Part Time Study


UCLIC recognises that for many applicants a flexible option is the best way for them to combine study with their other responsibilities. The Courses in HCI-E are modularised, and students are therefore offered the possibility of flexible part-time study over two or three years (or sometimes up to 5 years if including the MSc Project).

A recommended pattern of attendance and assessment spread over two or three years is usually followed. However, individual patterns are possible and applicants to the course who are interested in discussing an individual pattern of attendance should contact the Course Director at the earliest opportunity.

Any applicant considering a flexible study option should ensure they have discussed their situation and clarified any personal issues with Admissions staff, to ensure they are eligible to apply to be flexible students.


Part-time students attend the same classes as full-time students, and are advised that on a course day they are expected to use the whole of that day for study, free of employment commitments. Most teaching is scheduled between 10 and 5pm, however this does vary slightly between modules.

Design Experience 1 (DE1) cannot be taken without previously taking the Ergonomics for Design module (EfD). More details about the modules are available on the HCI-E Modules page. 

For the MSc and the PGDip, students must complete eight taught modules; there is an advisory minimum of 1 and maximum of 8 in any year. In addition, MSc students will complete a Research Project module.

A PGCert student can choose their 4 modules out of the 8 on offer (Design Experience 2 is not on offer). A PGCert can only be followed over one or two years

In most weeks from Sept to April the full-time students follow three days a week of timetabled teaching and two days per week of self-study, amounting in total to about 45 hours of effort per week. A two-year flexible MSc or PGDip student should cover about 50% of this per year, ie 4 modules, which would require 1 or 2 days per week of attendance, supplemented with a substantial amount of self-study pro-rata. Those wishing to cover the teaching in three years can follow 2 or 3 modules per year.

There are two intense periods where greater attendance is required, in the end two weeks of each term. Part-time students need to plan to do the DE2 intensive in their final year of study. The DE1 intensive can be done in either year, so long as EfD has been completed. For both these modules, attendance is required for 10 days during 2 weeks, so those in employment must make advance arrangements to be available, and in London, for these periods.

The part-time guidance document gives you further information and sample timetables. You can check the information given during the UCLIC Open Evening on doing this course as part-time. Alternatively, you also can contact our Teaching Administrator for more information by e-mailing Angela Fattibene: a.fattibene(at)ucl.ac.uk, or call on +44 (0)20 3108 7043.

Term dates for 2015/16

Term dates for this year can be found in the Term Dates section of the main UCL website

Fees for flexible study

Part-time students completing the course pay a proportion of the full-time fee, pro rata each year. Detailed information about fees is available online, or you may contact Fees for more details.

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