International Programmes 2020/2021

User Experience Design User Experience Design

Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt • Ingolstadt

Degree
Master of Science
Teaching language
  • English
Languages

The entire programme is taught in English.

Programme duration
3 semesters
Beginning
Winter and summer semester
More information on beginning of studies
The winter semester starts on 1 October, and the summer semester starts on 15 March.
Application deadline

1. Applicants with a Bachelor's degree from outside of Germany must first apply via uni-assist from as soon as possible until 15 June for the following winter semester and by 1 December for the following summer semester at the latest.

If you acquired your Bachelor's degree outside of Germany, uni-assist has to verify your eligibility to study in Germany and to convert your grades to the German grade system. You will have to submit all required documents to uni-assist online and per post. The process takes four to six weeks.

2. PRIMUSS – THI application portal: from 2 May until 15 July for the following winter semester and from 15 November until 15 January for the following summer semester

You will have to apply online at the PRIMUSS university application portal. In case of admission, you will have to send all required documents by post later on.

Please note: Due to the coronavirus situation application deadlines might change. Please check the THI website to get up-to-dated information regarding the application periods.

Tuition fees per semester in EUR
None
Combined Master's degree / PhD programme
No
Joint degree / double degree programme
No
Description/content

Digital technologies play a significant role in all areas of everyday life. Modern societies need professionals with thorough understanding of how to design and develop user-friendly interactive products and engaging ways to interact with various technological devices. In the Master's programme in User Experience Design, students will get up-to-date know-how on interaction design, human factors & ergonomics, multimodal and multisensory human-computer interaction, audio/video processing and game design, interface solutions for augmented/virtual reality as well as design strategy and management. In a broader context, graduates develop relevant skills for scientific thinking and writing and are enabled to participate in or manage complex projects. They have further developed the intercultural and communicative competencies required for an international context.

Course organisation

Semester One

  • Research Methods in HCI (including Human Factors and Basics of Ergonomics) (5 ECTS)
  • Interaction Design Including Practical (6 ECTS)
  • Programming for Multimodal, Interactive Systems Including Exercises (6 ECTS)
  • Project: Natural User Interfaces (NUIs) (5 ECTS)
  • Agile Project Management (3 ECTS)
  • Individual Electives (5 ECTS)

Semester Two

  • Audio/Video Processing and 3D-Animation Including Practical (8 ECTS)
  • Augmented/Virtual Reality Applications Including Practical (7 ECTS)
  • Design Strategy and Design Management (5 ECTS)
  • Project (5 ECTS)
  • Individual Electives (5 ECTS)

Semester Three

  • Master's Thesis (28 ECTS)
  • Master's Thesis Seminar (2 ECTS)
Types of assessment

Depending on module:

  • written examinations
  • oral examinations
  • project reports
  • presentations
A Diploma supplement will be issued
Yes
International elements
  • International guest lecturers
  • Language training provided
Course-specific, integrated German language courses
No
Course-specific, integrated English language courses
No
Tuition fees per semester in EUR
None
Semester contribution
All students will have to pay a student services fee of 52 EUR per semester.
Costs of living
Student organisations estimate that cost of living is approx. 800 to 900 EUR per month, depending on individual needs and expectations. Mandatory health insurance in Germany will cost a student around 110 EUR per month.
Funding opportunities within the university
Yes
Description of the above-mentioned funding opportunities within the university
There are different scholarships available to enrolled students, such as the Deutschlandstipendium. All students will have to look and apply for a specific scholarships themselves! Most scholarship programmes are based on performance (grades, voluntary work, etc.). The economic situation of applicants is usually not taken into consideration. A certain level of German language skills (at least B2) is required for many scholarships. The International Office also offers scholarships. Enrolled international students will be notified of the call once a year via the university's communication channels.
Academic admission requirements

A Bachelor's degree in an engineering discipline with 210 ECTS credit points is required. Applicants who have completed a university degree or equivalent, for which less than 210 ECTS but at least 180 ECTS credits have been awarded, may be admitted with the approval of the Examination Board if the application for admission proves lack of competence.

