MSc Human Media Interaction

University of Twente

Program Description

MSc Human Media Interaction

University of Twente

Interactions between the human user and the machine are the main focus of the master human media interaction, and includes topics such as speech and natural language processing.

The interface between the computer and its user has become a prominent topic of interest among researchers and designers. In what way does the machine provide the user with information? In what way can the user command and manipulate the machine?

HMI master’s students learn about various aspects of human media interaction, ranging from basic technological issues to advanced topics in natural modes of interaction and intelligent media. This includes topics such as speech and natural language processing, virtual reality, robotics and artificial intelligence. The programme involves assignments (to practice the design of complex, multi-modal interfaces) and subjects (to examine the human factors of media and their interfaces). Usability engineering, interface and interaction design are some of the professions associated with this degree programme.

Students will spend a reasonable amount of time developing and studying advanced interfaces in interdisciplinary projects with students from various backgrounds, including engineering, human sciences, and art and design.

Program Structure

The Master of Science Human Media Interaction is a two-year program. The first year consists of introductory and advanced course modules, covering the various aspects of human media interaction and a multi-disciplinary project in which advanced interfaces are designed and studied. During the second year there is the possibility to work for some months as an intern for a company or at another academic institute. The study concludes with a final individual research project.

The course modules are grouped into a number of themes. For each of the themes we list a few modules below. To a large extent, students can choose their focus of interest.

· Human Media Interaction: interaction design, human factors in design, ergonomics.

· Natural Interaction: speech and language processing, conversational agents, multimodal interaction

· Artificial Intelligence: agent technology, machine learning, neural networks.

· Mediatechnology: graphics and virtual reality, image processing, multimedia retrieval.

· Human Sciences: cognitive psychology, philosophy of new media, communication studies.

Admission Criteria

The general requirements for admission to a Master programme are:

-- A relevant BSc degree* (or equivalent) based on a programme of sufficient academic level and quality to be able to complete the Master of Science (MSc) degree course you intend to pursue at the University of Twente.

-- For applicants whose mother tongue is a language other than English:

1. Academic IELTS**, overall band score of at least 6.5.

2. TOEFL**, internet based (TOEFL-iBT) of at least 90. Please note that we do not accept “Institutional TOEFL” tests except for the one organized and certified by the Netherlands Education Support Office in Jakarta.

3. Nationals of the People’s Republic of China please note: A “NESO-certificate” must be sent to the University of Twente as proof of validity of your qualifications. In order to obtain the NESO-certificate you will need to take the IELTS test. The Netherlands Education Support Office in Beijing does not accept the TOEFL for a NESO-certificate.

4.Indonesian students should take their TOEFL test at one of the centres recognized by the NEC (Netherlands Education Support Offices) in Indonesia.

Please note that exclusively nationals from the USA, U.K., Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Canada are exempted from the English test requirement.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
2 years
Full time
1,672 EUR
Start date Sept. 2017
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Duration 2 years
Price 1,672 EUR
per year.€12500/year for non-EU citizens