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.
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.
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.
You can apply until:
Always verify the dates on the programme website.
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.Book IELTS
Minimum required score:
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).
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.
StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.
Testimonial Registration Module
Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, StudyPortals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.