Some tips to get into UCL ?

20 Jun 2012 - 1:23pm
4 years ago
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Hello everybody!

I'm a student from Barcelona with a Computer science background. And after 1 year seeking the industry where I want to end up working, I decided  to pursue a career in the User Interface industry.

I've been doing some research and finally I decided to enroll in UCL and do the HCI-E MSc.

I want to apply there and they require me to write a personal statement and a critical review from one article or book about HCI. As I don't have a strong HCI background I'm really worried about that because I really really want to do the MSc.

Can someone give me some tips to do this?

Any good article to write about?




25 Jun 2012 - 3:00pm


  I would be happy to help..I can read over your essay or do some research to help you find an article (I am a lowly librarian, but it's good for something :) ).

PM me if I can help,


27 Jun 2012 - 4:59am
Nick de Voil

You don't need to worry about not having a strong HCI background. That's what the course is for, after all - to help you get that background. They will be looking for evidence of your interest in the subject and your ability to understand academic writing and write about it analytically, logically and in reasonably good English.

As regards choosing an article, I suggest you start by thinking about your journey from CS to HCI. What are the thought processes you have been through? Why do you think HCI is important? What are the aspects of CS that can help lead to good interfaces, and which are not so helpful? Browse around on Google Scholar for papers on relevant topics which have got a lot of citations. If you have trouble knowing where to start, take a look at "Interaction Design: Beyond Human-Computer Interaction" by Rogers, Sharp and Preece - that will give you all the references you need, and if budget is an issue you can pick up an old edition very cheap on Amazon. If you'd rather review a book than an article/paper, how about "The Inmates are Running the Asylum" by Alan Cooper? It has a lot to say about software developers.



28 Jun 2012 - 5:04am

Thanks a lot guys!

I'll follow Nick's advice. Let's see if I can find Rogers,Sharp,Preece book.

I'll post again if I have any trouble.

Thanks again!

14 Jul 2012 - 5:24am

I am from a Life Sciences background and have been admitted to the 2012 intake for the MSc HCI-E course at UCL. I definitely second Nick.. you need to show genuine interest and also how your CS background would relate to HCI in your statement of purpose. I had also mentioned freelance assignments I had taken up and how my work experience would contribute/relate to HCI studies.

About the article, I chose an IEEE paper on social gaming, mentioned the pros and cons in it and how it could further be improved.

Hoping this helps. All the very best!


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