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Informatics: Games Engineering

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)

The bachelor’s program in Informatics: Games Engineering combines a thorough grounding in informatics and mathematics with comprehensive knowledge of game technologies.

Department of Informatics

Key Data

Type of Study
  • Full Time
Required Language Proficiency Language of Instruction
  • German
Main Locations
Admission Category Start of Degree Program
  • Winter Semester (October)
Standard Duration of Studies
(Number of Semesters)
  • 6 semesters fulltime
Credits Costs

Information on Degree Program

What does this program cover?

The breathtaking development of games stems from the dramatic progress made in informatics and modern computer technology. Graphics and sound are becoming increasingly realistic. The complexity of simulated worlds and stories told is also increasing. New sensory technologies enable new types of interaction. Further, games are no longer only played alone at home in front of a screen. Smartphones enable us to play online games anywhere. Outstanding knowledge of informatics is therefore required in order to understand and use these technologies. However, games engineers do not only keep an eye on the technology, but also on the people using it. 

For a comprehensive description of the program, please refer to the degree program documentation:

How is the program structured?

The duration of the Bachelor's in Informatics: Games Engineering is six semesters. Required modules containing core informatics and mathematics content are complemented by internships and elective modules from the first semester onwards. The degree concludes with the master’s thesis in the sixth semester. 

What is the language of instruction?

Required language skills for admission:

You need sufficient German language skills if you wish to apply for this program. Evidence of your language proficiency has to be submitted before the end of the application deadline. Learn more about recognized certificates and other ways to prove your German language skills.

This evidence of your language proficiency confirms that you comply with the minimum language requirements for admission to the program. Depending on the program and your individual background, it may be necessary for you to keep working on your language skills during your studies. Be sure to take a look at the services of our Language Center.   

Language of instruction:

The language of instruction for this program is German. Some courses may, however, be taught in English.

Which further expertise and skills will I acquire?

As a graduate, you have at your disposal extensive knowledge of computer graphics, simulation, artificial intelligence, interaction, game engines, and mobile internet-based social games. Further, the essential basis of the program is a vocational education and training to which informatics is absolutely central. Thus you become familiar with fundamental concepts and rules of programming language, computer architectures, algorithms, and data structures, software engineering, databases, computer networks and operating systems. In addition to informatics content, you extend and complement your knowledge in core areas of mathematics such as analysis, linear algebra, and discrete structures.

You acquire your first practical insights through games internships or projects that are in part conducted in partnership with companies or in the internationally renowned research laboratories at the Technical University of Munich’s Department of Informatics. In addition, you will have further enhanced your competency profile by taking advantage of the broad range of elective cross-disciplinary courses on offer.

Which professional opportunities can I take up with this qualification?

The games market is booming. All development studios therefore have a huge demand for qualified specialists in the areas of informatics and games engineering. Added to which, serious games are increasingly penetrating industry sectors such as automotive, aerospace and plant engineering, medicine, banking, and management. In the context of the degree program, close ties to industry are maintained through the involvement of companies in projects and bachelor’s theses. Having successfully concluding the bachelor's program, you can apply to embark upon a master’s program in Informatics: Games Engineering or other such programs offered by the Department of Informatics. 

Binding Regulations for Progression of Studies, Examinations and Application

Application and Admission

How do I apply? (start of program in winter semester 2019/20)

Admission requirements and the application procedure vary depending on the type of higher education entrance qualification you hold.

You must apply through the application portal at TUMonline. After completing the online application process, you will receive a list of documents you must submit to TUM in hard copy by the application deadline.

Applicants with an international higher education entrance qualification must have their documents reviewed in advance through uni-assist  

In detail:

How do I apply? (start of program in summer semester 2020)

Admission requirements and the application procedure vary depending on the type of higher education entrance qualification you hold.

During the application period, you must apply through the TUMonline application portal and upload your application documents.

If you receive an offer of admission, you will additionally have to submit individual documents as notarized hardcopies by post to be enrolled.

Generally, applicants with an international higher education entrance qualification must have their documents reviewed in advance through uni-assist.

In detail:

Which documents do I need to submit? (start of program in winter semester 2019/20)

Which documents do I need to submit? (start of program in summer semester 2020)

What application deadlines do I need to meet? (start of program in winter semester 2019/20)

Application period for winter semester: 15.05. - 15.07.

An application for the summer semester is only possible for higher upper-division semesters. Application deadline: 15.01. 

Our online application portal TUMonline will create an application form and a checklist with the documents you have to hand in. The checklist shows which documents you need for admission and which for enrollment

You must submit the signed application form and all documents you need for admission before the application deadline.

Please also submit the documents we need for your enrollmentas soon as possible. If individual documents for enrollment are not available to you yet, you can hand them in up to five weeks after the start of the lecture period. However, we recommend that you submit all required documents well before the semester begins, as you will not be enrolled until all documents have been received.

Please check your TUMonline account regularly, to see if we have any queries to your documents or if you have to amend one or more documents.

What application deadlines do I need to meet? (start of program in summer semester 2020)

Application period for the winter semester: 15.05. – 15.07.

An application for the summer semester is only possible for higher subject semesters. Application deadline: 15.01.

During the application period, you must apply through the TUMonline application portal and upload your application documents. Please be aware that we can only process your application if you upload all required documents within the application period.

We will review your application as soon as it is complete. Please check your TUMonline account regularly, to see if we have any queries to your documents or if you have to amend one or more documents.

After receiving admission, you will see in TUMonline which documents you have to submit for enrollment, and in which form. Please note that you always have to send the signed application for enrollment and all notarized hardcopies by post.

We recommend that you submit the documents for enrollment as soon as possible after receiving admission. If individual documents are not available by then, you can submit them up to 5 weeks after the start of the lecture period. You will, however, only be enrolled once we have received all documents.

You can check the status of your application at any time in your TUMonline account.

On what basis does TUM select applicants for admission?

Selection takes place through an aptitude assessment procedure. Aptitude assessment is a two-part procedure evaluating your ability to successfully manage the particular qualitative requirements of the bachelor’s program. 

In the first stage, your overall secondary school grades, your grades in subject-specific courses, and any relevant practical experience or additional qualifications will be evaluated using a point system. Depending on the amount of points accumulated, applicants are either immediately admitted or invited to an admissions interview.

Students who earned their higher education entrance qualification in a non-German language school in another country and whose native language is not German must take part in an admissions interview to assess their subject-specific language skills. 

Where can I find the online application portal?

The online application process takes place through our application portal TUMonline.

Do I have to complete an internship?

This degree program does not encompass a compulsory internship nor is an internship a requirement for admission. However, dependant on study progress, we recommend to gain practical experience outside university.

What are my options after earning this degree?

After successful completion of a bachelor’s degree program, you are able to enter a profession. The team at Alumni & Career can assist you with questions regarding professional orientation, job search and job application.

After earning their bachelor’s degree, many students go on to pursue a master’s degree. These programs allow you to deepen your disciplinary knowledge or to expand it with a new field of study. The Student Academic Advising Office can assist you in selecting an appropriate master’s program. 

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