Business Informatics Dual BSc Degree Programme at HSBA

Business Informatics (BSc)

Study Profile BSc Business Informatics

With a comparatively large share of practice-based content for a business informatics degree, the study programme is geared to activities on the interface between traditional business functions on the one hand and IT on the other. While all important aspects of business (finance, marketing, accounting, economics, human resources …) will be dealt with in the business administration part of the programme, the business informatics part will focus on software (design, programming, software engineering and project management). Other central areas of informatics, for example database systems, will round off the course schedule. Students can use electives to specialise either in business administration or in business informatics.

Highlights of the Study Course

  • Dual Bachelor's programme in business administration with alternating theoretical and practical phases

  • Extensive financial independence through monthly remuneration

  • Extensive range of options and focal points

  • Digital Toolbox @ HSBA

  • Lecturers with extensive practical experience

  • Attractive career prospects at the interface between business administration and information technology

  • Stays abroad possible

  • Campus in the heart of Hamburg 

Facts on the study course

Degree: Bachelor of Science (BSc) with 180 ECTS
Language: 75% Deutsch, 25% Englisch
Accreditation: FIBAA (Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation)
Programme start: The programme starts on 1 October each year. In 2020 it starts with a theoretical phase.
Study duration: 3 years

Study Organisation

The dual programme integrates phases of theory at the university (on average 32 weeks a year) and practical phases of training in their training company (on average 20 weeks a year).

Success Stories of our Graduates

With the study programme Business Informatics, I have chosen a future-proof course of study that optimally reflects the inseparable interdependence of business and IT. The course is not only in demand on the job market, but also offers me the opportunity to work in exciting and varied professions in a wide variety of companies.

Julia Klages
HSV Fußball AG

At EY I advise both CEOs and CIOs of internationally operating top companies in order to prepare them safely and flexibly for the challenges of the future. With my degree in BI from HSBA, I have the ideal prerequisites to make companies fit for the future.

Kimberly Griffith
Ernst & Young GmbH

Because I believe businesses and information technology will shape my future, your future, our future.

Kai Okamoto
Leser GmbH & Co. KG

The dual study programme at HSBA was the ideal basis to continue my career in one of the big four auditing companies. The university has a very dynamic character and I am happy to have been a part of it – three very significant years.

Felix Peleikis
Assurance, Ernst & Young GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft

Programme structure

Students acquire an in-depth knowledge of informatics in combination with a wide range of business knowledge. In the first two years of study, students will be taught the fundamentals in the core business subjects and introduced to the basics of informatics and programming. They will complete several independent programming projects alongside their studies. Methodology modules, business English and law will complete the course schedule. In the second year of study, the share of informatics modules will increase. The third year of study features extensive elective options (required electives).

Study Plan

Semester 1

Module Contact Hours Credits
Methods and Fundamentals of Business Informatics (Part 1) 44 6
Theoretical Informatics 32 5
Accounting 48 6
Mathematics for Business Informatics 64 9
Business English 48 5

Semester 2

Module Contact Hours Credits
Basics Programming & Frontend Design 48 5
Programming I 36 4
Modelling Operational Infomations Systems 24 3
Architecture of Operational Information Systems 36 4
Accounting 48 6
Statistics 48 7

Semester 3

Module Contact Hours Credits
Database Systems 48 6
Project Management for Business Informatics 32 4
Programming II (Part 1) 32 11
Investment and Finance 48 6
Marketing Management 32 4
Quantitative Methods 32 5

Semester 4

Module Contact Hours Credits
Programming II (2. Teil) 32 11
Set-Up of Operational Information Systems 48 6
Operations Research 32 5
Elective 2 48 6
Law for Business Informatics 32 4

Semester 5

Module Contact Hours Credits
Software Engineering 48 6
Seminar Buiness Informatics 32 5
Economics 48 6
Controllership 48 6
Elective III 48 6
Bachelor Thesis 4 12

Semester 6

Module Contact Hours Credits
Organisation 48 6
Digitales Marketing & E-Business 48 6

Special Weeks

Module Special Week Contact Hours Credits
Introduction to HSBA 1 18 0
Elective 1 4 30 3
Study Trip 5 30 2
General Electives übergreifend 125 5


More in-depth and broader knowledge and methodology is taught in the required electives. Elective 1 is predominantly business-focused, while Electives 2 and 3 give students the opportunity to choose topics from business administration or informatics. For example, possible business administration electives could include topics such as quality management, change management or corporate finance, while informatics topics could include data security, computer networks or theoretical informatics. This allows students to specialise either in business administration or in informatics. During the study trip (abroad), the students apply their know-how in an international context.

The general electives give students the opportunity to develop their individual knowledge and skills further. The offering ranges from social skills and IT seminars to studium generale events and smaller electives where students can tackle selected business administration content in a more in-depth manner. Foreign language courses are also on offer on an extracurricular basis.

Tuition Fees

The tuition fees are EUR 665 per month. The companies generally pay most of the course fees, at least if the student remains with the company after finishing his/her degree. In addition, students generally receive traineeship remuneration, the amount of which depends on the industry and company in question.