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MRes Interaction Design

Course Description

Interaction design is a highly-sought specialist skill enabling designers to create compelling user experiences that keep individuals engaged with technical products.

There is a vibrant international Human-Computer Interaction research community interested in developing innovative products, methods and theories in this area. This course aims to provide a challenging and stimulating environment in which students can develop specialist skills in interaction design, while engaging with the concerns of the HCI research community as well as the needs of industry. It is anticipated that students from this course will either continue to PhD study or go into employment as specialists in user experience and design.

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 Design Away from the Desktop 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)
Design Away from the Desktop (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 Interaction Design 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, and must have some programming experience. 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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