Human-Computer Interaction with Ergonomics MSc

Options: PG Diploma, PG Certificate

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.

Mode of study

  • Full-time 1 year
  • Flexible up to 3 years

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £9,550
  • Overseas Full-time: £23,000

Application date

  • All applicants: 1 August 2014

More details in Application section.

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. We have a large network of alumni working both locally within London as well as globally beyond. We organise events throughout the academic year to introduce our students to our alumni network so that they can become fully prepared to take the next step on their career path upon graduating.

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

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

  • Interaction Science
  • Design Experience I
  • Design Practice
  • Ergonomics for Design
  • Design Experience II
  • Understanding Usability and Use


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


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:

Scholarships available for this department

Sully Scholarship

For current students in their final year of a research programme in the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences. This award is based on academic merit. Students must contact the Division of Psychology & Language Sciences for application information.

Linguistics Departmental Award

Awarded for academic merit

MRes Speech, Language and Cognition Awards

To reward academic merit.

Childcare Support Grant

Selection based solely on financial need.

Graduate Support Bursary

For a prospective UK Master's student from under-represented background enrolling on a participating programme. Selection based solely on financial need.

Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.

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.

Attention must be given to the instructions in writing the personal statement as it includes a critical review of an article.

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level: Good

How to apply

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.

The deadline for applications is 1 August 2014.

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.

Top career destinations for this programme

  • Amberlight, User Experience Consultant, 2011
  • Transport for London, Information Architect, 2011
  • Orange, Usability Specialist, 2010
  • eBay, Web Design, 2011
  • City University, Researcher, 2011


Human-Computer Interaction and Ergonomics MSc is highly regarded by colleagues in industry. Graduates from this programme have gone on to work as user experience researchers/designers, information architects, usability specialists, and researchers.

Next steps


Mrs Romy Beattie

T: +44 (0)20 7679 2816


Division of Psychology & Language Sciences

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