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This new programme aims to produce postgraduates with excellent technical and creative skills, who have a unique vision of how digital technology transforms creative, technical and social possibilities. Read more

This new programme aims to produce postgraduates with excellent technical and creative skills, who have a unique vision of how digital technology transforms creative, technical and social possibilities. You will receive training in the full research cycle including identifying a problem, choosing suitable methods to address it (eg, qualitative, experimental, practice-based) and communication of results.

You will develop a critical appreciation of the technical and creative state-of-the art in contemporary applications of digital media. In addition you will learn key technical skills that will enable you to produce new applications of your own. You will then apply this learning to a six-month advanced placement project with one of our partner organisations leading to a thesis.

This innovative programme, unique in the UK, comprises four main components: a series of advanced taught modules completed during the first six months that include programming interactive digital media, production skills for audio and video, making creative installations and research methods; additional advanced option modules that cover topics ranging from advanced technical skills through human interaction to performance and live art; and specialist project work and a placement project with an external partner leading to a thesis (see http://www.mat.qmul.ac.uk/ for a full list of our partners). You may also undertake your placement project with a research partner in a different department or, where appropriate, collaborating departments in other universities.

This programme will:

  • Develop your skills in programming interactive digital media, production skills for audio and video, making creative installations and research methods.
  • Allow you to choose from additional advanced option modules which cover topics ranging from advanced technical skills through human interaction to performance and live art.
  • Give you specialist project work and a placement project with an external partner leading to a thesis.

Why study your MSc in Media and Arts Technology by Research at Queen Mary?

Our research-led approach

Your tuition will be delivered by field leading academics engaged in world-class research projects in collaboration with industry, external institutions and research councils.

As one of the UK's leading research-led universities, we are involved in Tech City, the largest concentration of technology, digital and creative companies in Europe (http://www.techcityuk.com)

You will develop a critical appreciation of the technical and creative contemporary applications of digital media. You will also learn key technical skills that will enable you to produce new applications of your own.

You will have access to our new state-of-the-art media and arts technology studios, which include the listening room, control room and performance laboratory, as well as other research and performance facilities including the augmented human interaction laboratory and the Pinter Studio Theatre.

Structure

Programme structure

MSc Media and Arts Technology is currently available for one year full-time study.

Full-time

Undertaking a masters programme is a serious commitment, with weekly contact hours being in addition to numerous hours of independent learning and research needed to progress at the required level. When coursework or examination deadlines are approaching independent learning hours may need to increase significantly. Please contact the course convenor for precise information on the number of contact hours per week for this programme.

Core modules:

  • Interactive Digital Multimedia Techniques (including processing/Max MSP/Jitter/Arduino)
  • Sound Recording and Production Techniques
  • Digital Arts Documentary (film production and critical review of a new media art piece)
  • MSC Advanced Placement Project

Optional modules:

Three from among the following options (subject to space and timetabling):

  • Machine Learning
  • Introduction to Computer Vision
  • Computer Graphics
  • Data Mining
  • Big Data Processing
  • The Semantic Web
  • Fundamentals of Digital Signal Processing
  • Digital Broadcasting
  • Java Programming
  • Design for Human Interaction
  • Multimedia Systems
  • Computer Vision and Neural Networks
  • C++ for Image Processing
  • XML and Structured Information
  • Distributed Systems and Security
  • Performance Research
  • and many others

For further information please visit the Media & Arts Technology website: http://www.mat.qmul.ac.uk



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Why study Human Computer Interaction and Design?. Smart devices (mobile phones, PDAs, tablet computers), smart products (car, navigation) and smart environments (ambient intelligence) are enabling new services that require innovative interfaces. Read more

Why study Human Computer Interaction and Design?

Smart devices (mobile phones, PDAs, tablet computers), smart products (car, navigation) and smart environments (ambient intelligence) are enabling new services that require innovative interfaces. Human-Computer Interaction and Design (HCID) focuses on the study, design, development and evaluation of novel user interfaces, interactive systems and services.

Why choose Human Computer Interaction and Design at EIT Digital?

The EIT Digital Master's degree HCID is an interdisciplinary programme where our User-Centred Design approach places the users at the centre of the design process. By combining human aspects (both at a cognitive, aesthetic and sensory-motor levels) to technological and business aspects, we create new products and services with great usability and user experience, and a solid customer demand, which often translate into commercial success.

HCID serves as the bridge to new products and services. Students learn how to design and define how people interact and live with the modern ever changing technical world.

What are the carrier opportunities?

Graduates from the HCID master’s programme qualify for jobs in international and local organizations in both technical and business roles. Graduates could become:

  • User experience (UX) or interaction designer
  • UX Architect
  • Usability engineer
  • Interactive systems engineer
  • Human factors expert
  • Business developer
  • Product manager
  • Consultant

Through their multidisciplinary attitude, HCID graduates are valuable in open innovation settings where different aspects (market, users, social aspects, media technologies) come together. They can choose to work within companies that provide value-added products and services, such as 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.

How is the programme structured?

All EIT Digital Master School programmes follow the same scheme:

  • Students study one year at an ‘entry’ university and one year at an ‘exit’ university in two of EIT Digital’s hot spots around Europe.
  • Upon completion, graduates receive degrees from the two universities and a certificate awarded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology.
  • The first year is similar at all entry points with basic courses to lay the foundation for the chosen technical programme focus. Some elective courses may also be chosen. At the same time, students are introduced to business and management. During the second semester, a design project is combined with business development exercises. These teach how to turn technology into business and how to present a convincing business plan.
  • In between the first year and the second year, a summer school addresses business opportunities within a socially relevant theme.
  • The second year offers a specialisation and a graduation project. The gradation project includes an internship at a company or a research institute and results in a Master thesis with a strong innovation and entrepreneurship dimension.

To learn more about the structure of the programme, please click here.

Where can I study Human Computer Interaction and Design?

Entry - 1st year, common courses

  • Aalto University (Aalto)
  • KTH Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)
  • Université Paris-Sud (UPS)
  • University of Twente (UT)
  • Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (UPM)
  • Polytechnic University of Milan (Polimi)

Each Entry University in HCID provides an introduction course to HCI, working knowledge to the design and implementation of interactive systems, necessary usability evaluation methods and a multi-disciplinary design project.

Exit - 2nd year, specialisation

  • Accessible and Adaptive Interaction, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (UPM)
  • Cognitive Interaction, University of Trento (UniTN)
  • Intelligent systems, University of Twente (UT)
  • Mobile and ubiquitous interaction, KTH Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)
  • Multimodal interaction, TU Berlin (TUB)
  • Situated Interaction, Université Paris-Sud (UPS)
  • User Modeling for Advanced Human-Computer interaction, Aalto University (Aalto)

To learn more about the I&E minor please click here.

About EIT Digital Master School

EIT Digital Master School offers two-year, European Masters in computer science and information technology, with a focus on innovation and entrepreneurship. Students study two years in two leading European universities. They earn two Masters degrees from those universities together with a certificate awarded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). Students enjoy an array of benefits which includes European mobility, a three-day business challenge, a two-week Summer School, an internship and access to the EIT Digital community. Upon graduation, students are equipped with the tools to become digital innovators.

Scholarship:

·        European citizen: No tuition fees. Up to 750 Euros monthly allowance

·        Non-European citizen: tuition fee waiver of up to 50% and 750 Euros monthly allowance

Application deadline to begin studying in September 2018:

·        15 April 2018 (Open to EU/EEA/CH citizens/ Non-EU citizens*.)

*Please note that this application period is not recommended for applicants who require a visa due to time constraints. If you require a visa to study in an EU country, we recommend you delay your application to November 2018 when the application portal opens again, to start in Autumn 2019.

How should you apply?

To apply, you need to register and submit your application on the EIT Digital Application Portal. You don’t need to do your application all at once. You can access the list of required documents for your application here.

Need more information?

Master School Office: , we will be happy to help.



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Why study Human Computer Interaction and Design?. Smart devices (mobile phones, PDAs, tablet computers), smart products (car, navigation) and smart environments (ambient intelligence) are enabling new services that require innovative interfaces. Read more

Why study Human Computer Interaction and Design?

