Die neue Prüfungsordnung für den Bachelor Informatik (PO Bachelor Informatik (08/2022)) ist zukunftsweisend ausgerichtet und gibt der RWTH Aachen ein besonderes Alleinstellungsmerkmal, vor allem durch Hinzunahme und Verankerung der Bereiche Machine Lerning, Data Science und IT-Security.

It also ensures better studyability and greater flexibility in the interdisciplinary application area for computer science students.

This changes with the new examination regulations

Two new Compulsory Courses

With the new Bachelor Examination Regulations, two new compulsory courses will be introduced, whichwill be offered in English and will be in the 5th semester.

Lecture + Exercise

4 CP

Start for both event is the winter semester 2023/2024.

New Electives

Die Neugestaltung des Wahlpflichtbereichs ermöglicht den Studierenden mehr Flexibilität und Wahlmöglichkeit in den Fächeroptionen.

A comparison of the old and new POs makes this clearer:


  • Wahlpflichtbereich: 24 CP
    • 4 Veranstaltungen
    • eine Theorieveranstaltung
  • Anwendungsfach: 22 CP
    • Choice of a fixed application subject


Wahlpflichtbereich: 36 CP

  • Wahlpflichtbereich Informatik: 18-24 CP
    • 3-4 Veranstaltungen
    • eine Theorieveranstaltungen
  • Anwendungsbereich: 12-18 CP
    • Module aus anderen Fachbereichen
    • Modules can be compiled from different subject areas



4 events (at least 1 from theory area)

24 CP

Application Area

Choice of a fixed application subject

22 CP



total 36 CP

Elective Computer Science

3 – 4 Veranstaltungen (mind. 1 aus Theoriebereich)

18-24 CP

Application area

Modules can be compiled from different subject areas

12-18 CP

Credit changes

In the course of the introduction of the two new compulsory modules and the redesign of the elective area, changes were also made to the crediting:


EventAlte CreditsNeue Credits
Data Structures and Algorithms8 CP7 CP
Operating Systems and System Software6 CP7 CP
Proseminar Computer Science3 CP4 CP
Seminar Computer Science5 CP4 CP

Data Structures and Algorithms

8 CP

7 CP

Operating Systems and System Software

6 CP

7 CP

Proseminar Computer Science

3 CP

4 CP

Seminar Computer Science

5 CP

4 CP

New admission requirements

In addition to the proof of command of the German language according to ÜPO §3 (7), the English competence level B2 is an admission requirement according to ÜPO §3 (8). In addition, the following certificates are recognized according to ÜPO §3 (9):

  • A certificate showing English language skills at level B2 of the "Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)". This proof is provided, for example, by presenting a German Abitur certificate showing that English has been taken continuously until the end of qualification phase 1 (year 11 in the case of G8 A-levels, otherwise year 12) and has been completed with at least sufficient performance.
  • Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) "Internet-based" Test (IBT) with a score of at least 90 points
  •  IELTS test with a score of at least 5.5
  • Cambridge Test – Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)
  • Cambridge Test - Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)
  • Placement test of the Language Center of the RWTH with level B2 (MK 7)

New requirements

  • Mentoring is a prerequisite for all required courses beginning in the 4th semester of study
  • The thesis can be registered if 120 CP can be proven. This must include all compulsory courses from the 1st-3rd semester.

Thesis submission

Previously, final papers had to be submitted in 3 printed copies. In der neuen Prüfungsordnung reduziert sich die Anzahl der geforderten gedruckten Exemplare. The submission now takes place in digital form as well as the submission of a printed and bound copy of the thesis.

New study plan

The two new compulsory courses in the 5th semester as well as the changes in the elective courses have been included in the study plan.

In addition, Data Communication and Security will be renamed Data Communication and moved from the 4th semester (summer semester) to the 3rd semester (winter semester). Therefore, the course will be offered in the winter semester starting in the winter semester 2022/2023.

Recommendations for Change

We recommend a change to the new examination regulations to all students in the 3rd semester or to all those who have previously only taken modules that are scheduled in the first three semesters.

Students who are already close to graduation or have already completed their minor completely (according to the old examination regulations) are advised not to change the examination regulations again.

A change of examination regulations can be requested from the Informatics Examination Committee