Human - Computer Interaction, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    25291
    Tuition (Full programme)
    Free
    Tuition (Full programme)
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language
Human-Computer Interaction specialists make information technology interesting, useful, and enjoyable. Today, when information technology is an essential part of almost every single product and service, designing it well, is more important than ever. The Human-Computer Interaction programme is offered at Uppsala University.

About

Whether you want to reinvent mobile phones, construct advanced tools for professionals, invent the next Facebook or empower people with disabilities, expertise in Human-Computer Interaction is crucial.

The Human-Computer Interaction programme is offered at Uppsala University.

You will learn:

  • methods, tools, and principles for the design of IT interfaces, artefacts and services.
  • to study people when they use information technology, understand how they feel about it, and how they appropriate it for their own purposes.
  • theory, so that you are able to understand why some interfaces work and others don’t – and why the situation may be exactly the reverse in a different situation or with a different group of people.
  • to design in teams, together with people with varying backgrounds, skills, and goals. Most importantly, you will learn how to involve the very people who will be using your design. to reflect on the development of IT products and services from a psychological and sociological perspective.
  • to investigate and understand ethical and sustainability issues in IT design.

The Uppsala HCI programme is a collaboration between two departments: the Department of Informatics and Media and the Department of Information Technology. This presents unique opportunities to combine a sociological and psychological foundation for human-computer interaction with thorough knowledge of best practices in interaction design methodology, and a look ahead into the most recent developments in information technology.

To provide challenging and relevant projects throughout the programme from Uppsala University, we cooperate with leading IT companies and organizations that help formulate course projects. Many courses are based on project work, where our industrial partners provide us with genuine and relevant projects.

Career

As an expert in the usability of IT systems you will have many job opportunities. You will be capable of working with all aspects of interaction design and usability, from analysis and requirements gathering to the design and implementation of interactive artefacts, user interfaces, and IT services. You will have expertise in a range of methods for evaluating systems under development as well as studying their use.

Degree

The programme leads to a Master of Social Science (120 credits) with Human-Computer Interaction as the main field of study. After one year of study it may also be possible to obtain a Master of Social Science (60 credits).

Programme Structure

Courses Within The Programme

The three first semesters in the project are organised into blocks of 15 credits each. The last semester is devoted to a Master’s thesis project. The second and third semester also includes some selectable courses.

First semester

Quarter 1

The first course block is focussed on teaching the basic theories and practices of human-computer interaction (HCI). The block combines theory with best practice, and gives hands-on experience of what it means to design and develop in a team.

Quarter 2

This course block is devoted to scientific methodology in HCI and goes deeper into usability and user experience, and the art of studying and evaluating interfaces.

Second semester

Quarter 3

This course block is devoted to interface design methods, processes, and tools.

Quarter 4

This course block takes a broader view on interaction design, looking at embodied interaction, the interaction between humans and IT systems in complex situations, and organisational, ethical and sustainability issues in IT system design.

Third semester

During this semester you will indicate you further specialisation through choosing from a range of selectable courses.

Fourth semester

During the fourth semester, you will carry out an exam project in the form of a 30 credits Master’s thesis.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Take IELTS test
  • Minimum required score: 575

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score: 90

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university.
Also required is 30 credits in IT-related fields of study.

Tuition Fee Per Full Programme

  • EUR 25291 International
  • Free EU/EEA

Application Fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 60000

Tuition fee, total: SEK 240000

Funding


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