Smart devices (mobile phones, PDAs, tablet computers), smart products (car, navigation) and smart environments (ambient intelligence) are enabling new services that require innovative interfaces. Human-Computer Interaction and Design (HCID) focuses on the study, design, development and evaluation of novel user interfaces, interactive systems and services.

Why choose Human Computer Interaction and Design at EIT Digital?

The EIT Digital Master's degree HCID is an interdisciplinary programme where our User-Centred Design approach places the users at the centre of the design process. By combining human aspects (both at a cognitive, aesthetic and sensory-motor levels) to technological and business aspects, we create new products and services with great usability and user experience, and a solid customer demand, which often translate into commercial success.

HCID serves as the bridge to new products and services. Students learn how to design and define how people interact and live with the modern ever changing technical world.

What are the carrier opportunities?

Graduates from the HCID master’s programme qualify for jobs in international and local organizations in both technical and business roles. Graduates could become:

  • User experience (UX) or interaction designer
  • UX Architect
  • Usability engineer
  • Interactive systems engineer
  • Human factors expert
  • Business developer
  • Product manager
  • Consultant

Through their multidisciplinary attitude, HCID graduates are valuable in open innovation settings where different aspects (market, users, social aspects, media technologies) come together. They can choose to work within companies that provide value-added products and services, such as 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.

How is the programme structured?

All EIT Digital Master School programmes follow the same scheme:

  • Students study one year at an ‘entry’ university and one year at an ‘exit’ university in two of EIT Digital’s hot spots around Europe.
  • Upon completion, graduates receive degrees from the two universities and a certificate awarded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology.
  • The first year is similar at all entry points with basic courses to lay the foundation for the chosen technical programme focus. Some elective courses may also be chosen. At the same time, students are introduced to business and management. During the second semester, a design project is combined with business development exercises. These teach how to turn technology into business and how to present a convincing business plan.
  • In between the first year and the second year, a summer school addresses business opportunities within a socially relevant theme.
  • The second year offers a specialisation and a graduation project. The gradation project includes an internship at a company or a research institute and results in a Master thesis with a strong innovation and entrepreneurship dimension.

To learn more about the structure of the programme, please click here.

Where can I study Human Computer Interaction and Design?

Entry - 1st year, common courses

  • Aalto University (Aalto)
  • KTH Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)
  • Université Paris-Sud (UPS)
  • University of Twente (UT)
  • Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (UPM)
  • Polytechnic University of Milan (Polimi)

Each Entry University in HCID provides an introduction course to HCI, working knowledge to the design and implementation of interactive systems, necessary usability evaluation methods and a multi-disciplinary design project.

Exit - 2nd year, specialisation

  • Accessible and Adaptive Interaction, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (UPM)
  • Cognitive Interaction, University of Trento (UniTN)
  • Intelligent systems, University of Twente (UT)
  • Mobile and ubiquitous interaction, KTH Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)
  • Multimodal interaction, TU Berlin (TUB)
  • Situated Interaction, Université Paris-Sud (UPS)
  • User Modeling for Advanced Human-Computer interaction, Aalto University(Aalto)

To learn more about the I&E minor please click here.

About EIT Digital Master School

EIT Digital Master School offers two-year, European Masters in computer science and information technology, with a focus on innovation and entrepreneurship. Students study two years in two leading European universities. They earn two Masters degrees from those universities together with a certificate awarded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). Students enjoy an array of benefits which includes European mobility, a three-day business challenge, a two-week Summer School, an internship and access to the EIT Digital community. Upon graduation, students are equipped with the tools to become digital innovators.

Scholarship:

·        European citizen: No tuition fees. Up to 750 Euros monthly allowance

·        Non-European citizen: tuition fee waiver of up to 50% and 750 Euros monthly allowance

Application deadline to begin studying in September 2018:

·        15 April 2018 (Open to EU/EEA/CH citizens/ Non-EU citizens*.)

*Please note that this application period is not recommended for applicants who require a visa due to time constraints. If you require a visa to study in an EU country, we recommend you delay your application to November 2018 when the application portal opens again, to start in Autumn 2019.

How should you apply?

To apply, you need to register and submit your application on the EIT Digital Application Portal. You don’t need to do your application all at once. You can access the list of required documents for your application here.

Need more information?

Master School Office: , we will be happy to help.



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Why study Human Computer Interaction and Design?. Smart devices (mobile phones, PDAs, tablet computers), smart products (car, navigation) and smart environments (ambient intelligence) are enabling new services that require innovative interfaces. Read more

Why study Human Computer Interaction and Design?

Smart devices (mobile phones, PDAs, tablet computers), smart products (car, navigation) and smart environments (ambient intelligence) are enabling new services that require innovative interfaces. Human-Computer Interaction and Design (HCID) focuses on the study, design, development and evaluation of novel user interfaces, interactive systems and services.

Why choose Human Computer Interaction and Design at EIT Digital?

The EIT Digital Master's degree HCID is an interdisciplinary programme where our User-Centred Design approach places the users at the centre of the design process. By combining human aspects (both at a cognitive, aesthetic and sensory-motor levels) to technological and business aspects, we create new products and services with great usability and user experience, and a solid customer demand, which often translate into commercial success.

HCID serves as the bridge to new products and services. Students learn how to design and define how people interact and live with the modern ever changing technical world.

What are the carrier opportunities?

Graduates from the HCID master’s programme qualify for jobs in international and local organizations in both technical and business roles. Graduates could become:

  • User experience (UX) or interaction designer
  • UX Architect
  • Usability engineer
  • Interactive systems engineer
  • Human factors expert
  • Business developer
  • Product manager
  • Consultant

Through their multidisciplinary attitude, HCID graduates are valuable in open innovation settings where different aspects (market, users, social aspects, media technologies) come together. They can choose to work within companies that provide value-added products and services, such as 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.

How is the programme structured?

All EIT Digital Master School programmes follow the same scheme:

  • Students study one year at an ‘entry’ university and one year at an ‘exit’ university in two of EIT Digital’s hot spots around Europe.
  • Upon completion, graduates receive degrees from the two universities and a certificate awarded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology.
  • The first year is similar at all entry points with basic courses to lay the foundation for the chosen technical programme focus. Some elective courses may also be chosen. At the same time, students are introduced to business and management. During the second semester, a design project is combined with business development exercises. These teach how to turn technology into business and how to present a convincing business plan.
  • In between the first year and the second year, a summer school addresses business opportunities within a socially relevant theme.
  • The second year offers a specialisation and a graduation project. The gradation project includes an internship at a company or a research institute and results in a Master thesis with a strong innovation and entrepreneurship dimension.

To learn more about the structure of the programme, please click here.

Where can I study Human Computer Interaction and Design?

Entry - 1st year, common courses

  • Aalto University (Aalto)
  • KTH Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)
  • Université Paris-Sud (UPS)
  • University of Twente (UT)
  • Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (UPM)
  • Polytechnic University of Milan (Polimi)

Each Entry University in HCID provides an introduction course to HCI, working knowledge to the design and implementation of interactive systems, necessary usability evaluation methods and a multi-disciplinary design project.

Exit - 2nd year, specialisation

  • Accessible and Adaptive Interaction, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (UPM)
  • Cognitive Interaction, University of Trento (UniTN)
  • Intelligent systems, University of Twente (UT)
  • Mobile and ubiquitous interaction, KTH Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)
  • Multimodal interaction, TU Berlin (TUB)
  • Situated Interaction, Université Paris-Sud (UPS)
  • User Modeling for Advanced Human-Computer interaction, Aalto University(Aalto)

To learn more about the I&E minor please click here.

About EIT Digital Master School

EIT Digital Master School offers two-year, European Masters in computer science and information technology, with a focus on innovation and entrepreneurship. Students study two years in two leading European universities. They earn two Masters degrees from those universities together with a certificate awarded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). Students enjoy an array of benefits which includes European mobility, a three-day business challenge, a two-week Summer School, an internship and access to the EIT Digital community. Upon graduation, students are equipped with the tools to become digital innovators.

