Human-Computer Interaction specialists make information technology interesting, useful, and enjoyable. When information technology is an essential part of almost every single product and service, good design is more important than ever. The Master’s Programme in Human-Computer Interaction will give you the theory and practice required to design well-functioning and innovative information technology interfaces, artefacts and services.
WHY THIS PROGRAMME?
Whether you want to reinvent mobile phones, construct advanced tools for professionals, invent the next Facebook or empower people with disabilities, expertise in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) is crucial.
During the programme you can expect to learn:
- methods, tools, and principles for the design of IT interfaces, artefacts and services
- to study people when they use information technology, understand how they feel about it, and how they appropriate it for their own purposes
- theory, so that you are able to understand why some interfaces work and others don’t – and why the situation may be exactly the reverse in a different situation or with a different group of people
- to design in teams, together with people with varying backgrounds, skills, and goals. Most importantly, you will learn how to involve the very people who will be using your design, to reflect on the development of IT products and services from a psychological and sociological perspective
- to investigate and understand ethical and sustainability issues in IT design
The HCI programme in Uppsala is a collaboration between two departments: the Department of Informatics and Media and the Department of Information Technology. This presents unique opportunities to combine a sociological and psychological foundation for human-computer interaction with thorough knowledge of best practices in interaction design methodology, and a look ahead into the most recent developments in information technology.
To provide challenging and relevant projects throughout the programme, we cooperate with leading IT companies and organisations that help formulate course projects. Many courses are based on project work, where our industrial partners provide us with genuine and relevant projects.
The programme leads to a Master of Social Science (120 credits) with Human-Computer Interaction as the main field of study.
A Bachelor’s degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university.
Also required is 30 credits in IT-related fields of study.
All applicants need to verify English language proficiency that corresponds to English studies at upper secondary (high school) level in Sweden (“English 6”). This can be done in a number of ways, including through an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL or IELTS, or through previous upper secondary (high school) or university studies.
The minimum test scores are:
- IELTS: an overall mark of 6.5 and no section below 5.5
- TOEFL: Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1–6) in written test and a total score of 575. Internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0–30) in written test and a total score of 90
- Cambridge: CAE, CPE
Selection: Students are selected based on:
- a total appraisal of quantity and quality of previous university studies;
- a summary of previous thesis or other relevant work (1 page); and
- a statement of purpose.
Well documented knowledge of object-oriented programming techniques is considered an important merit.
If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees. Fees cover application and tuition only and do not cover accommodation, academic literature or the general cost of living. Read more about fees.
Application Fee: SEK 900
Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 60000
Tuition fee, total: SEK 240000
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