About This Masters Degree
Choose Kingston's User Experience Design MScThe aim of this course to equip you with the behavioural theory, design practice and technology know-how that is necessary for a career as interaction designer, usability engineer, user researcher, or head of user experience. It focuses upon the analysis, design, prototyping and evaluation of multimedia, multi-modal, and multi-platform user interfaces that are easy to use and support a great user experience.
Key featuresThis course was developed in consultation with our industry panel, which includes Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, DreamWorks and Samsung Design Europe. We are also an active member of TIGA, the British Interactive Media Association (BIMA) and support the User Experience Professionals' Association (UXPA UK).
Technical facilities include a Tobii eye tracker, Noldus FaceReader and Morae usability testing software, editing suites, moving-image studios and 3D workshops.
This course is accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS), The Chartered Institute for IT.
What will you study?You will have the opportunity to:
take the role of a user experience (UX) designer/analyst in an interdisciplinary team of students from across the Digital Media Kingston programme, and use industry-standard techniques to deliver on time;
learn about fundamental User Experience activities – analysis, design, prototyping and evaluation – in the context of practical projects. Projects are selected in consultation with students (and mostly individually), so that you can tailor your degree towards the industry sector, technology or job role that suits your interests and ambitions;
consider user experience in relation to cutting-edge technologies (big screens, tablets, smart phones, context-aware embedded devices and multi-modal games console), current industry trends (big data, multi-channel services, digital lifestyles), and contemporary theory (cognition ‘in the wild', usability vs experience);
explore at least one kind of specialist practice in depth, to further distinguish and focus your learning, and practice track record;
learn how to present yourself to potential employers through your online professional presence and portfolio; and
work with industrial hosts, and research-active academics to produce excellent, professional pieces of work that push the boundaries of current understanding and achieve design innovation.
AssessmentMock-ups, functional prototypes, demos, videos, presentations, design documents, essays.
Course structureThe course comprises four taught modules and a final project:
Semester 1User Experience Design (Systems)
Digital Studio Practice
Semester 2User Experience Design (Content)
Media Specialist Practice
Final project (June to September)Digital Media Final Project
English language requirementsAll non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirement, which is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no element below 5.5. Make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we consider.
Applicants who do not meet the English language requirements could be eligible to join our pre-sessional English language course.
Applicants from a recognised majority English speaking countries (MESCs) do not need to meet these requirements.
User Experience Design MSc
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Good honours degree (equivalent to 2:1) in art and design, computer science, or humanities (particularly those relevant to digital media – graphic design, communication design, interactive media, information technology – but also psychology, ethnography). Those without a degree should have relevant work experience, and other evidence of motivation and ability to study at this level. This may be demonstrated both through qualifications and portfolio of works. Experience in digital media, user interface development and user interaction design is particularly valuable. Experience in an application domain also relevant. Exceptional applicants without a degree need more than five years’ experience.