Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Information Management & Information Technology

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Mono-bachelor (Bachelor of Arts, B.A.): 180 CP*

*One credit point (CP) equals a workload of 25 - 30 hours for preparation, follow-up and attendance at classes.

Start of study and Entry Restriction

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Standard time for completing course

6 semesters

Prerequisites for study

General or restricted entrance standard - or access without university entrance standard (Abitur) - in accordance with section 11 of the Berlin Higher Education Act.

Content of studies

The degree programme focuses on the issues of information management and information technology. It provides the essential technical and organisational foundation for cataloguing and indexing, storing, disseminating, presenting, analysing and searching for information and knowledge in all of its manifestations. In particular, this includes the following topics: database and information systems, information modelling, information analysis, content management systems, social aspects of information science, digital libraries and the fundamentals of information science and electronic media.

The programme differs from Computer Science in its explicit orientation towards existing organisational, social and administrative structures (publishers, libraries, authorities, companies, etc.), the inclusion of topics relating to digital media and its emphasis on socio-political issues. This emphasis on practical applications means that the technical and theoretical foundations of Computer Science are given less attention than on a traditional Computer Science course. Through at least five Mathematics and Computer Science modules which you will attend with the Computer Science students, the course provides well-founded knowledge of core Computer Science issues such as software development, algorithms and relational databases.

The programme differs from a Library and Information Science degree in its stronger focus on the technical foundations of information management, its inclusion of formal and mathematical fundamentals, and the greater amount of knowledge it provides about designing, developing and operating information processing systems.

The programme features a high level of freedom in selecting an individual course focus, thanks to a large proportion of mandatory elective modules. The students first begin to set their own particular focus after an orientation phase of around a year, during which the curriculum is relatively set and both ‘parent subjects’ are studied with approximately equal weighting.

What special abilities and interests do you need for this subject?

An interest in information processing and analysis, analytic thinking and software design. Basic knowledge of computer science and programming is helpful but not mandatory.

Why study Information Management & Information Technology at HU?

In the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Library and Information Science (IBI), Humboldt-Universität has two outstanding departments whose strengths are combined in this single degree. Our degree programme takes an interdisciplinary approach and offers excellent career prospects, particularly in Berlin’s strongly represented public administration sector (at both the federal and state levels). It is unique in Berlin and Brandenburg.

Structure of studies

You acquire a total of 180 credit points (CP). The best place to find information about course content is the annotated university calendar. It is online at Module descriptions and other details can be found in the course and examination regulations, available at, N0. 116/2015. The Counselling Services are also available to help you (see below).

Mandatory subject modules (100 CP)

The following must be taken

  • BP2 Elektronisches Publizieren (10 CP)
  • BP3 Information und Gesellschaft (10 CP)
  • BP4 Informationsaufbereitung (10 CP)
  • BP5 Informationssysteme und Informationsdienst-leistungen (10 CP)
  • BP7 Praktikum (10 CP)
  • Bachelorarbeit und -verteidigung (12 + 3 CP)
  • B1 Grundlagen der Programmierung (12 CP)
  • A2 Algorithmen und Datenstrukturen (9 LP)
  • A1 Einführung in die Theoretische Informatik (9 CP)
  • W*3 Grundlagen von Datenbanksystemen (5 CP)

Mandatory elective modules (60 CP)

You can select modules from the range offered by the Department of Library and Information Science and the Department of Computer Science.

Project module 10 oder 12 CP
  • BP6 Projektmodul (10 CP, with grade) or
  • SP Semesterprojekt (12 CP, without grade)
Mandatory elective modules in the amount of 50/48 CP
  • BWP1 Theorie und Praxis der Informationssuche (10 CP)
  • BWP2 Theorie und Aufbau von Informationsdatenbanken (10 CP)
  • BWP3 Medien (10 CP)
  • BWP4 Informationsverhalten und Benutzerfor-schung (10 CP)
  • BWP5 Betriebswirtschaftliche Grundlagen im BI-Bereich (10 CP)
  • C2 Digitale Systeme (10 CP)
  • M2 Analysis I (10 CP)
  • A3 Logik in der Informatik (9 CP)
  • B3 Software Engineering (8 CP)
  • C3 Kommunikationssysteme (8 CP)
  • M4 Angewandte Mathematik für Informatiker (6 CP)
  • W*1 Compilerbau (5 CP)
  • W*2 Betriebssysteme I (8 CP)
  • W*S Modul mit Seminar (X + 3 CP)
  • W5-n Spezielle Themen der Informatik 5-n (5 CP)
  • W6-n Spezielle Themen der Informatik 6-n (6 CP)
  • W7-n Spezielle Themen der Informatik 7-n (7 CP)
  • W8-n Spezielle Themen der Informatik 8-n (8 CP)
  • W9-n Spezielle Themen der Informatik 9-n (9 CP)
  • W10-n Spezielle Themen der Informatik 10-n (10 CP)
  • W11-n Spezielle Themen der Informatik 11-n (11 CP)
  • W12-n Spezielle Themen der Informatik 12-n (12 CP)

General elective modules (20 CP)

  • M1 Lineare Algebra 1 (10 CP) aus dem Monobachelorstudiengang Informatik or
  • ein entsprechendes Modul aus dem Angebot des Instituts für Mathematik .
  • Module aus den hierfür vorgesehenen Modulkatalogen anderer Fächer oder zentraler Einrichtungen nach freier Wahl im Umfang von insgesamt 10 CP.

Master’s degree

The bachelor’s course qualifies you to begin a master’s degree at HU in:

  • Library and Information Science (AMB no. 19/2014)
  • Computer Science (for this option we recommend selecting at least 40 CP of Computer Science mandatory electives and completing your bachelor’s thesis within the Department of Computer Science; ; AMB no. 14/2015)

You can find information on these and other master’s programmes in the course catalogue:

What will my career opportunities be?

Graduates of this course will have a variety of prospects in the job market.  They may be employed in positions requiring information, system and user modelling and research in combination with applied system development skills. Opportunities in IT occupations such as application support, application analysis, databases, IT consulting or technical editing are permanently high.

Compared to pure computer scientists, graduates of this planned course will have access to additional occupations in the traditional ‘information sectors’ of libraries, specialist information, scientific organisations, publishing and archives. Compared to graduates of the Library and Information Science degree, this course is also oriented towards careers requiring information system design and development skills.


Department of Computer Science, Rudower Chaussee 25:, Tel. +49 30 2093-3111
Department of Library and Information Science, Dorotheenstr. 26,, Tel. +49 30 2093-46195
Course Advisory Service:
Computer Science, Prof. Haffner, Tel. +49 30 2093-3905, E-mail:
Library and Information Science, Prof. Petras, Tel. +49 30 2093-70954, E-mail:
Classification and recognition of studies and qualifications: Dr. Gäde, Tel. (030) 2093-46195, E-mail:
Links to job market: careers information centre ( , employment market reports (, Federal Employment Office Berufenet (

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