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BA Information Studies

Information Sciences Department
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In the bachelor's degree program Information Studies, you will learn to organize large and complex amounts of data and present them in a way that is usable for everyone. Information processes are analyzed and controlled using various methods and tools. Project work and internships provide a well-founded insight into your future professional life. As a trained data and information specialist, you can be used anywhere where information and data need to be managed. 

Degree:
Bachelor of Arts
Type:
Full time
Course language:
German
Standard study period:
7 semesters
Start of study:
Winter semester
Application deadline:
BA Information Studies (NC free)
Admission requirements:
General university entrance qualification/technical college entrance qualification/equivalently recognized prior vocational training
Credits:
210 ECTS credits
Module Manuals & Regulations
The Study

Organize and control information processes

Life without digital media is unimaginable today. In the meantime, there is hardly an area of public and private life that can do without information and web technologies: mails, documents, image files, videos, etc.

In the Information Studies degree program, you will learn methods and tools to structure, organize, prepare and make retrievable this flood of digital information and data. The examination of information technologies is therefore a substantial part of the course. This concerns among other things application systems, web and search technologies.  

As an information manager you will learn how today's information society behaves, and also how responsible handling of sometimes sensitive data can be designed. For this reason, information ethics is an important component of the interdisciplinary subject Information and Data Management. Since you will be working with very different people in your professional life, social competence is required, which you will test and train during your studies with 30 fellow students in numerous group work, projects and internships. 

Complex topics & sensitive data

The bachelor's degree program in Information Studies at University of Applied Sciences Potsdam suits you if you are enthusiastic about information technologies and enjoy dealing with complex topics. Dealing with sensitive data requires the ability to concentrate and diligence. If you are also empathetic and communicative, you will enjoy working with various experts in your daily work.  

Is this course of study a good fit for you?

You would like to learn more about the Information Studies program, get opinions and tips from students and faculty, or take a look at typical study assignments?

With the Online Study Selection Assistant OSA you can test whether the study program suits you.

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Podcast of the Campus Specialists

Elias and Tim study Information Studies and inform prospective students about their course of studies as campus specialists. In the podcast, they share personal impressions of student life and their course of study.

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Contact

The colleagues of the Student Counselling Service inform prospective students, first-year students, parents, teachers and students on all general questions about the study. For specific questions and concerns about the degree program, please feel free to contact the Student Counselling Service for Information Studies.

Student Counselling Service

Prof. Dr. Julia Maria Struß

Prof. Dr. Julia Maria Struß

Professorin für Angewandte Datenwissenschaft / Applied Data Science

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Career Prospects

Career Prospects

All processes in our digitalized society depend on the availability of data and information. The basic and method-oriented degree program Information Studies enables you to work in a variety of institutions and companies and is increasingly in demand. Due to increasing requirements in this professional field, graduates are in great demand. 

Public as well as scientific institutions

  • Documentation departments and archives in media institutions (e. g. press and broadcasting) 
  • Image and news agencies 
  • Parliamentary documentation in the Bundestag and state parliaments 
  • Museums 
  • Libraries 
  • Information provision in public research institutions 
  • Government agencies (e. g. e-government, document management, web editing and social media management) 

 

Private companies

  • Business companies with information services (e.g. content management or social media management) 
  • Internet service providers such as web agencies, digital marketing agencies 
  • Software vendors and database producers 
  • Departments for information and knowledge management 
  • Web agencies for search engine optimization 
  • Information supply in private research institutions 
  • Corporate consultancies (e.g. organizational and IT consulting) 
  • I like the versatile range of modules! Every year one learns many new things that can be directly applied in other  modules the following semester. The practical application of the learned things from the individual courses

    Elias
    Student
  • We get to know a variety of methods and programs in the field of digitalization and we are able to work together with the lecturers. There are close and good contacts to the lecturers, if there is ever a concern or help is needed.

