University of Tampere

Human-Technology Interaction, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English
As technology plays an increasing role in our daily life, it is important to have professionals who have a deep understanding of how to develop the most user friendly and engaging methods to interact with a wide variety of technological devices. The MSc in Human-Technology Interaction is offered by the University of Tampere.


The master programme has a direct link to research carried out by TAUCHI, Tampere Unit for Computer-Human Interaction. TAUCHI is a UTA research center focusing on human–technology interaction. It carries out a wide range of multidisciplinary research into technology-mediated novel ways of multimodal interaction with devices, environments and people. TAUCHI explores and develops better and more intuitive user interfaces for the future. It harmonizes the potential of new technologies with human abilities, needs, and limitations.

TAUCHI expertise covers new technologies such as smart objects and environments, gestural interfaces, gaze tracking, haptics, mixed reality, computer vision, speech-, context- or emotion-based interaction, virtual avatars, user experience and usability.

Why Human-Technology Interaction?

We offer a scope of studies that is rare even in international scale. The range of course units starts from the basics of human information processing in the context of information technology and extends to hands-on studies on how to implement interaction solutions using modalities such as speech, gaze, haptics and gestures. This master programme is offered in collaboration between the University of Tampere (UTA) and the Tampere University of Technology (TUT).

Study objectives

After completing the Master’s degree at UTA you will

  • have a thorough command of some aspect of computer sciences
  • be familiar with scientific thinking and capable of applying scientific working methods in their own area of specialization
  • be motivated for lifelong learning
  • be capable of undertaking scientific postgraduate studies
  • be capable of applying the knowledge acquired and of functioning in internationalizing working life
  • be capable of communicating in scientific situations
  • be conversant with the ethical norms of the field and apply these in their own work

After completing the Master's Degree Programme in Human-Technology Interaction will

  • know product development methods in theory and practice well enough to work independently in research and product development,
  • know user interface design and software development methods well enough to work as a HTI specialist in product development.

Career opportunities

Many work opportunities are available for graduates of this programme. Some of the possible future careers include working as

  • an interface developer who has the skills to implement advanced solutions that broaden the capabilities of current devices and interfaces,
  • as an interaction designer who studies people in their natural environments and creates technology designs, or
  • as a usability and user experience specialist who makes sure that the technology designs are easy to use and fit human purposes.

Doctoral study opportunities

This master's degree provides the required background if you wish to pursue doctoral studies in Interactive Technology or Computer Sciences, for example in UTA’s Doctoral programme in Interactive Technology.

Programme Structure

Students can deepen their knowledge in course units that cover a wide range of topics from user experience and emotions to innovative use of facial behavior like gaze and expressions, touch, speech, and human physiology in user interfaces. The programme leads you to scientific thinking and writing as well as to hands-on work in various course projects.

Although the programme is available in essentially the same format at both universities it is recommended that if you are mainly interested in interaction design, development of interactive software or research you apply to UTA and if you are mainly interested in user experience you apply to TUT. That way the majority of the course units will be organized by the home university.


Eligible to apply to the Master's degree programme in Human-Technology Interaction is an applicant who has a completed suitable university level Bachelor's degree or equivalent in Interactive Technology (HCI), Computer Science, Design, Education, Media Studies, Psychology, Sociology, or other relevant field with studies in human-computer interaction.

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    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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    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).

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    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

Student selection is made on the basis of application documents; there is no entrance exam.

You will be assessed on the following merits:

  • academic quality and the success and relevance of your overall study record in the completed Bachelor's degree and other studies, judged primarily from the degree certificate and transcript of records
  • motivation to study in this programme specifically, and justification of the application in relation to prior studies and future career plans, judged from the letter of motivation and the CV
  • English language skills for academic purposes, judged from the documentation provided.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    12000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Tampere

  • 730 - 1190 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


The University of Tampere offers a substantial number of scholarships for the most talented fee-paying students. The scholarship scheme consists of two scholarship categories.

  • The University of Tampere tuition fee scholarships cover either 100% or 50% of the tuition fees in a two-year Master’s degree programme.
  • The University of Tampere global student award for academic excellence scholarships cover 100% of the tuition fees and include a 7,000 €  annual scholarship to cover the your living expenses during the two-year Master’s degree programme.

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