Become one of the people designing the digital products and services of the future
Digital technologies play a significant role in all areas of life. Modern societies need professionals with a thorough understanding of how to design and develop user-friendly, innovative and sustainable products and services and engaging ways to interact with various technological devices.
Master’s degree studies in Human-Technology Interaction (HTI) offer a broad set of studies in human-computer interaction, digital systems and related fields. In the HTI studies, you will get up-to-date know-how on digital service design, user experience evaluation, user psychology, human-centred software development, usability engineering, multimodal human-computer interaction and research skills.
From a technological viewpoint, the studies cover the design and development of user interfaces for mobile and desktop applications, virtual reality, augmented reality, industrial machinery and human-robot interaction. HTI is a multi-disciplinary field and you will work with the professionals from several areas with different perspectives.
In a broader sense, you will learn how technology affects people’s lives and how to design efficient, engaging and ethical digital products and services. The degree leads you to hands-on work in various course projects, as well as provides basics for scientific thinking and writing.
Human-Technology Interaction (M.Sc.) and Human-Technology Interaction (M.Sc. Tech) tracks are two of the seven degree programmes in the Master’s degree programme in Computing Sciences, a new degree programme starting in August 2020.
Information about studies
- Type: Master's degree
- Degree earned: Master of Science (Technology)
- Planned duration: 2 years
- Extent of studies: 120 ECTS
- City: Tampere
- Campus: Hervanta Campus
- Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA citizens: 12000 €
Applicants can apply to take a Master of Science degree and/or a Master of Science (Tech) degree in Human-Technology Interaction. Please check carefully the eligibility criteria of the degree programme you are interested in.
After completing the studies, you master the main theories and practices related to the user experience of interactive products and services. You are able to account for the user needs and characteristics in human-technology interaction. The studies offer skills to design, prototype, implement and evaluate interactive systems according to human-centred design principles and processes. You are also able to apply different user interface styles and interaction techniques to different application domains, including mobile computing and novel computing paradigms such as Virtual Reality and interactive robots. You have basic research skills in HTI and are eligible to apply to doctoral studies.
You also learn several important meta-skills for the work-life, such as teamwork, multidisciplinary and multicultural communication, presentation, argumentation, critical information search and reflection.
More about the language of instruction
The official language of the programme is English, meaning that all the courses, exams and student services are arranged in English. Consequently, proficiency in both written and spoken English is an absolute prerequisite. Students are required to submit an approved certificate of their language proficiency when applying for admission. Students are also required to complete a course in the Finnish language. It provides them with an introduction to everyday Finnish and Finnish culture.
Technology plays an increasing role in our daily lives, and it is important to have professionals who have a deep understanding of how to develop efficient and enjoyable ways to interact with a wide variety of technological devices.
You can deepen your knowledge in course units that cover a wide range of topics from user experience and emotions to the innovative use of facial behaviours like gaze and expressions, touch, speech, and human physiology in user interfaces. The programme leads you to scientific thinking and writing as well as to hands-on work in various course projects.
HTI master’s studies have a direct link to HTI research carried out at the Tampere University. There is a wide range of multidisciplinary research into technology-mediated novel ways of interacting with devices, digital environments and people. HTI research groups at Tampere University explore and develop more intuitive user interfaces for the future. The aim is to match the design of new technologies with human abilities and needs - targeting at the best possible user experience with technology.
The tuition fee of the programme is 12,000 euros per academic year for non-EU/EEA students with a scholarship system for fee-paying students.
Structure of studies
Master’s degree comprises of 120 ECTS credits. Each ECTS credit is about 27 hours of student work. Depending on the track, courses are worth 80-90 ECTS, and the remaining 30-40 ECTS are awarded for successfully completing a Master’s thesis. The duration of the programme is two years. Students usually spend three semesters completing courses and one semester preparing the Master’s thesis. The studies start in late August, and the academic year ends in late May.
Master’s degree programme in Computing Sciences consists of seven study tracks, leading either to Master of Science, or Master of Science in Technology degree:
- Data Science (M.Sc.)
