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MSc Human-Centred Interactive Technologies


Course Description

Course Overview

The MSc in Human-centred Interactive Technologies aims to provide participants with a thorough grounding in the design and evaluation of interactive technologies of all kinds, from the perspective of the human user(s). It is aimed at graduates with a first degree in a computing discipline who wish to develop knowledge and skills in this area before undertaking industrial work or further academic study in this area. However, we will also consider applicants who have significant, relevant work experience since graduating, if you do not have an appropriate computing degree.
The unique emphasis of the MSc in Human-Centred Interactive Technologies course is on developing an understanding of users capabilities and requirements, including users with particular requirements (such as older and disabled users, or users in a diversity of cultural settings) and developing a range of techniques to work with these users to produce interactive technologies that best suit their capabilities and requirements.

The course has two key aspects:
1. Emphasis on the sound theoretical basis for the design and evaluation of interactive technologies. This is primarily seen in the modules Understanding Users, Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and Advanced Topics in Interactive Technologies.
2. Research methods to provide a sound empirical basis for the design and evaluation of interactive technologies.
There are three taught modules on research methods: Quanititative Methods, Qualitative Methods and Advanced Research Methods for Human-Computer Interaction. These courses give students a thorough grounding in the empirical methods that can be used to support the design and evaluation of interactive technologies.

Course Structure

The MSc in Human-Centred Interactive Technologies course is currently being offered as a full-time MSc, running for 12 months from the start of the academic year in October.
The first half of the course is taken up by taught modules. Each of the MSc HCIT modules comprise a mixture of lectures, problem classes and practical classes, plus a significant amount of personal study time. In the second half of the course, students undertake an individual research project under the supervision of a member of staff.

Course aims

• to provide a specialist education in the theories of and methods for designing and evaluating interactive technologies
• to provide a specialist education in the range of current research and practical topics of designing and evaluating interactive technologies
• to provide practical experience (through practical work and the project) of designing and evaluating interactive technologies

Learning outcomes

A fundamental objective of the programme is to provide students with a sound theoretical knowledge and practical experience of the skills essential to the design and evaluation of interactive technologies.
In particular, having completed the programme students will be able to understand theories of the design of interactive technologies and critique individual technologies from a theoretical viewpoint; (a) choose appropriate methods for empirical investigations for the design, prototyping and evaluation of interactive technologies, including both quantitative and qualitative methods; (b) plan and undertake a range of empirical investigations of existing or proposed interactive technologies at all stages of the development lifecycle, (c) analyse, draw conclusions from and present the results of such investigations; and (d) conduct a range of expert and theoretical analyses of interactive technologies to investigate their usability, accessibility and appropriateness for different user groups.
Graduates completing the course will be equipped to play leading and professional roles related to the designed and evaluation of interactive technologies in industry, commerce, academia and public service. The MSc in Human-Centred Interactive Technologies is also intended to provide a route into a PhD or research in this rapidly expanding field.

Visit the MSc Human-Centred Interactive Technologies page on the University of York website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Jonathan Settle

1877.jpg Why did you choose to study the MSc in Human-Centred Interactive Technologies at York?

I wanted the chance to specialise in a field that I was interested in. Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) was something that I had only touched on in my undergraduate degree but I knew that I wanted to know more about it!

Why did you choose to study Computer Science at the University of York?

I had already studied here for my BEng in Computer Science and had got to know some of the lecturers quite well and was keen to work with them again.

What do you particularly like about being a Computer Science student at York?

I liked how a number of my modules were taught by multiple people, something which gave a variety of insights into what I was learning. I also liked that most of my assessments allowed me to choose my own topic for research.
The course offers a range of modules covering numerous aspects of your chosen discipline. I have had the chance to approach Computer Science from different angles, and largely a psychological angle. The range of topics that I have covered has allowed me to challenge my preconceptions and develop a broader and more realistic view of how Computer Science affects people.
The lecturers in the HCI group are all exceptional at what they do and whilst already being experts in their fields, they are happy to embrace new ideas that you might have. They are very approachable and the group dynamic lends itself well to extending teaching beyond just the classroom. Informal chats outside of class have helped me to put abstract ideas into focus and I have always felt that the lecturers treat us as peers rather than students.
The new campus has provided more open spaces and areas to study than were available before. The great benefit for me has been the new Home Lab that the HCI group has. This has really helped to demonstrate a number of concepts that have appeared in the modules and has allowed the practical application of these.

Would you recommend York and the Department of Computer Science?

Any student that chooses to do an MSc here in York will get the opportunity to work alongside some excellent people in that field. You will get the chance to explore something you find interesting and the end of year project that you do really gives you the chance to do something unique.


(Scholarship)

Department of Computer Science Postgraduate Taught UK/EU Excellence Scholarship - 2 Awards

All UK/EU applicants holding an offer of a place for one of our full-time MSc taught courses for entry in September 2016 are eligible to apply for the Department of Computer Science Postgraduate Taught UK/EU Excellence Scholarship. See eligibility details.Assessment
You will be assessed on:
Your academic excellence (qualifications obtained from outside the UK will be assessed for equivalency using NARIC).
Your reasons for applying for your course.
The reasons why you chose this University and the appeal of York as a UK location.
Evidence of your commitment to your future career and previous practical or academic achievement.Eligible programmesMSc Advanced Computer Science
MSc Computing
MSc Cyber Security
MSc Human-Centred Interactive Technologies
MSc Information Technology
MSc Software EngineeringApplication Deadline: 31 May 2016, 12 noon (GMT).

Value of Scholarship(s)

£5000

Eligibility

be self-funding
be classed as UK/EU for tuition-fee purposes
not be in receipt of any other University of York (or other) award
hold a conditional or unconditional offer for a Computer Science postgraduate taught course (listed below)
expect to begin your masters studies in September 2016

Application Procedure

To apply download the Department of Computer Science Postgraduate Taught UK/EU Excellence Scholarship Application Form and email the completed form to Application form available from the link below.

Further Information

https://www.cs.york.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught-courses/scholarship/


(Scholarship)

Department of Computer Science Postgraduate Taught International Excellence Scholarship - 2 Awards

All overseas applicants holding an offer of a place for one of our full-time MSc taught courses for entry in September 2016 are eligible to apply for the Department of Computer Science Postgraduate Taught International Excellence Scholarship. See eligibility details.You will be assessed on:
Your academic excellence (qualifications obtained from outside the UK will be assessed for equivalency using NARIC).
Your reasons for applying for your course.
The reasons why you chose this University and the appeal of York as a UK location.
Evidence of your commitment to your future career and previous practical or academic achievement.Eligible programmesMSc Advanced Computer Science
MSc Computing
MSc Cyber Security
MSc Human-Centred Interactive Technologies
MSc Information Technology
MSc Software EngineeringApplication Deadline: 31 May 2016, 12 noon (GMT).

Value of Scholarship(s)

£5000

Eligibility

be self-funding
be classed as overseas for tuition fee purposes
not be in receipt of any other University of York (or other) award
hold a conditional or unconditional offer for a Computer Science postgraduate taught course for 2016 (listed below)
expect to begin your masters studies in September 2016

Application Procedure

To apply download the Department of Computer Science Postgraduate Taught International Excellence Scholarship Application Form and email the completed form to Application form available from the link below.

Further Information

https://www.cs.york.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught-courses/scholarship/



Entry Requirements

At least an upper second class honours degree (or international equivalent) in a computing-related discipline.

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