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Master's Programme in ICT Innovation (EIT Digital Master School) – Human-Computer Interaction and Design

The Human-Computer Interaction and Design (HCID) master’s programme is an interdisciplinary programme where our User-Centred Design approach places the users at the centre of the design process. By combining human aspects to technological and business aspects, we create new products and services with great usability and user experience.
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Degree:

Master of Science (Technology)

Application period:

16.11.2021 – 3.2.2022

Language of instruction:

English

Duration:

2 years, full-time

Eligibility:

Relevant Bachelor's degree

Field of study:

Technology and Engineering

Credits:

120 ECTS

Organising school:

School of Science

The application period will open 16.11.2021 08:00 (UTC+2)

The Human-Computer Interaction and Design (HCID) master’s programme is an interdisciplinary programme where our User-Centred Design approach places the users at the centre of the design process. By combining human aspects (both at a cognitive, aesthetic and sensory-motor level) to technological and business aspects, we create new products and services with great usability and user experience, and a solid customer demand, which often translate into commercial success.

HCID serves as the bridge to new products and services. Students learn how to design and define how people interact and live with the modern ever changing technical world.

Structure of studies

EIT Digital Master School programmes are double degree programmes in which studies at taken at two different universities in two different countries. The programme leads into two Master of Science degrees (double degree) from the two universities the student has studied in.

Overall, the two-year programme comprises a total of 120 ECTS credits:

  • Major (60 ECTS)
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship minor (30 ECTS)
  • Master’s thesis (30 ECTS)

Specialisations

The programme is a double degree programme, which means that you will study at two European universities and in two different countries. Aalto University offers HCID studies as both entry (first-year) and exit (second-year) studies. For an up-to-date list of universities, please visit the EIT Digital Master School website.

Human-Computer Interaction and Design Mobility Map

The first year will be similar at all six HCID entry point universities with foundation courses in:

  • Introduction Human-Computer Interaction
  • User-Centred Design Methods
  • Programming of Interactive Systems
  • Evaluation Techniques
  • Multidisciplinary Design Project

An important part of the programme are also the Innovation and & Entrepreneurship (I&E) courses.

During the second year of studies, the student chooses a spesialisation option offered in one of the seven exit point universities. The specialisation option offered at Aalto University is Computational Interaction in which students learn to apply methods from computer science, engineering, and mathematics to inform understanding of human-computer interaction and to design and adapt human-computer interfaces. Such methods build on for instance machine learning, optimisation, statistical modelling, natural language processing, control theory, signal processing and computer vision, among others. Emerging application topics include computational and data-driven design, interactive AI, conversational agents, interactive visualization, cognitive and behavioral modeling, and novel user interface technology.

>> Learn more about the HCID curriculum at Aalto.

Internationalisation

The EIT Digital Master School programmes are inherently international because the studies take place at two different universities in two different countries. The programme provides its students with a profound experience of working and studying in multiple countries in an international environment.

Further study opportunities

The programme qualifies for doctoral studies (Doctor of Science in an applicable field).

Career opportunities

Graduates from the Human-Computer Interaction and Design master’s programme qualify for jobs in international and local organizations in both technical and business roles. Graduates could become:

  • User experience (UX) or interaction designer
  • UX Architect
  • Usability engineer
  • Interactive systems engineer
  • Human factors expert
  • Business developer
  • Product manager
  • Consultant

Through their multidisciplinary attitude, HCID graduates are valuable in open innovation settings where different aspects (market, users, social aspects, media technologies) come together. They can choose to work within companies that provide value-added products and services, such as game companies, e-learning, web developers, and entertainment. An alternative path would be to start your own company to provide product or technology development, media content, business development or consultancy services.

Research focus

The studies in the programme are closely related to the research conducted at the relevant departments of the consortium universities including Aalto University's Department of Computer Science.

 

Co-operation with other parties

Please visit the EIT Digital Master School website to learn more about the industry partners.

Tuition fees and scholarships

Students admitted to Master's Programme in ICT Innovation (EIT Digital Master School) - Human-Computer Interaction and Design are eligible for scholarships and liable for tuition fees according to EIT Digital's tuition fee and scholarship scheme. Students are not liable for paying tuition fees to Aalto University or eligible for Aalto University scholarships. Please see EIT Digital Master School website for more information.

Admission to the EIT Digital Master School majors

The ICT Innovation programme has separate application periods and admission procedures from the other Master's programmes offered by Aalto University. Further information on the admission is available on the EIT Digital Master School website.

Contact information

EIT Digital Master School
E-mail: [email protected]

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The application period will open 16.11.2021 08:00 (UTC+2)

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