M.Sc. User EXperience Design

University of Technology Compiegne

Application deadline: May 31
Tuition fee:
  • Free (EEA)
  • Free (Non-EEA)
Start date: October  2015
Credits (ECTS): 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
Languages:
  • English
  • French
Location:
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Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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The User eXperience Design (UxD) specialization program is set at the crossroad of the design, the computer sciences, and the human sciences fields, to educate experts in human-centred interaction design. They will master complex interaction analysis methodologies and observation and the design process of innovating products and technological services.

Based on multidisciplinary pedagogical projects, this programme is open to students in the domains of design, computer sciences and human sciences who want to develop humancentred foreseen projects calling for technology. A specificity of the UxD program is to offer a fruitful field for the emergence of new ideas and to take the idea from the proof of its concept to a functional demonstrator.

After graduation the student will work as scientific and technical project manager in the domains of research & innovation, research & development, design activities in international industries and institutions, public organizations, computer services companies, start ups, consulting services or continue their studies toward a PhD in User eXperience Design.

Contents

Programs are divided into course units. One course unit corresponds to the quantity of work required during one semester to achieve a given objective :

* the acquisition of knowledge within a clearly defined domain
* learning a method or language
* the discovery of an aspect of professional life
* the completion of a project or study in or outside the university
* knowledge of the outside world.

In conformity with European regulations, each course unit corresponds to a number of credits, according to the number of teaching hours and hours of individual work required from each student.

Language teaching

In compliance with article number 6 of the government decree of the 25th April 2002 regarding the national Masters degree, the latter may only be conferred after validation of the aptitude to master at least one foreign language. Taking into account the nature of the "Sciences, Technology" Master, and the reduced length of the course (2 years), the foreign language demanded of native French speakers is English, and the minimum requirement level for graduation is B1 (CEFR, Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). However, we strongly recommend that students should validate a B2 level in English. If the B2 level is acquired or validated, students may follow classes organized by the university in the language of their choice. Non-native French speakers must validate a B1 level in French before they can enroll in classes for one of the other languages taught at the UTC. No equivalency credits for languages will be granted without in-house evaluation.

Evaluation

The regulations concerning evaluation are determined by the President of the UTC. The practicalities for the application of these regulations, including remedial examinations for each course unit are decided by the President of the UTC one month after the beginning of each semester at the latest.

Guidance and orientation panels

Panels for student guidance and orientation are set up for each section of the Masters degree.

At the end of each semester, after the results from the various course units, a guidance and orientation panel examines the situation of each student. Its role is to draw students attention to any unsatisfactory results. The students concerned may be summoned before the panel to provide explanations regarding their situation.

Internships

During their curriculum, Masters students complete internship periods, either in
industry or in a university laboratory. The length of such internships is stipulated in the pedagogical brochure for each specialty. The subjects for internships are initially approved by the person in charge of each specialty. An internship contract is then signed between the UTC, the host organization (even if this is a UTC laboratory), and the student. All students must take out third party liability insurance before starting an internship.

The internship is evaluated by the same grading system as for the course units. After validation of an internship, the number of ECTS credits stipulated in the pedagogical brochure of the specialty is awarded.

Requirements

To be a candidate in 1st year

* You have a Bachelor's degree or a recognized diploma of equivalent level in one bac+3 (equivalent to the validation of 180 credits ECTS - European Credits Transfer System) in any domain preparing for the specialities proposed in our establishment

To be a candidate in 2nd year

* You have to be a holder of a master's degree or a recognized diploma of equivalent level in one bac+4 (equivalent to the validation of 240 credits ECTS), in any domain preparing for the specialities proposed in our establishment.

LANGUAGE LEVEL

For the candidates whose mother tongue is not French :

* The lessons being taught in French language, a good level of French is recommended. You will have to bring the proof in passing the Test of Knowledge of the French language (TCF) which estimates your skills in French.

DELF or DALF are also accepted.

For ALL the candidates :

* A level B1 in English is recommended. You will have to fill the questionnaire to be downloaded and to be necessarily joined to the application file.

Funding

Grants for international students

There are two types of grants for international students : housing grants and grants from student's home country. * Housing grants : provided by the French government according to students financial situations. It is managed by CAF (Caisse dAllocations Familiales).
* Grants from the student's country of origin : for more information, please contact the International Relations Office of your home university or the embassy.

Philéas accueil scolarship

Philéas Accueil is both a merit and need based scholarship, awarded by the Region of Picardie to provide financial support for talented international engineering students. Students will be assessed competitively on the basis of overall academic performance, research capacity and financial criteria.Higher Education and housing grants

These grants are based on social criteria. Those who may apply are: French students, foreign students, or political refugees who have a valid political refugee card or whose parents have been living in France for more than 2 years.

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