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Human-Computer Interaction MSc

Our MSc in Human-Computer Interaction will give you the skills to create, design and develop engaging interactive digital technologies from apps to immersive environments.

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Start date(s):

  • September 2024
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Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) is a cross-disciplinary practice in the field of computing. It combines understanding people (drawing on social sciences and psychology) with the design of technology (using practices from art/design, computing and engineering).

You'll be suitable for this Human-Computer Interaction master's if you’re from technical and non-technical backgrounds, including:

  • computer science, design, and psychology graduates
  • former teachers, artists, and professionals from a range of backgrounds

You’ll gain the professional and technical skills to work in careers such as:

  • user experience (UX) researcher / designer / consultant
  • interaction designer
  • usability engineer
  • research (via a PhD)

Throughout the Human-Computer Interaction master's you'll learn the principles of human-centred design and how to design better products for human experiences. You'll also build an understanding of how using digital technologies can impact people at an individual, group or societal level.

Our MSc is taught by staff from a world-leading HCI research lab within the School of Computing called Open Lab.

Open Lab specialises in digital social innovation. This is sometimes known as ‘Tech 4 Good’. Open Lab and the wider School of Computing build on a vast range of research partnerships across both industry and public sector organisations including:

  • the BBC
  • Microsoft
  • Google
  • Barnardos
  • the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
  • numerous other charities and NGOs

These organisations offer rich opportunities for enhancing your learning through:

  • invited talks
  • collaborative dissertation projects
  • career-building activities


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What you'll learn

Through compulsory and optional modules you'll:

  • learn the principles of human-centred design
  • build an understanding of the impact of digital technologies


You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.

How you'll learn

Your development

The MSc in Human-Computer Interaction is a one-year full time course, based on the Newcastle campus and delivered by the School of Computing. It includes:

  • seminars
  • lectures
  • practical classes
  • group and individual project work
  • guided independent reading
  • self-directed learning

Your future


The Human-Computer Interaction master's prepares you for a wide range of careers such as:

  • user experience (UX) researcher / designer / consultant
  • interaction designer
  • usability engineer
  • research (via a PhD)

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Quality and ranking

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body


You'll have access to a range of facilities including:

  • workshops
  • a design space
  • a MakerSpace so you can build and test your own interactive products

We have:

  • 3D printers
  • a laser cutter
  • open-source hardware platforms (Arduino etc)
  • crafting materials
  • other items to help you learn to be creative with technology

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2024 entry (per year)

What you're paying for

Tuition fees include the costs of:

  • matriculation
  • registration
  • tuition (or supervision)
  • library access
  • examination
  • re-examination
  • graduation

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Entry requirements

The entrance requirements below apply to 2024 entry.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

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  • webinars

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School of Computing
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 2736


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