ICT Innovation, Human Computer Interaction and Design (HCID), M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
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The programme in Human Computer Interaction and Design focuses on study, design, development and evaluation of novel user interfaces and interactive systems taking into account human aspects, at the cognitive and sensory-motor levels, technological aspects, as well as business aspects.


The HCID programme is an interdisciplinary programme that offers courses on design and evaluation of interactive systems with a strong emphasis on user-centered design techniques: understanding the human capacities and consequences of using information technology as a tool for solving work related tasks, and developing and evaluating the systems by putting the user at the center of the design process. In addition, the program will create a business thinking in terms of user profiles, user segments, house style, branding, and market development and product introductions.

Achieving the right user experience is important for marketing products and services and a necessary component for commercial success, as is witnessed nowadays in the smart phone market. Knowing how to translate interactive services into business opportunities and into attractive products is strategic.

The programme will offer seven specialisations: (1) Mobile and ubiquitous interaction, (2) User modeling, (3) Situated interaction, (4) Multimodal interaction, (5) Intelligent systems, (6) Affective computing, (7) Cognitive interaction.

Career opportunities with a HCID programme

Graduates from the HCID master’s programme will qualify for jobs in international and local organizations in both technical and business roles. Typical titles are interaction designer or user experience designer, interactive systems engineer, human factors expert, usability engineer, business developer, product manager, or consultant.

Through their multidisciplinary attitude graduates are valuable in open innovation settings where different aspects (market, users, social aspects, media technologies) come together. They will easily find jobs within companies that provide value-added products and services, such as telecom companies, game companies, e-learning, web developers, and entertainment. An alternative path would be to start your own company to provide product or technology development, media content, business development or consultancy services.

In addition to the regular entry requirements (CS bachelor or EE bachelor), the HCID programme also welcomes applicants with a BSc in industrial design, social sciences or cognitive sciences, provided they have a proven track record in programming, web design and statistics, i.e. through programming and mathematics courses at engineering departments.Get an excellent theoretical education as well as the opportunity to work with European top research facilities and leading business partners. The education includes an internship in which students, teachers, and our business partners develop a project for your Master's thesis. This combination teaches you the creative skills prepare you to play a key role in the future of your field and drive innovations to the global market. Numerous extracurricular activities and networking opportunities with fellow students at other universities make this education a unique European experience.


Officially accredited/recognized by the Ministère de l'Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche, France (English: Ministry of Higher Education and Research, France), Université Paris Sud - Paris 11 (UPS 11) is a large (enrollment range: 25,000-29,999 students) coeducational higher education institution.

Université Paris Sud - Paris 11 (UPS 11) offers courses and programs leading to officialy recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study. International applicants are eligible to apply for enrollment. UPS 11 also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, housing, sport facilities and/or activities, financial aids and/or scholarships, study abroad and exchange programs, online courses and distance learning opportunities, as well as administrative services.

Programme Structure

The first year programme will be offered by KTH (Stockholm), UPS (Paris), Aalto (Helsinki) and UT (Twente) and comprises the following core courses, complemented with the courses of the entrepreneurial minor:

Introduction Human-Computer Interaction: This course presents methods to elicit user requirements and structure the design process to be user centered. Above all, the course will emphasize the importance of paying attention to user needs and cognitive functioning in order to design usable systems.

User-Centred Design Methods: This course provides practical knowledge of how to use well-known and established HCI design methods as well as theoretical knowledge of how to think and reasoning on them during the design process.

Programming of Interactive systems: In this module, the fundamentals of programming techniques for interactive systems and of generative computer graphics are provided. In particular, we will address programming of interaction for graphical interfaces, for the web, for mobile and distributed systems as well as the rendering pipeline of modern graphics hardware.

Evaluation techniques: The course teaches emperical methods to perform user studies and to statistically analyse them. Different evaluation methods will be introduced for different tasks, user groups, and performed in a lab environment as well as in field.

HCID-driven Design Project: Project work in a multi-disciplinary project with user cooperation in all phases of the project, from a general described theme to a specific and finished result. The project will be reported in different media.
The project will be integrated with the Business Development Lab (part of the I&E minor). Students will do a market research and market segmentation, list competitors, analyse weak and strong points, propose a new product concept, which will then be developed within the design project.

After the design project, the prototype will be put to user testing, and the students will develop a business plan for marketing the product. During the BDL project, workshops and trainings will be provided by staff from the local centre of entrepreneurship / business school.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

1. Previous studies: A completed Bachelor's degree:Applicants must have completed a Bachelor’s degree encompassing a minimum of 180 ECTS credits or equivalent academic qualifications from an internationally recognized university.Conditional acceptanceStudents in their final year of undergraduate education may also apply and if qualified, receive a conditional acceptance. If you have not completed your studies, please include a written statement from the degree administration office (or equivalent department), confirming that you are enrolled in the final year of your education and giving your expected completion date. If you receive a conditional offer, you should present your degree certificate to your entry university before enrollment at the latest. Applicants following longer technical programmes and who have completed courses equivalent to an amount of 180 ECTS, will be considered on a case-by-case basis.2. Language requirements: Proof of English language proficiency3. Documentation

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    8000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    3000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Orsay

640 - 950 EUR/month
Living Costs

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


For the most highly ranked admitted students (as a minimum 30%), we will provide fee waivers. EIT ICT Labs has also reserved funding for scholarships covering personal expenses on the level of 9000 Euro per year and student, however a formal decision by the European Commission is pending in this matter.

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