Scholarship:

·        European citizen: No tuition fees. Up to 750 Euros monthly allowance

·        Non-European citizen: tuition fee waiver of up to 50% and 750 Euros monthly allowance

Application deadline to begin studying in September 2018:

·        15 April 2018 (Open to EU/EEA/CH citizens/ Non-EU citizens*.)

*Please note that this application period is not recommended for applicants who require a visa due to time constraints. If you require a visa to study in an EU country, we recommend you delay your application to November 2018 when the application portal opens again, to start in Autumn 2019.

How should you apply?

To apply, you need to register and submit your application on the EIT Digital Application Portal. You don’t need to do your application all at once. You can access the list of required documents for your application here.

Need more information?

Master School Office: , we will be happy to help.



Read less
Why study Human Computer Interaction and Design?. Smart devices (mobile phones, PDAs, tablet computers), smart products (car, navigation) and smart environments (ambient intelligence) are enabling new services that require innovative interfaces. Read more

Why study Human Computer Interaction and Design?

Smart devices (mobile phones, PDAs, tablet computers), smart products (car, navigation) and smart environments (ambient intelligence) are enabling new services that require innovative interfaces. Human-Computer Interaction and Design (HCID) focuses on the study, design, development and evaluation of novel user interfaces, interactive systems and services.

Why choose Human Computer Interaction and Design at EIT Digital?

The EIT Digital Master's degree HCID is an interdisciplinary programme where our User-Centred Design approach places the users at the centre of the design process. By combining human aspects (both at a cognitive, aesthetic and sensory-motor levels) to technological and business aspects, we create new products and services with great usability and user experience, and a solid customer demand, which often translate into commercial success.

HCID serves as the bridge to new products and services. Students learn how to design and define how people interact and live with the modern ever changing technical world.

What are the carrier opportunities?

Graduates from the HCID master’s programme qualify for jobs in international and local organizations in both technical and business roles. Graduates could become:

  • User experience (UX) or interaction designer
  • UX Architect
  • Usability engineer
  • Interactive systems engineer
  • Human factors expert
  • Business developer
  • Product manager
  • Consultant

Through their multidisciplinary attitude, HCID graduates are valuable in open innovation settings where different aspects (market, users, social aspects, media technologies) come together. They can choose to work within companies that provide value-added products and services, such as 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.

How is the programme structured?

All EIT Digital Master School programmes follow the same scheme:

  • Students study one year at an ‘entry’ university and one year at an ‘exit’ university in two of EIT Digital’s hot spots around Europe.
  • Upon completion, graduates receive degrees from the two universities and a certificate awarded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology.
  • The first year is similar at all entry points with basic courses to lay the foundation for the chosen technical programme focus. Some elective courses may also be chosen. At the same time, students are introduced to business and management. During the second semester, a design project is combined with business development exercises. These teach how to turn technology into business and how to present a convincing business plan.
  • In between the first year and the second year, a summer school addresses business opportunities within a socially relevant theme.
  • The second year offers a specialisation and a graduation project. The gradation project includes an internship at a company or a research institute and results in a Master thesis with a strong innovation and entrepreneurship dimension.

To learn more about the structure of the programme, please click here.

Where can I study Human Computer Interaction and Design?

Entry - 1st year, common courses

  • Aalto University (Aalto)
  • KTH Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)
  • Université Paris-Sud (UPS)
  • University of Twente (UT)
  • Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (UPM)
  • Polytechnic University of Milan (Polimi)

Each Entry University in HCID provides an introduction course to HCI, working knowledge to the design and implementation of interactive systems, necessary usability evaluation methods and a multi-disciplinary design project.

Exit - 2nd year, specialisation

  • Accessible and Adaptive Interaction, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (UPM)
  • Cognitive Interaction, University of Trento (UniTN)
  • Intelligent systems, University of Twente (UT)
  • Mobile and ubiquitous interaction, KTH Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)
  • Multimodal interaction, TU Berlin (TUB)
  • Situated Interaction, Université Paris-Sud (UPS)
  • User Modeling for Advanced Human-Computer interaction, Aalto University(Aalto)

To learn more about the I&E minor please click here.

About EIT Digital Master School

EIT Digital Master School offers two-year, European Masters in computer science and information technology, with a focus on innovation and entrepreneurship. Students study two years in two leading European universities. They earn two Masters degrees from those universities together with a certificate awarded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). Students enjoy an array of benefits which includes European mobility, a three-day business challenge, a two-week Summer School, an internship and access to the EIT Digital community. Upon graduation, students are equipped with the tools to become digital innovators.

Scholarship:

·        European citizen: No tuition fees. Up to 750 Euros monthly allowance

·        Non-European citizen: tuition fee waiver of up to 50% and 750 Euros monthly allowance

Application deadline to begin studying in September 2018:

·        15 April 2018 (Open to EU/EEA/CH citizens/ Non-EU citizens*.)

*Please note that this application period is not recommended for applicants who require a visa due to time constraints. If you require a visa to study in an EU country, we recommend you delay your application to November 2018 when the application portal opens again, to start in Autumn 2019.

How should you apply?

To apply, you need to register and submit your application on the EIT Digital Application Portal. You don’t need to do your application all at once. You can access the list of required documents for your application here.

Need more information?

Master School Office: , we will be happy to help.



Read less
Why study Human Computer Interaction and Design?. Smart devices (mobile phones, PDAs, tablet computers), smart products (car, navigation) and smart environments (ambient intelligence) are enabling new services that require innovative interfaces. Read more

Why study Human Computer Interaction and Design?

Smart devices (mobile phones, PDAs, tablet computers), smart products (car, navigation) and smart environments (ambient intelligence) are enabling new services that require innovative interfaces. Human-Computer Interaction and Design (HCID) focuses on the study, design, development and evaluation of novel user interfaces, interactive systems and services.

Why choose Human Computer Interaction and Design at EIT Digital?

The EIT Digital Master's degree HCID is an interdisciplinary programme where our User-Centred Design approach places the users at the centre of the design process. By combining human aspects (both at a cognitive, aesthetic and sensory-motor levels) to technological and business aspects, we create new products and services with great usability and user experience, and a solid customer demand, which often translate into commercial success.

HCID serves as the bridge to new products and services. Students learn how to design and define how people interact and live with the modern ever changing technical world.

What are the carrier opportunities?

Graduates from the HCID master’s programme qualify for jobs in international and local organizations in both technical and business roles. Graduates could become:

  • User experience (UX) or interaction designer
  • UX Architect
  • Usability engineer
  • Interactive systems engineer
  • Human factors expert
  • Business developer
  • Product manager
  • Consultant

Through their multidisciplinary attitude, HCID graduates are valuable in open innovation settings where different aspects (market, users, social aspects, media technologies) come together. They can choose to work within companies that provide value-added products and services, such as 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.

How is the programme structured?

All EIT Digital Master School programmes follow the same scheme:

  • Students study one year at an ‘entry’ university and one year at an ‘exit’ university in two of EIT Digital’s hot spots around Europe.
  • Upon completion, graduates receive degrees from the two universities and a certificate awarded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology.
  • The first year is similar at all entry points with basic courses to lay the foundation for the chosen technical programme focus. Some elective courses may also be chosen. At the same time, students are introduced to business and management. During the second semester, a design project is combined with business development exercises. These teach how to turn technology into business and how to present a convincing business plan.
  • In between the first year and the second year, a summer school addresses business opportunities within a socially relevant theme.
  • The second year offers a specialisation and a graduation project. The gradation project includes an internship at a company or a research institute and results in a Master thesis with a strong innovation and entrepreneurship dimension.

To learn more about the structure of the programme, please click here.

Where can I study Human Computer Interaction and Design?

Entry - 1st year, common courses

  • Aalto University (Aalto)
  • KTH Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)
  • Université Paris-Sud (UPS)
  • University of Twente (UT)
  • Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (UPM)
  • Polytechnic University of Milan (Polimi)

Each Entry University in HCID provides an introduction course to HCI, working knowledge to the design and implementation of interactive systems, necessary usability evaluation methods and a multi-disciplinary design project.

