People-Oriented Computing

Applications are closed for the People-Oriented Computing program beginning in HS21; students already enrolled may complete the program.

Informatics has a profound impact on humans and society, significantly changing patterns of communication, information, and social interaction in both our private and working lives. Conversely, it is people who are behind the forward march of informatics and shape the informatics-based systems that change our world.

Gone are the days when informatics was simply about solving problems using algorithms. The Bachelor's study program in People-Oriented Computing addresses this state of affairs and takes an in-depth look at how information technology is shaped with people in mind, as well as the interaction between people and computers.

You will learn how information technology can be designed and used to serve the interests of individuals, groups, and society as a whole, looking at the important issues of user-friendliness, security, as well as cultural and ethical aspects.

You will design interactive systems using creative approaches, visualize information, and acquire the knowledge of informatics you need to achieve this.

Career prospects and further degree programs

With a Bachelor's degree in People-Oriented Computing, you will be in demand as a specialist in companies across all industries, where you will develop user-friendly software as well as employee-oriented and customer-oriented applications.

You will also be called upon to help companies understand and shape interactions between humans and computer-based systems and analyze their economic and social implications. Furthermore, there are additional career prospects in applications such as smart home technologies, digital aging solutions or online platforms for group interactions.

By completing a Bachelor's degree, you will also be qualified to undertake further study at Master's level.

Department of Informatics

Minor other

People-Oriented Computing is available as:

Major program: 150 ECTS credits. 
Can be combined with the following minor programs*:

Business and Economics


Banking and Finance Computing and Economics
Business Administration Information Systems
Economics Software Systems

*It is also possible to pursue minor programs offered by other UZH faculties: Select your degree program of choice in the online course catalogue and get an overview of all minor program combinations.

Minor program: 30 ECTS credits.
Students pursuing a major program in Business and Economics choose the «People-Oriented Computing for OEC» minor program.
Can be combined with the following major programs:
Business and Economics Informatics
Banking and Finance Computing and Economics
Business Administration Information Systems
Economics Software Systems
Minor program for students from other faculties:
30 or 60 ECTS credits.
This minor study program can be combined with a major study program in accordance with the provisions set out in your program.


What next?

Are you planning to take up a Bachelor's degree program at our Faculty? Here you will find the further procedure.

Next steps and main contact points


  • Application and admission: To study with us, you apply centrally at the University of Zurich.
    Application and admission
  • Changing program: You are already studying with us and have realized that you might like another study program even better.
    Changing program
  • Regulations: In the regulations you will find everything you need to know about studying here.
  • Questions about your studies: You are already studying with us and have specific questions. Our Student Advisory Service or the Dean's Office team will be happy to help you. 


Aufbau Informatik-Studium

Informatics: Structure of Studies
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