The MSc in Human-Centred Interactive Technologies course is currently being offered as a full-time MSc, running for 12 months from October, the start of the academic year. The first half of the course is taken up by taught modules. Each of the MSc HCIT modules comprise a mixture of lectures, problem classes and practical classes plus a significant amount of personal study time. In the second half of the course, students undertake an individual research project, under the supervision of a member of staff.
The course has two key aspects:
The MSc in Human-Centred Interactive Technologies aims to provide participants with a thorough grounding in the design and evaluation of interactive technologies of all kinds, from the perspective of the human user(s). It is aimed at graduates with a first degree in a computing discipline who wish to develop knowledge and skills in this area before undertaking industrial work or further academic study in this area. However, we will also consider applicants who have significant, relevant work experience since graduating, if you do not have an appropriate computing degree.
The unique emphasis of the MSc in Human-Centred Interactive Technologies course is on developing an understanding of users capabilities and requirements, including users with particular requirements (such as older and disabled users, or users in a diversity of cultural settings) and developing a range of techniques to work with these users to produce interactive technologies that best suit their capabilities and requirements.
A fundamental objective of the programme is to provide students with a sound theoretical knowledge and practical experience of the skills essential to the design and evaluation of interactive technologies.
In particular, having completed the programme students will be able to understand theories of the design of interactive technologies and critique individual technologies from a theoretical viewpoint; (a) choose appropriate methods for empirical investigations for the design, prototyping and evaluation of interactive technologies, including both quantitative and qualitative methods; (b) plan and undertake a range of empirical investigations of existing or proposed interactive technologies at all stages of the development lifecycle, (c) analyse, draw conclusions from and present the results of such investigations; and (d) conduct a range of expert and theoretical analyses of interactive technologies to investigate their usability, accessibility and appropriateness for different user groups.
Graduates completing the course will be equipped to play leading and professional roles related to the designed and evaluation of interactive technologies in industry, commerce, academia and public service. The MSc in Human-Centred interactive Technologies is also intended to provide a route into a PhD or research in this rapidly expanding field.
Gathering and analysing requirements for interactive systems
An introduction to the user-centred design process
Research Methods - Qualitative
Developing qualitative research methods skill such as interviewing, questionnaire design and observations
Research Methods - Quantitative
Developing experimental design and statistical analysis skills
Advanced Research Methods for HCI
Methods specific to research in interactive technologies, including eyetracking, contextual inquiry and cognitive modelling
Advanced topics in interactive technologies
A broad range of topics reflecting the cutting edge of research and development of interactive technologies such as inclusive design and accessibility, domestic technology and cultural diversity
A substantial, independent research project building on the taught course
Each student is assigned to a tutorial group (usually containing no more than five students), and hence to a personal tutor who will monitor progression.
Assessment of students' performance in the course modules will take place in a variety of forms: practical exercises, reports, closed examinations, open assessments and a dissertation for the project. Students are deliberately exposed to a variety of assessment methods so that they are not disadvantaged by background. Assessments will take place at various times during the year. Practical exercises, reports and other forms of open assessment will be due either during the course module or just after its completion.
Timescales, Modules and Project Descriptions may be subject to change.
Typically applicants will have achieved at least a second class degree (or international equivalent) in a computing-related discipline. We will consider applicants who do not have an appropriate computing qualification but have other relevant experience, for example appropriate industrial experience.
Applicants are required to nominate two referees, of which at least one should be from the applicant's current employer or place of study. Applicants are normally interviewed before acceptance either in person if UK based or by telephone for international students.
English Language Requirements
The University's absolute minimum English language requirements are:
Admission to UK universities often requires that students have completed a recognized Bachelor's degree. International students should consider taking a Pre-Master to gain access to UK universities when:
No work experience is required.
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