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.
You will learn:
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
This course block is devoted to interface design methods, processes, and tools.
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.
During this semester you will indicate you further specialisation through choosing from a range of selectable courses.
During the fourth semester, you will carry out an exam project in the form of a 30 credits Master’s thesis.
You can apply until:
Always verify the dates on the programme website.
You only need to take one of these language tests:
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
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).
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).
For Master's level studies, applicants must have a Bachelor's degree from an internationally recognised university. Applicants who have not been awarded a Bachelor's degree but are in their final year of studies may be conditionally admitted.
Applicants must also demonstrate proficiency in English, and this is usually done through an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL, IELTS or equivalent.
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Application Fee: SEK 900
Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 60000
Tuition fee, total: SEK 240000
Uppsala University provides several different scholarships for students. The scholarships cover exclusively the tuition fees for courses within the programme, i e 30 credits per semester.
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