Exit - 2nd year, specialisation

  • Accessible and Adaptive Interaction, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (UPM)
  • Cognitive Interaction, University of Trento (UniTN)
  • Intelligent systems, University of Twente (UT)
  • Mobile and ubiquitous interaction, KTH Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)
  • Multimodal interaction, TU Berlin (TUB)
  • Situated Interaction, Université Paris-Sud (UPS)
  • User Modeling for Advanced Human-Computer interaction, Aalto University(Aalto)

To learn more about the I&E minor please click here.

About EIT Digital Master School

EIT Digital Master School offers two-year, European Masters in computer science and information technology, with a focus on innovation and entrepreneurship. Students study two years in two leading European universities. They earn two Masters degrees from those universities together with a certificate awarded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). Students enjoy an array of benefits which includes European mobility, a three-day business challenge, a two-week Summer School, an internship and access to the EIT Digital community. Upon graduation, students are equipped with the tools to become digital innovators.

Scholarship:

·        European citizen: No tuition fees. Up to 750 Euros monthly allowance

·        Non-European citizen: tuition fee waiver of up to 50% and 750 Euros monthly allowance

Application deadline to begin studying in September 2018:

·        15 April 2018 (Open to EU/EEA/CH citizens/ Non-EU citizens*.)

*Please note that this application period is not recommended for applicants who require a visa due to time constraints. If you require a visa to study in an EU country, we recommend you delay your application to November 2018 when the application portal opens again, to start in Autumn 2019.

How should you apply?

To apply, you need to register and submit your application on the EIT Digital Application Portal. You don’t need to do your application all at once. You can access the list of required documents for your application here.

Need more information?

Master School Office: , we will be happy to help.



Read less
Why study Human Computer Interaction and Design?. Smart devices (mobile phones, PDAs, tablet computers), smart products (car, navigation) and smart environments (ambient intelligence) are enabling new services that require innovative interfaces. Read more

Why study Human Computer Interaction and Design?

Smart devices (mobile phones, PDAs, tablet computers), smart products (car, navigation) and smart environments (ambient intelligence) are enabling new services that require innovative interfaces. Human-Computer Interaction and Design (HCID) focuses on the study, design, development and evaluation of novel user interfaces, interactive systems and services.

Why choose Human Computer Interaction and Design at EIT Digital?

The EIT Digital Master's degree HCID is an interdisciplinary programme where our User-Centred Design approach places the users at the centre of the design process. By combining human aspects (both at a cognitive, aesthetic and sensory-motor levels) to technological and business aspects, we create new products and services with great usability and user experience, and a solid customer demand, which often translate into commercial success.

HCID serves as the bridge to new products and services. Students learn how to design and define how people interact and live with the modern ever changing technical world.

What are the carrier opportunities?

Graduates from the HCID master’s programme qualify for jobs in international and local organizations in both technical and business roles. Graduates could become:

  • User experience (UX) or interaction designer
  • UX Architect
  • Usability engineer
  • Interactive systems engineer
  • Human factors expert
  • Business developer
  • Product manager
  • Consultant

Through their multidisciplinary attitude, HCID graduates are valuable in open innovation settings where different aspects (market, users, social aspects, media technologies) come together. They can choose to work within companies that provide value-added products and services, such as 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.

How is the programme structured?

All EIT Digital Master School programmes follow the same scheme:

  • Students study one year at an ‘entry’ university and one year at an ‘exit’ university in two of EIT Digital’s hot spots around Europe.
  • Upon completion, graduates receive degrees from the two universities and a certificate awarded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology.
  • The first year is similar at all entry points with basic courses to lay the foundation for the chosen technical programme focus. Some elective courses may also be chosen. At the same time, students are introduced to business and management. During the second semester, a design project is combined with business development exercises. These teach how to turn technology into business and how to present a convincing business plan.
  • In between the first year and the second year, a summer school addresses business opportunities within a socially relevant theme.
  • The second year offers a specialisation and a graduation project. The gradation project includes an internship at a company or a research institute and results in a Master thesis with a strong innovation and entrepreneurship dimension.

To learn more about the structure of the programme, please click here.

Where can I study Human Computer Interaction and Design?

Entry - 1st year, common courses

  • Aalto University (Aalto)
  • KTH Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)
  • Université Paris-Sud (UPS)
  • University of Twente (UT)
  • Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (UPM)
  • Polytechnic University of Milan (Polimi)

Each Entry University in HCID provides an introduction course to HCI, working knowledge to the design and implementation of interactive systems, necessary usability evaluation methods and a multi-disciplinary design project.

Exit - 2nd year, specialisation

  • Accessible and Adaptive Interaction, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (UPM)
  • Cognitive Interaction, University of Trento (UniTN)
  • Intelligent systems, University of Twente (UT)
  • Mobile and ubiquitous interaction, KTH Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)
  • Multimodal interaction, TU Berlin (TUB)
  • Situated Interaction, Université Paris-Sud (UPS)
  • User Modeling for Advanced Human-Computer interaction, Aalto University(Aalto)

To learn more about the I&E minor please click here.

About EIT Digital Master School

EIT Digital Master School offers two-year, European Masters in computer science and information technology, with a focus on innovation and entrepreneurship. Students study two years in two leading European universities. They earn two Masters degrees from those universities together with a certificate awarded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). Students enjoy an array of benefits which includes European mobility, a three-day business challenge, a two-week Summer School, an internship and access to the EIT Digital community. Upon graduation, students are equipped with the tools to become digital innovators.

Scholarship:

·        European citizen: No tuition fees. Up to 750 Euros monthly allowance

·        Non-European citizen: tuition fee waiver of up to 50% and 750 Euros monthly allowance

Application deadline to begin studying in September 2018:

·        15 April 2018 (Open to EU/EEA/CH citizens/ Non-EU citizens*.)

*Please note that this application period is not recommended for applicants who require a visa due to time constraints. If you require a visa to study in an EU country, we recommend you delay your application to November 2018 when the application portal opens again, to start in Autumn 2019.

How should you apply?

To apply, you need to register and submit your application on the EIT Digital Application Portal. You don’t need to do your application all at once. You can access the list of required documents for your application here.

Need more information?

Master School Office: , we will be happy to help.



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Why study Human Computer Interaction and Design?. Smart devices (mobile phones, PDAs, tablet computers), smart products (car, navigation) and smart environments (ambient intelligence) are enabling new services that require innovative interfaces. Read more

Why study Human Computer Interaction and Design?

Smart devices (mobile phones, PDAs, tablet computers), smart products (car, navigation) and smart environments (ambient intelligence) are enabling new services that require innovative interfaces. Human-Computer Interaction and Design (HCID) focuses on the study, design, development and evaluation of novel user interfaces, interactive systems and services.

Why choose Human Computer Interaction and Design at EIT Digital?

The EIT Digital Master's degree HCID is an interdisciplinary programme where our User-Centred Design approach places the users at the centre of the design process. By combining human aspects (both at a cognitive, aesthetic and sensory-motor levels) to technological and business aspects, we create new products and services with great usability and user experience, and a solid customer demand, which often translate into commercial success.

HCID serves as the bridge to new products and services. Students learn how to design and define how people interact and live with the modern ever changing technical world.

What are the carrier opportunities?

Graduates from the HCID master’s programme qualify for jobs in international and local organizations in both technical and business roles. Graduates could become:

  • User experience (UX) or interaction designer
  • UX Architect
  • Usability engineer
  • Interactive systems engineer
  • Human factors expert
  • Business developer
  • Product manager
  • Consultant

Through their multidisciplinary attitude, HCID graduates are valuable in open innovation settings where different aspects (market, users, social aspects, media technologies) come together. They can choose to work within companies that provide value-added products and services, such as 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.

How is the programme structured?

All EIT Digital Master School programmes follow the same scheme:

  • Students study one year at an ‘entry’ university and one year at an ‘exit’ university in two of EIT Digital’s hot spots around Europe.
  • Upon completion, graduates receive degrees from the two universities and a certificate awarded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology.
  • The first year is similar at all entry points with basic courses to lay the foundation for the chosen technical programme focus. Some elective courses may also be chosen. At the same time, students are introduced to business and management. During the second semester, a design project is combined with business development exercises. These teach how to turn technology into business and how to present a convincing business plan.
  • In between the first year and the second year, a summer school addresses business opportunities within a socially relevant theme.
  • The second year offers a specialisation and a graduation project. The gradation project includes an internship at a company or a research institute and results in a Master thesis with a strong innovation and entrepreneurship dimension.

