Taught course

Interaction Design

University of Central Lancashire · School of Physical Sciences and Computing

Entry requirements

Applicants must have a first degree, with a 2.1 or 1, in a computing, technology or technical design discipline, and must have some programming experience. Students with non-standard qualifications or work experience will also be considered. Students will be expected to have good communication skills.

A minimum of IELTS 6.5 will be required for students whose first language is not English. All applicants will be interviewed.

Months of entry

October, September

Course content

Interaction design is a highly-sought specialist skill enabling designers to create compelling user experiences that keep individuals engaged with technical products.

There is a vibrant international Human-Computer Interaction research community interested in developing innovative products, methods and theories in this area. This course aims to provide a challenging and stimulating environment in which students can develop specialist skills in interaction design, while engaging with the concerns of the HCI research community as well as the needs of industry. It is anticipated that students from this course will either continue to PhD study or go into employment as specialists in user experience and design.

The first semester consists of 3 taught modules that provide a grounding in postgraduate study and in the techniques and theories appropriate to Interaction Design. In the second semester students will study the specialist module Design Away from the Desktop and at the same time will start the 100 credit (5 module) MRes project. The project module is studied throughout semesters 2 and 3 (January to September), during which time students work under supervision to complete a large research-based project. Part-time students will typically complete the taught modules in their first year, and undertake the project in their second year. As well as attending classes, students will be expected to take part in research seminars and discussions.

Modules include:

  • Critical Analysis (Semester 1)
  • Interaction Design and Evaluation (Semester 1)
  • Advanced Topics in HCI (Semester 1)
  • Design Away from the Desktop (Semester 2)
  • MRes Project (Semesters 2 and 3)

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24-36 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
+44 (0)1772 892 400