Human Computer Interaction Masters/MSc

Human Computer Interaction Masters / MSc postgraduate degree course:

Human Computer Interaction is probably the single most important area for the success of a computer system and also provides great opportunities for innovation and creativity. In this course you will cover the underpinning theories, methodologies and practice of the discipline. 

You will also have the opportunity to broaden your studies through optional modules in areas such as Robotics, Nature Inspired Computing or Security. The course builds upon the world class research of the HCI Centre through project work and is designed to prepare you for a career in research or in industry or commerce.

Course fact file

Type of Course: Taught

Study Options: Full time

Duration: 1 year full-time

Start date: September/October

Details

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.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Tuition fees for 2014/2015 are as follows:

  • £5,940 for home/EU students
  • £17,355 for international students

Part-time programmes

Most part-time programmes run for two years and their fees are one half of the standard full-time programme fees. A small number of part-time programmes run for three years and in these cases the annual fees are one third of the total full-time cost. Contact us for further information.

UK student visa regulations mean that students classed as overseas for fees purposes may normally only register on a full-time basis.

Further funding information

Standard fees apply 
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Scholarships and studentships
For information about scholarships for students on our postgraduate taught programmes visit www.cs.bham.ac.uk/admissions/postgraduate-taught/scholarships.php. International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government. 

For further information contact the School directly or email financialsupport@bham.ac.uk.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for this course are high. You should, typically, be in the top 15% of your year. The minimum requirement is an upper second class degree. Most students will have either a first class or a high upper second class degree.

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International students

How to apply

When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages

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Contact

If you would like further information about the course, please contact:

Professor Russell Beale
Tel: +44 (0)121 415 8742
Fax: +44 (0)121 414 4281
Email: msc-admissions@cs.bham.ac.uk 

Learning and teaching

The course will be taught through a variety of methods. There will be some small lecture classes, problem-based workshops and also one-to-one supervision. There will be some group work as part of the taught modules. There may be opportunities for some industry-based project work.

Perhaps most importantly, you will be part of a small, highly qualified group of students working closely with researchers within the HCI centre.

Contact

If you would like further information about the course, please contact:

Professor Russell Beale
Tel: +44 (0)121 415 8742
Fax: +44 (0)121 414 4281
Email: msc-admissions@cs.bham.ac.uk 

Employability

Through the course you will not only have become a specialist in HCI but also have built the skills of analyzing and researching new problems, of constructing creative and innovative solutions and of presenting and explaining your work clearly and effectively. 

Graduates of this programme are well prepared to continue their studies through research for a PhD. Many students choose this route, but the demand for experts in Human Computer Interaction are such that the opportunities for successful careers in industry and commerce are also great and tempting.

University Careers Network

Preparation for your career should be one of the first things you think about as you start university. Whether you have a clear idea of where your future aspirations lie or want to consider the broad range of opportunities available once you have a Birmingham degree, our Careers Network can help you achieve your goal.

Our unique careers guidance service is tailored to your academic subject area, offering a specialised team (in each of the five academic colleges) who can give you expert advice. Our team source exclusive work experience opportunities to help you stand out amongst the competition, with mentoring, global internships and placements available to you. Once you have a career in your sights, one-to-one support with CVs and job applications will help give you the edge.

If you make the most of the wide range of services you will be able to develop your career from the moment you arrive.

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) 2011/12 (postgraduate taught graduates)

The DLHE survey is conducted 6 months after graduation.

Examples of employers

  • Credit Suisse
  • Innovise
  • Atos
  • BAe Systems
  • Bank of America
  • J.P. Morgan
  • Logica
  • Tessella
  • Morgan Stanley
  • QinetiQ

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

Visit the Careers section of the University website for further information.

Contact

If you would like further information about the course, please contact:

Professor Russell Beale
Tel: +44 (0)121 415 8742
Fax: +44 (0)121 414 4281
Email: msc-admissions@cs.bham.ac.uk