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Master's Programme in Human Computer Interaction and User Experience

  • Number of credits 120 credits
  • Study time 2 years (full time)
  • Level Master’s Degree
  • Starting Autumn Term 2022

The strong focus on both UX and the design of interactive systems makes the Human Computer Interaction and User Experience master’s program a perfect fit for anyone who wants to shape the future of our interactions and tailor our experiences with digital technologies. Current and relevant research within the field of Human Computer Interaction provides a solid scientific foundation for the program, including approaches to user-centered and concept-driven design, prototyping and user testing.

While studying

The courses within the program help students develop key competencies and skills relevant for both interaction and experience design.  Leveraging methods for user-centered design, design theory, and current research in UX, the program covers all aspects of the design process – from user studies and concept development, via mockups, sketches, scenarios and prototypes, to the design and development of digital systems, including testing and evaluation – within a comprehensive set of application areas such as working life, leisure activities, digital entertainment, and information management.

The program combines theory and practice as a way for students to develop their abilities to understand, analyze and design for human computer interaction and user experience. This way of working demands and develops a high degree of independence, initiative, and creativity among the students, something that serves them well in their future careers. With a clear structure and a solid core of courses in informatics combined with elective ones, the program offers the possibility for each student to tailor the master’s program in their own personal way. As such, the program prepares the students for both professional and academic careers. 

Our master’s programs are international on campus programs with students from many countries, creating a diverse and dynamic atmosphere. The language of instruction is English, and our teachers are established and active researchers within the field. In addition, access to state-of-the-art computer labs and a dedicated UX lab, provides students with excellent opportunities to develop their practical design skills.

Programme overview

Magister degree, 1 year (With the possibility of continuing your studies towards a master’s degree)

Semester 1
Foundations of Human Computer Interaction and User Experience, 15 hp
Prototyping interaction, 15 hp

Semester 2
Interaction Design and Emergent Technologies, 7.5 hp
Qualitative Research in Information Systems, 7.5 hp
Magister Thesis in Informatics with Specialization in Human-Computer Interaction and user experience, 15 hp

If you choose further studies towards a master's degree, you will study the following in the coming year.

Semester 3
Theoretical Approaches in Human-Computer Interaction, 15 hp
Electives, 15 hp

Semester 4
Master Thesis in Informatics with Specialization in Human-Computer Interaction and user experience I, 15 hp
Advanced Service Design, 15 hp

Master’s degree, 2 year
You have the possibility to study a two-year master's degree from the beginning of your studies. In that case you will follow the structure below:

Semester 1
Foundations of Human Computer Interaction and User Experience, 15 hp
Prototyping interaction, 15 hp

Semester 2
Interaction Design and Emergent Technologies, 7.5 hp
Qualitative Research in Information Systems, 7.5 hp
Advanced Service Design, 15 hp

Semester 3
Theoretical Approaches in Human-Computer Interaction, 15 hp
Electives, 15 hp

Semester 4
Master Thesis in Informatics with Specialization in Human-Computer Interaction and user experience II, 30 hp

Career opportunities

This program provides students with a wide range of job opportunities, preparing them for workplaces where interactions between people and digital technologies are in focus. A graduate from the master’s program in human computer interaction and user experience is a specialist in the evaluation, development and design of digital products and services where user experiences are key. Previous students work as e.g. UX-, interaction-, and service designers, usability experts, and researchers

Degree

Degree of Master of Science (60 credits). Main field of study: informatics. Specialization: Human Computer Interaction and user experience.

Degree of Master of Science (120 credits). Main field of study: informatics. Specialization: Human Computer Interaction and user experience.

Application and eligibility

Master's Programme in Human Computer Interaction and User Experience, 120 credits

Visa tillfällen för föregående termin Autumn Term 2022 Det finns inga senare terminer för kursen

Second admission round for EU/EEA citizens

Programme starts

Autumn Term 2022

Type of studies

100%, Daytime

Study location

Umeå

Language

English

Eligibility

A Bachelor's degree or equivalent first-cycle qualification comprising of at least 180 ECTS or a corresponding qualification from an Internationally recognized university. Specific entry requirements are: 90 ECTS in one of the following subjects; Informatics, Computer Science, Information Systems, Cognitive Science or equivalent studies. Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper Secondary course English B/6. Entry requirements

Selection

Academic credits completed by the last application date (in the range of 30-285 credits equivalent to ECTS)

Application code

UMU-P2090

Application

The online application opens 15 March 2022 at 13:00 CET. Application deadline is 15 April 2022. How to apply

Application and tuition fees

As a citizen of a country outside the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees for studies at Umeå University.

Application fee

SEK 900

Tuition fee, first instalment

SEK 71,400

Total fee

SEK 285,600

International admission round

Programme starts

Autumn Term 2022

Type of studies

100%, Daytime

Study location

Umeå

Language

English

Eligibility

A Bachelor's degree or equivalent first-cycle qualification comprising of at least 180 ECTS or a corresponding qualification from an Internationally recognized university. Specific entry requirements are: 90 ECTS in one of the following subjects; Informatics, Computer Science, Information Systems, Cognitive Science or equivalent studies. Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper Secondary course English B/6. Entry requirements

Selection

Academic credits completed by the last application date (in the range of 30-285 credits equivalent to ECTS)

Application code

UMU-M2090

Application

Online applications are now open. You will be transferred to Universityadmissions.se. Application deadline is 17 January 2022. How to apply

Application and tuition fees

As a citizen of a country outside the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees for studies at Umeå University.

Application fee

SEK 900

Tuition fee, first instalment

SEK 71,400

Total fee

SEK 285,600

Contact us

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Programme is given by
Department of Informatics
Contactperson for the programme is:
Fatemeh Moradi