The study programme can be completed completely in English. Additionally, several elective courses are available in German.
German language courses are available at the language centre at University of Siegen. A German language certificate is not necessary.
Winter and summer semester
More information on beginning of studies
1 October (winter semester), 1 April (summer semester)
Application start: 1 May, deadline: 15 July for winter semester
Application start: 1 November, deadline: 15 January for summer semester
Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Combined Master's degree / PhD programme
Joint degree / double degree programme
In the field of interactive technologies, specific methods and approaches are necessary in order to design IT artefacts for use in areas of human practice, mainly for mobile and ubiquitous applications. These encompass interface design, user-centred design, usability engineering, qualitative empirical methods, and the integration of organisational and technology development processes, all of which constitute the core elements of the HCI Master's programme.
Anyone looking for successful socio-technical systems (i.e. humans and machines) will discover that good, long-term interactive design geared to humans is essential. The key to the HCI Master's programme in Siegen is to provide students with a solid, broad grounding in methods and techniques. This is the basis for well-founded conception, design, and implementation as well as for testing IT systems for humans.
Classic usability often centres on (quantitative) lab studies. In Siegen, we are convinced this is simply not enough because it reduces human involvement to a minimum. This is the reason why our work is particularly embedded in the qualitative ethnographic field, i.e., directly in user practice. One main focus is on the involvement of users when designing systems. We refer to this as Grounded Design.
In Siegen, research and teaching go hand in hand. Students often work directly on research projects that are commonly conducted in partnership with industry. Not only does this signify high research relevance and the possibility of genuine scientific work but it also provides a very close link to practice.
The course of study includes the following: the Basics of HCI (18 ECTS), one of two modules from Consolidation (9 ECTS), three practical projects (27 ECTS), three modules from Current Research of HCI (18 ECTS), and two modules (with 9 ECTS each) or three modules (with 6 ECTS each) from Interdisciplinary Contexts (18 ECTS). The taught part of the programme will be followed by the Master's thesis (30 ECTS).
Six weeks of internship in a national company or at a foreign research institute (voluntary)
Course-specific, integrated German language courses
Course-specific, integrated English language courses
Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Students pay a semester fee of approx. 275 EUR for a public transport ticket (valid for six months in the entire state of North Rhine-Westphalia) as well as a social services contribution and student activities.
Costs of living
The city of Siegen is one of the German cities with very moderate costs for accommodation, offering attractive living conditions. Living expenses including accommodation and health insurance range from only 600 EUR to 750 EUR per month, depending on personnel living preferences. Students can choose to apply for the dormitories or to look for off-campus housing that is privately owned.
Funding opportunities within the university
Description of the above-mentioned funding opportunities within the university
To apply for the HCI Master's programme, you need to have an appropriate first degree (BA or BSc) covering at least six semesters of study in Business Information Systems, Computer Science, Business Administration, Design, Psychology or Sociology or a comparable programme.
If you have completed a different study programme, you must be able to provide proof of prior knowledge in these areas. This knowledge has to be proved by academic test results (transcript of records) with at least 60 ECTS credit points from the above-mentioned subject areas.
Furthermore, you must have completed your undergraduate studies with a cumulative grade point average of minimum 2.5 or higher using the German GPA scale (please refer to https://hci-siegen.de/applying/). To convert your national grade into a grade compatible with the German grading system, please use the Bavarian Formula. Please note that 1 equals the highest grade and 4 equals the lowest grade in the German grading system.
The following certificates are recognised for applicants who have not acquired their study qualification at an exclusively English-speaking institution (i.e. not an English-speaking degree programme) or learned English as their mother tongue:
TOEFL (Test of English as a foreign language) iBT (Internet-based test) with a score of at least 94 points
IELTS test with a score of at least 6.5
Cambridge B2 First, Grade B (173+ points)
PTE Academic with a minimum score of 58 points
A certificate attesting that English language skills are at level B2 of the "Common European Framework of Reference for Languages" (CEFR)
Students can easily find part-time jobs with the help of the the job placement service of the university. Siegen and the surrounding area are home to a large number of medium-sized industrial enterprises (SMEs), or so-called hidden champions in electrical and mechanical engineering. Some bigger examples include the companies SMS and Achenbach Buschhütten. A lot of smaller but very successful and quickly growing high-tech companies are located here as well, for instance, PMD Technologies and Asentics, which are spin-off companies of the university. As a result, employment opportunities are very good, especially for jobs during the semester breaks and after graduation.
There are student residences (dormitories) of the Studierendenwerk (student services) close to the university. The rent for a room is between 230 and 300 EUR. Please be aware that German universities do not usually have campus systems like universities in some other countries where all students can find accommodation directly on the university property. Therefore, some students might have to find rooms on their own. The private accommodation costs per room are 300 EUR on average. Detailed information concerning general accommodation can be found here.
Early application/search is advisable.
Career advisory service
The Career Service of the University of Siegen offers all students a wide range of workshops and coaching on how to conduct a job search.
In addition, the SieguVer programme offers supportive and networking measures to prepare international students and doctoral candidates in particular for entering the local job market.
Through offers from the Alumniverbund, students also receive important tips and contacts from former students.
Specific specialist or non-specialist support for international students and doctoral candidates
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