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Full time & Part time September MSc 12 months full-time (15 months with option of 3 month internship); 24 months part-time

About the course

Gain the advanced knowledge, industry-valued skills and new design perspectives you need to succeed in a User Experience (UX) career.

Who is it for?

This course is for people who want to design technology that meets user needs, creating interactive systems that are useful, easy-to-use and engaging. It is for people who get frustrated when they interact with unnecessarily complicated websites, mobile apps or other interactive systems and want to improve them. This course will help you appreciate design technology based on an understanding of users' needs and ensure that the products you and others design meet those needs.

Objectives

This course will help you to:

  • Understand the latest academic research, theories and techniques in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), User Experience (UX), usability

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Entry Requirements

- An upper second-class honours degree in any subject, the equivalent from an international institution or three-plus years of UX-related industry experience
- A practical background in computing technologies is useful, but not essential
- Previous experience in Human-Computer Interaction or User Experience Design is not necessary
- Programming experience is not necessary.


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Where is City, University of London


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Student Profile(s)

Shamil Parbhoo

The MSc program in Human-Computer Interaction Design at City has thoroughly prepared me for a competitive role in the industry. I am currently on an internship at Fluent Interaction, working as a User Experience Consultant. The theoretical and practical skills that I picked up throughout the program have proved to be useful at my new role. Above all, however, the wide array of students at the university, along with the knowledgeable and approachable instructors have enriched my postgraduate education in a way that I did not expect. I would not have gotten this far without their guidance at every step of the way.


Johannes Schleith

'City appeared to be one of the most exciting places in the UK if not Europe, to study HCI and User-centred Design'.

Why did you choose to study at City University London?
During an academic internship I worked with Dr. Stumpf at City's Centre for HCID and got to know its fantastic staff and research. City appeared to be one of the most exciting places in the UK if not Europe, to study HCI and User-centred Design with an approach that integrates and encourages interdisciplinary thinking, building on current theories about cognition and creativity.

What do you enjoy most about your course?
Every part of the course is well thought-through. It combines individual as well as team work and employs a healthy mix of theory and practice, which really helps to understand and apply the concepts and approaches. As expected it was very intense, but by this also pushed us to work hard and learn a lot about the subject.

What has been your favourite module and why?
It is hard to pick one favourite from two terms of inspiring teaching. 'Cognition and Technology' encouraged to think about how information technology might support and extend human cognition and communication.

What has been the highlight of your course so far?
Teaching was complemented by external talks and tutorials about current research as well as tips and tricks by practitioners about careers in industry, e.g. during the HCID Open Day 2015.

Where was your internship and how was the experience?
I am soon to start an internship with the User Experience Consultancy, Spotless.

What do you plan to do after you graduate?
I am looking forward to apply good practice in user research and user-centred design on real world projects that make a difference and employ technology in a way that extends, rather than takes away human capabilities.


Vikram Singh

'City's Human Centred Systems program has been carefully developed over the years. It perfectly combines the academic with the practical.'

Why did you choose to study at City University London?
An excellent combination of the academic and the practical. Most other schools lean one way or the other quite a bit, but the Human Centred Systems program is well balanced and has been carefully developed over the years.

What do you enjoy most about your course?
The receptiveness of the teachers - they are passionate and extremely willing to help. Doing your Masters can be intimidating - they make it much less stressful and overwhelming.

What has been your favourite module and why?
Information Architecture. I love information architecture - how information is structured and how we respond to it. The teacher, Stephann Macri, was passionate and provided a highly participatory environment where everyone was encouraged to contribute. The coursework was excellent as we got to design an entire Information Architecture for a website with a topic of our choice.

What has been the highlight of your course so far?
Starting my MSc Project. It's so intellectually invigorating to begin researching your topic and realizing that you are actually contributing to the knowledge of a particular domain. The teachers too are highly encouraging and provide you with lots of resources for your project.

Where was your internship and how was the experience?
Well, I haven't started yet, but I've met the staff. It will be at Fluent Interaction, a user experience company in London. I really can't wait to begin learning and applying all I've learned in the courses. The staff themselves seem great and very welcoming.

What do you plan to do after you graduate?
Continue with my career in information architecture and user experience. I'm certain my MSc has given me the skills and credentials to succeed. However, my MSc has also made me realize how much I enjoy academia - hopefully after a few years, I'll do my doctorate, maybe at City!


Lan Huang

'The curriculum of City's MSc Human-Centred Systems is interesting and robust, and our lecturers are very well regarded in their respective domains.'

Why did you choose to study at City University London?
The curriculum of the MSc Human-Centred Systems is interesting and robust. The lecturers are also very well regarded in their respective domains.

What do you enjoy most about your course?
Meeting other like-minded people who are passionate about human-computer interaction.

What has been your favourite module and why?
Data visualisation. Jo Wood combined both theoretical and pragmatic learning elements to deliver an engaging module. The project allowed us to generate an output that we could put on our CVs and impress employers.

What has been the highlight of your course so far?
Developing a novel prototype on a project with three peers. It was fun, practical and very rewarding.

Where is your internship?
Tobias & Tobias.

What do you plan to do after you graduate?
I plan to work as a interaction design consultant at a digital agency. I am currently interning at Tobias & Tobias, a design firm that specialises in working with financial services clients.


Caroline Owen

Caroline chose City as it has a brilliant reputation in the UX industry, and offers a strong focus on academic research.

Why did you choose to study at City University London?
The HCS course, and City University have brilliant reputation in the UX industry. The university has a strong focus on academic research and always has the latest technology available to the students. I'm very excited about the 3D printer! The HCID lab is also great because it takes on lots of commercial projects and allows students to gain experience with real clients. When I was looking for MSc courses I was very keen to learn practical skills that employers will be looking for. City provides the opportunity to learn these skills and also balances it out with the theoretical side, based on world class international research.

What do you enjoy most about your course?
I love having access to academics who are actively working with the latest technology and carrying out cutting edge research. I also like that they're all very approachable and can often be found having a few drinks after lectures with the students.

What has been your favourite module and why?
My favourite module would have to be Evaluating Interactive Systems because it is directly applicable to a UX role. I'm very interested in user experience research and having experience with things like heuristic evaluations and user testing will hopefully help me when it comes to my next job!

What has been a highlight of your course so far?
Learning creativity workshop techniques (often involving Lego!) has been very useful and entertaining. I also think that being able to run workshops like this and having an awareness of the creativity tools available will be invaluable in the future.

What do you plan to do after you graduate?
At the moment I am working full time so I'm hoping to use the skills I've learned in my current role, but if this isn't possible then I'd be very interested to work for an agency. Luckily a lot of them seem to be based very near City University so it has been easy to network and make connections with them.


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