Taught course

Human Computer Interaction

University of Nottingham · School of Computer Science

Entry requirements

2:2 (or international equivalent) in a computer science, engineering, natural sciences, social sciences or art and design subject.

IELTS: 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each element.

Months of entry


Course content

Human-computer interaction is a multidisciplinary field and at the University of Nottingham you will be taught by experts in the School of Computer Science and the Department of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering to reflect this.

Our research-engaged teaching ensures you learn the latest technologies, skills and theory in this fast developing area. Industry and academia recognises that successful systems development increasingly relies on our ability to place people at the centre of the digital revolution. Start your journey with us today to accelerate your career.

Is this course for me?

We welcome applications from people with diverse backgrounds. Whether you are a software engineer seeking to further develop your professional skills or someone with little or no experience of systems design, if you believe that people should be at the heart of computing and are interested in shaping our digital future to meet human need, then this is the course for you.

Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) is a distinctive branch of computer science dedicated to:

  • understanding the relationship between people and computers
  • enabling systems designers and software engineers to develop computing applications that better respond to the needs of customers, clients and end-users

Related terms include , user experience (UX) design, human-centred design, interactive systems design, user interface design, and usability engineering. HCI is promoted globally by the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) and nationally by the British Computer Society (BCS). The course addresses core areas of the ACM SIGCHI Curricula for Human-Computer Interaction.

Individual project

During the summer period, you will undertake an individual project. This could be software based or research based. Collaboration with business, industry, and other outside bodies is encouraged. You will be supported by a supervisor for your project.

Our teaching is linked to our research groups which for this course is primarily:

  • Mixed Reality Laboratory
  • Human Factors

Academics from these groups will teach modules and supply projects. Past project titles have included:

  • Research and Development of Location-Based Services for an Educational Environment
  • Personalising Hand Gesture Computing
  • The Effect of Virtual Audiences on Music Performance Anxiety
  • Developing an augmented reality head-up display interface for future in-vehicle navigation systems

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0)115 951 5559