The Master's programme comprises lectures, tutorials, seminars, and two student research projects as well as a Master's thesis. Students can choose from various specialised fields for the Master's thesis topic.
The programme comprises 120 ECTS, which are divided into the following compulsory, elective, and research components:
- Four compulsory modules (Advanced HCI, Information Processing and Presentation, Virtual/Augmented Reality and Mobile HCI), each comprising 9 ECTS (36 ECTS in total)
- Elective modules (24 ECTS in total)
- Two research projects (15 ECTS each) in small groups of three to six students (30 ECTS in total)
- The Master's thesis module (30 ECTS).
Research projects are offered by most of our professors each semester.
The elective module (24 ECTS) provides students with the opportunity to select courses from other degree programmes and faculties alongside the general catalogue of courses offered within Computer Science and Media on a Master level. The elective modules also allow for the inclusion of a range of courses from the fields of Media Studies, Media Art and Design and Media Management as well as the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism, and the Faculty of Art and Design or in Civil Engineering. An additional project from the HCI Master's programme comprising a maximum of 15 credit points may also be incorporated.
The third semester is an ideal semester for students to spend abroad, since it offers greater flexibility with respect to the choice of classes. The fourth and final semester is reserved for undertaking the Master's thesis project.
The standard duration of studies for the Human-Computer Master's programme is four semesters, leading to the award of a Master of Science degree. All Master's courses are offered in English.
For information about part-time studies, please contact the International Counsellor for details:http://www.uni-weimar.de/de/medien/international
Study abroad unit(s)
Participants have the option of spending one to two semesters abroad at one of the many international partner universities of the Faculty of Media.
Forms of assessment
Credits are earned through project presentations, marked assignments, written and oral exams. Course requirements are described in the module descriptions online.
The Master's programme in Human Computer Interaction is designed to provide graduates with advanced analytical, creative, and research skills for the development of application systems for digital media and for user research in the field of HCI.
Problem-based active learning and interdisciplinary coursework are central and important aspects of our curriculum. This significantly advances the soft skills of our graduates, particularly in teamwork, communication, and presentation skills.
Future graduates will work in industry and research to design and implement innovative interface technologies, usable systems and to evaluate these, as well as in consultancy positions on similar areas of expertise. We expect them to work in areas such as system design and implementation of novel user interfaces, virtual reality and visualisation systems, mobile systems, geographic information systems, usability engineering, and user research.
As the programme started in 2015, it has yet to produce alumni. However, based on feedback by alumni of our other MSc degree programme in the area of Media Informatics, we expect excellent job opportunities for future HCI alumni. Alumni of these other programmes frequently find employment in R&D departments at large companies (e.g., Volkswagen, BMW), research institutes (e.g., Fraunhofer), as well as at universities and tertiary educational institutions, where they often pursue a doctorate.