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Human Computer Interaction
Master of Science
Language of instruction
English and German
The degree program
The international Master's degree program "Human Computer
Interaction" is a consecutive full-time study program with a
regular study time of four semesters that requires completion
of a Bachelor's degree program.
In light of the fact that IT artefacts increasingly penetrate all areas of life and work, questions of design, implementation, acquisition and evaluation of usable and efficiently applicable software systems are the focus of studies. Special relevance is given to the design of IT artefacts for support of human action practices.
In order to be able to design IT-artefacts in their connections with practical human action, basic skills in the area of interaction techniques are necessary, in particular also for mobile and ubiquitous applications, interface design, user-oriented design processes and methods, usability standards, qualitative analysis methods and integrated organization and technology development. These major contents should be complemented by required modules from the areas of media studies, media law, business administration, psychology and art. The many research activities underway at the University of Siegen in the area of Human Computer Interaction ensure close practical interlocking of research and teaching.
A Master's thesis concludes the program's curriculum.
The HCI Master's program is the first one in this subject area at a German university.
The University of Siegen was advised by an advisory council of leading scientists in this subject area when designing this degree program.
1) Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Information Systems, Computer Science, Business Administration, Design, Psychology or Sociology or a comparable program with a relevant share of 60 ECTS credits from the above-mentioned subject areas, completed with a degree of 2.5 or better.
2) Applicants with Bachelor's degrees from other study areas should have a performance record from the disciplines of Business Information Systems, Computer Science, Business Administration, Design, Psychology or Sociology. The scope of results from the two areas in the Bachelor's degree program should be at least 60 ECTS credits in total. Any distribution is possible here. In this case, the underlying Bachelor's degree also must have been completed with a value of 2.5 or better.
3) Alternatively, a qualification equivalent to the Bachelor's degree can serve as the requirement for approval. The equivalence shall be determined by the study and examination board.
The examination regulations relevant at the time shall apply.
The lessons in the degree program are mostly held in English. Only few lectures can be heard in German. Therefore, sufficient skills in English must be documented by the applicants who have not acquired their study qualification in an exclusively English-speaking facility or who have English as their native language. The following evidence is accepted: TOEFL iBT (at least 94 points), IELTS (score 6.5 or better), Cambridge B2 First, Grade B (173+ points), PTE Academic (at least 58 points) or certificates that document language skills of level B2 according to the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).
An internship can be completed within the program.
Examination regulations/degree plan/module manuals/internship rules
Examination regulations (POs) specify the basic structures of a degree program (e.g. admission requirements and contents to be studied). Students are automatically subject to the current version of their PO when they matriculate for their first subject-related semester. This means that even if the PO changes during their studies, the original version according to which they matriculated will remain valid (provided that the PO does not expire).
The respective degree plan is the recommended example progress of the studies in individual subjects and is part of a PO.
Supplementary provisions and details for any module to be studied can be found in the module manually (e.g. requirements for taking a written test or content-related information on the modules/events, ...).
The internship rules define the conditions under which the required or optional internships must be completed.
We recommend at least looking at the study schedule for your degree program before the lecture time starts, to ensure that you know which modules are intended for the start of your studies.