- Machine Learning (M.Sc. Tech)
- Statistical Data Analytics (M.Sc.)
- Human-Technology Interaction (M.Sc.)
- Human-Technology Interaction (M.Sc. Tech)
- Software, Web & Cloud (M.Sc.)
- Software, Web & Cloud (M.Sc. Tech)
At the moment, the studies in the future Human-Technology Interaction (M.Sc. Tech) track are conducted in the Master’s degree programme in Information Technology. Please note that the Human-Technology Interaction (M.Sc. Tech) curriculum for 2020-21 will be available in March 2020.
There are many job opportunities to choose from after graduation, such as user interface developer in different industrial sectors, user experience and interaction designer, service designer of new digital services and products or usability and customer experience specialist. Career opportunities are excellent and human-technology interaction specialists are highly appreciated by the industry.
Some of the possible future careers include working as:
- Interaction designer who studies people in their natural environments and creates technology and UI designs;
- User interface developer who has the skills to implement advanced front-end software solutions;
- Usability and user experience specialist who makes sure that the technology designs are easy to use and fit human purposes, or
- Product manager with an emphasis on user needs and user experience.
Following the successful completion of the programme, HTI graduates are also eligible to apply for entrance to doctoral programmes in Finland and abroad.
Co-operation with other parties
In addition to studies in your own degree programme, you may take advantage of the teaching offered by the Tampere higher education community in various fields.
Tampere is a vibrant industrial hub for various types of companies with needs for HTI experts, including service design, software development, game companies and intelligent machinery industry. Tampere University research teams collaborate with a broad range of these companies.
Eligibility criteria in the Master's degree programmes consist of two parts: Tampere University's general eligibility criteria, and programme-specific eligibility criteria, which specify and/or add information to the general criteria. You must meet both to be considered eligible. Applicants who do not meet both the general eligibility and the programme-specific eligibility criteria will not be selected as students at Tampere University.
To be eligible to apply to a Master’s degree programme at Tampere University, you must have
- Bachelor’s degree - nationally recognized first cycle degree
- Which corresponds to at least 180 ECTS (European credits) or to three years of full-time study
- From relevant field for the Master’s degree programme that you’re applying to
- From an accredited institution of higher education
- AND a good command of the English language for academic purposes.
A Bachelor’s degree completed in a university outside Finland must provide eligibility for university-level master’s degree studies in the country in which it was awarded.
Applicants in their final year of the Bachelor’s degree are eligible to apply if the degree will be completed by 31 July 2020. In this case, they may be accepted conditionally.
Applicants with a Master’s degree may be admitted only well-founded reasons and only if they are able to show that the new degree at Tampere University provides the applicant with significant new knowledge and skills.
Programme-specific eligibility criteria
The previous degree should be from a field closely related to the Master's programme you are applying to. In the Master’s programme in Computing Sciences, Human-Technology Interaction (MSc tech) track, the previous degree has to be in one of the following (or highly related) fields:
- Computing, information technology, computer science, electrical engineering, software engineering or other applicable fields with proficiency in mathematics, physics and elementary programming skills
Applicants who have completed their degree in Finland must meet the minimum cumulative GPA set by the programme to be eligible. The minimum is the same as in the admission to the same Master’s degree programme offered in Finnish.
- Minimum GPA for bachelor's degree completed in a Finnish University of Applied Sciences (AMK): 3,20/5
- Minimum GPA for bachelor's degrees completed in a Finnish university (yliopisto): 2,80/5
When counting the cumulative GPA weighted by ECTS only the courses (incl. thesis) with numeric grade value are taken into account. Applicants in their final year of Bachelor’s degree must meet the minimum cumulative GPA when applying and after graduation.
Language skill requirements
All applicants must submit evidence on a good command of English for academic purposes. There are two ways of indicating English language proficiency: language tests and previous studies.
