Human Technology Interaction, MSc, PGDip, 12-24 months

This is for you if... you are excited about how smart technology can change lives and how users interact with it.

Start date
January and October each year
Department
Informatics

Course description

Course description

Are you fascinated by the ethical, health and well-being implications of the rapid advancement of technology in the modern era? This postgraduate degree sets the focus on the overarching theme of well-being/positive computing. This very topical field is rapidly growing in importance with the increasing demands on highly usable self-learning and self-care IT, which aligns with the notion of subjective wellbeing (SWB) driven design approaches. 

This course offers a combination of HTI specific modules and other specialisms within the Department of Informatics including algorithms, software engineering modelling, machine learning and data mining. The range of possible combinations lets you create and develop more versatile systems, enhancing your employability in the ICT sector.


Entry requirements

Entry requirements

You should have (or be studying and expect to gain) at least a good second class honours BSc degree (or very good, if you want to apply for the 'with Industry' variant) or a qualification of equivalent standard recognised by the University in a subject with a substantial element of Computing. 

Applications are treated on an individual basis. Alternative qualifications may be considered, especially if you have relevant work experience.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK and EU Students

This is the total course fee.

Starting in September 2018 or January 2019

  • MSc: £7,835
  • PGDip: TBC
  • MSc with Industry: £9,010 

NB. The additional fee for the 'MSc with Industry' variant is not charged if, for whatever reason, you are unable to secure a placement.

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Did you know you can apply for a Government Postgraduate Loan? Find out if you’re eligible. (MSc or MSc with Industry only; not available for PGDip.)

International Students

This is the total course fee.

Starting in September 2018 or January 2019

  • MSc: £19,070
  • PGDip: £19,070
  • MSc with Industry: TBC

    NB. The additional fee for the 'MSc with Industry' variant is not charged if, for whatever reason, you are unable to secure a placement.

    Find out more about scholarships and funding.


    Accreditation

    Accreditation

    If you start in October the full course takes 12 months - or 15 months if you do a three-month industry placement.

    If you start in January the full course takes 16 months - or two years if you do an eight-month industry placement.

    Careers and employability

    Careers and employability

    This degree should prove useful in applying for jobs in the ICT industry as well as companies, charity organisations, NGOs and research institutes which are involved in the design and development of software-intensive systems/products/services. 

    HTI knowledge and skills, especially in usability and user experience (UX), are increasingly in demand within industry and research. The theoretical and practical work in designing, implementing and evaluating interactive technologies covered in this course will equip you with a broad spectrum of technical competences to meet diverse requirements of ICT jobs.

    Our Career Development Service is here to support you, with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, volunteering and more. From Freshers’ Week to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

    Related courses

    Related courses

    Course structure

    Semester 1

    Semester 1

    Modules

    Plus one option module from

    As part of the University of Leicester’s commitment to being a leading academic institution, we regularly review and update our degrees and modules to ensure that they reflect the most up-to-date research, knowledge, ideas and teaching practices, as well as student feedback. We also have to take into account the availability of key teaching staff. If there are major changes to the course that you have applied for, we will contact you as soon as possible to ensure that any disruption to your studies is minimised.

    Semester 2

    Semester 2

    Modules

    Plus one option module from:

    As part of the University of Leicester’s commitment to being a leading academic institution, we regularly review and update our degrees and modules to ensure that they reflect the most up-to-date research, knowledge, ideas and teaching practices, as well as student feedback. We also have to take into account the availability of key teaching staff. If there are major changes to the course that you have applied for, we will contact you as soon as possible to ensure that any disruption to your studies is minimised.

    Optional industry placement

    Optional industry placement

    Studying a 'with industry' masters degree is the perfect way for you to enhance your career prospects and deepen your understanding of your specific area of expertise. By experiencing real-world scenarios and applying your skills and knowledge to business challenges, you will gain a unique insight into how your studies can be utilised in industry. This will not only showcase your abilities to future employers, but will also enhance your studies when you return to University to complete your programme.

    As part of the University of Leicester’s commitment to being a leading academic institution, we regularly review and update our degrees and modules to ensure that they reflect the most up-to-date research, knowledge, ideas and teaching practices, as well as student feedback. We also have to take into account the availability of key teaching staff. If there are major changes to the course that you have applied for, we will contact you as soon as possible to ensure that any disruption to your studies is minimised.

    Individual project

    Individual project

    Your course will conclude with an individual project (after your industry placement, if you have taken one). Using the experience gained during your course/placement, you will choose a challenging problem to work on and explore it by privately studying under the supervision of a member of the academic staff. (Students studying for a PGDip don't complete a project.)

    As part of the University of Leicester’s commitment to being a leading academic institution, we regularly review and update our degrees and modules to ensure that they reflect the most up-to-date research, knowledge, ideas and teaching practices, as well as student feedback. We also have to take into account the availability of key teaching staff. If there are major changes to the course that you have applied for, we will contact you as soon as possible to ensure that any disruption to your studies is minimised.

    Why Leicester?

    If you take the 'with Industry' variant you will augment your academic study with a paid industrial placement.

    The Department of Informatics at Leicester is a thriving academic community with extensive experience in delivering high quality courses and undertaking pioneering research.

    This MSc has been created with the future in mind; to provide the theoretical foundation coupled with the practical knowledge needed to help shape computing and technological systems in the modern era.

    You will explore the newest developments of the field of HCI in terms of theory, methods and tools.

    Teaching and learning

    Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, self-paced learning and practicals. Practical work will include hands-on work in designing, building and evaluating smart devices. Assessment is a mix of coursework - computer-based practicals, essays and small group projects - and exams.

    The compulsory 'Personal and Group Skills' module combines seminars, group discussions and collective essay writing on selected topics, as well as a series of workshops on transferable skills and career planning.

    Your project - and industry placement if you take one - will be assessed separately.


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    Course Qualification Duration Start Dates Availability
    Course Human Technology Interaction Qualification MSc or PGDip Duration 12-16 months, full-time Start Dates January and October each year Availability Apply Now
    Course Human Technology Interaction with Industry Qualification MSc Duration 15-24 months Start Dates January and October each year Availability Apply Now