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Human-Computer Interaction, MSc

Newcastle University, the United Kingdom

Newcastle University

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About Human-Computer Interaction, MSc - at Newcastle University

Our MSc in Human-Computer Interaction will give you the skills to create, design and develop engaging interactive digital technologies from apps to immersive environments.

Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) is a cross-disciplinary practice in the field of computing. It combines understanding people (drawing on social sciences and psychology) with the design of technology (using practices from art/design, computing and engineering).

You will be suitable for this course if you’re from technical and non-technical backgrounds, including:

  • computer science, design, and psychology graduates 
  • former teachers, artists, and professionals from a range of backgrounds

You’ll gain the professional and technical skills to work in careers such as:

  • User Experience (UX) Researcher / Designer / Consultant
  • Interaction Designer
  • Usability Engineer
  • Research (via a PhD)

Delivery

The MSc in Human-Computer Interaction is a one-year full time course, based on the Newcastle campus and delivered by the School of Computing. It includes:

  • seminars
  • lectures
  • practical classes
  • group and individual project work
  • guided independent reading
  • self-directed learning

You will be assessed through:

  • written essays
  • project reports
  • presentations

You will complete a dissertation research project in the second half of the course. You will have regular meetings with your project supervisor, who will help you to develop the specialist skills needed to complete your research project.

Facilities

The School of Computing offers a range of facilities including workshops, a design space and a MakerSpace so you can build and test your own interactive products. We have 3D printers, a laser cutter, open-source hardware platforms (Arduino etc), crafting materials and other items to help you learn to be creative with technology.

Notes about fees for this course

See our course fees and funding webpage -  https://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/degrees/5447f/#fees-and-funding

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in any subject. Account will be taken of any relevant practical or work experience.

English Language Requirements: 

Direct Entry: IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills).

If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a Pre-sessional English course.

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