The minimum English language test result requirements
Test name & Minimum test result
- TOEFL iBT: 92 overall, with no section below 20
- IELTS (academic): 6.5 overall, with no section below 5.5
- PTE (academic): 62 overall, with no section below 42
- C1 Advanced: C
- C2 Proficiency: C1
- Finnish National Certificate of Language Proficiency (English): Proficiency level 5
*The previous CAE and CPE have been renamed as C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency.
It is possible to be exempted from submitting a language test score if you have completed particular studies listed by Tampere University. Only these studies are accepted. If you apply without a valid language test result, carefully examine the exemptions.
A maximum of 145 students is admitted to the Computing Sciences programme.
The Computing Sciences programme includes the following tracks: Data Science (MSc), Human-Technology Interaction (MSc), Human-Technology Interaction (MSc tech), Machine Learning (MSc tech), Software, Web & Cloud (MSc) and Software, Web & Cloud (MSc tech), and Statistical Data Analytics (MSc).
Students are selected to the programme from those applicants who submit a complete application (application and application documents by the deadline) and fulfil the official eligibility criteria.
The student selection is made by an admissions committee based on the academic qualifications and merits shown in the application documents. Please note that not all applicants fulfilling the requirements can be admitted.
Students admitted to a Master’s degree programme may be required to complement their earlier degree with complementary studies.
All students with a degree from a Finnish University of Applied Sciences (AMK) are required to complete a study package which generally includes courses in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry depending on the student's background. Admitted students will be informed on these studies in detail when the studies start in the autumn of 2020.
The number of eligible applicants annually exceeds the number of students that can be accepted. The student selection is made by an admissions committee on the basis of the academic qualifications and merits shown in the application documents.
In this programme, applicants are ranked based on the admission points they receive for previous qualifications, English language skills and other relevant factors that support the application.
Admission points (maximum 100 points) are given in the following categories:
- Previous qualifications maximum 60 points
- English language skills maximum 10 points:
- 5 points: e.g. TOEFL 92 / IELTS 6,5 and if proven by previous studies accepted by Tampere University
- 10 points: e.g. TOEFL 103 or higher / IELTS 7,5 or higher
- Other relevant factors that support the application maximum 30 points
- CV/Résumé and the motivation letter submitted with the application constitute the basis of admission points given in this category.
How to apply
Application step-by-step checklist
- Check the general eligibility and programme-specific eligibility criteria of the programme/s you wish to apply. You are allowed to apply three programmes at the same time.
- Read through the instructions on how to apply and start preparing your application documents as early as possible!
- Take a language test if required, please see the language requirements.
- When the application period opens, fill in the online application at Studyinfo.fi during the application period and upload required enclosures for the application. Application period 4 December 2019 at 8:00 GMT+2 - 15 January 2020 at 15.00 GMT+2.
- Upload all required enclosures and send the educational documents by post, according to the country specific-requirements if applicable. Documents must reach Tampere University Admissions Office by 31 January 2020 at 15.00 GMT+2. The documents must reach the University by the given deadline.
- Wait for the admission results to be announced in early April 2020.
- If you are offered a study place, remember to accept it by the given deadline.
- Pay the tuition fee, if required. Start preparing your arrival in Finland.
- Register as a student and join the Tampere University community!
Online application form
The online application form will be available during the application period only at Studyinfo.fi. The application period starts on 4 December 2019 at 8 am (GMT+2) and ends on 15 January 2020 at 3 pm (GMT+2).
You will need to upload copies of all required documents as enclosures on the application form. In addition to the general application enclosures, some programmes have listed additional programme-specific enclosures that are needed when applying to these programmes.
You will need to upload all required enclosures on your application form online at Studyinfo.fi. In addition to uploading, you must submit officially certified copies of your educational documents to Tampere University Admissions Office by post. Applicants whose degrees have been awarded in certain countries need to pay special attention to the documentation and documents from these countries must be submitted in a particular way. These country-specific requirements must always be followed first and foremost, prior to the regular requirements.
Applicants must post the educational documents to Tampere University Admissions Office so that they arrive by 31 January 2020.
There are no programme-specific enclosures when applying to this programme.
Admission results and appeals
Admissions results will be announced in early April 2020. All applicants will be informed about the admissions results.