Child Computer Interaction MRes

Child Computer Interaction MRes

School of Physical Sciences and Computing


Post- graduate





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Why study this programme?

MRes Child Computer Interaction is a new and growing branch of Human Computer Interaction, and is the key area of expertise for the ChiCI research group at UCLan. Our expertise spans world-class research, commercial activity and knowledge-transfer. As the market for children's interactive technology grows there is an increasing need for specialists who can research, design and evaluate interactive technology for children. This postgraduate course is the first specialist research-based academic course offered in Child Computer Interaction. We aim to provide a challenging and stimulating environment in which students can develop specialist skills by working closely with the ChiCI research group. It is anticipated that students from this course will either continue to PhD study or go into employment as CCI specialists. 

Entry Requirements

Specific entry requirements for the course are a recognised British Honours degree (or its equivalent) in a relevant subject (computing, technology or technical design), with a 1 or 2.1 (or equivalent).
Students with non-standard qualifications or who have work experience will be considered on a case by case basis. All applicants will be interviewed.

Students will be expected to display communication skills appropriate to an Honours graduate. In particular, students whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate competence in the language. The normal minimum standard required is IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

Applications from all candidates will be considered on their merits.

Programme at a Glance

Year 1

  • CO4820 Critical Analysis (Semester 1)
  • CO4754 Interaction Design and Evaluation (Semester 1)
  • CO4732 Advanced Topics in HCI (Semester 1)
  • CO4734 Child Computer Interaction (Semester 2)
  • CO4824 MRes Project (Semesters 2 and 3)

Year 2

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.

Postgraduate Advice Event

The next UCLan Postgraduate Advice Event will be on Thursday 10th November 2016.
For details and registration for this event please visit our Eventbrite page.
Please contact Course Enquiries with any queries regarding postgraduate study and research.

Further Information

The first semester consists of three taught modules that provide grounding in postgraduate study and in the techniques and theories appropriate to Interaction Design. In the second semester students will study the specialist module Child Computer Interaction and at the same time will start the 100 credit (five modules) 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.

During the course you will develop theoretical understanding, practical skills and knowledge of current trends and research activity relating to CCI. You will also develop planning, self-management, communication, critical evaluation and technical skills.

How to Apply

You can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).

Course Specification and Handbook

For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:


Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400


Fees 2017/18

Full-time: £6,300 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,050 per 20 credits for first 120 credits studied (UK/EU)

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

Further information:

For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.

New UK Government Postgraduate Loans Scheme

The UK Government has confirmed that a new postgraduate loan scheme will be introduced for students commencing a Full Masters Postgraduate programmes from 2016/17 academic year.

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Industry Links

As part of the course you will have opportunities to work with external partners. At UCLan we work with a range on businesses and organisations, many of which provide work experience opportunities and project briefs to enable to you gain real work experience whilst you undertake your postgraduate programme.

Learning Environment and Assessment

The School of Physical Sciences and Computing provides an 'electronic learning' environment to facilitate flexible learning. This environment combines traditional face-to-face lecture/tutorial and practical sessions with additional, resource-rich, online materials allowing you to continue independent learning through a variety of approaches.

Assessment methods will include individual and group assignments, presentation and seminars.


The goal of the course is to guide you, depending on your interests, to either go out into Industry or to progress to an academic research career. We aim to produce Child Computer Interaction practitioners who understand how to create excellent interaction designs for children in a range of different scenarios. We also aim to give you a thorough grounding in the research area so you are ready to start a PhD.

We also aim to give you a thorough grounding in the Child Computing Interaction research area so you are ready to start a PhD. After completing the MRes there will be opportunities for students to continue to MPhil or PhD study.