Human Computer Interaction

MSc Human Computer Interaction
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)
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.

Course Description
Track 1: Communicative Interfaces
Options include:
• Media Production Cultures
• Human Language Technologies
• Topics in Digital Media & Comms
• Communication Theory

Track 2: Interaction Science & User Research
Options include:
• Introduction to Cognitive Science
• Research Experience
• Human-Computer Interaction
• Foundations of Info Studies

Track 3: Interfaces, Ethics & Society
Options include:
• People, Information & Communication
• Data & Society
• The Digital Self
• Information Ethics

This programme will use a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials including self-directed and autonomous learning activities to introduce students to principles, theory, practice and critique, combining approaches from computer science and social sciences. Several modules will also utilise e-learning tools and online content and delivery. A core part of the programme will involve you using these knowledge and skills to conduct a cutting edge research project in the area of HCI.

All 3 Tracks experience the same 65 credit core modules, giving all a grounding across key skills and knowledge areas needed for a career in HCI. The different tracks allow students to specialize in specific areas, focusing on faculty specialisms at UCD.

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Option
• Human Language Technologies - COMP40020
• Human Computer Interaction - COMP41710
• Introduction to Cognitive Scie - COMP47230
• People, Information & Communication: Our Information Behaviour - IS40030
• Research Practice - IS40390
• Digital Libraries - IS40560
• Digital Curation:Core Concepts - IS40630
• Research Experience - IS40700
• Research Data Management - IS40760
• Research Theory and Practice - IS40820
• Data & Society - IS40840
• Topics in Digital Media & Comm - IS40870
• Communication Theory - IS40880
• Media Production Cultures - IS40950
• Social Networks Online and Offline - IS40980
• Information Ethics - IS41020
• Platform Governance - IS41050
• Media Law & Policy - IS41190
• Platform Governance - IS41210
• Creative & Interactive Media - IS41230

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 PT (W522)
Deadline: Rolling*

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

Part Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No


W522: 2 years part-time
Mode of delivery: Face-to-Face

Post Course Info

Careers & Employability
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

    Part time

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