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UCL Interaction Centre MPhil/PhD

This is a cross-faculty programme in which students undertake postgraduate research under the supervision of academic staff who are leaders in their specialisation within HCI. Students often work collaboratively with researchers in other departments and organisations beyond UCL. Graduates pursue careers in top unversities and major technology industries world-wide.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 3 years
  • Part-time: 5 years

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£4,635 (FT) £2,315 (PT)
Overseas:
£21,530 (FT) £10,765 (PT)

Application deadlines

All applicants:
30 June 2015
Scholarship applicants:
16 January 2015
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, but 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.

Entry Requirements

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 requirement: Good

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.

International equivalencies

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Funding

We occasionally advertise funded studentships throughout the year – please check on the Opportunities tab of our PhD pages.

More scholarships are listed on the scholarships website

Careers

Top career destinations for this degree

  • New Media Manitoba, Canada, Business/Research Co-ordinator, 2010,
  • IBM Research, Africa, Research Scientist, 2010,
  • Universiti Teknologi Petronas, Malaysia, Senior Lecturer, 2012,
  • UCL, Postdoctoral Researcher, 2009,
  • Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute, California, Post-doctoral Fellow, 2012,

Employability

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.

Why study this degree at UCL?

This programme is unique because it is a cross-faculty programme within UCL, enabling students to pursue interdisciplinary projects and work with researchers from different fields across UCL and other organisations. We also have strong links with industry, so 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 practice such skills and give students confidence for their next steps.

Student / staff ratios › 11 staff › 58 taught students › 14 research students

Department: UCL Interaction Centre

Degree reviews

Alumni review

"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 Janssen

Subject: Human-Computer Interaction PhD
Alumni review

"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 Rajkomar

Subject: Human-Computer Interaction PhD
Student review

"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 Olugbade

Subject: Interaction Centre PhD

Application and next steps

Applications

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.

Who can apply?

Application deadlines

All applicants
2015-06-30
Scholarship applicants
2015-01-16
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, but 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.

For more information see our Applications page.

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