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User Experience (UX) Design

1 Year
September 2023
Campus Taught

Our MSc in User Experience (UX) Design course follows a human-centred design approach to understanding, designing, and evaluating digital experiences. User Experience includes all aspects of an end-user’s interaction with a product/service. We use UX to drive change within context, content, and users. Empathising with a user’s needs, motivations and behaviours is critical in today’s evolving digital landscape.

Why study with us

  • You’ll have access to bespoke HCI labs for ideating, developing, and evaluating. Helping you craft the skills to become a competent UX design professional. Both the ChiCI Lab and our innovative Imaginarium support your learning, development, and research.
  • You’ll study a curriculum based on industry and academic input with applied learning and research.
  • You'll have the opportunity to enhance your CV by undertaking a professional placement. This will extend your study time by six to twelve months.

What you'll do

  • Learn in a small group environment, providing plenty of opportunities for developing your practice, networking, and getting involved with research activities.
  • On this User Experience master's degree, you'll use emerging technologies. From the latest mobile devices to virtual reality headsets.
  • Learn in an environment that demonstrates how academic research can respond to real-world industry needs.

Course Breakdown

The course covers seven modules, you'll learn how to conduct UX research, demonstrated using practical skills to develop solutions as a response to challenges. Learning content is provided through lectures, guest lectures, labs, and seminars. We promote the co-creation of materials and assessments. You'll work collaboratively and independently on industry and academic challenges.

During the course you’ll develop theoretical understanding, knowledge of trends, emerging ideas and ongoing research activity. Alongside becoming familiar with planning, self-management, communication, critical evaluation and technical skills.

Module overview

Course delivery

Following the pandemic, we have found that some courses benefit from a blended learning and teaching approach. Therefore, the majority of your teaching will be face-to-face on campus, with some online teaching where we have learnt it works best.


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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Future Careers in UX Design

The course will encourage you to follow a career in UX either via industry or further academic study. We aim to produce UX designers who are competent in essential UX skills and have theoretical and practical knowledge. 

Frequently asked questions

When designing products for end users it is essential that these needs are met. The product should be useful, user friendly and satisfying to use. A UX design course encompasses this process. Ensuring you learn to create products that are designed and deployed seamlessly into their markets.

The more we understand about our users, the better we can respond to their needs by designing more intuitive, innovative, and engaging products. Good User Experience (UX) design is all about building the right product that is useful, usable, and desirable to users, to drive innovation and create impact for change.

Fees and funding

Full-time£8,400 per year
Sandwich year£2,000 for the sandwich year
Part-time£933 per 20 credits
Full-time£15,500 per year
Full-time£9,000 per year
Sandwich year£2,500 for the sandwich year
Part-time£1,000 per 20 credits
Full-time£16,900 per year

Scholarships and bursaries

We have a wide range of bursaries, scholarships and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

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This course is based in the School of Engineering and Computing

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