HUMAN-COMPUTER INTERACTION MSC

Faculty of Natural Science
Course Duration / ECTS 4 semesters / 120 ECTS
University degree Master of Science in Engineering (MSc)
Faculty Faculty of Natural Sciences
Department Computer Sciences
Mode Full time
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

What will I learn?

The goal of Human-Computer Interaction and thus 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 highest 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 joint degree master’s 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 development of an individual (new) occupational field requires appropriate training.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.

Why Salzburg?

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?

Human-Computer Interaction MSc

Module 1: HCI Theory & Methodology6 ECTS
Module 2: Prototyping for HCI6 ECTS
Module 3: Human Factors & Experience Engineering6 ECTS
Module 4: Interaction Design & Digital Innovation6 ECTS
Module 5: Ethics, Diversity & Society6 ECTS
Module 6: Contextual HCI6 ECTS
Module 7: Interaction Technologies6 ECTS
Module 8: HCI & Research12 ECTS
Module 9: Advanced Contextual HCI6 ECTS
Module 10: HCI Innovations & Future Technologies6 ECTS
Module 11: HCI & Industries12 ECTS
Elective courses12 ECTS
Master’s seminar2 ECTS
Master's thesis25 ECTS
Master's exam3 ECTS
Total120 ECTS

Contact

Bild Alexander Meschtscherjakov
Ass. Prof. Dr. Alexander Meschtscherjakov Head of commission for the curriculum Master Human-Computer Interaction
  • Jakob-Haringer-Straße 8
  • 5020 Salzburg
Tel:
+43 662 8044-4844
Fax:
+43 662 8044-0001
alexander.meschtscherjakov@sbg.ac.at
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