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Become one of the people designing the digital products and services of the future

Digital technologies play a significant role in all areas of life. Modern societies need professionals with thorough understanding of how to design and develop user-friendly, innovative and sustainable products and services and engaging ways to interact with various technological devices.

Master’s degree studies in Human-Technology Interaction (HTI) offer a broad set of studies in human-computer interaction, digital systems and related fields. In the HTI studies, you will get up-to-date know how on digital service design, user experience evaluation, user psychology, human-centered software development, usability engineering, multimodal human-computer interaction and research skills.

From technological viewpoint, the studies cover the design and development of user interfaces for mobile and desktop applications, virtual reality, augmented reality, industrial machinery and human-robot interaction. HTI is a multi-disciplinary field and you will work with the professionals from several areas with different perspectives.

In a broader sense, you will learn how technology affects people’s lives and how to design efficient, engaging and ethical digital products and services. The degree leads you to hands-on work in various course projects, as well as provides basics for scientific thinking and writing.

Human-Technology Interaction (M.Sc.) and Human-Technology Interaction (M.Sc. Tech) tracks are two of the seven degree programmes in the Master’s degree programme in Computing Sciences, a new degree programme starting in August 2020.

Study contents

Technology plays an increasing role in our daily lives, and it is important to have professionals who have deep understanding of how to develop efficient and enjoyable ways to interact with a wide variety of technological devices.

You can deepen your knowledge in course units that cover a wide range of topics from user experience and emotions to innovative use of facial behavior like gaze and expressions, touch, speech, and human physiology in user interfaces. The programme leads you to scientific thinking and writing as well as to hands-on work in various course projects.

HTI master’s studies have a direct link to HTI research carried out at the Tampere University. There is a wide range of multidisciplinary research into technology-mediated novel ways of interaction with devices, digital environments and people. HTI research groups at Tampere University explore and develop more intuitive user interfaces for the future. The aim is to match the design of new technologies with human abilities and needs – targeting at the best possible user experience with technology.

Career opportunities

There are many job opportunities to choose from after graduation, such as user interface developer in different industrial sectors, user experience and interaction designer, service designer of new digital services and products or usability and customer experience specialist. Career opportunities are excellent and human-technology interaction specialists are highly appreciated by industry.

Some of the possible future careers include working as:

  • Interaction designer who studies people in their natural environments and creates technology and UI designs
  • User interface developer who has the skills to implement advanced front-end software solutions
  • Usability and user experience specialist who makes sure that the technology designs are easy to use and fit human purposes, or
  • Product manager with emphasis on user needs and user experience.

Following the successful completion of the programme, HTI graduates are also eligible to apply for entrance to doctoral programmes in Finland and abroad.

Eligibility criteria

Eligibility criteria in the Master’s degree programmes consist of two parts: Tampere University’s general eligibility criteria, and programme-specific eligibility criteria, which specify and/or add information to the general criteria. You must meet both to be considered eligible. Applicants who do not meet both the general eligibility and the programme-specific eligibility criteria will not be selected as students in Tampere University.

General eligibility

To be eligible to apply to a Master’s degree programme at Tampere University, you must have

  1. Bachelor’s degree – nationally recognized first cycle degree
    • which corresponds to at least 180 ECTS (European credits) or to three years of full-time study
    • from relevant field for the Master’s degree programme that you’re applying to
    • from an accredited institution of higher education
  2. AND a good command of the English language for academic purposes. For more information, please see Language requirements.

A Bachelor’s degree completed in a university outside Finland must provide eligibility for university-level master’s degree studies in the country in which it was awarded.

Applicants in their final final year of the Bachelor’s degree are eligible to apply if the degree will be completed by 31 July 2020. In this case, they may be accepted conditionally. Please see special instructions for applicants in the final year of the Bachelor’s degree.

Applicants with a Master’s degree may be admitted only well-founded reasons and only if they are able to show that the new degree at Tampere University provides the applicant with significant new knowledge and skills.

Programme-specific eligibility criteria

The previous degree should be from a field closely related to the Master’s programme you are applying to. In the Master’s programme in Computing Sciences, Human-Technology Interaction (MSc tech) track, the previous degree has to be in one of the following (or highly related) fields:

  • Computing, information technology, computer science, electrical engineering, software engineering or other applicable field with proficiency in mathematics, physics and elementary programming skills

Applicants who have completed their degree in Finland must meet the minimum cumulative GPA set by the programme to be eligible. The minimum is the same as in the admission to the same Master’s degree programme offered in Finnish.

Minimum GPA for bachelor’s degree completed in a Finnish University of Applied Sciences (AMK) Minimum GPA for bachelor’s degrees completed in a Finnish university (yliopisto)
3,20/5 2,80/5

 

When counting the cumulative GPA weighted by ECTS only the courses (incl. thesis) with numeric grade value are taken into account. Applicants in their final year of Bachelor’s degree must meet the minimum cumulative GPA when applying and after graduation.

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