To learn more about the structure of the programme, please click here.

Where can I study Human Computer Interaction and Design?

Entry - 1st year, common courses

  • Aalto University (Aalto)
  • KTH Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)
  • Université Paris-Sud (UPS)
  • University of Twente (UT)
  • Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (UPM)
  • Polytechnic University of Milan (Polimi)

Each Entry University in HCID provides an introduction course to HCI, working knowledge to the design and implementation of interactive systems, necessary usability evaluation methods and a multi-disciplinary design project.

Exit - 2nd year, specialisation

  • Accessible and Adaptive Interaction, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (UPM)
  • Cognitive Interaction, University of Trento (UniTN)
  • Intelligent systems, University of Twente (UT)
  • Mobile and ubiquitous interaction, KTH Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)
  • Multimodal interaction, TU Berlin (TUB)
  • Situated Interaction, Université Paris-Sud (UPS)
  • User Modeling for Advanced Human-Computer interaction, Aalto University(Aalto)

To learn more about the I&E minor please click here.

About EIT Digital Master School

EIT Digital Master School offers two-year, European Masters in computer science and information technology, with a focus on innovation and entrepreneurship. Students study two years in two leading European universities. They earn two Masters degrees from those universities together with a certificate awarded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). Students enjoy an array of benefits which includes European mobility, a three-day business challenge, a two-week Summer School, an internship and access to the EIT Digital community. Upon graduation, students are equipped with the tools to become digital innovators.

Scholarship:

·        European citizen: No tuition fees. Up to 750 Euros monthly allowance

·        Non-European citizen: tuition fee waiver of up to 50% and 750 Euros monthly allowance

Application deadline to begin studying in September 2018:

·        15 April 2018 (Open to EU/EEA/CH citizens/ Non-EU citizens*.)

*Please note that this application period is not recommended for applicants who require a visa due to time constraints. If you require a visa to study in an EU country, we recommend you delay your application to November 2018 when the application portal opens again, to start in Autumn 2019.

How should you apply?

To apply, you need to register and submit your application on the EIT Digital Application Portal. You don’t need to do your application all at once. You can access the list of required documents for your application here.

Need more information?

Master School Office: , we will be happy to help.



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Why study Human Computer Interaction and Design?. Smart devices (mobile phones, PDAs, tablet computers), smart products (car, navigation) and smart environments (ambient intelligence) are enabling new services that require innovative interfaces. Read more

Why study Human Computer Interaction and Design?

Smart devices (mobile phones, PDAs, tablet computers), smart products (car, navigation) and smart environments (ambient intelligence) are enabling new services that require innovative interfaces. Human-Computer Interaction and Design (HCID) focuses on the study, design, development and evaluation of novel user interfaces, interactive systems and services.

Why choose Human Computer Interaction and Design at EIT Digital?

The EIT Digital Master's degree HCID is an interdisciplinary programme where our User-Centred Design approach places the users at the centre of the design process. By combining human aspects (both at a cognitive, aesthetic and sensory-motor levels) to technological and business aspects, we create new products and services with great usability and user experience, and a solid customer demand, which often translate into commercial success.

HCID serves as the bridge to new products and services. Students learn how to design and define how people interact and live with the modern ever changing technical world.

What are the carrier opportunities?

Graduates from the HCID master’s programme qualify for jobs in international and local organizations in both technical and business roles. Graduates could become:

  • User experience (UX) or interaction designer
  • UX Architect
  • Usability engineer
  • Interactive systems engineer
  • Human factors expert
  • Business developer
  • Product manager
  • Consultant

Through their multidisciplinary attitude, HCID graduates are valuable in open innovation settings where different aspects (market, users, social aspects, media technologies) come together. They can choose to work within companies that provide value-added products and services, such as 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.

How is the programme structured?

All EIT Digital Master School programmes follow the same scheme:

  • Students study one year at an ‘entry’ university and one year at an ‘exit’ university in two of EIT Digital’s hot spots around Europe.
  • Upon completion, graduates receive degrees from the two universities and a certificate awarded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology.
  • The first year is similar at all entry points with basic courses to lay the foundation for the chosen technical programme focus. Some elective courses may also be chosen. At the same time, students are introduced to business and management. During the second semester, a design project is combined with business development exercises. These teach how to turn technology into business and how to present a convincing business plan.
  • In between the first year and the second year, a summer school addresses business opportunities within a socially relevant theme.
  • The second year offers a specialisation and a graduation project. The gradation project includes an internship at a company or a research institute and results in a Master thesis with a strong innovation and entrepreneurship dimension.

To learn more about the structure of the programme, please click here.

Where can I study Human Computer Interaction and Design?

Entry - 1st year, common courses

  • Aalto University (Aalto)
  • KTH Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)
  • Université Paris-Sud (UPS)
  • University of Twente (UT)
  • Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (UPM)
  • Polytechnic University of Milan (Polimi)

Each Entry University in HCID provides an introduction course to HCI, working knowledge to the design and implementation of interactive systems, necessary usability evaluation methods and a multi-disciplinary design project.

Exit - 2nd year, specialisation

  • Accessible and Adaptive Interaction, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (UPM)
  • Cognitive Interaction, University of Trento (UniTN)
  • Intelligent systems, University of Twente (UT)
  • Mobile and ubiquitous interaction, KTH Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)
  • Multimodal interaction, TU Berlin (TUB)
  • Situated Interaction, Université Paris-Sud (UPS)
  • User Modeling for Advanced Human-Computer interaction, Aalto University(Aalto)

To learn more about the I&E minor please click here.

About EIT Digital Master School

EIT Digital Master School offers two-year, European Masters in computer science and information technology, with a focus on innovation and entrepreneurship. Students study two years in two leading European universities. They earn two Masters degrees from those universities together with a certificate awarded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). Students enjoy an array of benefits which includes European mobility, a three-day business challenge, a two-week Summer School, an internship and access to the EIT Digital community. Upon graduation, students are equipped with the tools to become digital innovators.

Scholarship:

·        European citizen: No tuition fees. Up to 750 Euros monthly allowance

·        Non-European citizen: tuition fee waiver of up to 50% and 750 Euros monthly allowance

Application deadline to begin studying in September 2018:

·        15 April 2018 (Open to EU/EEA/CH citizens/ Non-EU citizens*.)

*Please note that this application period is not recommended for applicants who require a visa due to time constraints. If you require a visa to study in an EU country, we recommend you delay your application to November 2018 when the application portal opens again, to start in Autumn 2019.

How should you apply?

To apply, you need to register and submit your application on the EIT Digital Application Portal. You don’t need to do your application all at once. You can access the list of required documents for your application here.

Need more information?

Master School Office: , we will be happy to help.



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Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) is concerned with the design and use of computer and mobile technology, focusing on the interfaces between people and systems. Read more

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.

About this degree

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.

Core modules

  • Interaction Science
  • Interaction Design

Optional modules

  • Accessibility and Assistive Technologies
  • Affective Interaction
  • Future Interfaces
  • Human Factors for Digital Health
  • Persuasive Games
  • Physical Computing and Prototyping
  • Socio-technical Systems
  • User-Centred Data Visualization

Dissertation/report

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

Careers

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.

Employability

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.

Why study this degree at UCL?

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.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

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.



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Overview. This course provides the theoretical grounding, practical knowledge, and hands on experience needed to shape computing systems for the 21st century. Read more

Overview

This course provides the theoretical grounding, practical knowledge, and hands on experience needed to shape computing systems for the 21st century.

As computing becomes ever more pervasive and reaches out into everyday life, academia and industry recognise that successful systems development increasingly relies on our ability to place people at the centre of the digital revolution.

Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) is a distinctive branch of computer science dedicated to understanding the relationship between people and computers, and to enabling systems designers and software engineers to develop computing applications that better respond to the needs of customers, clients and end-users. Related terms include human-centred design, interactive systems design, user experience design, user interface design, and usability engineering.

