Human Computer Interaction

Technology is ubiquitous in our everyday life. We have countless interactions whether it be through mobile apps, smart devices, or more traditional desktop systems. It is vital now more than ever that these interfaces are designed with a deep understanding of the user, their desires and needs as well as how these interfaces will impact society more widely.

The MSc in Human Computer Interaction combines core elements and skills to prepare you to work within user experience and human computer interaction. The programme is unique in Ireland, harnessing the world-class expertise in the School of Information & Communication Studies to explore the discipline of human-computer interaction (HCI), from a social science perspective.

The programme focuses on giving students the knowledge and skills to use social scientific approaches and theory to inform

1) the design of user-centred technology interactions and to
2) understand the effect that design and technology interaction has on people's behaviours, perceptions and emotions encapsulating both at an individual and a societal level.

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core
Research MethodsIS40640
Quantitative Data AnalysisIS40730
Research Theory and PracticeIS40820
AI & EthicsIS40970
Topics in HCIIS41330
UXD: User-Centered DesignIS41520

Stage 1 - Option
Human Language TechnologiesCOMP40020
Human Computer InteractionCOMP41710
Introduction to Cognitive ScieCOMP47230
People, Information & Communication: Our Information BehaviourIS40030
Data & SocietyIS40840
Topics in Digital Media & CommIS40870
Communication TheoryIS40880
Media Production CulturesIS40950
Information EthicsIS41020
Platform GovernanceIS41050
Media Law & PolicyIS41190
Platform GovernanceIS41210
Creative & Interactive MediaIS41230
HCI ThesisIS41320
Perspectives in HCIIS41340
HCI Design ProjectIS41350
Social Networks Online and OffIS41510

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements
• This programme is intended for applicants with an undergraduate degree in any discipline.
• An upper second-class honours NFQ Level 8 (or international equivalent) is required.
• Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element) or equivalent.

Application dates

The following entry routes are available:
MSc Human Computer Interaction FT (W521)
Deadline: Rolling*

MSc Human Computer Interaction PT (W522)
Duration 2 Years
Attend Part Time
Deadline Rolling*

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised


W521: 1 year full-time
W522: 2 years part-time
Mode of delivery: Face-to-Face

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: 2024/2025 September.

Post Course Info

Human Computer Interaction is a hugely diverse area, with key skills being applicable to a wide variety of domains and is complimentary to degrees from natural sciences, computer science, arts, business and law amongst others.
The MSc focuses on giving students the skills to understand and problem solve around user and societal issues facing us in an increasingly digital world.

Dublin is one of Europe’s digital hubs, with leading international technology companies such as Apple, Twitter, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Intel having a presence. These companies rely on HCI expertise when developing their interfaces, experiences and products.

Possible Jobs (Across the programme): User Experience Researcher; Interaction Designer; User Interface Researcher; Conversation Designer; Media Analyst; Digital Policy Expert; Quantitative Data Analyst; Product Designer; Ergonomic Specialist; PhD Research in HCI

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime,Part time

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