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  • Duration:

    Full-time: One year, Part-time: Usually two years

  • Level:

    Postgraduate

  • Mode:

    Taught

  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Campus:

    Preston

  • Start Date:

    October

  • Award Type:

    MRes

Why study this programme?

Interaction Design is a highly sought specialist skill enabling the creation of compelling user experiences that keep individuals engaged with interactive computing products. This course is ideal if you have existing programming skills and want to understand software users and work with them to create positive user experiences. The MRes Interaction Design course will help you stand out from other graduates by providing you with the skills and theoretical understanding needed to create successful products in industry or go on to further postgraduate study in a Interaction Design/User Experience/HCI related research field. There is a vibrant international research community developing new methods and theories that underpin this discipline within the broad field of HCI (Human-Computer Interaction) and more specific Interaction Design (IxD ) and User Experience (UxD) areas.

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), and must have some programming experience. 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

Course content

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 Design Away from the Desktop 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.

Year 1

  • CO4820 Critical Analysis (Semester 1)
  • CO4754 Interaction Design and Evaluation (Semester 1)
  • CO4732 Advanced Topics in HCI (Semester 1)
  • CO4753 Design Away from the Desktop (Semester 2)
  • CO4824 MRes Project (Semesters 2 and 3)

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

Interaction Design is a branch of Computing concerned with how users interact with computer systems. This includes the roles of users in analysis, design and evaluation of systems, as well as methods for the system developer to create usable and useful interactive products for people, and extends to consideration of social aspects of computer use. In fact it is often more helpful to regard the computer program and its users as each being a component of a system. Many systems fail because of problems with the user interaction, rather than problems with the underlying code. This is because the human is the most complex component of the system, and the least well understood.

This course is suitable for:

  • Those who wish to enter a career in Interaction Design or User Experience Design
  • Those who wish to enhance their appeal to employers and stand out from other computing graduates.
  • Those who wish to go on to study at PhD level
  • Those in employment who wish to use the MRes project to develop a product for their employer and develop personally.

The course builds upon the existing and emergent research interests in Interaction Design in the School. These include website accessibility, multimedia for learning and Child-Computer Interaction.

During the course you will develop theoretical understanding, practical skills and knowledge of current trends and research activity relating to Interaction Design. 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:

Applications

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

Email: cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk

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

We aim to provide a challenging and stimulating environment in which you can develop and learn new skills. As an MRes student you will be supported in exploring your full potential through taught modules and an extended project. Teaching is done in small groups with plenty of opportunities for practical work, networking with students and staff, and to get involved with research activities.

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

Facilities

The course is delivered in the Computing and Technology Building at the City Campus in Preston at which students have access to the latest technology, and can study in a supportive environment. Facilities include a purpose built Human-Computer Interaction Suite which is used for the evaluation of software products.

Opportunities

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 Interaction Design practitioners who understand how to create excellent interaction designs for a range of different scenarios.

Placement opportunities are available as an option for students who want to gain some work experience as part of the course.

We also aim to give you a thorough grounding in the Interaction Design 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.

 

Our alumni have gone on to work a range of destinations including UX specialists, the BBC, and Tata.