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Ergonomics - Human Factors Engineering

Master of Science (M.Sc.)

The master’s program in Ergonomics – Human Factors Engineering offers graduates with a bachelor's degree interdisciplinary training, enabling them to create, implement, and evaluate future concepts for interaction between humans and technology in various applied fields.

Munich School of Engineering

Key Data

Type of Study
  • Full Time
Required Language Proficiency Language of Instruction
  • German
Main Locations
Admission Category Start of Degree Program
  • Possible for both winter and summer semester
Standard Duration of Studies
(Number of Semesters)
  • 4 semesters fulltime
Credits Costs

Information on Degree Program

What does this program cover?

Modern technological products and processes distinguish themselves by supporting a person as efficiently as possible, being simple and convenient to apply, and having no deleterious effects on the user in the longer term.

Achieving this is complicated by the trend towards technological products and processes that are more and more powerful and involve an ever greater range of functions. In the process, society and the modern user place ever greater demands on technology where comfort, security, and health are concerned. Against this background, no single scientific discipline can still claim to be able to deal with the complex interplay of demands that, in some cases, compete with one another. It is necessary to bring together contributions from engineering, informatics, psychology, medicine, and mobility and health sciences – to mention only the most important disciplines.

The Ergonomics – Human Factors Engineering (HFE) program is intended to train experts who are able manage this collaborative process.

For a comprehensive description of the program, please refer to the degree program documentation:

How is the program structured?

  • The duration of the program is four semesters.
  • The first three semesters deal with fundamentals in the areas of workplace ergonomics, experiment design, and statistics, as well as product and production ergonomics.
  • These are complemented by elective modules in which students can create an individual competency profile. Specialties on offer during the degree are:
    • system ergonomics and interaction design
    • anthropometry and biomechanics
    • sports engineering
  • The program concludes with the master’s thesis in the forth semester.

What is the language of instruction?

Required language skills for admission:

You need sufficient German language skills if you wish to apply for this program. Evidence of your language proficiency has to be submitted before the end of the application deadline. Learn more about recognized certificates and other ways to prove your German language skills.

This evidence of your language proficiency confirms that you comply with the minimum language requirements for admission to the program. Depending on the program and your individual background, it may be necessary for you to keep working on your language skills during your studies. Be sure to take a look at the services of our Language Center.   

Language of instruction:

The language of instruction for this program is German.

Which further expertise and skills will I acquire?

As a graduate of the program, you possess knowledge of the methodologies in several of the disciplines mentioned, and are highly interdisciplinary in your approach. You are trained to conduct integrated research, able to combine scientific and practical knowledge, and to reflect upon the interplay of technology and social systems. You have at your disposal an extensive specialist knowledge relating to the development, implementation, and evaluation of concepts for the interaction between humans and machines in automotive, aerospace, sports equipment, production, and software sectors. You are able to purposefully apply various interaction principles and interaction technologies, to incorporate levels of automation into designs in a targeted manner, and to plan, carry out, and evaluate associated safety experiments (usability, controllability) in a hypothesis-based manner. 

You are able to assess and discuss the risks, possible side effects and, above all, the social effects of different interaction concepts and products, as well as to cooperate with other disciplines in the planning and carrying out of needs analyses, and in completing associated target processes. Further, you understand the significance of adaptive, cooperative, and automated concepts for mobility, production, work processes, and leisure activities. You possess a broad and detailed understanding of technology, methodologies, and social science. You are familiar with the latest technological developments on an international level, and are able to develop solutions in the international context. 

At the end of the program, you are able to analytically describe human-machine systems, and to create solutions to existing usage problems or for innovative technologies, as well as to discuss their social consequences. You are able to take a constructive and interdisciplinary approach to the analysis of conflicting aims (costs vs. safety, efficiency vs. acceptance), and carry out associated assessments objectively, as well as to provide solutions that are justifiable from multiple perspectives (with regard to technology, sociology, aesthetics).

Which professional opportunities can I take up with this qualification?

Graduates are able to find opportunities in numerous professional fields where there is a technological element. These include the development, design, and evaluation of technical products, consumer goods, sport and leisure equipment, or of software and websites. Further potential fields of occupation include consultancy roles relating to workplace design or the development of complex human-machine systems such as control rooms, production machinery, or airplane and vehicle cockpits. 

Binding Regulations for Progression of Studies, Examinations and Application

Application and Admission

How do I apply?

Minimum requirements to apply for a Master's program at TUM are a recognized undergraduate degree (e.g. a bachelor’s) and the successful completion of the aptitude assessment procedure. Aptitude assessment allows the TUM school or department to which you are applying the opportunity to evaluate your individual talents and motivation for study.

During the application period, you must apply through the TUMonline application portal and upload your application documents.

If you receive an offer of admission, you will additionally have to submit individual documents as notarized hardcopies by post to be enrolled.

Generally, applicants with a qualification for postgraduate studies (e.g. a bachelor’s) obtained outside of the EU / EEA must have their documents reviewed in advance through uni-assist.

In detail:

Which documents do I need to submit for enrollment?

We may require additional documents depending on the type of educational background you earned and your country of origin. After accepting an offer of admission in TUMonline, you will receive a list of documents you must submit to TUM in hardcopy for enrollment.

What application deadlines do I need to meet?

Application period for winter semester: 01.04. - 31.05.
Application period for summer semester: 01.11. - 15.01.

During the application period, you must apply through the TUMonline application portal and upload your application documents. Please be aware that we can only process your application if you upload all required documents within the application period.

We will review your application as soon as it is complete. Please check your TUMonline account regularly, to see if we have any queries to your documents or if you have to amend one or more documents.

After receiving admission, you will see in TUMonline which documents you have to submit for enrollment, and in which form. Please note that you always have to send the signed application for enrollment and all notarized hardcopies by post.

We recommend that you submit the documents for enrollment as soon as possible after receiving admission. If individual documents are not available by then, you can submit them up to 5 weeks after the start of the lecture period. You will, however, only be enrolled once we have received all documents.

You can check the status of your application at any time in your TUMonline account.

On what basis does TUM select applicants for admission?

Selection takes place through an aptitude assessment procedure. Aptitude assessment is a two-part procedure after the submission of an official application to a program. In this procedure, the TUM school or department determines whether you meet the specific requirements for its master’s degree program.

In the initial stages, the grades you obtained during your bachelor's program, as well as your written documents, will be evaluated using a point system. Depending on the amount of points accumulated, applicants are either immediately admittedrejected or invited to an admissions interview

Where can I find the online application portal?

The online application process takes place through our application portal TUMonline.  

Do I have to complete an internship?

This degree program does not encompass a compulsory internship nor is an internship a requirement for admission. However, it is recommendable, as a rule, to gain practical experience as soon as possible.

A completed internship in the field of Ergonomics will be taken into account in the aptitude assessment procedure.

What are my options after earning this degree?

You have earned your master’s degree and are ready to start your career? TUM Alumni & Career can assist you with questions regarding professional orientation, job search and job application.

If you are interested in continuing your studies, you will find information of doctoral studies at TUM, here.

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