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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Computer Science

  • Start Date

    April, October

  • Course Duration

    2 years

  • Course Type

    MSc

  • Course Fees

    no fees, semester contribution, check website

  • Last Updated

    16 November 2018

About the Program

Design and development of intelligent software systems and interfaces have become increasingly important with the pervasiveness of mobile devices and ubiquitous technologies. In the English-language Human-Computer Interaction Master of Science programme, students focus on theoretical and practical issues in current Computer Science research in interface design and interactive system development.

This international oriented 2-year master’s degree programme is based on the following pillars:

The study of a range of topics within the field of human-computer interaction:

  • usability
  • user-centred design
  • user interface testing and research
  • innovative interface technologies such as virtual reality, mobile systems, adaptive systems, mixed reality, ubiquitous computing and graphic interfaces

Acquisition of key skills and competences through a project-based study approach.

This technically-oriented HCI master’s programme further offers the opportunity to participate in interdisciplinary projects and to attend courses from other study programs, such as Media Art and Design, Architecture, and other courses from the Faculty of Art and Design. 

Find more Information on our Website.

Program Structure

The programme comprises 120 ECTS, distributed into the following components:

▪ Four compulsory modules (Advanced HCI, Information Processing and Presentation, Virtual/Augmented Reality and Mobile HCI), each comprising 9 ECTS.

▪ Elective module (24 ECTS in total).

▪ Two research projects (15 ECTS each).

▪ The Master’s thesis module (30 ECTS).

In accordance with the Weimar Bauhaus model, research-oriented projects contribute towards a large proportion of the master’s programme. The elective modules allows students to incorporate courses from other degree programmes such as Media Studies, Media Management, Architecture and Urbanism, and Art and Design alongside the general Computer Science and Media course catalogue. Graded language courses up to 6 ECTS may also be included, or an additional HCI related project. The fourth and final semester is dedicated to the master’s thesis.

Further information on the curriculum : https://www.uni-weimar.de/en/media/studies/computer-science-and-media-hci/curriculum-master-hci/

Career Perspectives

The HCI Master was developed based upon our experiences with the long-standing Computer Science for Digital Media Master programme. CS4DM graduates have all readily found employment in industry and academia, in R&D departments at large companies (e.g. Volkswagen, BMW), research institutes (e.g. Fraunhofer), as well as at universities, with many continuing into a PhD. 

The ability to design complex systems and interfaces with regard to usability and appropriateness for the usage context increases in importance. HCI graduates can work both in software development, in particular in conception and development of novel interface technologies, and in the area of usability and user research, which both grow in demand on the job market. Our unique project-based study approach provides graduates with a skill set that qualifies them both for research and industry careers.

Studying in Weimar

Despite its relatively small size and picture-book qualities, Weimar is by no means a sleepy, backwater town. And although it’s famous for Goethe, Schiller and the Bauhaus, Weimar has something for everyone - whether you’re an art and culture lover, night owl, sport enthusiast or gourmet. And all of this in downtown Weimar where nothing is further away than a ten-minute walk. You can look forward to visiting more than 20 museums, four cinemas, the Deutsches Nationaltheater, several small theatre venues, student clubs and concert events.

The Bauhaus, the most influential design school in the 20th century, was founded in 1919 in our main building. A tie to this history was established in the renaming as Bauhaus-Universität Weimar in 1996. We are an international university in the unique, cultural city of Weimar. We are a vibrant institution, not a museum. Experimentation and excellence prevail throughout the 4 faculties where transdisciplinary projects and co-operations in research and education are conducted.

Application Process

Applicants who graduated outside of Europe apply online at: http://www.uni-assist.de.

Applicants who graduated in Europe and do not require a visa apply online at: Online-Application.

For details see our application website.

Many typical questions about the program, application process and requirements are answered in our FAQ.

Requirements

Admission requires a Bachelor of Science degree in Human-Computer Interaction, Computer Science or a related field with a strong focus on computer science and HCI. If the converted credit-weighted average grade of your Bachelor's degree is at least 2.0 in the German system, your chances of acceptance are very good.

Only diplomas of international accredited universities will be accepted. Non-academic, practical experience in computer science alone does not suffice to qualify you.

Language Requirements:

The medium of instruction is English, some electives can be taken in German. B2 level (CEFR) of English proficiency is needed. We require a standardised language certificate (unless your bachelor degree was done in a native-English speaking country). We accept three types of language proficiency certificates:

TOEFL (80 internet-based, 213 computer-based)

IELTS (6.5 minimum)

ESOL Cambridge First Certificate in English

Motivational Letter and CV:

We highly recommend a detailed CV and motivation letter. Please do not send lengthy standard letters. Make clear you know our curriculum and point out why you chose our programme, and describe your specific interest in HCI i and why you want to specialize in this area.

For further information, please check our FAQ.


Visit the Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), M.Sc. page on the Bauhaus University, Weimar website for more details!

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