Is this course for me?

HCI is a key area of computing, promoted globally by the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) and nationally by the British Computer Society (BCS). The course addresses core areas of the ACM SIGCHI Curricula for Human-Computer Interaction and is intended for students with diverse disciplinary backgrounds and experiences, including computer science, engineering, natural science, social science, and art and design.

Whatever your background, whether you are a software engineer seeking to further develop professional skill and competence or someone with little or no experience of systems design, if you believe that people should be at the heart of computing and are interested in shaping our digital future to meet human need, then this is the course for you.

Course structure

The course comprises 180 credits, split across 120 credits’ worth of compulsory and optional modules and a 60-credit research project. Please visit the online prospectus for detailed module information.

Careers

There is an increasing need in industry for graduates with an understanding of the human element in systems design. The MSc Human-Computer Interaction provides you with skills and knowledge essential to design companies that appreciate the value of human-centred design. The course will equip you with the knowledge and skill sets necessary to shape the development of new technology that puts people at the heart of computing, including core HCI techniques for identifying user needs, shaping systems design, and evaluating developed systems and applications. It provides a pathway to careers in interactive systems design, user experience design, user interface design, and usability engineering.

The MSc HCI is also good starting point for students who wish to study for a PhD in Human-Computer Interaction and the associated area of Computer Supported Collaborative Work (CSCW). Beyond academia, PhD students in the Mixed Reality Laboratory have also taken up internships in world-leading industrial labs across Europe and America, including Xerox, Microsoft, IBM, and Hewlett-Packard, where they have gone on to develop their careers.

Key facts

  • The course is provided by the School of Computer Science and the School of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering.
  • Both schools are ranked in the top ten for 'research power' (Research Excellence Framework 2014).
  • Modules are taught by members of the Mixed Reality Laboratory and Human Factors Research Group, specialists in HCI research.


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Interaction design is a rapidly changing discipline, and we maintain the relevance of our education by working with real-world design cases and outside clients that include local industry partners, as well as cultural and civic organisations. Read more

Interaction design is a rapidly changing discipline, and we maintain the relevance of our education by working with real-world design cases and outside clients that include local industry partners, as well as cultural and civic organisations. Navigating a shifting design landscape also requires the critical mindset of a scholar, and we foster reflective design by teaching research skills and involving students in active research projects.


Interaction Design at Malmö University

We educate designers who can articulate and develop cutting-edge practices in key areas of interaction design: tangible and sensor-based interaction, wearable and embodied interaction, game design, participatory design practices, critical design, social innovation and collaborative media development. Students approach these genres within a broad context that considers the social, political and ethical consequences of their designs. Our education is studio-based, bringing students into close contact with our design professors.

This is a one-year programme, which is also offered as the first year of a two-year programme providing a more well-rounded combination of design practice and academic research.

Interaction Design: one-year programme

Interaction Design: two-year programme

The education is provided by the Faculty of Culture and Society at the department School of Arts and Communication.


Practical Design Skills and Academic Research

Internationally Recognised

Our programme was founded in 1998, making it one of the more established programmes of its kind. We focus on areas where our design and research excellence is internationally recognised: tangible and sensor-based interaction, wearable and embodied interaction, game design, participatory design practices, critical design, social innovation and collaborative media development.

Who are you?

Interaction design requires the fusion of multiple skill sets. We recruit students with different backgrounds – design, media, engineering, the arts, and social sciences – and focus our teaching on creating disciplinary synergy in the concrete design work.

Content

The programme comprises full-time study for one academic year, divided into four courses starting with a studio-based introduction to multidisciplinary collaboration and mainstream interaction design. The next two courses address embodied interaction and collaborative media, two of our signature topics. The final course is a Master’s level graduation project.

Upon graduation, you are eligible for the second year of the two-year Master’s programme to learn more about interaction design research and theory. Read more about the two-year Master’s programme

Teaching Methods

The programme is based on a learning-by-doing pedagogy. This means that we encourage an iterative practice of experimentation and reflection. As teachers, we view ourselves as coaches guiding you in this process.

Studio-based

The programme is studio-based. You will also have access to computer labs, a materials workshop and a prototyping lab for electronics, sensor and microprocessor programming.

Group work in multidisciplinary teams

The primary method of learning is through group work in multidisciplinary teams with classmates and other stakeholders. Abilities to work in teams and with others – including user communities – are important parts of our curriculum, and several projects are organised to practice doing this.

Humanistic approach

With our humanistic approach, you will be practicing qualitative research approaches to support your design of tangible artefacts as well as digital and interactive services, systems and artefacts. We emphasize an understanding of people in their use situations.

Reflective and experimental design thinking and practical doing

Prototyping in the studio and real-world contexts is an integral part of becoming an interaction designer.

To practice reflective and experimental design activity, projects and courses integrate seminars and hands-on workshops introducing students to, among other things, ethnographic fieldwork, visualisation, low- and high-fidelity prototyping, microprocessor programming and video sketching, as well as evaluation of use qualities. All these practices are backed up by literature references and examples.

The thesis project

Your thesis project will be a combination of a design project and reflective writing that will involve communicating and discussing your design work. This is one result of a student's work in Thesis Project I.

Working environments

Students have access to studio space, and we encourage a healthy studio culture. This is where we conduct group-work, seminars, workshops, presentations and discussions. Close by there is a well-equipped materials workshop and a physical prototyping lab for electronics and sensor work. Additionally, we often use the facilities at the MEDEA research centre for final presentations, exhibitions, seminars and programme-meetings.

Career opportunities

Students enter the programme with different kinds of expertise, from art and design to engineering and social sciences. Upon graduation, you will have built a strong understanding of how your particular skills play a role in interaction design and how they combine with other specialities of fellow designers.

Potential positions

Most alumni move on to positions as interaction designers, user experience specialists or usability architects in the ICT, telecom and media industries. For some, this involves fine-tuning the interfaces and interactions of current products to users' needs; other interaction designers work on concept development for future products and services. Yet other alumni find their calling in strategic positions where the role of interaction design is considered in relation to market and business development.

Some interaction designers are also found in the role of change agents in public organisations and NGOs.


Degree

Master's Degree (60 credits).

Degree of Master of Science (60 Credits) with a Major in Interaction Design.

*OR (if you choose two years programme)

Master's Degree (120 credits).

Degree of Master of Science (120 Credits) with a Major in Interaction Design.




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Human-computer interaction (HCI) addresses the design, evaluation, and implementation of interactive computing and computing-based systems for the benefit of human use. Read more

Program overview

Human-computer interaction (HCI) addresses the design, evaluation, and implementation of interactive computing and computing-based systems for the benefit of human use. HCI research is driven by technological advances and the increasing pervasiveness of computing devices in our society. With an emphasis on making computing technologies more user-friendly, HCI has emerged as a dynamic, multifaceted area of study that merges theory from science, engineering, and design––as well as concepts and methodologies from psychology, anthropology, sociology, and industrial design––with the technical concerns of computing.

The master of science degree in human-computer interaction provides the knowledge and skills necessary for conceptualizing, designing, implementing, and evaluating software applications and computing technologies for the benefit of the user, whether the user is an individual, a group, an organization, or a society. Human, technological, and organizational concerns are interwoven throughout the curriculum and addressed in team- and project-based learning experiences.

Plan of study

The program is comprised of four required core courses, up to three program electives (depending upon capstone option chosen), two application domain courses, and a capstone project or thesis.

Core courses

The core courses provide knowledge and skills in the conceptual and methodological frameworks of HCI and HCI research. Emphasis is on understanding human cognition as it applies to information systems plus interaction design, interface prototyping, and usability evaluation.

Electives

Student choose up to three electives, depending on which capstone option they choose to complete.

Program electives

Students will select two courses from the program electives list. In select cases, students can petition for approval to include a course complementray to the degree program as a program elective. See website for further details of available electives: https://www.rit.edu/programs/human-computer-interaction-ms

Application domain courses

To gain breadth in a technical area to which HCI concepts can be applied, students complete two courses in any of the following application domain areas. A special topics option is also available, with faculty approval, for individuals with interest in other HCI-related areas. See website for further details of available domain courses: https://www.rit.edu/programs/human-computer-interaction-ms

Thesis/Capstone project

Students may complete a thesis or capstone project. (Student who choose the capstone will complete one additional elective.) This experience is meant to be an empirical study of a HCI problem, which can be the development of a software product through user-centered design processes. The results are either published in a peer-reviewed journal or publicly disseminated in an appropriate professional venue.

