People-Oriented Computing

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Foreign:$ 1.7 k / Year(s) Deadline: Feb 28, 2024
73 place StudyQA ranking:783 Duration:2 years You need IELTS certificate

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Informatics has a profound impact on humans and society, significantly changing patterns of communication, information, and social interaction in both our private and working lives. Conversely, it is people who are behind the forward march of informatics and shape the informatics-based systems that change our world. Gone are the days when informatics was simply about solving problems using algorithms.

In the Master's study program in People-Oriented Computing, you will broaden and deepen the knowledge you acquired during your Bachelor's study program, with the aim of enabling you to help shape information technology in a way that focuses on people and gain a better understanding of the interaction that takes place between people and computers.

You will also learn how to analyze non-standard problems yourself, how to use independent means of acquiring the knowledge you need to do this, and how to design and use appropriate systems and solutions.

Career prospects and further degree programs

With a Master's degree in People-Oriented Computing, you will be in demand as a specialist in companies across all industries, where you will develop sophisticated, user-friendly software.

Furthermore, the in-depth knowledge gained during the Master's study program will enable you to take on demanding tasks in roles such as project manager, interaction architect, analyst or consultant in any field involving the people-oriented design of information technologies and their effects on business and society.

Moreover, graduates with the right aptitude have the opportunity to complete a doctorate, an outstanding foundation for an academic career.

  • 60 ECTS credits to be earned from a customizable elective area and a Master’s project 
  • Master’s thesis comprising 30 ECTS credits 
  • Complemented by a minor program of choice comprising 30 ECTS credits and selected from the current programs on offer
  • Normal period of study: four semesters 
  • Title awarded upon graduation: Master of Science UZH in Informatik (corresponds to Master of Science UZH in Informatics) 

Major/minor subject combinations

In addition to the major study program comprising 90 ECTS credits, a minor study program comprising 30 ECTS credits is selected from the Faculty or from other UZH faculties. 

  • Proof of Competence in the English Language. IELTS 7.0, TOEFL iBT 100
  • Admission to a Master’s degree program generally requires a Bachelor’s degree with a total of 180 ECTS credits from a university recognized by the University of Zurich.
  • Acceptance to a Master's program in another field of study may be made conditional on acquiring additional knowledge and skills.


Living expenses depend very much on the individual student. These figures should therefore be regarded as a guideline only (in CHF): 

Rent incl. heating 550
Additional expenses (telephone, internet) 200
Meals 400
Insurance 250
Travel 80
Clothing, laundry, personal items 70
Leisure, spending money 150
Teaching materials 50
Total 1,750

The expected minimum cost of living for students therefore comes to a total of CHF 1,750 per month. Course fees come to around CHF 770 per semester.

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