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.


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

Content

HCI is a broad discipline that has grown out of psychology and computer science but also includes elements of design, ergonomics, informatics and so on. We therefore require you to have an appropriate background from one of these disciplines. 

We offer three taught programmes in Human-Computer Interaction with Ergonomics at postgraduate level. Each differs in terms of length and the number of study components:

The aim of these programmes is to learn, 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.
Following this course, a graduate should:

  • Understand the theoretical relevance, and the application, of human physical, cognitive, social and affective knowledge, to the design of interactive systems.
  • Be able to analyse the user requirements for an interactive system or product.
  • Understand the influence of context of use (both local and organisational) on user-system interaction.
  • Be able to characterise a range of human-computer interaction and user-centred design styles and apply these appropriately to software and hardware for the design of interactive systems and products.
  • Be competent to test and analyse user performance, user preferences and user experience in relation to human-centred interactive systems.
  • Be competent in a range of appropriate HCI and Ergonomic research and development techniques to apply to any of the above.
  • Have acquired a range of transferable skills and the independent learning ability to equip them for future positions in industrial, academic or consultancy environments.

Structure

Staff

  • Prof. Yvonne Rogers
  • Prof. Ann Blandford
  • Dr Anna Cox
  • Dr Nadia Berthouze
  • Dr Duncan Brumby
  • Dr Paul Marshall
  • Dr John Dowell
  • Mrs Rachel Benedyk

Application

Mode of study

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

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.


Guidelines on completion of personal statement

Applicants for the MSc/PGDip/PGCert in Human-Computer Interaction with Ergonomics are expected to complete a personal statement that accompanies their application form. Your personal statement, together with your qualifications, experience and references, will help us to select applicants. The personal statement need not be long (two sides of A4 paper maximum). However, it is important that you put care into it, as it has an important role in the selection process. Note that your motivation and interest in HCI, as well as, your ability to think critically are fundamental to this course. Below are specific points for you to address. Please structure your personal statement accordingly. You may add additional information as you see fit.

1. Briefly describe your interest in the subject and in this MSc/PgDip/PgCert programme. How did you first become interested in pursuing a postgraduate course in HCI-E (e.g. degree course, personal experience)? Looking at the modules on the programme, which ones interest you most and why? If you are enrolling in the MSc programme, do you have a particular research project in mind? Are there other reasons why you are applying to this course?

2. Briefly describe your future plans and commitment to the subject: Please describe how completion of this MSc/PgDip/PgCert programme will help you obtain your career goals. You may discuss more than one potential goal if you are undecided.

3. Describe how your work experience or studies have prepared you for this course.

4. Write a critical review (about 400 words):  We would like you to write a critical review (not a simply summary) of one specific book or article that you have read that has aroused your interest in the topic of HCI and/or Ergonomics. Please indicate the book or article title, authors, publication date, and journal (if appropriate). What were the main findings or ideas and why was it of interest to you?

5. Please include the following statement: “I declare that this personal statement is entirely my own unaided work”.

Guidelines for Personal Statements

Ensure you have read the information below

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.

Applicants for the MSc/PGDip/PGCert in Human-Computer Interaction with Ergonomics are expected to complete a personal statement that accompanies their application form. Your personal statement, together with your qualifications, experience and references, will help us to select applicants. The personal statement need not be long (two sides of A4 paper maximum). However, it is important that you put care into it, as it has an important role in the selection process. Note that your motivation and interest in HCI, as well as, your ability to think critically are fundamental to this course. Below are specific points for you to address. Please structure your personal statement accordingly. You may add additional information as you see fit.

1. Briefly describe your interest in the subject and in this MSc/PgDip/PgCert programme. How did you first become interested in pursuing a postgraduate course in HCI-E (e.g. degree course, personal experience)? Looking at the modules on the programme, which ones interest you most and why? If you are enrolling in the MSc programme, do you have a particular research project in mind? Are there other reasons why you are applying to this course?

2. Briefly describe your future plans and commitment to the subject: Please describe how completion of this MSc/PgDip/PgCert programme will help you obtain your career goals. You may discuss more than one potential goal if you are undecided.

3. Describe how your work experience or studies have prepared you for this course.

4. Write a critical review (about 400 words):  We would like you to write a critical review (not a simply summary) of one specific book or article that you have read that has aroused your interest in the topic of HCI and/or Ergonomics. Please indicate the book or article title, authors, publication date, and journal (if appropriate). What were the main findings or ideas and why was it of interest to you?

5. Please include the following statement: “I declare that this personal statement is entirely my own unaided work”.

Careers

Career

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

Employability

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.


Careers open to graduates of the programmes include:

  • Usability specialist
  • User-centred design expert
  • Interaction designer
  • Applied ergonomist
  • User experience expert
  • Information architect
  • HCI expert
  • Human factors specialist

In addition, MSc graduates can move on to a PhD or applied research in similar areas.

Find out more about what students did after finishing the HCI-E courses.

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Open Day

The UCLIC Open Evening will be held on the 25th February 2015 from 5pm. Please register if you wish to attend the UCLIC Open Evening. Anyone who has already applied to the course will automatically be invited to attend.  At this event, you can also find out about research in the HCI field, computer games research and many other activities at UCLIC and you can try out some of our sensing devices (e.g., eye‐tracking, motion capture systems, biosensors).