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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Computer Science

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    2 years

  • Course Type

    MSc

  • Last Updated

    21 November 2018

What is EIT Digital Master School?

The EIT Digital Master School is a collaboration between the best technical universities in Europe, top European research institutes and leading business partners. We aim to forge entrepreneurial talents in digital innovation through outstanding education.

Why study Human Computer Interaction and Design at EIT Digital Master School?

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

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.

The curriculum combines the technical major in HCID (Technical major 75%) with a minor in Innovation & Entrepreneurship (I&E) (business minor 25%). You will learn how to bring an innovation to the market and how to develop a successful business model. These additional entrepreneurial skills will give you your ticket to a successful career.

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 different European countries.
  • Upon completion, graduates receive two masters degrees from the two universities they will have studied at and a certificate awarded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology.
  • The first year is similar at all entry points.
  • 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.

Who can apply?

If you wish to apply to this programme you must have a Bachelor of Science in, or be in your final year of studies of:

  • Computer Science 
  • Information Systems
  • Mathematics
  • Statistics
  • Electrical Engineering/ electronic

In special cases students from industrial design, media technology, computational linguistics, and cognitive sciences with sufficient skills in mathematics, software design and programming can be considered.

Where can you study Human-Computer Interaction and Design?

Entry year (common courses):

  • Aalto University (Aalto), Finland  
  • Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden 
  • University Paris Sud (UPS), France  
  • University of Twente (UT), Netherlands  
  • Politecnico di Milano (POLIMI), Italy 
  • Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), Spain 

Exit year (specialisation):

  • Aalto University (Aalto), Finland: Computational Interaction  
  • Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden: Mobile and Ubiquitous Interaction 
  • Technical University of Berlin (TUB), Germany: Multi-Modal Interaction  
  • University Paris Sud (UPS), France: Situated Interaction  
  • University of Trento (UNITN), Italy: Cognitive Interaction  
  • University of Twente (UT), The Netherlands: Intelligent Systems 
  • Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), Spain: Accessible and Adaptive Interaction

How can you apply?

Our academic year starts in August-October depending on your choice of university.

Application deadline one: 1 February 2019*

Application deadline two: 15 April 2019

* We recommend non-EU citizens to apply in period one to allow sufficient time for visa.

Applications are made through our online Application Portal, on our website. 

To learn more about the application process, click here.

Tuition fees and Scholarships

Standard tuition fees are set at 1,500EUR per year for EU citizens and 12,000EUR per year for non-EU citizens.

EIT Digital Master School offers financial support including a wide range of merit-based scholarships as well as tuition fee reductions and waivers. No separate application form for the EIT Digital Scholarship is needed. When you apply to the EIT Digital Master School in the application portal, you will only be asked to confirm whether you apply for an EIT Digital Master School scholarship.

Need more information?

Contact our EIT Digital Master School Office at


Visit the Human Computer Interaction and Design (MSc) page on the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid website for more details!

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