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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Computer Science

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    1 year full-time or 2-4 years part-time

  • Course Type

    MSc

  • Course Fees

    Please see the University website for details

  • Last Updated

    04 June 2018

Course content

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.

Visit the MSc Human Computer Interaction page on the University of Nottingham website for more details!

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