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Human-Computer Interaction Design

This course is for people who share our ethos of wanting to design technology that meets user needs - interactive systems that are useful, easy-to-use and engaging. It is for people who get frustrated when they interact with unnecessarily complicated Websites, mobile apps or other interactive systems and think 'I want to be able to improve this.' It is for people that want to design technology based on an understanding of users' needs and to ensure that the products they and others design meet those needs. We welcome students who share this user-centred ethos.

This course will equip you with the latest academic research, theories and techniques in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), User Experience (UX), usability and Interaction Design and encourages you to think about design in new ways - recognising that there are many 'right' ways to design interactive systems.

You will gain a mix of theoretical and practical knowledge, along with the necessary skills and experience to create engaging user experiences. You will study modules that cover the entire user-centred design and evaluation process; from understanding user needs, to designing interactive systems that meet those needs, to evaluating the usability of those (and existing systems) through user research.

This course will equip you with the latest academic research, theories and techniques in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), User Experience (UX), usability and Interaction Design and encourages you to think about design in new ways - recognising that there are many 'right' ways to design interactive systems.

Entry requirements

An upper second class honours degree in any subject, the equivalent from an international institution or three-plus years of UX-related industry experience.
A practical background in computing technologies is useful, but not essential.
Previous experience in Human-Computer Interaction or User Experience Design is not necessary.
Programming experience is not necessary.

Course modules

Core Modules:
Interaction design (15 credits); Creativity in design (15 credits); Information architecture (15 credits); Evaluating interactive systems (15 credits); Inclusive design (15 credits); Cognition and technologies (15 credits); Research, methods and professional issues (15 credits).

Elective modules:
Web applications development (15 credits); Data visualisation (15 credits); Telemedicine (15 credits).

Assessment methods

Examinations (which focus on applying HCI theory in realistic situations).
Coursework (which range from written reports and essays, to posters, presentations and design documentation - e.g. wireframe prototypes). A range of both group and individual courseworks are set during the course. Group courseworks are often centred around realistic design projects.
Independent research project (dissertation). The independent project allows students to conduct original research on an HCI topic of their choice.

Sponsorship information

Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval for further details please visit the City Finance website.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2018 9,500 (Whole course) Home/EU 16 16 Months
MSc Part-time September 2018 4,750 (Year 1) England 28 28 Months
MSc Part-time September 2018 7,750 (Year 1) International 28 28 Months
MSc Part-time September 2018 4,750 (Year 1) Northern Ireland 28 28 Months
MSc Part-time September 2018 4,750 (Year 1) Scotland 28 28 Months
MSc Part-time September 2018 4,750 (Year 1) Wales 28 28 Months
MSc Full-time September 2018 15,500 (Whole course) International 16 16 Months

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