This Research Masters in Future Interaction Technologies teaches graduate students to go beyond simply building new software and hardware, to evaluating how they would be used, and how they can be improved.
The MRes is taught by the Future Interaction Technology (FIT) Lab, within the Computer Science department. The FIT Lab’s mission is to explore and apply Advanced Computer Science to make interaction technologies dependable, enjoyable and effective. Interaction technologies include mobile devices, the Web, Web 2.0, implants, home TVs, microwave cookers, ticket machines, navigational aids, etc. Further, we aim to work on grand challenges, like improving safety in healthcare, or developing technology to reach the millions and help us live more effective and sustainable lives.
Teaching score of Excellent.
Highest percentage of top-class researchers of any Computer Science department in Wales – and only 12 in the UK have higher.
70% of the research activity assessed as world-leading or internationally-excellent.
Our industrial programme IT Wales can arrange vacation employment placements.
A state-of-the-art education.
Friendly staff, committed to the highest standards.
A university with high success rate, low drop-out rate, and excellent student support.
Swansea's Library spends more per student on books and other resources than any other university in Wales, and most in the UK.
Our Research Masters programme in Future Interaction Technologies mainly concludes of a large individual research project worth 120 credits. Inclusive of this 120 credits is training and experience provided by our Lab & Field Research Methods module. You will spend around 8 months preparing for and working on this extensive project, which provides key experience in performing research-oriented projects. As the MRes has a research focus, you will spend more independent research time building a strong knowledge of research literature and striving to make a novel contribution to the HCI community.
In addition to the research project, you can choose from a range of modules that provide skills and development training in different areas.
Modules available currently include:
Human Computer Interaction Project Development (compulsory) Interaction Technologies: Lab & Field Work (compulsory) Interaction Technologies: Seminars & Readings (compulsory) Research Methodology (compulsory) Mobile Interaction Design Interactive Systems Design Interaction Technologies: Information Retrieval Interaction Technologies: Hardware & Devices
The MRes in Computing & Future Interaction Technologies is ideally suited for continued academic research, but also provides the necessary skills and key experience to apply research methods in HCI practitioner positions in industry.
The Department is well equipped for teaching, and is continually upgrading its laboratories to ensure equipment is up-to-date – equipment is never more than three years old, and rarely more than two. Currently, students use three fully networked laboratories: one, running Windows; another running Linux; and a project laboratory, containing specialised equipment. These laboratories support a wide range of software, including the programming languages Java, C# and the .net framework, C, C++, Haskell and Prolog among many; integrated programme development environments such as Visual Studio and Netbeans; the widely-used Microsoft Office package; web access tools; and many special purpose software tools including graphical rendering and image manipulation tools; expert system production tools; concurrent system modelling tools; World Wide Web authoring tools; and databases.
All Computer Science courses will provide you the transferable skills and knowledge to help you take advantage of the excellent employment and career development prospects in an ever growing and changing computing and ICT industry.
90% of Swansea’s Computer Science graduates are in full-time employment or further study within six months of graduating (HESA June 2011).
Some example job titles from the HESA survey 2011:
Software Engineer: Motorola Solutions
Change Coordinator: Logica
Software Developer/Engineer: NS Technology
Workflow Developer: Irwin Mitchell
IT Developer: Crimsan Consultants
Consultant: Crimsan Consultants
Programmer: Evil Twin Artworks
Web Developer & Web Support: VSI Thinking
Software Developer: Wireless Innovations
Associate Business Application Analyst: CDC Software
Software Developer: OpenBet Technologies
Technical Support Consultant: Alterian
Programming: Rock It
Software Developer: BMJ Group
The results of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 show that Swansea Computer Science ranked 11th in the UK for percentage of world-leading research, and 1st in Wales for research excellence. 40% of our submitted research assessed as world-leading quality (4*)
Applicants for the Computing and Future Interaction Technologies MRes should hold a 2:1 honours degree (or above) in Computer Science, Mathematics or a closely related discipline.IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent English test.