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Studying part-time while working

Computer Science students can undertake the degree on a part-time or full-time basis. Part-timers may or may not be in gainful employment. This enables students to tailor their study programme based on the amount of time they have available while in employment or bringing up a family.

By combining a job and degree, I remain financially independent and at the same time I am always able to keep up with developments in the world of computer science. With the practice-oriented Computer Science degree, the FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland offers an ideal basis for me to immediately apply the knowledge I have acquired to everyday working situations.

Stefan Graber, student studying on a part-time basis while in employment, Bachelor of Science FHNW in Computer Science, Network Engineer DT Swiss AG, Biel


The full-time study programme lasts six semesters (three years), whereby it is not possible to be in employment at the same time. As a part-time student, you study with full-time students but complete fewer modules per semester. If a student is in employment for 40% of the time, the part-time study programme generally takes eight semesters.

Studying part-time while working: hours of teaching and project work

The course model whereby students study part-time while in employment is ideal if you already work in the computer science sector. You must work 40% of the time and you can work up to a maximum of 70% of the time while studying. The study programme lasts eight to nine semesters.

Lessons take place on Mondays as well as Tuesday afternoons and evenings.

With the "part-time-while-working" course model, lessons begin a week earlier in the autumn semester and end a week later in the spring semester. Furthermore, as a student studying part-time while working, you will also work on your project assignments during tuition-free time.

Credit for IT projects 1 and 2 is given to students studying part-time while in employment if they are carrying out job-related projects at the same time. The Course Director can provide information on the precise conditions. If the two projects cannot be covered in terms of credits by job-related projects, then you will complete the two projects at the school and must spend an additional afternoon at the school to do so.

Employers of students studying part-time while in employment can submit information for the projects relating to the respective job. This is the perfect way to combine university study with a job.


Prof. Dr. Christoph Denzler
Prof. Dr. Christoph Denzler

Programme Head Computer Science

Telephone +41 056 202 78 05 (direct)