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University College Dublin MSc Human Computer Interaction
University College Dublin

MSc Human Computer Interaction

Dublin, Ireland

1 Years


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Technology is ubiquitous in our everyday life. We have countless interactions whether it be through mobile apps, smart devices, or more traditional desktop systems. It is vital now more than ever that these interfaces are designed with a deep understanding of the user, their desires and needs as well as how these interfaces will impact society more widely.

The MSc in Human Computer Interaction combines core elements and skills to prepare you to work within user experience and human computer interaction. The programme is unique in Ireland, harnessing the world-class expertise in the School of Information & Communication Studies to explore the discipline of human-computer interaction (HCI), from a social science perspective.

The programme focuses on giving students the knowledge and skills to use social scientific approaches and theory to inform

  • the design of user-centred technology interactions and to
  • understand the effect that design and technology interaction has on people's behaviours, perceptions and emotions encapsulating both at an individual and a societal level.

Course Description

Track 1: Communicative Interfaces

  • Options include: Media Production Cultures
  • Human Language Technologies
  • Topics in Digital Media & Comms
  • Communication Theory

Track 2: Interaction Science & User Research

  • Options include: Introduction to Cognitive Science
  • Research Experience
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Foundations of Info Studies

Track 3: Interfaces, Ethics & Society

  • Options include: People, Information & Communication
  • Data & Society
  • The Digital Self
  • Information Ethics

This program will use a combination of lectures, seminars, and tutorials including self-directed and autonomous learning activities to introduce students to principles, theory, practice, and critique, combining approaches from computer science and social sciences. Several modules will also utilize e-learning tools and online content and delivery. A core part of the program will involve you using this knowledge and skills to conduct a cutting-edge research project in the area of HCI.

All 3 Tracks experience the same 65 credit core modules, giving all a grounding across key skills and knowledge areas needed for a career in HCI. The different tracks allow students to specialize in specific areas, focusing on faculty specialisms at UCD

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