Information Security (Bachelor of Science)

With increasing digitization, the dependence of companies and people on information technology is increasing. A reliable and securely functioning IT infrastructure forms the backbone of our society. The bachelor's degree in information security uses application-oriented teaching on a scientific basis to turn students into holistic experts in information security. The course imparts both technical and management skills.

Graduates can work in a company in operational jobs (e.g. penetration tester, cyber security analyst, ...) or in management positions (e.g. information security officer, security auditor, ... ). Students are enabled to recognize security-related problems, to analyze them in an entrepreneurial context and to mitigate them with the help of suitable technical, physical, organizational or personnel measures. The content of the course is based on the increasing complexity of a networked IT infrastructure in companies and also includes the "human factor" as part of the security strategy. Furthermore, the latest topics such as artificial intelligence, blockchain technologies or threat intelligence are also included.

Developments in the field of cyber security are rapid. There are continuously more vulnerabilities in software and hardware that are exploited by digital attackers to steal data or manipulate systems. The amount of existing malware is also constantly increasing and malware or spyware is becoming increasingly complex and sophisticated. The motives of the attackers are often money (cybercrime), but also industrial espionage or other politically justified manipulations (see e.g. Advanced Persistent Threats).

If you choose a career in information security, you have both good job prospects and a likely high salary compared to other IT industries. There are also many further, exciting offers in the field of research.

As part of a research project, we operate a honeynet. These are various systems placed on the Internet that record every incoming connection attempt or interaction with unknown sources. There are an average of 75,000 recorded interactions per day. The collected data allows insights into the strategies and tools used in digital attacks.

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  • Full-time study over seven semesters in German and English with some optional modules in both languages
  • No admission restrictions
  • A total of 210 ECTS points must be earned
  • Place of study: Sanderheinrichsleitenweg 20 in Würzburg
  • Courses begin in the winter semester on October 1 of each year
  • Degree: Bachelor of Science
  • Information security flyer (coming soon)


The prerequisite for admission to the Bachelor’s degree in Information Security is proof of:

  • general higher education qualification
  • subject-specific higher education entrance qualification
  • an entrance qualification for a university of applied sciences (Fachhochschulreife) or
  • an entrance qualification for a bachelor's programme at universities of applied sciences that is being recognised by law or the public authority responsible as being equal to the ones mentioned above.

For more information, please refer to the Department of Student Affairs (HSST).

Your contact there is
Hochschulservice Studium
Telefon: 0931-3511-6139
E-Mail: shl.hsst[at]

For more information about an application, please refer to the website of THWS.


Each year, the application for the next possible start date of the bachelor’s programme in Information Security in the winter semester (starts on 1 October) is from 1 May to 15 July. The application procedure takes place exclusively online.

Programme structure

  • The first four semesters of the course impart technical and methodological basics (e.g. computer science and mathematics).
  • From the first semester, the technical security track starts with the "Fundamentals of Information Security" course and the security management track with the "Social Engineering & Awareness" course. Both tracks run through your basic studies with different topics.
  • The 5th semester is dedicated to the mandatory internship.
  • In the sixth and seventh semester, you will attend more specific courses with a focus on information security (e.g. on topics related to artificial intelligence or blockchain technologies) and can sharpen your profile with three elective modules. Furthermore, in the sixth semester you will work on a project together with other students.
  • You will conclude your studies by writing a bachelor’s thesis.Opens internal link in current window


The programme advisor is responsible for advising prospective and current students on programme-specific matters and covers a broad spectrum:

  • Study requirements;
  • Structure and contents of the programme;
  • selection of core elective modules;
  • Organising and managing studies

Contact: Prof. Dr. Sebastian Biedermann