FAQ

When can I apply?

The course commences in September. Applications open in October of the previous year and usually close at the end of May. If the course becomes oversubscribed we will close applications early. We have been recieving record numbers of applications in recent years and early application is strongly encouraged.

What are the entry requirements?

Candidates should have an upper second-class degree in Computer Science, Psychology, Ergonomics or a related field (e.g., Interface Design, Business IT, Product Design).

Candidates with an upper second-class degree in any other subject will also be considered if they have at least two years of relevant work experience.

Candidates with a lower second-class degree will also be considered if they have at least five years of relevant work experience.

What counts as relevant work experience?

For relevant work experience we consider a range of professional roles that are directly involved in the design and/or evaluation of digital products or services. This would normally include roles, such as, Ergonomist, Software Engineer/Developer, Software Evaluator, Web Designer, User Experience Consultant or IT Consultant. Please provide a detailed description of your professional experience (skills and responsibilities) with your application.

Is my degree equivalent to a UK upper second-class degree?

Please see information for Prospective International Students.

What is the English requirement?

Prospective students whose first language is not English must provide proof of Good Level of English proficiency Please see information here English Language Requirements. Above UCL's general requirements we also ask applicants without English as their first language who have studied or worked in a majority English speaking country for less than three years to provide evidence in the form of a UCL approved test passed at Good level. Education, work experience or tests must have been completed no more than two years prior to the proposed date of enrolment..

What is the post‐graduate diploma?

This is exactly the same as the MSc in that you are taught the same modules as the MSc but you do not then do the research project over the summer. The entry requirements and pass standards are the same as the MSc. The resulting qualification is a PGDip.

What are the tuition fees?

Please see information on Tuition Fees. You can also contact fees@ucl.ac.uk or call: +44 (0)20 7679 7742.

How long is the course?

The MSc HCI programme runs over a full calendar year, starting in September. The PGDip and PGCert run for nine months, starting in September through to June.

Can I start at other times than September?

Unfortunately not: students can only join our programme in September.

Can I do the course part‐time?

Yes. Simply indicate that this is what you would like to do on your application form. Please see our guidance for part-time students.

What do your graduates go on to do?

Often they go into a usability consultancy, or into a design group in industry. Some of them stay on to do research with us. Here is a bit more about Graduate Destinations.