City, University of London's MSc Human-Computer Interaction Design, formerly known as MSc Human-Centred Systems, will equip you with the latest research, theories and techniques in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), User Experience (UX), usability and interaction design - thoroughly preparing you for a career in user-centred design or user research. You will gain a mix of theoretical and practical knowledge, along with the skills and experience to create engaging user experiences. You will study modules that cover the entire user-centred design and evaluation process; from eliciting user requirements, to designing interactive systems that meet those requirements, to evaluating the usability of those (and existing systems) by conducting user research.
High-quality teaching on the MSc Human-Computer Interaction Design is informed by leading-edge academic research, offering an intellectually stimulating course relevant to the current and future workplace. We offer a healthy balance of theory and practice, with a strong focus on real-world applications, supported by guest lectures from industry. This course is led by the Centre for HCI Design, one of the largest and longest established HCI groups in the UK.
You will benefit from the use of the City Interaction Lab, which is equipped with the latest technologies including eye-tracking equipment, interactive tabletops, mobile testing stations and more, and offers opportunities for you to work on real client projects.
About the course:
- This course is offered as a 12 month full-time or 28 month part-time MSc.
- A 6-month internship route is available, providing valuable work experience.
- A maximum of 40 students will be accepted onto the course in 2016/17, ensuring a staff-student ratio that facilitates high-quality education.
- You do not need a prior background in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) or programming experience to apply for this course. A practical or academic computing background is helpful, but not necessary.
The MSc Human-Computer Interaction Design was previously called MSc Human-Centred Systems. The course content remains the same.
This course is accredited by The Chartered Institute for IT (BCS) for partial fulfilment of the academic requirement for Chartered IT Professional (CITP) status.
See the website http://www.city.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/human-computer-interaction-design
You will study seven core modules and one elective module that cover all aspects of the user-centred design and evaluation process. All modules are delivered through a combination of lectures, online activities and interactive workshops and tutorials. These include sessions delivered by guest lecturers from industry.
Interaction Design provides the core concepts and skills that underpin the design of interactive systems. You will learn fundamental design principles and you will design and evaluate interactive digital technologies using techniques such as personas, scenarios and prototyping. You will apply creativity tools and techniques to technology-driven service design, creating original and useful products in Creativity in Design. The needs of diverse user groups, including designing for Web accessibility to support disabled users, are examined in Inclusive Design. In Information Architecture, you will learn about the structural design of digital information environments, creating design deliverables such as domain models, wireframes and user journeys. You will also evaluate information architectures from a user perspective. You will gain further evaluation experience in Evaluating Interactive Systems, where you will discover the latest research and learn techniques for undertaking both quantitative and qualitative HCI evaluations - including user testing, Heuristic Evaluation and Cognitive Walkthroughs. You will understand how to design for users’ strengths and limitations from a cognitive psychology perspective in Cognition and Technologies, using frameworks such as Distributed Cognition and Activity Theory, to support the design of novel interactive technologies, e.g. gestural user interfaces and wearables. You will also undertake an independent Research Project, for which our module on Research Methods and Professional Issues will prepare you.
A series of optional, but highly recommended, practitioner tutorials supplement the taught modules. These include talks, workshops and field trips. Previous tutorials have featured HCI and UX practitioners from prestigious firms including Foolproof, Futureheads, eBay and Google.
Teaching and Assessment
The course is available full-time over 12 months and part-time up to 28 months.
The course is assessed by a mixture of coursework and examination and an independent research project.
Delivery of the modules is by a combination of lectures, online activities and interactive workshops and tutorials. All modules are supported by the University's online learning environment.
The assessment for the project module is in the form of a traditional dissertation reporting your work.
Read the full programme specification - http://www.city.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/309926/PSHUCS-MSc-Human-Computer-Interaction-Design.pdf
For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Postgraduate Fees and Finance (http://www.city.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/funding-and-financial-support
After the taught part of the course is completed, you will have the opportunity to partake in a six month internship which gives you valuable work experience and increases your employability. Internships offer an exceptional opportunity to make you stand out in a competitive job market place. We have extensive experience in helping students to secure placement employment in the IT industry. In 2014-15, over a third of our full-time students benefited from our internship programme. Learn more about internships in Industry at City.
Recent internship companies
- Our employability is very high with over 80% of our graduates in full-time employment within 6 months of graduation (Destinations of City graduates)
- This course will equip you for a career as a usability and accessibility specialist, user experience consultant. interaction designer and information architects in leading business consultancies, digital agencies, IT companies, government and commercial organisations. (Destinations of City graduates)
- There is an increasing need for HCI and UX specialists with a deep knowledge of Human-Computer Interaction design. In particular, companies involved in designing interactive systems (e.g. websites design, e-learning applications, multimedia design companies) are looking for graduates with an understanding and appreciation of the human elements in design. This course is also an excellent starting point if you want to study for a PhD in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI).
The MSc is also an excellent starting point for students who wish to study for a PhD in the areas of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI).
Applicants should hold an upper second class honours degree, the equivalent from an international institution or an equivalent professional qualification. Previous experience with computer technologies and academic and commercial experience is also considered. A practical background in computing technologies is desirable. It is not necessary for students to have had prior exposure to human-computer Interaction or user-centred design.