I am contemplating the masters degree in Human-Centered System and City University London and was wondering if anyone had any reviews or comments about the course and/or the university.
I have been working at a web agency for a while however would like more formal training in UX design and HCI
This has been discussed at least a couple of times on the list in the past. Here are a couple of threads:
I'm currently studying the MSc in Human-Centred Systems at City (part-time, just at the pointy end of my first year - exams this week, shudder); I'm very happy to be doing the course, and would recommend it without hesitation. It's an interesting mix of theory and practice, with a focus on preparing the students for putting the skills to use in the real world (City University has a focus itself on getting its students into business). The department is pioneering a course studying Creativity in design - I'm really looking forward to that next year. Finally, one of the most fulfilling aspects for me is the blend of students on the course - a variety of backgrounds and levels of experience, which means that we learn a lot from each other as well as from the tutors.
Happy to discuss in more detail if you have specific questions.
Sorry for the delayed reply.
Thank you so much for your input on this, John. I have applied at both City and UCL and am keeping my fingers (and toes) crossed.
Unfortunately I would be an international student and therefore wouldn't be able to study part time, but i am allowed to work part time while studying full-time. It will be great if it works out.
Thanks again :)
very precious infos. what is the degree of involvement required for a part-time program? how frequent you are required to go to the school, etc...
thx a lot for any infos on this area you can provide
There's 1 day of taught classes (lectures, seminars, workshops) per week, though this might be two half-days across separate days rather than on a single day (albeit it's usually on a single day). Also expect about the same amount of time again each week outside of college working on reading and coursework (though that workload will vary in intensity depending on when coursework is due). Two semesters per year of 11 weeks each.
I've also applied for this course and UCL as well. Still no answers from UCL but City University accepted me. I'm pleased with that. Based upon the informations I've found on the web I prefer City University course approach than the more theoretical UCLs.
I've been to their open evening and I had the opportunity to meet one of the lecturers there. The whole University looks great with up-to-date facilities. Let me know if we're going to meet there this year ;)
I am planning to apply for this program and am wondering about their accreditation. Their website says the course is "accredited by the British Computer Society for partial fulfillment of the academic requirement for Chartered IT Professional." As I'm not familiar with accreditation in the UK, could someone tell me what this means and how it is viewed in industry? "Partial fulfillment" sounds a bit skeptical and I'm not sure if it would be seen as less reputable.