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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.

Course description

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 can prepare you for your thesis work. The internship can be performed in companies or in collaboration with international research centers associated with the program. The learning experience you get with this Master will give you a solid base for your future as a software and systems-engineer

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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: ca. € 1350 per year 

Structure of the course

  • Foundations: these subjects provide the foundational knowledge of software engineering. They aim to homogenize the knowledge of students from different previous educational backgrounds and prepare them for studying advanced and specialization topics.
  • Advanced topics: these subjects aim to develop the skills of students which complement the foundations, and are useful in the training of the professional figure of software engineers.
  • Specialization topics: these subjects intend to provide students with knowledge specific to an application type or business domain, and prepare them for their thesis work.

People

Degree Course Director: Prof. Xiaofeng Wang (photo)
Student Representative in the Course Council: Moritz Mock

Exchange programmes and internships

Currently we offer exchange programmes with 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.

Go to the survey (in Italian)

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Application and Admission

You can find all you need to know in order to apply and gain admission to this study programme by browsing through the information below.

Early Bird Application

Application: 01/03 - 28/04/2022 (by noon local time)
Language exams: 17 - 18/03/2022 (no places left) and 13 - 14 and 19 - 21/04/2022 (registrations 24/03 - 05/04/2022)
Admission procedure and publication of ranking lists: by 17/05/2022
Payment of the 1st instalment of the tuition fees: by 27/05/2022 (by noon local time)
Enrolment: 13/07 - 14/10/2022 (by noon local time) 

Late Application (only for EU citizens)

Application: 19/05 - 07/07/2022 (by noon local time)
Language exams: 27/06 - 02/07/2022 (registrations 19/05 - 20/06/2022)
Admission procedure and publication of ranking lists: by 27/07/2022
Payment of the 1st instalment of the tuition fees: by 04/08/2022 (by noon local time)
Enrolment: 27/07 - 14/10/2022 (by noon local time) 

Preparatory courses and Freshers Days

Intensive language courses: 05 - 23/09/2022 (Monday to Friday, 6 h/day)
Freshers Days: 26 - 27/09/2022

1st semester

Classes: 26/09 - 23/12/2022
Exams (extraordinary session): 15 - 23/12/2022
Holidays: 24/12/2022 - 08/01/2023
Classes: 09/01 - 21/01/2023
Exams: 23/01 - 18/02/2023

2nd semester

Classes: 27/02 - 06/04/2023
Holidays: 07/04 - 10/04/2023
Classes: 11/04 - 10/06/2023
Exams (extraordinary session): 17 - 27/05/2023
Exams: 12/06 - 08/07/2023

Autumn session

Exams: 28/08 - 30/09/2023

The Advisory Service provides support regarding your choice of study. In many cases a simple call or a short request is enough to get the relevant information (Tel. +39 0471 012100).

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