HUMAN-COMPUTER INTERACTION MSC
|Course Duration / ECTS||4 semesters / 120 ECTS|
|University degree||Master of Science in Engineering (MSc)|
|Faculty||Faculty of Natural Sciences|
|Study ID||DU 066 514|
|Admission Requirements|| Bachelor’s degree in an equivalent or related field from|
an accredited Austrian or foreign institute of higher education
|Language of instruction English||Proof of language proficiency|
What will I learn?
The goal of the joint degree master’s programme is the research, design, and improvement of interfaces between users and technical systems including their user experiences (UX). The programme aims at a scientifically sound education and an application-oriented practical training at university level. The guiding principle of a university education of the possible quality and scientific character (professional qualification, research ability, dissertation capability) is pursued. In order to cope with current and future tasks, graduates of the programme Human-Computer Interaction need a qualification profile that includes a comprehensive knowledge of general approaches (e.g., design thinking, experience-centred design), qualitative aspects and guidelines (e.g., usability, user experience), corresponding methods and tools, current and future interaction approaches, as well as the institutionalization and management of user experience in organizations.
Which career opportunities do I have?
The demand for specialists in Human-Computer Interaction in research and innovation is constantly growing in companies, universities and the public sector. The availability of specialists is of strategic importance for companies when it comes to positioning high-quality products on the international market that are oriented towards users. The central sectors for graduates of the joint degree master’s programme Human-Computer Interaction are the creative industries, the software industry, commerce & industry, consulting & training as well as academic and application-oriented research & technology organizations.
The digital revolution is not about technology – it’s about people. Become an expert in the thriving field of Human-Computer Interaction and help to shape the way people interact with digital applications, products or services. This interdisciplinary degree programme combines principles from computer science, design and psychology and is dedicated to understanding the evolving relationship between people and interactive systems.
The programme prepares future experts to ideate, design, implement and evaluate novel interfaces and innovative forms of interaction that better respond to the needs of users.
Topics include HCI theory, methodology and prototyping, human factors & user experience engineering, interaction design & digital innovation, contextual interfaces, HCI innovations & future technologies and their application in research and industry.
In a nuthshell:
* Joint master programme of FH Salzburg and Center of Human-Computer Interaction, Salzburg University
* Hands-on research and industry projects
* Up-and-coming fields of application such as smart homes, industry 4.0, autonomous vehicles, digital health
* Wide range of elective courses meant for individual specialisation
* Optional internship in industry
How is the course structured?
|Module 1: HCI Theory & Methodology||6 ECTS|
|Module 2: Prototyping for HCI||6 ECTS|
|Module 3: Human Factors & Experience Engineering||6 ECTS|
|Module 4: Interaction Design & Digital Innovation||6 ECTS|
|Module 5: Ethics, Diversity & Society||6 ECTS|
|Module 6: Contextual HCI||6 ECTS|
|Module 7: Interaction Technologies||6 ECTS|
|Module 8: HCI & Research||12 ECTS|
|Module 9: Advanced Contextual HCI||6 ECTS|
|Module 10: HCI Innovations & Future Technologies||6 ECTS|
|Module 11: HCI & Industries||12 ECTS|
|Elective courses||12 ECTS|
|Master’s seminar||2 ECTS|
|Master’s thesis||25 ECTS|
|Master’s exam||3 ECTS|