Modes and duration
- Full-time: 3 years
- Part-time: 5 years
Programme start date
Tuition Fees (2016/17)
- £4,770 (FT) £2,385 (PT)
- £22,180 (FT) £11,090 (PT)
Normally a minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor’s degree or a taught Master’s degree, or the overseas equivalent, in a subject relevant to human-computer interaction. Such subjects include Psychology, Computer Science, Information Technology, Engineering Design, or other cognitive or applied sciences. Applicants with other qualifications and sufficient relevant experience and background knowledge may be considered.
English Language Requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Good
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.
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Research areas are:
- Behaviour change – dDesigning ubiquitous technologies for behavioural change
- Interacting with information – how people engage with information resources within the context of their broader activities.
- Interactions in the wild – in the wild prototyping and user studies of innovative technologies
- Affective computing – posture recognition for assessing affective state in chronic pain
- Health and wellbeing – reducing stress at work by reducing errors in work contexts (especially in healthcare); Improving technology to support a positive work-life balance; enhancing engagement and immersion in digital hobbies such as games and citizen science projects
- Creativity – evaluating and developing tools to support learning and creativity; technology to engage the aging population
We occasionally advertise funded studentships throughout the year – please check on the Opportunities tab of our PhD pages.
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
Recent graduates have either pursued academic careers as researchers and/or lecturers and some additionally work as usability consultants alongside their postdoctoral roles. Some have continued as postdoctoral researchers within the department or other departments in UCL, while others secured research internships abroad (eg, Microsoft Research in California), or other postdoctoral positions in Europe, North and South America, Asia and New Zealand.
Top career destinations for this degree
- Assistant Professor, Utrecht University (2012)
- Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Oxford (2014)
- Senior Lecturer, Universiti Teknologi Petronas, Malaysia (2012)
- Postdoctoral Researcher, UCL (2014)
- Postdoctoral Fellowship, Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute, California (2012)
The interdisciplinary nature of research in UCLIC means that our research graduates are adaptable and able to work across many fields with people from different professional backgrounds both in academia and industry. Consequently, they are creative, motivated individuals with a keen understanding of the needs of government and commercial organisations as well as having academic knowledge and skills.
UCLIC are currently collaborating with the BBC Research and Development department on a usability project (launched July 2013). We also have strong links with hospitals and manufacturers of medical devices, as well as other commercial organisations. We continue to work with Intel and Imperial College London within the Intel Collaborative Research Institute on Sustainable Connected Cities, which was set up last year. Most of our research projects similarly involve collaborations with universities across the UK, Europe, North and South America, South Africa, Asia and Australia.
Why study this degree at UCL?
The cross-faculty nature of this programme enables students to pursue interdisciplinary projects and work with researchers from different fields across both UCL and other organisations. We also have strong links with industry, and graduates often extend their careers beyond academia, pursuing careers in industry or combining roles as leading academics and consultants.
Students are strongly supported in developing a range of presenting and teaching skills, using creativity and innovation to present in new and interesting ways. There are many opportunities across UCL to practise such skills and give students confidence for their next steps.
Student / staff ratios › 9 staff › 51 taught students › 194 research students
Department: UCL Interaction Centre
"My experience at UCL has helped me obtain two internships at research labs: Palo Alto Research Center in 2011, and Microsoft Research in 2012. "
Dr Christian P JanssenHuman-Computer Interaction PhD (2012)
"I was interested in studying human-computer interaction in the context of medical devices. UCL's rich background and strength in both human-computer interaction and medicine greatly facilitated my studies. For instance, I could easily get access to UCLH to conduct studies with nurses there."
Atish RajkomarHuman-Computer Interaction PhD (2014)
User Experience Consultant, Freelance
"I would say that many elements of my programme at UCL have been valuable, including access to relevant expertise, opportunities to influence real communities making my work feel valuable, and opportunities to collaborate with frontline researchers and industries. One element that has particularly surprised, impressed, and been valuable to me is the team structure of my research group. It has helped in the development of the researcher in me."
Temitayo OlugbadeInteraction Centre PhD
Application and next steps
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.
- All applicants
- 30 June 2016
- Scholarship applicants
- 16 January 2016
Applications for competitive funding awarded by UCL must arrive by 16 January in the year you wish to start. If other sources of funding are being considered, it is still in your interest to apply by the 16 January deadline. Later applications can sometimes be considered. Applications should be made as soon as possible, and not later than 30 June for entry in September/October.
Scholarship applicants: 14 December 2015 for those applying through UCL Computer Science, 15 January 2016 for those applying through the Division of Psychology
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now