> local curriculum
> international curriculum

Course offering
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Degree Course Director: Prof. Barbara Russo (photo)
Student Representative in the Course Council: --

Exchange programmes and internships

Currently we offer exchange programmes with more than 20 partner universities all over the world and we are part of a large network of collaboration with employers in Italy and abroad where you can undertake an optional internship with a maximum of 300 hours.

Career Opportunities

Typical job profiles are:

  • Software and Information Systems Engineer: Analysis, design, implementation, customization, overhaul, and maintenance of intelligent solutions with high reliability and performance for information systems, by fully exploiting inventions and software technologies for pragmatic application and rapid commercialization, in real time and on a large scale. Such information systems include: ICT, business, industrial automotive, automation and control, scientific and data processing, the management of complex infrastructures, cyber-physical systems;
  • Researcher in industrial and public laboratories: works with roles and functions of conception, analysis, formalization, design and prototype development of new generation software systems and innovative ICT technologies with particular attention to the quality of products, processes and software systems of any level of complexity and size, in strategic sectors of industry and public administration (e.g. University).

On the website of  AlmaLaurea you can check our outstanding statistical data about the satisfaction of our graduates, and their employability.

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In order to gain admission to the course, you will be required to prove that you already have a B2 level of competence in the English language. If you do not have an official language certification, you can take a language exam at our university.

Detailed information about the study programme can be found in the Study Manifesto (Study guidelines) below which contains information about the study plan, admission requirements, language requirements, application, admission procedures, enrolment and tuition fees.

Selection Criteria

Typology a)

  • Italian Bachelor degree (“diploma di laurea”) in Computer Science (Scienze e tecnologie informatiche, classe L-31), Information Engineering (Ingegneria dell’informazione, classe L-08),

  • equivalent Italian degree obtained according to the regulations previously in force,

  • other degrees in the field of Computer Science awarded abroad and recognised as suitable,

  • B2 level in English.

Typology b)

  • Italian Bachelor degree (“diploma di laurea”) in Physics (Scienze e tecnologie fisiche, classe L-30), Mathematics (Scienze matematiche, classe L-36), Statistics (Statistica, classe L-41) or Industrial Engineering (Ingegneria industriale, classe L-9) with general and disciplinary skills in computer science,

  • equivalent Italian degree obtained according to the regulations previously in force with general and disciplinary skills in computer science,

  • other degrees in the field of Physics, Mathematics or Statistics awarded abroad with general and disciplinary skills in computer science and recognised as suitable,

  • B2 level in English.

If you graduate after the application deadline, you might apply if you have acquired at least 130 ECTS credit points.

Online Application
Early Bird  - for EU and non-EU citizens: 1 March - 26 April 2019, noon 
Late Application - for EU citizens only: 20 May - 31 July 2019, noon  

Publication Ranking Lists
Early Bird: by 17 May 2019 
Late Application: by 9 August 2019 

Contact for the international curriculum:
Contact for the local curriculum:
Contact us by phone at +390471012100

Ranking List

Study Manifesto

Regulations (only in Italian or German)


Subject to accreditation of the Ministry.