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User Experience Design MSc

Course Description

Choose Kingston's User Experience Design MSc

The 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 features

This 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.


Mock-ups, functional prototypes, demos, videos, presentations, design documents, essays.

Course structure

The course comprises four taught modules and a final project:

Semester 1

User Experience Design (Systems)
Digital Studio Practice

Semester 2

User Experience Design (Content)
Media Specialist Practice

Final project (June to September)

Digital Media Final Project

English language requirements

All 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.

Visit the User Experience Design MSc page on the Kingston University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Postgraduate SEC International Scholarships - 15 Awards

The Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing is offering awards of £1,500 for international students on its taught, full-time MSc courses.Students selected to receive a scholarship award will act as an ambassador for Faculty promotional activities and events and have the opportunity to gain valuable teaching experience assisting with undergraduate classes for between four and six hours per week (for a maximum of 40 hours over the year and teaching times to be arranged to work around your MSc timetable and any other commitments you may have).
Selection ProcessSelection is by application only and applicants must:- Have a good academic record
- Provide a statement of 500 words explaining why they think they would make a good ambassador for the course and the faculty.* Please note that applicants cannot be awarded more than one scholarship.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Any international student applying for a taught full-time postgraduate MSc course in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing with a confirmed offer of a place for the next academic intake (September or January).

Application Procedure

In order to apply for a scholarship, you are required to fill in and submit a SEC Scholarship Application Form available on our website.The application must be typed and printed.The deadlines for receiving your application for scholarships are:* 31st July for September intake
* 16th November for January intakeApplications received after this deadline can not be considered.Other scholarships for postgraduate students can be found at http://www.kingston.ac.uk/international/fees-and-funding/scholarships/

Further Information



Postgraduate Scholarships & Bursaries for International Students - 20+ Awards

Please see our website for full details of all current scholarships available.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to 3,500


Please see our website for full details of all current scholarships available.

Application Procedure

Please see our website for full details of all current scholarships available.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

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.

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