Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Human Computer Interaction

The interdisciplinary Master course (Master of Science) on Human Computer Interaction started with winter term 2009 at the University of Siegen. Up to date, this Master is unique among German Universities Master programmes.

Based on the observation that IT artifacts increasingly pervade professional as well as private areas of life this Master programme focuses issues of design, implementation, utilization, and evaluation of efficiently usable software systems. Especially aspects of the design of IT artifacts to support human interaction are under consideration. To design IT artifacts being integral parts of human-computer interaction, fundamental understanding and capabilities in the theory of interaction is mandatory - especially when building mobile and ubiquitous applications - as well as user interface design, user-centric design methods, usability standards, methods for qualitative analysis, and methods for integrated development of organization and technology. In addition to these core competencies, complementary topics can be selected from the domains of Media Science, Media Law, Business Administration, Psychology, and Arts.

Due to multiple research projects and closely related teaching activities in the domain of HCI at the University of Siegen, the application-oriented characteristics of the Master HCI is fostered.

Master HCI targets graduates with a BA in Information Systems, Applied Computer Science, Computer Science or comparable studies, if these studies comprised key aspects of software or artistic design (i.e. at least 30 credit points). Graduates from other degree programs can also apply for Master HCI in case they provide profound programming skills. Applicants are advised to contact Mr. Cornelius Neufeldt (cornelius.neufeldt(at) prior to their formal application at the examination office of Faculty III.

Format of the Master course

The course of studies comprises mandatory modules from the following areas: "Human Computer Interaction", "Usability Engineering", "Computer-supported Collaborative Work", "Empirical Design Methods", "Computer-supported Learning", "Artistic Design", and "Applied Social Psychology" as well as optional modules such as "Software Development in Organizations", "Information Management", "Decision Support Systems", "IT-Controlling", "Selected areas from HCI".

Furthermore, modules from three of the following domains must be selected: "Media Management", "IT Security and Law", "Cultural foundation of media science", "Media Analysis", "Media and Society" and "Statistics". Internships at a company or at a foreign research institute, a "Project Thesis (MA)" and a "Master Thesis" are mandatory components of this Master course.

For detailed information on deadlines, application procedure and fees please contact Mr. Marco Durissini: marco.durissini(at)

International academic advisory board:

• John M. Carroll, Penn State, USA
• Antonella De Angeli, Manchaster Business School, UK
• Gerhard Fischer, University of Colorado, USA
• Michael Herczeg, University of Luebeck, Germany
• Wendy Kellogg, IBM-Research, USA
• John L. King, University of Michigan, USA
• Brad Myers, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
• Gary M. Olson, University of California, Irvine, USA