Why study the EIT Digital Human Computer Interaction and Design programme?

The EIT Digital HCID programme offers:

  • Frontline technical content within the field
  • Studies at two of Europe's foremost technical universities leading to a double degree.
  • A good integration with tailored Business courses in Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • A thesis work well grounded in industrial problems
  • Access to the competence of eight EIT Digital innovation action lines at least through a summer school between the two years.
  • Access to the co-location centres and innovation ecosystems of the nine EIT Digital nodes.

What is the programme all about?

The programme in Human Computer Interaction and Design focuses on study, design, development and evaluation of novel user interfaces and interactive systems taking into account human aspects, at the cognitive and sensory-motor levels, technological aspects, as well as business aspects.

The HCID programme is an interdisciplinary programme that offers courses on design and evaluation of interactive systems with a strong emphasis on user-centered design techniques: understanding the human capacities and consequences of using information technology as a tool for solving work-related tasks, and developing and evaluating the systems by putting the user at the center of the design process. In addition, the program will create a business thinking in terms of user profiles, user segments, house style, branding, and market development and product introductions.

What are the career opportunities for graduates from the programme?

Graduates from the HCID master’s programme will qualify for jobs in international and local organizations in both technical and business roles. Typical titles are:

  • interaction designer or user experience designer,
  • interactive systems engineer,
  • human factors expert,
  • usability engineer,
  • business developer,
  • product manager, or consultant.

Through their multidisciplinary attitude, graduates are valuable in open innovation settings where different aspects (market, users, social aspects, media technologies) come together. They will easily find jobs within companies that provide value-added products and services, such as telecom companies, game companies, e-learning, web developers, and entertainment. An alternative path would be to start your own company to provide product or technology development, media content, business development or consultancy services.

How is the programme structured?

The programme is a double degree programme with studies at a university in one country the first year (entry) and studies at a university in another country the second year (exit). The program has an integrated technical content (Technical major) and business content (Innovation & Entrepreneurship – I&E minor). The I&E minor is shared between all programs (link). An integral part of the second year is a Masters thesis (30 ECTS).

The structure and content of the technical major are given below.

Where can I study If I choose HCID?

Entry - 1st year

  • KTH
  • UPS
  • Aalto
  • Twente

Exit - 2nd year, specialisation

  • Mobile and ubiquitous interaction (KTH - Stockholm)
  • User modelling (Aalto - Helsinki)
  • Situated interaction (UPS - Paris)
  • Multimodal interaction (TU Berlin)
  • Intelligent systems (Univ. of Twente)
  • Affective computing (UCL - London)
  • Cognitive interaction (UniTN - Trento)

Specific Admission Requirements

A B.Sc. degree in computer science, electrical engineering, computer engineering or information systems is required. In special cases, students from industrial design, media technology, computational linguistics, and cognitive sciences with sufficient skills in mathematics, software design and programming can be considered.

Program taught in:
English

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Last updated March 27, 2018
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