Which UK University for HCI?

6 Sep 2012 - 8:46am
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Can anyone pls tell me which of the university is the best for HCI, based on the course content for a Masters degree in UK? 

University of Sussex - http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/pg/2012/taught/1572/25203#tabs-2

Birmingham  - http://www.cs.bham.ac.uk/admissions/postgraduate-taught/degree_info/msc-hci/

University of York - http://www.cs.york.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught-courses/msc-hcit/

City University of London - http://www.city.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/human-centred-systems

University of Bath - http://www.bath.ac.uk/study/pg/programmes/msc-huma-comp-inte

Thanks in advance!! :)


6 Sep 2012 - 9:19am

You seemed to have missed one of the most populair courses in the UK, the HCI MA at UCL: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/uclic/taught_courses/masters_of_science


6 Sep 2012 - 10:42am

It's actually an MSc, and not an MA.

I graduated from the programme, and agree it's very good. It does lean heavily towards psychology and ergonomics, less on design.

The usual answer to "the best" is always - it depends. ;)

12 Sep 2012 - 9:52am

UCL - Human Computer Interaction with Ergonomics


8 Oct 2012 - 4:05am

I've just moved into London from SF, and I'm actually looking for a course that leans more toward design, but has the traditional HCI elements mixed in - Any recommendations from the London crowd? 

31 Oct 2012 - 6:31pm

Hi Meg,

I graduated from the UCL HCI course a few years ago. I'd say that it's very psych-led, rather than design-led - although it has design modules built in. Very few courses two a balance of the two. I think there's a UCL course in digital anthropology that is interesting but I'm not sure that's what you're after.
The RCA is a reputable institution, which does the Design Interactions course, which is more bent towards design: http://www.design-interactions.rca.ac.uk/
Hope this helps.

1 Nov 2012 - 7:39am

Does anyone have feedback/experience with the program offered by City University London?

Also does anyone have information on accreditation for this program and/or the UCL program?

2 Nov 2012 - 3:54am
Daniel Gonzalez

I am actually more interested in User Experience (UX) and Interaction Design (IxD) fields, so it seems that the degree in RCA would be the one for me. I don't really like the idea of spending 2 years on it, though.

I would suggest you to have a look at this document, as there are some reviews in the Master's degrees you are interested in: http://www.scribd.com/doc/45763160/Worldwide-Masters-Programs-in-HCI-IxD (thanks Hezi Taniani! Smile).

Hope you find it useful!

10 Jul 2013 - 10:05am

Greetings All --

I would love some follow up on this thread if anyone has any. I'm looking into Masters programs in the UK (London, specifically) and would love to hear others' experiences. UCL, RCA, and City are the three I've looked into -- RCA being much more expensive than the other two (given I want to do Part Time, so I can work while I'm there as well).

Please share you're stories! I'm pretty excited to head over there for Fall 2014.



10 Jul 2013 - 3:24pm

Hi! Having finished the UCL course last September as a full time student, I can say that it was the best decision I ever made. There is a lot to learn there and the course does a great job to prepare you for the real world, as long as you put some effort in it. To my experience, it's less design-led and more design-led, which for me it turned out very well. Employees seem to value the UCL course more than the other 2 (again, this is to my personal experience) and most of the well-respected UX agencies and Digital Agencies in London are full of UCLIC alumni.

So in the end, to answer your question, I'd go for the UCL course. It has opened many doors to me and has given me strong foundations to become a UX Designer. Granted, you need to put your own effort and master the more hands-on tools yourself (Axure, Omnigraffle, Photoshop etc), but its focus on the more fundamental aspects of HCI which cannot be learnt that easily on someone's free time, is invaluable.

11 Jul 2013 - 1:05pm

Thank you so much for this, filippas_k! 

I have the design experience down through my real-life work experience. The other aspects are what I need to learn more about, so UCL sounds like a great fit.

Would you mind telling me more about your situation? For example, you went there from the US, I assume, but are you back in the US now? Did UK companies recruit you to stay overseas?  

18 Jul 2013 - 5:39am

Hi nteets. I'm an EU resident, so I came to the UK to study my BSc in 2007. I then joined the UCL course straight out of my BSc and I'm now working in London as a UX Consultant. I understand it's much easier for EU residents as we don't require visa, work permit etc, but there are lots of opportunities and if you already have some design experience, you should be able to get a mid-level position without much hassle. However, the salaries are probably a bit on the low side compared to the US, especially if you compare it with places like California, so you may find it better to just go back after you finish the course. Career progression is very fast though. You can raise from junior to mid level within 1-2 years and senior level in another 2-3 years, which salary wise translates to 24-29k for Junior, 30-45k for mid and 45+ for senior, which is great for London standards.

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