Research course

Human-Centred Computing

Open University · Department of Computing

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent).

Months of entry


Course content

Human-centred computing (HCC) – or even more broadly, human-centred technology – is not just about user-centred design, but also about the relationship between technological developments and lifestyle transformations, and about how we record, collect and use information. Ubiquitous technologies are proliferating. The home, the crèche, public places and even the human body are now potential places to embed computational devices. The Centre for Research in Computing investigates the past, present, and future relationships between people and technology, embracing new frameworks, methods and approaches for studying and supporting people using new interaction technologies, including mobile, ubiquitous and web-based computing technologies. We are interested in social and philosophical perspectives, as well as in practical and theoretical concerns. We consider how technologies in general integrate with and extend existing social systems.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    72 months
      full time
      36 months
      • MPhil
        part time
        24 months
          full time
          12 months

          Course contact details

          Dr Alistair Willis

          + 44(0)1908 653846