Human-Computer Interaction Master’s Degree at UCL


UCL has a world-class reputation.
This is one of the best courses of this class in the world. It has excellent
teachers and international atmosphere and as well highly motivated people. It’s international, multidisciplinary. I think one of the only universities that has makerspace. They gave me the opportunity to apply the things that we’ve been learning in the modules to real-world problems. I chose UCL because here are the best lecturers and you can choose the
interesting topics you like. The biggest learning curve for me was to get immersed in this environment where everybody is so motivated and willing to
work hard and that’s just something that almost like necessarily will
transmit to you and and will have an impact on how you will solve your
work It’s a course that has a big heritage. It goes back quite a long way,
it used to be ergonomics and human factors and has now
evolved more into human-computer interaction as technology has come up.
It’s has a long history and it’s very well established. On the program students
can expect one-to-one support and mentorship on their projects work of our
dedicated faculty and members of research staff when they undertake their
research projects over a four month period in the summer. Many of these
projects have won international awards and have been published at leading
publication venues. The course gave me an academic and practical foundation that’s
been helpful throughout my career so having a solid understanding of the
academic rigor involved in human-computer interaction research
means that when I apply that understanding to design research in a
commercial setting, I understand where and how to relax that rigor a little bit
and then also have a good appreciation of the implications of relaxing that
rigor. When I started this course I knew it was going to be academically
excellent, I was imagining despite having seen the prospectus, I was
imagining that I’ve got two lectures I read textbooks and that would be my life.
I didn’t realize that I’d be spending my weekends fettling with the electronics
and programming Arduinos and doing group projects with an amazing
vibrant group of students with amazing skills. After graduating from the Masters
in human interaction many of our students go on to employment taking on
UX roles either in agencies or design consultancies or working in house for
major international corporations. I got a job with the BBC
I currently lead work on iPlayer as a design lead working on one of the streams. I’ve worked in a number of agencies as a UX researcher so I’ve had the opportunity
to work on some really interesting projects with some great clients
including Google and Facebook, BBC and American Express. My work has taken me all over the world so I’ve run lab-based studies in the US, Europe
and Asia and I’m currently leading a team of UX researchers at EY-Seren and
we’re embedded full-time in a UK high street bank. The skills that students can
expect to develop on the course include skills in developing wire-frames and
prototypes of new interfaces, conducting focus groups and interviews with users
to get their understandings and feelings towards new technologies, conducting
controlled usability studies and experiments to see which of two
interfaces might be better for solving or working on a particular task as well
as more generic skills like the ability to write, produce videos, to present their
work to a diverse audience. The HCI master’s at UCL is a great way to get a solid foundation in the principles of human centered design and also to get
some hands-on experience of applying those principles to real-world problems. It’s a very rewarding it’s a challenging program but I think it changes people. Studying an institution like UCL changes people. It brings them into contact with
the leaders in their field they are challenged in ways to produce very
rigorous thorough work and they make new lifelong friends and colleagues that
they maintain contact with throughout the rest of their professional career. If you had an opportunity to study human-computer interaction at UCL, I say
jump at it it’s been an amazing experience for me!

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