Human Computer Interaction and Design (HCID)

Design and Define How We Interact with Smart Technologies

From our mobile phones to our watches, televisions, and even our cars – smart technology has become a staple in our everyday lives. And with the further development of artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things, our relationship with technology will only continue to increase.

But like any relationship, our relationships with technology requires clear communication – which is where Human Computer Interaction and Design (HCID) comes in.

By developing intuitive user interfaces and easy-to-use interactive systems, HCID facilitates how we ‘talk’ to our smart devices. With the EIT Digital Master School programme on Human Computer Interaction and Design, you’ll have the skills – and confidence – you need to design the systems that define this interaction.

What you will gain

Our interdisciplinary programme is unique in that it takes a user-centred design approach to learning. We use a combination of face-to-face workshops, group activities, and hands-on exercises to cover everything from HCID basics to the job-specific skills demanded by:

  • User experience (UX) and interaction designers
  • UX architects
  • Usability engineers
  • Interactive systems engineers
  • Human factor experts
  • Business development managers
  • Product managers
  • Consultants

To enhance the learning experience, the programme includes an opportunity to apply your new skills and knowledge towards creating new products and services based on exceptional usability. 

Unlock new career opportunities

Careers in HCID are simply exploding. You will leave this programme having the training and skills needed to unlock a range of career opportunities. Our HCID graduates can be found working in open innovation settings and leading technology companies. Some have even gone on to launch their own successful start-ups and consultancies.

Ready to join their ranks? Then enrol today and start driving the digital transformation with HCID!

Is this Course for Me?

Our HCID Master’s programme is open to applicants with either a Bachelor of Science degree or who are in their final year of study in:

  • Computer Science
  • Information Systems
  • Mathematics
  • Statistics
  • Electrical Engineering/Electronics

 

Applicants with a background in industrial design, media technology, computational linguistics, or cognitive sciences and who have sufficient skills in mathematics, software design, and programming, may also be considered. In some circumstances, relevant work experience may compensate for a lack of relevant degree. Such work experience should be justified in your letter of motivation.

How is the Programme Structured?

All EIT Digital Master School programmes follow the same scheme:

  • Students study one year at an ‘entry’ university and one year at an ‘exit’ university, both of which are located at an EIT Digital hot spot.
  • The first year is similar at all entry points, with a focus on basic courses that lay the foundation for the chosen technical programme. Students are also introduced to business and management during this first year. During the second semester, a design project is combined with business development exercises to demonstrate how technology can be transformed into a successful business. Students are also taught how to prepare and present a convincing business plan. Students have the option to take elective courses.
  • In between the first year and the second year, our summer school programme addresses business opportunities within a socially relevant theme.
  • The second year offers a specialisation and a graduation project. The graduation project includes an internship at a company or a research institute and cumulates with a Master thesis having a strong innovation and entrepreneurship dimension.
  • Graduates receive degrees from the two universities and a certificate awarded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology.

To learn more about the I&E minor please click here.

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