Become a product manager
and develop successful products

Have you ever wondered who developed products like iPhone, Spotify, or TikTok? We’ll tell you! It was a team consisting of software engineers, designers, and product managers.

Is Product Management the right fit for you?

The decision is entirely up to you. But if your fingertips are tingling to understand customer needs, you know how to communicate with users and stakeholders of the company, you want to make sure that the right product is being built, are as curious to explore markets and industries as you are to interpret data and you can integrate respectfully in a team, Product Management is the right fit for you. It is essential to understand that Product Managers are the opposite of lone fighters: there is no Product Manager without a team.

What will you learn as a Product Management student at CODE?

Our students learn to base their decisions on theoretical and practical insights from economics, data science, systems and design thinking, psychology, strategy, agile methodology, marketing, software engineering, and project management. And since you have to be an ambassador for your product and talk to many different people every day – from the software engineer to the CEO of the company- will help you become a stellar presenter and communicator.

Which spectrum of technology applications you will cover?

Our students explore software solutions as well as hybrid products involving hardware. They work on highly scalable products that aim to combine social and community-driven purposes with profitability. For instance, one area of focus is on innovative products that help the economy to become more sustainable, and strengthen society’s resilience in a future of increasingly volatile ecosystems.

I chose to study Product Management at CODE because I fell in love with the pedagogy’s description as it reflects perfectly what I was looking for and which values I believed in. Diversity and transdisciplinarity are melted together in the CODE’s environment to support exploration and inventiveness.Adrien Sosson, #thirdparty student

Your career choices: 50 Shades of Product Management

It’s not easy to say “this is a typical product manager”. You can find several types of product managers out there in different industries. The role and its responsibilities can even vary from company to company. However, we are trying to shed light on the most common ones right now:

  • Growth Product Manager

    A data-driven decision-maker, detail-oriented strategist, organized and looking forward to working in larger organizations and later-stage products.
    Main focus: marketing analysis, data science & product marketing.

  • Experience Focused Product Management

    Good listener and communicator, always putting the customer first, right eye for excellent user experience, enjoys in-depth conversations with designers and developers.
    Main focus: research methods, user experience.

  • Community Focused Product Management

    The customers’ voice, strives for changing the world while embracing cultural diversity, and it’s an expert in transferring user wishes into viable products.
    Main focus: culture, arts, bridging gaps.

  • Entrepreneurial Product Manager

    Willing to stand on your own two feet and resilient, a good networker, visionary, and a great communicator that can bring the right people together.
    Main focus: business models, finance, stakeholder communication.

  • Platform & Tech Product Manager

    Analytical tech enthusiast and a strong communicator always prepared to dive into technical discussions with the team.
    Main focus: tech stack, APIs, integration.

Want to learn more about Product Management?

CODE is all about new ways of learning

The most effective way to learn is not by passively absorbing selected facts and ready-made content to reproduce for the next exam. Information is best remembered when it is embedded in the context of practical meaning. That’s where curiosity-driven education comes into play.

There are core competencies that every product manager needs to be successful, while other focus areas allow our students to deepen their knowledge and find their profile of expertise. Some skills can be learned in the classroom, but most are developed with experience, good role models, and mentoring. Unlike traditional universities, we value interdisciplinary approaches. All three parts of digital product development – software engineering, interaction design, and product management – are interwoven throughout our bachelor programs. This way, our students gain experience in collaboration setups already during their studies, giving them a vital foundation to build on in their professional life.

At CODE, the role of our faculty is different. It’s all about knowledge sharing, and they see themselves as coaches and mentors, encouraging students to push boundaries and shape their profile. Studying at CODE guides students to decide what kind of product manager they want to be and who they want to become in their professional life.

Modules

The program is focused on a set of modules that explore the range of
the discipline product management. As a future product manager, you will choose the modules you want to explore.

  • Communication & Presentation
  • Customer Discovery & Market Research
  • KPIs & Data Analysis
  • Product Marketing
  • Requirements Engineering
  • Product Innovation & Definition
  • Agile Process Management
  • Product Strategy
  • Partnership Management
  • Intercultural Management
  • Consumer Psychology
  • Entrepreneurship

Meet our PM team

Our professors and lectures focus on enabling our students to have meaningful firsthand experiences, guiding them to reflect on these experiences critically, and empowering them to master our challenging interdisciplinary projects.

Permanent faculty members

Freelance faculty members

Charles Andreo

Benjamin Bolland

Dirk Hassenstein

Luis Hügel

Ferry Kluger

Markus Müller

Radosław Orszewski

Humphrey Yeboah

Learn more about our application process

At CODE we want to attract the most talented and passionate students, not the most privileged. In our admission process, we aim to challenge your drive and curiosity.

Intersection with other study programs

As part of an interdisciplinary learning experience, many modules offered by the Interaction Design and Software Engineering departments are also credited towards the Product Management Bachelor degree.

Three Bachelor programs for young talents

Decide within your orientation semester, whether you are a developer, designer or an entrepreneur and choose the focus, that fits best for you.

Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering

Bachelor of Arts in Interaction Design (B.A.)

Your career choices

As a successful product manager, your feet rest firmly on a solid foundation of business economics, marketing and data analysis, while your eyes are fixed on the sky: dreaming up valuable, usable and feasible visions for new products and software solutions. In order to successfully design and implement a new product, product managers have to be passionate about all aspects of the product – from software engineering and technical features to front-end and interaction design. Fluent in coder-speak, product managers have their artsy designer vocabulary at the ready and shine in board-room management presentations.

Begin your CODE journey today!

To apply, please visit our Application Portal