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.

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.


Key Facts
Start date
January and October each year
Department
Informatics
Contact
+44 (0) 0116 252 2265
pgadmissions@le.ac.uk

Department of Informatics website

Why Leicester?

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.

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

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

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

Course Structure

Semester 1

Semester 1

Modules

Plus one option module from

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Semester 2

Semester 2

Modules

Plus one option module from:

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

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.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

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.)

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Additional Information

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.

Teaching and Assessment

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.


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

  • This is the total course fee.

      Starting in September 2017 or January 2018

      • MSc: £7,500
      • PGDip: £6,000
      • MSc with Industry: £8,625

        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 Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000, subject to eligibility? (MSc or MSc with Industry only; not available for PGDip.)

      • This is the total course fee.

          Starting in September 2017 or January 2018

          • MSc: £18,250
          • PGDip: £14,600
          • MSc with Industry: £20,990

            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.


          Career Opportunities

          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.

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

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