Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) is concerned with the design and use of computer and mobile technology, focusing on the interfaces between people and systems. This interdisciplinary degree programme sits at the intersection of engineering, behavioural sciences, and design. It combines academic rigour with practical and professional skills highly valued by employers.
Students develop an understanding of the relevance and application of human physical, cognitive, social, and affective knowledge to the design of interactive systems. They learn to analyse and test user performance, preferences and experience in relation to human-centred interactive systems. Students will be able to characterise and apply a range of human-computer interaction and user-centred design styles.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of two compulsory 30-credit core modules, four 15-credit optional modules and a 60-credit research project.
A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months or flexible up to three years is offered) consisting of two compulsory 30-credit core modules and four 15-credit optional modules.
A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits), full-time three months or flexible up to two years is offered. This consists of one 30-credit core module and 30 credits of optional modules.
The MSc project gives you the opportunity to conduct research in the area of human-computer interaction under the supervision of a member of UCLIC staff. A broad range of topics and questions are offered and you will work closely with your supervisor in selecting and carrying out your project. Many former projects have contributed to publications at leading international conferences, such as the ACM SIGCHI conference.
Teaching and learning
Our modules use a combination of lectures and practical activities. Activities are often structured around individual or group projects, such as the evaluation of a system or the creation of a prototype. Modules are assessed through a mixture of coursework and exams. Coursework is varied and includes design portfolios, presentations, videos, reflective reports, and online peer learning tasks as well as more traditional academic essays.
Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Human-Computer Interaction MSc
Our graduates are employed by technology multinationals, start-ups, government agencies, consultancies and in academia. They take up roles such as User Experience (UX) Researchers, Interaction Designers, Usability Specialists and Information Architects. Many progress to senior roles within a few years of graduation.
This degree is highly regarded by our colleagues in industry. Along with developing HCI research skills, the programme allows students to demonstrate skills in presenting, writing and collaboration that are valued by employers. We have a large network of alumni working in London and across the world. Many of them are involved with our industry speaker series and careers events, and they regularly send opportunities to our jobs mailing list for recent graduates.
This programme is taught by the UCL Interaction Centre (UCLIC), a world leading Centre of Excellence in Human-Computer Interaction, working collaboratively with industry and the research community. UCLIC, and before it the UCL Ergonomics Unit, have provided training in this field for over thirty years. We have excellent links with industry partners, offer students a weekly industry speaker series and run visits to consultancies and field sites.
Our modules use a combination of lectures and practical activities. Activities are often structured around individual or group projects, such as the evaluation of a system or the creation of a prototype. Assessments are varied and include design portfolios, presentations, videos and reflective reports as well as academic essays and exams.
The MSc research project allows students to undertake cutting-edge research in human-computer interaction. Many former projects have been published and presented at leading international conferences.
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: Division of Psychology & Language Sciences
83% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
The Master of Information Systems (MIS) is a leading professional degree for aspiring and current practitioners and consultants in digital business.
The course was designed in consultation with leading IT decision-makers, ensuring that it is among the most industry-relevant graduate IT programs in Australia. The program covers areas of critical importance to IT employers, such as project and change management, emerging technologies, IT strategy and governance, security and service provision.
You will develop strong capability in supporting, managing and changing business processes through information and communications technology and information systems. You will also develop valuable transferable skills in solving business problems, collaboration, project management and application of models, frameworks and management theory.
Elective streams are available in areas such as:
Research pathways, which allow for entry into a PhD, are available to eligible students. A research specialisation is available for students receiving less than 50 points of credit, and a research studies elective stream is available for students receiving 50 points or more of credit.
Students not interested in research may apply for a range of competitive internship and industry based learning subjects.
Students choose between one of three specialisations:
This specialisation has advanced coursework study for careers in IT management and digital business.
This specialisation has advanced coursework focusing on the use of IT to process health information for purposes including improved individual health, healthcare service provision, public health and biomedical research, prevention of clinical errors, reduced healthcare costs and effective population health management.
This specialisation combines coursework in IT management and digital business with a strong grounding for undertaking research in that context.
This course is for graduates and career changers interested in professional or research careers in IT management and digital business; professionals supporting, managing and changing business processes through information and communications technology and systems. MIS graduates are highly-regarded by top firms and government agencies searching for tomorrow’s digital business thinkers and leaders.
Graduate jobs include roles such as management consultant, systems analyst/designer, IT infrastructure manager, business analyst and data architect. You will find employment opportunities with organisations such as Accenture, PwC, KPMG, Ernst & Young, IBM, Deloitte and AMP.
The Master of Information Systems (Professional) is accredited by the Australian Computer Society and qualifies graduates for international membership of the Association for Computing Machinery and the Association for Information Systems.
Are you passionate about cutting-edge information and communication technology? Do you to want to use sophisticated computing power to solve real-world problems across areas of business, government, health and society? The Master of Information Technology (MIT) will provide you with advanced technical skills and knowledge to be a leader of IT innovation.
You will learn the fundamental technical skills, which are applicable across a range of IT platforms and will not date as new technologies emerge. Knowledge gained in applied algorithmics, data mining, distributed computing, and human-centred design will allow you to evolve with and adapt to the swift pace of technology. As industry continues to be transformed by IT, a new workforce with transferrable problem-solving skills is in high demand.
The MIT is closely aligned with industry and includes competitive enrolment in a 25 point industry placement.
The course caters equally to those with a limited IT background looking for in-depth technical and theoretical education and those with strong experience in the domain.
The Master of Information Technology is available in four specialisations:
As critical skills shortages continue in the IT industry, MIT graduates will be well placed to secure exciting roles worldwide, whatever their specialisation. MIT graduates will possess the essential knowledge and skills that will make them globally-mobile and sought-after by industry. A wealth of graduate careers are available in areas such as cloud computing, web and mobile app development, and disaster management and GPS technology, in senior IT roles such as, data analyst, system programmer, cloud computing specialist, user-experience (UX) expert and mobile-location based system designer, and many more.
The Master of Information Technology is accredited by the Australian Computer Society and qualifies graduates for international membership of the Association for Computing Machineryand the Association for Information Systems.
The Master of Information Technology (Spatial) is also accredited worldwide by Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.