Full-time: One year; Part-time: Two years
Campus, Full-time and Part-time
User Experience Design (UxD) 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 some existing programming skills and but wish to understand users and work with them to create technologies with positive user experiences. There is a growing demand for UX professionals and this course will provide you with skills and expertise needed to work in a team or individually to design and evaluate successful products. There is also a vibrant international research community developing new methods and theories that underpin UX within the broad field of HCI (Human-Computer Interaction) and more specific Interaction Design (IxD) and User Experience (UxD) areas, which you will encounter on the course. You will be taught by staff that are research active within the field of UX and working with UX practitioners within companies.
Specific entry requirements for the course are a recognised British Honours degree (or its equivalent) with a minimum of a 2.1, or equivalent, in a Computing or Technology-related subject area; or a recognised British Honours degree (or its equivalent) in a non-computing subject area plus substantial relevant experience.
Students with non-standard qualifications or who have work experience will be considered on a case by case basis, some programming experience (through a taught programme or self-taught) is expected.
All applicants are expected to display communication skills appropriate to an Honours graduate. In particular, students whose first language is not English may be required to demonstrate appropriate competence speaking and writing in English. For international students IELTS 6.5, or its equivalent, is a minimum requirement. Applicants may be interviewed.
One semester consists of three taught modules that provide grounding in postgraduate study and in the techniques and theories appropriate to User Experience (UX) Design. In the other taught semester, students will study the specialist module UX Away from the Desktop, the project management module, and an option to broaden their UX or development skills. The project module is studied in Semesters 3 (June to September), during this time students work under supervision to complete a research or development-based project.
Optional modules, choose one of the following:
Optional additional module:
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User Experience Design is a branch of Computing concerned with how to provide an effective, efficient and enjoyable interaction 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:
The course builds upon the existing and emergent research interests in User Experience 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.
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Full-time: £6,900 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £765 per 20 credits (UK/EU)
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The course is delivered in the Computing and Technology Building at the City Campus in Preston. 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
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.
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.
To enhance your work experience you will have an opportunity to undertake a professional placement as part your MSc. This will extend your study time by six to twelve months depending on the length of the placement.
You are responsible for finding your own placement. We will support you in preparation for this with the Faculty Placement Team and UCLan Careers, who can help you plan and develop your CV and applications, and have practice interviews.
We also aim to give you a grounding in the Interaction Design research area so you can apply the latest research in your career. Our alumni have gone on to work a range of destinations including UX specialists, the BBC, and Tata.