Curriculum

Course sequence differs according to selected thesis/project option, see website for further details of a particular option's modules and electives: https://www.rit.edu/programs/human-computer-interaction-ms

Other admission requirements

-Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0* (B average).
-Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work.
-Have prior study or professional experience in computing; however, study in other disciplines will be given consideration.
-Complete a graduate application.
-International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language. Minimum scores of 570 (paper-based) or 88 (Internet-based) are required.
-Applicants with undergraduate degrees from foreign universities are required to submit GRE scores.

*Applicants with a GPA below 3.0 may be considered, but are required to submit standard Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores.

Additional information

Prerequisites:
The program requires strong technical and social science skills. Knowledge of quantitative statistical methodologies is important since students review research studies as well as analyze the results of their own usability evaluations. Students are also expected to have a solid background in computer programming. These competencies may be demonstrated by previous course work, technical certifications, or comparable work experience. Bridge courses are available to fulfill any gaps in an applicant's qualifications. Applicants will be made aware of any areas where additional course work may be necessary.

Maximum time limit:
University policy requires that graduate programs be completed within seven years of the student's initial registration for courses in the program. Bridge courses are excluded.

Online option:
The program can be completed on campus or online.

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This MA programme is especially designed for those with an interdisciplinary background who wish to more fully comprehend core issues and approaches within International Relations post 9/11. Read more
This MA programme is especially designed for those with an interdisciplinary background who wish to more fully comprehend core issues and approaches within International Relations post 9/11.

At the dawn of a third millennium, the pace of integration among the world’s regions and populations is breathtaking. Powerful forces – the emergence of transnational economies, the lightning speed of global communications, and the movement of peoples, cultures and ideas into new settings – are reshaping notions of citizenship, society and community.

At the same time, however, older religious hatreds, sectarian violence and new fundamentalisms are recasting existing states and disintegrating individual, national and international notions of security. Such dynamics demand that we rethink why we are and where we are today, but also reconsider historical interpretations of past change within and among the world’s regions. To understand the global condition requires a thorough and sensitive understanding of diverse interests, ethnicities and cultures. The purpose of this new postgraduate award in International Relations (IR) is to foster within students a global perspective and encourage a multicultural awareness of contemporary problems.

Why study with us?

IR is a vital and dynamic field of intellectual inquiry that offers an interdisciplinary exploration of human interaction. It is not so much a single discipline; rather it is a study of a particular type of behaviour whose comprehension requires the insight and methods of a number of disciplines. Although your MA is set within a strong political and sociological framework, the course is enhanced through the support of Law, History, and American Studies.

IR provides an opportunity to engage with and adapt to changing international, national and regional realities post 9/11. The security implications of the events of 9/11, and the impact of global developments on everyday lives, are present in the public mind as never before. The Palestinian question, western intervention and civil war in Iraq, nuclear proliferation, international crime and terrorism are just some of the recurrent themes that have taken on a new urgency and demand our attention.

IR develops critical awareness, conceptual understanding, sound research methods, and originality in the application of knowledge. Your MA will provide you with an appropriate set of intellectual skills to enable more informed and effective participation in an ‘ever-changing’ global context. Current social, political and economic globalisation demonstrates the inexorable importance of the ‘international’ and the increased relevance of this knowledge dimension at both academic and practice levels.

Course content

International Relations is a vital and dynamic field of intellectual inquiry that offers an interdisciplinary exploration of human interaction. Students undertaking the course will come from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds and it is not assumed that all students will have similar abilities or skills. It is not our aim to encourage further specialisation along the line of a student’s first degree but rather to complement existing knowledge and build upon transferable capabilities. Overall this is a unique opportunity for graduates both with and without International Relations training to study at a very high level for a postgraduate degree with global relevance.

Our aim is to foster a set of intellectual skills to enable more informed and effective participation in an ‘ever-shrinking’ global society. This goal is to provide a rigorous and intellectually challenging foundation in approaches to the study and practice of international relations while developing an understanding and sensitivity to key issues in diverse areas of the modern world. The MA offers an exciting opportunity for graduates to develop their understanding of international affairs both theoretically and through their own or others’ experience.

Course modules (16/17)

-International Relations Theory: Great Debates, New Directions
-Major Organisations in the International Order
-Methodology and Research Design in International Relations
-The Peoples’ Republic of China: Foreign Policy Dilemmas
-European Integration
-America after 9/11
-The Politics of Latin American Development
-The International Politics of the Post-Soviet Space
-The Politics of Sub-Saharan Africa
-Politics of International Communications
-Dissertation
-The International Relations of the Pacific Rim
-The Political Economy of East African Development
-Comparative Transnational Criminology
-European and International Human Rights
-National Security, Terrorism and The Rule of Law
-Political Economies of International Development
-The Politics of Aid

Methods of Learning

The Master’s award in International Relations is designed to provide a rounded education and broadly based qualification for UK graduates and equivalently qualified foreign students, particularly those who lack an international dimension through their previous study. It is awarded after completion of a mixture of taught courses and a programme of research. The MA lasts at least one year (if taken full time, two years part time), and is to be taken by persons with honours degrees (or equivalent achievement). Also on offer (and commensurate with this standard of education) are advanced short courses leading to Postgraduate Certificates and Postgraduate Diplomas in IR.

In common with all universities, certain elements of the course are compulsory and other elements chosen. To be awarded the MA in International Relations each student must achieve 180 credits at Master’s level (here called CATS (Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme)). This includes 40 CATS of compulsory modules in International Theory, 20 CATS of compulsory methodology and research training, and a 60 CATS compulsory dissertation of between 15,000 and 20,000 words. Compulsory modules define the intellectual basis of IR as a multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary subject while providing a firm foundation in theoretical issues and debates. They also develop the cognitive skills for specialist study and the practical skills for research. You gain the remaining 60 CATS through a wide choice of designated modules. All modules build upon the research and teaching expertise of individual tutors, and cover a wide range of themes in diverse areas of the globe – not just North America and Western Europe but the Middle East, Latin America, China and the Pacific Rim among others. A key aim is to develop a sensitivity and awareness of varied geo-political settings while comprehending the impact of change upon states, societies and individuals. Students are taught to discuss international problems to a high standard while applying the ways of analysis adopted by IR scholars to a range of issues.

We hope all candidates might be encouraged and enthused to achieve the MA. Yet we also recognise that some students may prefer to study in ‘stages’ – funds or time permitting. This is why we provide a named Postgraduate Certificate and a named Postgraduate Diploma. A Postgraduate Diploma in International Relations is available if students successfully complete 120 CATS points but do not complete the 60 CATS dissertation. Alternatively, there is the opportunity to achieve a Postgraduate Certificate in International Relations by successfully gaining 60 CATS points including 40 CATS of IR theory but excluding 20 CATS of methodology/research and of course the 60 CATS dissertation module.

All of this gives you, the student, the added flexibility of opting in or out of awards as personal or financial circumstance change. It gives the added incentive of an identifiable and quantifiable award at each stage of study while consistently encouraging and widening your participation in postgraduate enterprise. This strategy also enables an individual to complete their study within a timescale suitable to their own specific needs. Multiple points of entry (February and September) over a one or two year cycle further facilitate this.

Schedule

At Master’s level study, we aim to encourage student-led debates and exchange of ideas. Modules will typically alternate fortnightly between classes on campus and online learning activities. Each module incorporates a variety of teaching methods in class, including workshops, student presentations and discussions of primary and secondary materials (such as film, images, documentary sources and online resources). Online learning activities include online seminars, discussion boards, podcasts and blogs.

Full-time students get six hours of timetabled contact per week, part-time students have three hours. This does not include individual tutorials or dissertation supervision.

Independent study and assessment time equate to approximately 18 hours per week full time or nine hours part time.

