University of York

University of York

Human-Centred Interactive Technologies

The programme provides participants with a thorough grounding in the design and evaluation of interactive technologies from the perspective of the human user(s). It is aimed at graduates with a 1st degree in a computing discipline who wish to develop knowledge and skills in this area before undertaking industrial work or further academic study. However, we will also consider applicants who have significant, relevant work experience since graduating. The unique emphasis of the course is on developing an understanding of users' capabilities and requirements, including users with particular requirements (such as older and disabled users, or users in a diversity of cultural settings) and developing a range of techniques to produce interactive technologies that best suit their capabilities and requirements.

Entry requirements

2.1 Honours degree (or international equivalent) in a computing discipline; applicants with appropriate work experience, for example appropriate industrial experience, such as web design are also considered. If you are a non-native English speaking applicant you must provide evidence of your English language ability. You need to show enough fluency in all aspects of English (reading, writing, speaking and listening) to the required level of the course you are applying to.

Course modules

Module includes: Understanding users; user centred design; qualitative research methods (design ethnography); quantitative research methods; advanced research methods for human-centred interactive technologies; advanced topics in interactive technologies; web design; project preparation; project (human-centred interactive technologies). Plus a 5 person-month project to be undertaken either at York or on site in industry.

Assessment methods

All taught modules are examined by open assessments. The assessment paper is published at the end of the week of teaching, and you will be required to submit your answers typically four weeks later. This type of assessment allows you to engage with the research literature and gives us the chance to assess your practical skills.

Sponsorship information

A range of scholarships and studentships are available at postgraduate level. Some scholarships are funded by the University (such as the York Master's Opportunity Scholarship) and some are funded by Research Councils, alumni, businesses and charities. Please check with the provider for details.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2016 - 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of York York YO10 5DD Yorkshire and the Humber

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Postgraduate Administrator
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