Taught course

Human Computer Interaction

Institution
University of St Andrews · School of Computer Science
Qualifications
MSc

Entry requirements

The MSc programme in Human Computer Interaction can be studied by students with an honours degree at 2.1 UK equivalent or better in any discipline.

Months of entry

September

Course content

The MSc in Human Computer Interaction provides students with the tools, knowledge and skills to become practitioners in the areas of user experience, usability, information visualisation, human factors in computing systems, and human computer interaction research.

Course highlights

  • The MSc in Human Computer Interaction is a specialist course but retains some flexibility, allowing students to pursue other areas of computer science alongside the compulsory specialist modules.
  • The course develops students' practical skills in the process and practice of prototyping and implementation of interactive computing systems.
  • Students undertake a significant project, including a wide-ranging investigation, leading to their dissertation which enables them to consolidate and extend their specialist knowledge and critical thinking.
  • Students have 24-hour access to modern computing laboratories, provisioned with dual-screen PC workstations and group-working facilities.
  • The School has a dedicated HCI laboratory with specialist equipment including an 84-inch Microsoft Hub, a 3D printer, Google Soli sensors, and a diverse range of eye-tracking and motion-capture equipment.
Students may switch to an MSc in Advanced Computer Science or in Information Technologyafter the first semester.

Teaching format

The MSc in Human Computer Interaction is a one-year taught programme run by the School of Computer Science. Much of the core content is delivered by members of the St Andrews Human Computer Interaction (SACHI) research group. The course consists of two semesters of taught components followed by an 11-week project leading to the submission of a 15,000-word dissertation in August.

The taught portion of the MSc programme includes eight modules: five compulsory and three optional from a wide range available. Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical classes. Most modules are assessed through practical coursework exercises and examinations. Class sizes typically range from 10 to 50 students.

All students are assigned an advisor who meets with them at the start of the year to discuss module choices and is available to assist with any academic difficulties during the year. A designated member of staff provides close supervision for the MSc project and dissertation.

Information for international students

A minimum of IELTS 7.0 or equivalent

Fees and funding

UK students
£7500
International students
£20370

http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/study/pg/fees-and-funding/

Qualification and course duration

MSc

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
Postgraduate Secretary
Email
msc-admin-cs@st-andrews.ac.uk
Phone
+ 44 (0)1334 463253