Assessments

Your MA in International Relations is assessed through a variety of types of coursework and the dissertation. Assessment items include essays, literature reviews, presentations and research reports. There are no examinations. All coursework reflects the high level of intellectual demands associated with a taught MA and has the aim of developing a range of oral and written skills. You need to be prepared to commit yourself to substantial reading and thought for successful completion of an MA. This time includes preparation for assignments, seminars and the dissertation element.

Although teaching strategies vary according to individual modules, considerable emphasis is placed upon student-based learning in order to foster effective critical participation and discussion as overall course objectives. This means lectures and tutor-led teaching provide overviews of major theories and themes but the seminar or workshop is where learning is consolidated, exemplified and used in more student-centred contexts.

Modules typically make use of current case study material, video teaching media as well as practical exercises and the more traditional lecture and seminar activities. Tutorials are very important in facilitating and directing the learning of cognitive skills on a personal basis – by working within the context of your individual needs, appropriate goals can be set, for example, in relation to essay preparation and feedback.

At each stage you are encouraged to plan and organise your own learning. This allows greater time to be spent on critical evaluation – so reinforcing and extending your learning experience. Mixed methods of teaching and learning are utilised in seminars to achieve aims and outcomes, including tutor input, structural discussions, small group work, presentations, guided reading of designated course material, and wider reading appropriate to Master’s level. Student-led presentations and small group work develop your transferable skills and enhance your capacity for critical reflection. The academic essay has a central function in every module in allowing you to engage with and reflect upon the key skills required to demonstrate knowledge and understanding in IR. Coursework for all modules, but particularly in methods modules, allows students to acquire skills that they will then use in the dissertation.

Facilities and Special Features

-Strong staff expertise.
-Enthusiastic teaching team providing a supportive atmosphere for research.
-The core modules consider classic texts and the very latest thinking on international theory.
-Focus on the study of distinct global regions not just Europe, North America or the West.
-All students are assigned a personal tutor and will be encouraged to form study groups with colleagues.
-Guest speakers are a feature of this MA.
-Students will find the course team warm and approachable.

Careers

Previous students have used our MA in a variety of ways. It can be a bridge to further study – with several former students having gone on to do a PhD. As a prestigious qualification, it can enhance career opportunities in a wide range of occupations, for example, teachers have used the course to gain curriculum knowledge and career progression. Many students take the course purely because they have enjoyed History as a degree or as a personal interest and wish to pursue the subject further.

Progression to a taught postgraduate course is a path chosen by those wishing to further their careers, those intending to pursue further research and those who seek principally to satisfy their own intellectual interests. Successful completion will lead to the award of MA. This will complement a candidate’s existing qualifications. Additionally, it is envisaged that the programme’s breadth and depth will provide you with a suitable background for careers in public and private sectors where there is a need for international expertise.

The award of MA demonstrates an intellectual flexibility and high level of analytical, written and verbal skills. Increasingly, employers are looking for graduates with skills and knowledge which are not found (or perceived by employers to be found) among many recent graduates. This MA will give you, the graduate, a distinctive product in a highly competitive and expanding graduate employment market. Employers report that a person with a background in International Relations is more likely to find a career in the rapidly changing international environment than a person with another form of postgraduate qualification.

The MA IR thus aims to provide you with a suitable foundation for careers in both private and public sectors where there is a need for international sensitivity. Students wishing to engage in later doctoral research (where we have capacity) or in careers within voluntary organisations, civil and diplomatic service, international organisations, research posts or journalism will particularly benefit from it. We now have excellent links with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Members of European Parliament and representatives from the United Nations, as well as a number of pressure groups.

In sum, our core purpose is to nurture not only a robust intellectual flexibility but also the high levels of analytical, written and verbal skills attractive to employers from globally focused agencies and business. Our aim is to provide you with an excellent background and competitive edge for further study or a wide variety of careers in an ever-expanding job market.

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We live in an age where there is an ever increasing reliance on technology. From online shopping and banking to maintaining family and friend networks, many of our daily behaviours now occur in the online world or are mediated by technology. As new and emerging technologies become ever more prevalent in society, it is important to understand the psychological and societal impact of using them.

Our MSc Cyberpsychology is offered as both a full-time time and part-time option. The course will be of particular interest to students who wish to develop psychological insights into human interactions with the Internet and digital technologies, to be able to apply this knowledge in a wide variety of real world contexts, for example education, cybersecurity, healthcare, online retail and in the gaming industry. The course is open to Psychology graduates as well as graduates from other cognate science disciplines (e.g. media studies, computer science), providing the foundations required to pursue a career in the field of cyberpsychology. The course will also be of value to anyone wishing to extend and develop their skillset in their current job and will be relevant to anyone who works within an organisation with an online presence or where understanding human interaction with different emerging technologies would be beneficial.

Facilities

Students taking this course will use some of the latest technology to enhance their learning and build practical skills. Our newly constructed Cyberpsychology Research Lab provides access to brand new Virtual Reality equipment (including Oculus Rift), state of the art gaming computers and consoles and a host of other contemporary technologies which can be used by our students for their research projects. Students will also have access to our Social Psychology Suite, which can be used for any type of research which requires the discrete observation of participants. The suite includes a one-way observation mirror, viewing chamber, remotely-operated video cameras, plasma screens, plus digital sound reproduction and mixing capabilities.

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What happens on the course?

This course will cover both a theoretical base to understanding the psychological processes associated with engaging with emerging technology as well as the application of this knowledge to understanding diverse behaviours in numerous real world applications of technology. Topics covered on the course will include:

  • Cybercrime and deviance
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Video gaming behaviour
  • Social media behaviour
  • Online consumer behaviour
  • Health applications of technology
  • Self and identity in cyberspace

There will also be a strong emphasis of the course on online research methods and the ethics involved in collecting data online. Teaching on the programme will be research-informed, with the core modules managed and run by research active experts in cyberpsychology. Teaching and learning methods will vary, and will include lectures, group debates on contemporary issues in cyberpsychology, webinars, seminars and interactive workshops to support learning with practical experience of using the latest technology.

Why Wolverhampton?

The programme is supported by one of the UK’s largest Cyberpsychology research groups (CRUW – http://www.wlv.ac.uk/cruw) which hosts a number of cyberpsychology conferences which our MSc students will be able to attend.

Our recent investment in our bespoke Cyberpsychology Research Lab means that our students will have access to some of the latest, state of the art technology. The course will be taught be experienced academic experts in Cyberpsychology who have amassed numerous publications in the field, including two of the core textbooks recommended for the course:

  • Applied Cyberpsychology: Practical applications of Cyberpsychological theory and research (editors: Alison Attrill-Smith & Chris Fullwood)
  • Cyberpsychology (editor: Alison Attrill-Smith)

What our students think

"Cyberpsychology is a continually evolving discipline. When you think your studies just can’t get any more interesting, you stumble upon a new area of Cyberpsychology which Is just as interesting, if not more. Along with being completely immersed within your studies, you find yourself utterly surprised by the skills you obtain within yourself, as you are constantly developing as an academic alongside academics who are just as enthusiastic as yourself." (Samantha Burns, MSc Cyberpsychology, 2017-2018)

Career path

Given the ubiquity of the Internet, there are a wide array of career paths that would benefit from an understanding of human interaction with the online world and digital technologies. These include, but are not limited to, online investigation specialists, social media managers, cybersecurity experts, employment by social networking sites, online dating companies, games developers, as well as agencies involved in aiding both the young and old in their cognitive development and maintenance. Further, some individuals may wish to study the programme in order to improve their performance in their current career, for example in marketing, counselling, journalism, education or the IT sector.

The completion of this course will also be a stepping stone for any student who may wish to pursue a career as an academic specialising in the study of cyberpsychology.

What skills will you gain?

The course will enhance employment prospects for those seeking employment post completion, and support those already employed to develop their professional skills in a number of ways. First, the course will offer domain specific skills, for example, online data collection methods, specialist quantitative and qualitative research methods and understanding online behaviour in various applied contexts. Second, students will develop domain general skills, for example analytical and critical thinking, report writing, oral presentation skills, academic writing, data collection and data analysis and interpretation.



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