    Tim
    Student
Study Contents

Study Contents

Teaching formats

To ensure that the knowledge transfer also fits the respective topic and that the students' daily study routine is varied, we work with different forms of learning in the Information Studies program. 

  • Seminars, workshops (special seminar form)  
  • Lectures  
  • Exercises in smaller groups 
  • Working in PC pools 
  • Practical projects, some with external partners 

 

Basics

  • Information Society, Media, Management and Law 
  • Web technologies, information systems 
  • Modeling, databases, data management 
  • Methods and tools of content indexing 
  • Information and knowledge management, content management, document management 
  • semantic methods and technologies 
  • Information integration 

Elective Modules

  • Fundamentals of programming 
  • Website design and development 
  • Image and museum documentation 
  • Information visualization 
  • Digital long-term archiving and research data management 
  • Retrieval of specialized information 
  • thematically changing projects 

Excursions

Depending on current topics and cooperation partners as well as respective offers for visits and symposia

Internships & Projects

  • Two internships: six weeks after the 2nd semester and 22 weeks in the 5th semester
  • Two projects (4th semester and 6th-7th semester) 

More information

Thesis

  • Independent preparation of a bachelor thesis and its defense

Course of Studies

The Bachelor of Information Studies is a full-time program of seven semesters, including a six-week internship and practicum.

 

1st – 2nd semester

Basic studies, six weeks internship

3rd – 4th semester integrative and subject-specific immersion
5th semester Internship semester
6. – 7th semester subject-specific specialization, projects, bachelor thesis 

Module Manuals & Regulations

A detailed description of the course content, such as study plans and descriptions of individual modules in the Information Studies program, can be found in the module handbook, the subject-specific study and examination regulations, and the internship regulations.

Module manual for the bachelor's degree program in Information Studies:

Module manual for the bachelor's degree program in Information Studies:

Contact

Student Counselling Service

Prof. Dr. Julia Maria Struß

Prof. Dr. Julia Maria Struß

Professorin für Angewandte Datenwissenschaft / Applied Data Science
Application & Enrollment

Application & Enrollment

For the degree program BA Information Studies there is no separate application procedure. Enrollment is always possible from 15.06. to 15.08. for the next winter semester. Applications for a higher semester are open from 15.05. to 15.07. possible.
If you meet the admission requirements, you can submit an enrollment application. For this purpose, please note the following, course-specific information:

Access Requirements

For enrollment in the open-admission bachelor's degree program in Information Studies, you need a university entrance qualification according to Brandenburg Higher Education Act. This university entrance qualification comprises the general university entrance qualification or the advanced technical college entrance qualification or a previous professional training recognized as equivalent.

Enrollment Application

The enrollment application is submitted online at the MyCampus university portal of the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam. After entering the information required for enrollment, an enrollment application is created. This application must be signed and submitted to University of Applied Sciences Potsdam by mail together with the university entrance qualification in paper form. Please refer to the enrollment application if you need to submit any additional documents. The deadline for submission is the last day of the enrollment period. The date of receipt at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam is decisive.

Documents to be submitted

  • Officially certified copy of the university entrance qualification or the university degree certificate 
  • Insurance certificate of the statutory health insurance for students or proof of exemption from the statutory insurance obligation
  • Deposit slip or order confirmation of the semester fee
  • Light image for issuing the Campus.Card
  • If applicable, exmatriculation certificate from the last university attended
  • possibly further documents according to enrollment application

General information on application and enrollment procedures

There are various application procedures at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam. General information on application and enrollment procedures as well as information on part-time studies, guest auditorships, and second degree studies can be found on the general application pages.

General information about the application

International Applicants

You would like to apply for studies from the first or a apply for a higher semester and have obtained your high school diploma and/or university degree abroad? Then you can have degrees and achievements acquired abroad recognized and study with us.

Application information for internationals

Contact

Student Counselling Service

Student Counselling Service

Prof. Dr. Julia Maria Struß

Prof. Dr. Julia Maria Struß

Professorin für Angewandte Datenwissenschaft / Applied Data Science