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User Experience Design

Explore the theory and practice of user experience design with a mix of lectures, seminars, practical exercises and real-world projects.

User Experience (UX) Design involves designing applications that maximise the user's experience of using those applications. UX design is an iterative process that involves user research, prototyping and usability testing. It requires an understanding of how people behave when using applications; how to design applications that are easy to use and worth using; and how to test designs against usability goals. You will also learn how to consider additional issues such as customer support and the integration UX design with software engineering methods.

Course 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 will give you an opportunity to develop skills and competencies in relation to these topics.

Students work both independently and in multidisciplinary teams, assuming leadership roles as required. You will also present and defend the results of your work, and learn how to critique the work of others.

Year One – 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.

Year Two – 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.

Entry requirements

Minimum 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 the RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) process.

• Some prior experience with user experience design 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.


2 years part-time.
When do classes take place?
Year One – two evenings per week.
Year Two – one evening per week + regular meetings with your project supervisor.

Number of credits


Careers or further progression

Future careers
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. You will be able to use a wide range of tools, including user research tools, prototyping tools and usability testing tools.

Further enquiries

Dr Andrew Errity, Course Co-ordinator
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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 Proposal,
- Research Project.

Application date

Application Date: 25 May 2018, 4pm.
Second round: 22 August 2018, 4pm where places are available.

Course fee

€4,000 per annum

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