Human Technology Interaction MSc, PGDip, PGCert, 12-28 months, full-time

Course information

UK/EU fee £8,190

International fee £20,825

Taught by School of Informatics

We all interact with technology in some way. But how can this relationship change our lives for the better? In this degree, you’ll learn the theory and practice behind designing and implementing positive interactive technologies.

Course description

Course description

Due to the ongoing impact of the global pandemic we have had to evaluate all of our courses to ensure that we adhere to Government guidelines to protect the health and wellbeing of our staff and students. This means that as we work through these changes the modules, delivery methods and assessments shown, including those shown for future years, are subject to change.

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 School 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.

What's the difference?

The PGDip includes the same modules as the MSc but without the final project.

Duration

The regular degree takes 12 months if you start in September, or 16 months if you start in January. The 'with Industry' degree takes 24 months if you start in September, or 28 months if you start in January.

NB. If you start your course in January, you will take Semester 2 before Semester 1.

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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 2020 or January 2021

  • MSc: £8,190
  • PGDip: £6,550
  • PGCert: £3,275
  • MSc with Industry: £9,420 

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 or PGCert.)

International Students

This is the total course fee.

Starting in September 2020 or January 2021

  • MSc: £20,825
  • PGDip: £16,660
  • PGCert: £8,330
  • MSc with Industry: £23,950

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

You will need to pay a deposit of £2,000 to secure your place. This will be subtracted from your total tuition fee.

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

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

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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.

Why Leicester?

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 Duration 12-16 months, full-time Start Dates January and September each year Availability Apply Now
Course Human Technology Interaction with Industry Qualification MSc Duration 24-28 months Start Dates January and September each year Availability Apply Now
Course Human Technology Interaction Qualification PGDip Duration 9-12 months, full-time Start Dates January and September each year Availability Apply Now
Course Human Technology Interaction Qualification PGCert Duration 6 months, full-time Start Dates January and September each year Availability Apply Now