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Masters/MScHuman Computer Interaction

University of Birmingham
United Kingdom, Birmingham
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Programme structure

The discipline of Human Computer Interaction is about many things: It is about the interface that a system provides (and, therefore, is the most important and most complex component of most systems) but it is also about so much more. We need to understand the people that use the systems and their abilities and constraints. We need to understand how to build systems that really work and also how to evaluate them. We also need to be able to think creatively in order to build innovative solutions to new problems and emerging applications and domains – to be able to solve the problems of tomorrow’s world rather than just those of today.

This course covers the underpinning theories, methodologies and practices of HCI. It includes specialist modules in application domains. Through course and project work your degree is intimately integrated into the research of the University’s HCI centre.

Breakdown of course
This is a one year, full-time course. In the first 8 months, students will spend half of their time studying taught modules. Here we will cover the core principles, theories, methodologies and application areas of the discipline. There will also be an opportunity to take optional modules in areas such as Computer Security, Robotics or Nature Inspired Computation.

The other half of your time will be spent on two mini-projects. Here you will work one-to-one with one of our research-active staff to explore an area in great depth – analyzing the problem and existing solutions, developing new ideas and building or evaluating prototype systems. Here you will develop your skills in analysis, research, technology and also in presenting and explaining your work clearly and effectively.

The final four months will be spent extending the work of one of your mini-projects, again with expert one-to-one supervision.

Career opportunities

Most students graduating from this programme move into industry to work on software development. Others use their new found skills and technical expertise to enhance their employment prospects in work related to their first degree. Each year some students join sales and software support teams in industry and commerce or start their own companies. A few embark on a PhD programme with us.

Examples of employers
Credit Suisse
BAe Systems
Bank of America
J.P. Morgan
Morgan Stanley

Examples of occupations
Software Engineer
Software Developer
Technical Analyst
Applications Developer
Cyber Security Consultant
Design Engineer
Junior Programmer
Software Consultant
Technical Consultant
Technology Analyst

Further study – examples of courses
MSc Computer Security
MSc International Business
MEng Aeronautics & Astronautics
MSc Computer Science
MSc Artifical Intelligence
MSc Operational Research
MSc Imbedded Systems
PhD – Physical Sciences in the Biomedical Imaging
PhD – Computer Science

Apply now! Fall semester 2023/24
Application period has ended
Please see the university profile or contact us for the deadlines that apply to you
Apply now! Fall semester 2023/24
Application period has ended
Please see the university profile or contact us for the deadlines that apply to you