menu icon
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Latest news
MSc Human-Centred Interactive Technologies

MSc Human-Centred Interactive Technologies

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Human Computer Interface (Hci) Development

Course type


Course Summary

This is a highly innovative degree which will equip you for a career in industry and research in our increasingly digitised and connected world.

This course is designed for you if you possess a strong background principally in computer science, design, or information technology and want to gain expertise and industry relevant practical skills in iterative, user-centred approaches for designing positive user experiences (UX) with interactive technology.

The course emphasises design that is driven from a deep understanding of users, through the use of qualitative and quantitative research techniques drawn from the diverse fields of cognitive psychology, computer science, sociology and beyond. You will gain expertise and skills in eliciting and analysing the goals of potential users, designing usable and inclusive user journeys, and evaluating the quality of user experiences with interactive technologies: all skills in demand in modern, UX related careers or in postgraduate study.

The course is also suitable if you are seeking to develop a more research-based career, as it provides breadth in an expanding and thriving research field, and the opportunity to specialise in particular areas through an independent research project.


When you are awarded the MSc in Human-Centred Interactive technologies you will automatically meet some of the conditions for profession engineering status in the UK. This course is recognised by the Institution of Engineering and Technology for partial fulfillment of the CEng, and by the BCS for partial fulfillment of the CEng and the CITP Further Learning.

Careers and skills

Graduates completing the course will be equipped to play leading and professional roles related to the design 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.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



The aim of the module is to provide the students with practical experience of designing, conducting, evaluating and presenting (both orally and in written form) a substantial piece of human-computer interaction research. This piece of work will build on methods which the students will have studied in the previous two modules on the MSc, UCDE and RESM. Students will work in small groups of three to four and will be given an initial research topic (there will be some choice). They will then be expected to research what previous work has been conducted on the topic, critique that work and develop a design for a further study. The study may use any of the methods they have been taught in UCDE and RESM. At this point the students will give short presentations to the whole cohort on their background research and planned study (Week 5). The students will then conduct the study and analyse the data appropriately.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

2:1 or equivalent in Computer Science or an appropriate discipline related to human-computer interaction, or equivalent industrial experience.