Human-Computer Interaction Design, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    15000
    Tuition (Year)
    9000
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language
University rank #351 ,
This Human-Computer Interaction Design course from City, University of London provides students with advanced knowledge, industry-valued skills and new design perspectives, empowering them to succeed in a User Experience (UX) career.
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  • Key facts
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  • Fees and funding

About

Who is it for?

This MS course is for people who share our ethos of wanting to design technology that meets user needs - interactive systems that are useful, easy-to-use and engaging. It is for people who get frustrated when they interact with unnecessarily complicated Websites, mobile apps or other interactive systems and think 'I want to be able to improve this.' It is for people that want to design technology based on an understanding of users' needs and to ensure that the products they and others design meet those needs. We welcome students who share this user-centred ethos.

Objectives

This Human-Computer Interaction Design course at City, University of London will equip you with the latest academic research, theories and techniques in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), User Experience (UX), usability and Interaction Design and encourages you to think about design in new ways - recognising that there are many 'right' ways to design interactive systems.

You will gain a mix of theoretical and practical knowledge, along with the necessary skills and experience to create engaging user experiences. You will study modules that cover the entire user-centred design and evaluation process; from understanding user needs, to designing interactive systems that meet those needs, to evaluating the usability of those (and existing systems) through user research.

Career prospects

This course empowers students to succeed in a variety of User Experience (UX) roles in leading digital agencies, business consultancies, IT companies and commercial/government organisations.

Roles include:
  • UX Designer/Consultant
  • User Researcher
  • Information Architect
  • Accessibility Specialist.

There is an increasing need for specialists with a deep knowledge of Human-Computer Interaction design. As the industry continues to expand, there is no better time to become a Master in this field. The course is also an excellent starting point for those wanting to pursue a PhD in HCI.

Our course is highly respected by industry, with exceptional employability; Over 90% of students are employed within six months of graduating (City Graduate Destinations), in prestigious companies including Samsung, Tesco, Thomson Reuters and Google.

Accreditation

This course is accredited by BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT. On successful completion of the course, students will have partly fulfilled the academic requirements for Chartered IT Professional (CITP) status.

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • Interaction design
  • Creativity in design
  • Information architecture
  • Evaluating interactive systems
  • Cognition and technologies
  • Research, methods and professional issues
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Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Study intensity Part-time, Full-time
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration part-time 28 months
    • Part-time variant
      Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • 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.

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Academic Requirements

  • An upper second class honours degree in any subject, the equivalent from an international institution or three-plus years of UX-related industry experience
  • A practical background in computing technologies is useful, but not essential
  • Previous experience in Human-Computer Interaction or User Experience Design is not necessary
  • Programming experience is not necessary.

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Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 15000 International
  • GBP 9000 EU/EEA
Part time tuition fees:
  • UK/EU: £4,500 per year
  • Overseas: £7,500 per year

Funding

The School offers a range of generous scholarships, bursaries and prizes to applicants for this course:
  • UK/EU applicants - Computer Science Scholarships of £2,000
  • International Student Scholarships of £2,000
  • City, University of London Graduate Loyalty Discount of 10%
  • Other scholarships, bursaries and prizes

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