Areas of focus

Areas of focus

The University of Passau stands for excellent research and innovative teaching – as well as the diversity and an openness to the world that are essential preconditions for such excellence. In Passau, science, culture and an entrepreneurial spirit find their unique combination; people from all over the world meet in the baroque Old Town and talk to each other about their academic, cultural or entrepreneurial projects. This spirit of togetherness is one of our greatest strengths.

Science for the Networked Society

State, society, commerce and industry, technology, government, culture and education – all are interconnected on a global scale and affected by increasing digitalisation. Academia must react to these changing conditions by re-examining and adapting its analytical and interpretative paradigms and patterns of action to find answers to the questions that arise as a result of these developments.

The University of Passau is ready to meet this challenge! 'Digitalisation, networked society and (internet) cultures' is the overarching theme under which research and teaching are conducted at the University: this reflects the interdisciplinary identity of our University and the long-standing tradition of co-operation among its four faculties.

Research at the University of Passau

Subject areas

  • Electrical engineering
  • Information and Systems Engineering
  • Humanities
  • Geosciences (including Geography)
  • Mathematics
  • Social and Behavioural Sciences


  • Big Data
  • IT Security
  • Software Systems
  • Digital Humanities
  • Internet Law
  • European and International Law
  • Accountancy
  • Finance
  • Taxation
  • International Management and Innovation
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Internet Business
  • Media and Communication
  • Internet Cultures