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MRes Child-Computer Interaction

Course Description

Child Computer Interaction is a new and growing branch of Human Computer Interaction, and is the key area of expertise for the ChiCI research group at UCLan.

Our expertise spans world-class research, commercial activity and knowledge-transfer. As the market for children's interactive technology grows there is an increasing need for specialists who can research, design and evaluate interactive technology for children. This MRes course is the first specialist research-based academic course offered in Child Computer Interaction. We aim to provide a challenging and stimulating environment in which students can develop specialist skills by working closely with the ChiCI research group. It is anticipated that students from this course will either continue to PhD study or go into employment as CCI specialists.

The first semester consists of 3 taught modules that provide a grounding in postgraduate study and in the techniques and theories appropriate to Interaction Design. In the second semester students will study the specialist module Child Computer Interaction and at the same time will start the 100 credit (5 module) MRes project. The project module is studied throughout semesters 2 and 3 (January to September), during which time students work under supervision to complete a large research-based project. Part-time students will typically complete the taught modules in their first year, and undertake the project in their second year. As well as attending classes, students will be expected to take part in research seminars and discussions.

Modules include:

Critical Analysis (Semester 1)
Interaction Design and Evaluation (Semester 1)
Advanced Topics in HCI (Semester 1)
Child Computer Interaction (Semester 2)
MRes Project (Semesters 2 and 3)

A limited number of fees-paid bursaries are available for this course in October 2012; contact Peggy Gregory at for further details.

Visit the MRes Child-Computer Interaction page on the University of Central Lancashire website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have a first degree, with a 2.1 or 1, in a computing, technology or technical design discipline. Students with non-standard qualifications or work experience will also be considered. Students will be expected to have good communication skills. A minimum of IELTS 6.5 will be required for students whose first language is not English. All applicants will be interviewed.

Course Fees

£6,000 full-time; £500/module part-time (UK/EU)

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