User Experience (UX) Design

1 Year
September 2024
In Person

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.


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.


Please note the delivery information for this course is accurate for the academic year 2023/24. The information displayed in this section may not yet accurately reflect how the course will be delivered in 2024/25 but this information will be updated by December 2023.

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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What our students say

The modules are designed to build up your knowledge and to allow you explore different project fields. I am pleased my academic work portfolio has attracted employers and that I started my first UI/UX job within one month of my graduation!
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Reham Alsabbagh
MSc UX Design Student
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Academic expertise

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Dr Mark Lochrie
Senior Lecturer in Computer Science
School of Engineering and Computing

Mark is a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science and Course Leader for MSc User Experience Design whose teaching and research interest lie in Human Computer Interaction with a focus on Interaction Design, User Experience, and the Internet of Things (IoT).

Professor Janet Read
Professor of Child Computer Interaction
School of Engineering and Computing

A pioneer in the research area of Child Computer Interaction, Janet is an academic within Computer Science where she has taught a range of subjects including HCI, Research methods for CS, User Centred Security, Interaction Design, and Mathematics.

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

Fees and funding

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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