User Experience Design

User Experience (UX) Design is a process of designing digital products that focuses on maximising user satisfaction through user research, usability testing and iterative design. User satisfaction with a product primarily, but not exclusively, depends on their interaction with that product. Therefore, interaction design is an important aspect of UX design. However, UX design considers other aspects of a user's experience, such as factors that influence whether or not to use the product in the first instance, or the kind of external product support provided.

What will I be doing?
This MSc explores the theory and practice of user experience design through a series of lectures, seminars, exercises and real-world projects. The lectures and seminars present the underlying principles of qualitative and quantitative research methods, interaction design and prototyping, usability testing, critical thinking, problem solving, and design thinking. The exercises and projects provide students with an opportunity to develop their skills and competencies in relation to these topics.

During the first year of the course, students complete three projects, each of increasing complexity and difficulty. These projects examine such themes as universal design, responsive and adaptive design, designing for the Internet of Things. In addition, students complete a number of assignments to broaden and deepen their knowledge, and develop their critical thinking, analytical and communication skills. During the second year of the course, students explore a range of emerging topics, for example designing applications for wearable devices and the Internet of Things. In addition, students complete a research project on an appropriate topic of their own choice. Students work both independently and in multi-disciplinary teams, assuming leadership roles as required. They also present and defend the results of their work, and critique the work of others.

Subjects taught

What modules will I study?
Fundamentals of UX Design
User Research and Interaction Design
Psychology, Usability and Visual Design
UX Design Engineering and Strategy
Research Project

Entry requirements

Min Entry Requirements
Undergraduate qualification of 2nd Class Honours or higher at Honours Degree level.

Applicants may be considered provided they can demonstrate Honours Degree equivalence, which can be verified through our RPL (recognition of prior learning) process.

Some prior experience with a related discipline is required.

Shortlisted candidates may be called for interview and/or requested to submit a portfolio of previous work in this area in order to determine the extent of their prior experience.

Two references must also support your application.

Application dates

Application Deadline
2023 Applications are now open

IADT operates a rolling admissions policy for graduate taught courses, with decisions issued in 4 weeks after a submitted and complete application is received.

An application is incomplete until you provide all required items on the checklist (including the application fee, if applicable).

Generally, courses will remain open to applications until all places are filled.


2 years [part-time]:
Year 1 (2 evenings per week)
Year 2 (1 evening per week)

Year 1 commences in September 2023. Classes take place on Tuesday + Wednesday evenings, 19:00-21:00.

Year 2 commences in September 2024. Classes take place on Wednesday evenings 19:00-21:00.

Post Course Info

Future careers
Graduates of the course will be able to work in senior roles in the field of UX Design. These roles will cover a wide range of areas including user research, user interface and user experience design, usability testing, UX strategy and project management. Graduates will be able to use a wide range of tools, including user research tools, prototyping tools and usability testing tools.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time,Evening

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