Department of Applied Computer Sciences

Information Management

My Studies


Key subject areas

Software & Multimedia Engineering

In the Information Management Master’s programme you’ll extend your skills and gain in-depth knowledge of software development. You’ll use web technology to create interactive applications and implement them for various mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, in a practical project of your choice.

Our graduates approach software development as an engineering discipline and are able to apply a variety of methods. They combine functional requirements, multimedia design and the latest developments from usability engineering und accessibility. From problem analysis through system design and implementation to quality assurance: our graduates handle the complex demands made on software and multimedia systems.

Having completed our course you’ll be able to choose from an extensive repertoire of different programming languages and paradigms as well as methods and tools to deliver ideal solutions to specific problems. You’ll be in great demand on the job market!


You’ll gain an insight into a wide range of corporate and organisational structures and strategies and learn how to assess different procedural models. You’ll also be introduced to various aspects of personnel management and the principles of business law. You’ll develop methods and tools for quality management, gain an insight into customer relationship management and learn about the nature and organisation of research and development projects.

IT architectures, process frameworks & security

You’ll create and implement high-availability, adaptive IT system architectures and innovative cloud systems. You’ll also design a web service-based application logic for automating the workflows of corresponding ITIL processes. You’ll acquire in-depth knowledge in the area of e-security and risk management as well as security consulting. You’ll be able to anticipate the latest technological and social trends and incorporate them into your work.

As a graduate of our programme you’ll be highly capable of implementing theoretical concepts enabling you to see a project through from the ideas stage right up to the finished product.

What specialisations are available?

Software and multimedia engineering

We’ll provide you with all the skills you’ll need to take an innovative, practical and scientific approach to the design, planning, development and maintenance of software and multimedia systems. You’ll acquire theoretical and practical expertise in requirements analysis, planning, implementing and controlling software development processes. You’ll be able to assess and re-engineer software architectures, paradigms and technologies and enhance your ability to put theory into practice.

IT management

This specialisation focuses on solution-oriented project management. You’ll use state-of-the-art tools and principles of process management to implement comprehensive customised solutions. You’ll design and operate heterogeneous IT service environments in corporate networks according to requirements. We’ll teach you to monitor IT systems operation and derive and implement measures to improve quality according to defined indicators while complying with agreed performance parameters. We’ll provide you with specialist training in planning network architectures to achieve corporate goals and to implement network infrastructures. You’ll also acquire in-depth knowledge of IT security.

Study mode, self-study and attendance

Study mode

Our full-time course is designed to ensure a demanding high-quality education. However, to offer committed prospective students with a job an alternative to the traditional part-time programme, we have chosen a work-friendly format.

As a student on the Information Management Master’s programme you can expect:

  • a maximum of 45 attendance days in the first and second semester on three set days per week
  • a maximum of 20 attendance days in the third semester on one set day per week
  • a maximum of 15 attendance days in the fourth semester (organised as a block) covering maximum five weeks
  • possible credits for graduates with relevant diploma degrees
  • the opportunity to carry out the integrated practical project over a period of approximately 450 hours in a company of your choice
  • to write your diploma thesis on a topic of your choice in cooperation with commercial enterprises or institutions or organisations outside FH JOANNEUM

There are a various attractive opportunities for financial support. These include, for example, the new sabbatical option, which also allows some flexibility in terms of time. In the current climate your employer might also be flexible as regards sabbaticals, part-time employment or flexible working hours.


Courses are allocated ECTS credits which are used to measure the workload for each course. In most university degrees the workload amounts to 1500 hours per academic year, i.e. one ECTS credit corresponds to an average workload of 25 hours.

Assuming a course represents one ECTS credit, the workload is divided as follows: 15 teaching units attendance (11.25 hours), approx. 10 hours exam preparation, approx. 3 hours homework. This gives a total of around 25 hours. So you can work out the average workload per course. Lecturers generally explain the exact breakdown at the start of the course.


Depending on the course, you can miss up to 25 percent of the units per semester. If you miss more than this number of units, your performance will be assessed as unsatisfactory and you will fail the first attempt at the exam.

You will be excused if you provide a doctor’s certificate confirming that you were ill. Ultimately the head of degree programme decides on the consequences of non-attendance and exceptions to the compulsory attendance requirement.