For application, we ask for a copy of the degree certification as well as of the transcript of records / grade sheet. Provisional certificates and transcripts as available are accepted. However, in case of admission, the final certificate must be shown at registration/enrolment.

Please follow the link for more details on the Master's application: https://www.thi.de/en/studies/application/master-application

Language requirements

As the programme is entirely taught in English, we ask for sufficient English language skills, documented by a certification of level B2. The proof is not required provided the university entrance qualification certificate (certification of secondary school) or the Bachelor's degree was acquired from a programme conducted in English or in the event that the applicant possesses the citizenship of a country in which English is the native language.

Furthermore, knowledge of the German language as certified by the Goethe Certificate level A1 or by equivalent certification is required. This certification is not required of applicants who have completed their university degree in the German language or when the applicant is a citizen of a country where German is spoken as a first language. At the latest, the corresponding certification must be shown at the end of the first semester.

Application deadline

1. Applicants with a Bachelor's degree from outside of Germany must first apply via uni-assist from as soon as possible until 15 June for the following winter semester and by 1 December for the following summer semester at the latest.

If you acquired your Bachelor's degree outside of Germany, uni-assist has to verify your eligibility to study in Germany and to convert your grades to the German grade system. You will have to submit all required documents to uni-assist online and per post. The process takes four to six weeks.

2. PRIMUSS – THI application portal: from 2 May until 15 July for the following winter semester and from 15 November until 15 January for the following summer semester

You will have to apply online at the PRIMUSS university application portal. In case of admission, you will have to send all required documents by post later on.

Please note: Due to the coronavirus situation application deadlines might change. Please check the THI website to get up-to-dated information regarding the application periods.

Submit application to
  1. uni-assist: online and by post to get a VPD document
  2. PRIMUSS: THI application portal for online application submission

More information on the application can be found here.

Possibility of finding part-time employment

In addition to open positions on the university platform, students should consider research and teaching assistant positions at THI. The Career Service at THI offers application training in German for the German job market as well as career counselling sessions.

Furthermore, the International Office offers workshops in English to prepare international students for the German job market.

Accommodation

Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt does not run any student residence halls/dorms. You will have to start looking for accommodation on your own as soon as possible. Between 400 and 550 EUR per month should be budgeted for accommodation.

The FAQs will help you in finding accommodation in Ingolstadt.

Supervisor-student ratio
From 1:15 (practical courses) to 1:30 (lectures)

Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt

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THI campus

Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt is an institution that specialises in business and technology and is characterised by innovative study concepts and modern facilities. We are currently training around 6,000 students in more than 40 technical and business science programmes.
Our students will graduate as sought-after specialists and managers. An extremely dynamic and successful region with a distinctly strong economic structure provides for excellent framework conditions. The relatively small student body guarantees individual guidance, a familial atmosphere, and close cooperation between students and professors.
One of the core features of studying at our university is its orientation towards practical application. Internships and projects as well as a continuous cooperation with regional companies are basic components of every study programme. In addition, we offer a large variety of cooperative work and study programmes.
The Ingolstadt campus was completed in 1999, and a new tract of buildings opened in 2014. Modern equipment and facilities create an atmosphere that adds to students' success and enjoyment. Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt is proud of its commitment to offer the highest possible level of quality in research and education. It is possible to explore the Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt by visiting the interactive 360° THI campus tour.

University location

The campus is only a short walk from Ingolstadt's appealing old city. The view from the lecture halls is of a castle and other medieval buildings. Ingolstadt lies in the centre of Bavaria, one of the most prosperous German federal states, and is only an hour by car from the metropolitan areas of Munich and Nuremberg. The opportunities to take part in leisure activities in the area – which is close to the Alps as well as to the beautiful Altmühl valley – are unlimited. With the headquarters of Audi (the international automotive company) and a large number of innovative corporations in the city, Ingolstadt is proud to be one of the strongest economic regions in Germany. Opportunities to participate in sports activities are provided by the university as well as by various amateur and competitive sports clubs. Bavarian charm and the Bavarian way of life – including summer evenings in beer gardens and the diverse cultural events on offer – make daily life in Ingolstadt particularly attractive for students.