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Mrs Romy Beattie

Email: r.beattie@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 2816

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£9,250 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£22,250 (FT)

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

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Contributing department

Contributing Department
Computer Science

Prospectus Entry

Psychology and Language Sciences (Division of)

Key facts

Research Assessment Rating

Interdisciplinary: not an assessed unit
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Human-Computer Interaction with Ergonomics MSc

This interdisciplinary postgraduate programme introduces the problems, knowledge and practice of Human Computer Interaction and Ergonomics. The programme aims to teach students, through information, demonstration, exploration and application, a scientific human-centred approach to the design and evaluation of a wide range of interactive systems and products, and their contexts of use.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

Students develop an understanding of the theoretical relevance, and application of human physical, cognitive, social and affective knowledge, to the design of interactive systems and consideration of user experience. They are able to characterise human-computer interaction and user-centred design styles and apply them to software and hardware for interactive system and product design.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

This programme is taught through the UCL Interaction Centre, a leading UK Centre of Excellence in human-computer interaction, working collaboratively with industry and the research community and drawing on the best scientific traditions in computer science and the human sciences. UCLIC, and before it the UCL Ergonomics Unit, have provided training in this field for over thirty years.

The programme covers a wide variety of relevant subjects, and students benefit from visits made to organisations and research establishments.

The research project allows students to pursue their own interests in human-computer interaction, often working with companies on real-world problems.

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 1 year (flexible up to 3 years)

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of six core modules (90 credits), two optional modules (30 credits) and a research project (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months or flexible up to three years) is offered.

A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, full-time three months or flexible up to two years) is offered.

Core Modules

  • Applied Cognitive Science
  • Design Experience I
  • Design Practice
  • Ergonomics for Design
  • Design Experience II
  • User-Centred Evaluation Methods


  • Affective Interaction
  • Sociotechnical Systems: IT and the Future of Work
  • Interfaces and Interactivity


All MSc students undertake an independent practical project which culminates in a dissertation of approximately 12,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, practical work, group work, field studies, laboratory projects, and visits to organisations and research establishments. Case studies and other techniques are presented by guest lecturers. Assessment is through practical work, individual coursework, unseen and written examinations and the dissertation.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class degree in computer science, psychology or ergonomics or a minimum of an upper second-class degree in a computer science-, psychology-, or ergonomics-related field (e.g. interface design, business IT, product design). Account will be taken of any relevant practical or work experience.

It is mandatory that all prospective students whose first language is not English must provide proof of good level of English proficiency by sending the scores for one of the tests shown on the UCL website

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

Please apply online; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

The deadline for applications is 2 August 2013. However students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines including applicants who wish to apply for the UCL Global Excellence Scholarships.

Who can apply?

The programme is suitable for students with appropriate backgrounds in psychology, computer science or a related discipline who wish to develop the transferable skills and independent learning ability to equip them for future positions in industrial, academic or consultancy environments in the field of human-computer interaction.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Human-Computer Interaction at graduate level
  • why you want to study Human-Computer Interaction with Ergonomics at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this rigorous programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver. Please make sure you have read the instructions for writing the personal statement as we expect you to address specific topics.


Graduates are employed by consultancies, government agencies, commercial organisations and commercial research laboratories.

Careers open to graduates of this programme include:

  • User Experience Expert
  • User-Centred Design Expert
  • HCI Expert
  • Human Factors Specialist
  • Interaction Designer
  • Usability Specialist
  • Applied Ergonomist
  • Information Architect

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:

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