Master´s Program Human Factors Engineering

The Master´s Program Ergonomics - Human Factors Engineering (HFE) traines students in the interdisciplinary field of human factors engineering so they are are able to design and evaluate human-machine-interfaces in different technical domains.

The master's program concisting of 120 ECTS is completed by the Master of Science degree. Under curriculum you can find a detailed list of all modules Further information for those interested in the program are listed below and you can find further information in the course documentation (in german). Here you will find information on the application, the prerequisites and the assessment procedure.

Application

Application period for Winter Semester: April 1st - May 31st

Important notice for applicants:

Due to the current situation, the application deadline for master’s degrees has been extended until June 30th, 2020 for winter semester 2020/21.

Application period for Summer Semester: November 1st - January 15th

The application is initially made electronically via TUMonline. After that you will be requested to submit your documents in hardcopy via postal service.

After completion the online application, you will receive a list of the requested documents. Here you can see, among other things, whether these documents are relevant for admission or for enrollment.

Submit your signed application form and all documents relevant for admission until the end of the  application period until 31.05. for Winter Semester and until 15.01. for Summer Semester

All documents relevant for enrollment have to be submitted until 15.08. for Winter Semester and until 15.02. for Summer Semester.

If some documents relevant to enrollment are missing until then, they can be submitted 5 weeks after the lectures begin. You will only be enrolled once all documents are submitted.

You need to hand in a motivation letter (in German) (max. 1-2 DinA-4 page) and the resumé of your Bachelor's Thesis (max. 1 DinA-4 page). The assessment criteia are described in point 5.1.1.3 and 5.1.1.5 of the Annex 2 FPSO of the study program HFE. Please take note of these criteria before you write the texts. Only the permited number of pages will be taken into consideration for the application.

If you do not meet the qualification requirements due to missing achievements in three of the above mentioned subject groups, we recommend that you attend these courses already during your bachelor´s program degree or during a module study program. For further information please contact the contact persons for Human Factors Engineering.

Requirements

As a prerequisite for applying for the course of studies, the following is necessary:

  • A Bachelor's degree of at least six semesters, obtained at a German or foreign university at least a comparable degree from Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Informatics, Architecture, Sports Sciences, Educational Sciences, Psychology or comparable study programs and proof of the second section of the medical examination in medicine
  • successfully passed modules from at least three of the following with a minimum of 4 Credits each: Research methodology, mechanics, construction, mathematical basics, fundamentals of programming, cognitive sciences. (Within the Ergonomics Program, the performance in a fourth of the above-mentioned subjects is to be demonstrated, if there is nothing corresponding.)

Assessment Procedure

All applicants who meet the qualification requirements participate in the two-stage assessment procedure.

First Stage

In the first stage of the suitability procedure, an assessment is carried out on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Average score of the best 140 credits within the bachelor's program (Attention: bachelor's thesis is not taken into account here)
  • Bonus for the best 10 or 20%
  • Short summary of the bachelor's thesis (here the evaluation focuses on scientific criteria and not on experimental or theoretical character) (max. 1 DinA-4 page, only the permited number of pages will be considered for aplication)
  • Practical experience in ergonomics
  • Letter of Motivation (max. 1-2 DinA-4 page, only the permited number of pages will be considered for aplication)

Candidates with very good to good results are admitted immediately; individuals with average to bad results are turned down. In cases where the result is not clear-cut at the first stage, candidates go through a second stage of assessment tests.

Second Stage

In the second stage of the suitability procedure, an assessment is carried out on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Average score of the best 140 credits within the bachelor's program (Attention: bachelor's thesis is not taken into account here)
  • Bonus for the best 10 or 20%
  • Short summary of the bachelor's thesis (here the evaluation focuses on scientific criteria and not on experimental or theoretical character)
  • Assessment Interview

Assessment Interview

In the second stage of the assessment test procedure, applicants are invited for a personal interview of minimum 20 and maximum 30 minutes per candidate with a professor at Campus Garching.

The interview is obligatory and will be communicated to the applicant at least one week in advance by e-mail. The interviews for the application for the winter semester 2020/21 will be conducted using a video conferencing service. If candidates do not attend the interview without notice of the above mentioned grounds, the application will be rejected.

Applicants are strongly advised to regularly check their e-mails (possibly also spam folders) as the invitations are sent electronically.

For the summer semester interviews will take place in February and March, for the winter semester in June, July, August and beginning to mid September.

 

Application Documents

After completion the online application, you will receive a list of the requested documents. Here you can see, among other things, whether these documents are relevant for admission or for enrollment.

The documents have to be submitted timely. Please make sure that you supplement your online data with hard copy documents after admission into the Master course (in particular the signed application form and the certified copies of your diploma and transcript of records).

Modern technical products and processes are characterized by the fact that they

  • support people as efficiently as possible,
  • are simple and convenient to use and
  • have, even in the long term, no harmful effects on humans and the environment.

To realize this is made more difficult by the trend towards ever greater functional diversity and performance density of the technical products and processes. At the same time, society and the modern human being place ever greater demands on comfort, safety and health in the handling of technology. No scientific discipline can still claim to be able to handle this complex interplay of partial competing requirements on its own. An interdisciplinary network of engineering sciences, computer science, psychology, medicine, movement and health sciences - to take only the most important - is necessary. The Master´s Program Ergonomics - Human Factors Engineering is designed to train experts who are able to accomplish this combination.

Graduates are trained for integrative research, able to combine scientific and practical expertise and to reflect on the interactions between technology and social systems.

The demand for people with expertise in the discipline of human factors is increasing steadily. Graduates of the Master's in Human Factors Engineering can find a multitude of tasks needed in professional technical fields, such as:

  • Research and development in the field of man-machine interaction and work science (e.g. in the form of computer modeling and simulation of man-machine systems transfering its findings)
  • Development, design and evaluation of technical products, consumer products, sport products, software and website (ergonomics/usability) in forwarding functions as well as concept development and product leadership (e.g. drive simulators and usability labor)
  • Consulting work in regards to the design of work space or the development of complex man-machine systems (e.g. control room, production machinery, industrial machinery, capital goods, airplanes and cockpits) in concept and design departments
  • Setting a interaction layouts for mobile terminals, including media for information and communication
  • Security management for organizations with a high risk of hazards (e.g. power plants, flight operations, chemical plants, hospitals) in the area of liability, work safety and occupational safety
  • Standardization work
  • Expert reporting on product and system certification