FAQs for 2021 entry
Can I get more detail about the content of the programme/ is this programme suitable for me?.
Our website for prospective students has more detailed information about the programme (module information relates to the current year and may be subject to change). We hope this information will help you to understand if the course is suitable for you.
Can I speak to someone about the programme?
We will be taking part in the UCL Open Series on 20th and 27th January 2021. Register here. At these events you will be able to speak with academic and professional services staff and current students.
What is happening with teaching due to coronavirus in 2021/22?
Due to the public health guidance currently in place in the UK we are teaching the core content of the MSc HCI course online with some additional face to face enrichment activities. We plan return to face to face teaching as soon as it is practical and safe to do so but are not yet able to say exactly when that will be. We will make sure that applicants and offer holders are kept up to date with the UCL's plans. Whatever the mode of delivery ends up being in 2021/22 - we are committed to continuing to offer a high quality educational experience.
When should I apply?
Applications for entry in September 2021 will close on 12th March 2021. Your reference must be recieved no later than two weeks after the closing date. We advise applying early so that your referee has sufficient time to meet this deadline. Due to the volume of applications we recieve we are not able to accept late applications for any reason.
When will I get a decision on my application?
We will review all complete applications that meet the minimum entry criteria after the above deadlines and return decisions no later than the middle of May 2021. Applications that do not meet the minimum entry criteria will be rejected on a rolling basis.
Admission to this programme is highly competetive. We received more than 8 applications per available place for entry in September 2020 and are already receiving a high volumes of enquiries and applications for 2021.
The system only lets me submit one reference, what's going on?
Due to a recent change in UCL policy we now only require one reference - however some central guidance on UCL applications websites and in automated e-mails is still being updated and may say that two references are required. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Rereferences must be submitted within two weeks of the closing date and you are strongly encouraged to apply in sufficient time to allow your referee to meet this deadline.
Do I meet the entry requirements?
Candidates should have the minimum of an upper second-class degree in Computer Science, Psychology, Ergonomics or a related field (e.g., Cognitive Science, Interface Design , , Business IT, Product Design, Industrial 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 full-time work experience. In exceptional cases we may be able to consider candidates with a 2:2 or international equivalent providing they have a minimum of 5 years work exerience.
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 Design/Development (where there is a significant design/ development component above content management), User Experience Consultant or IT Consultant. Please provide a detailed description of your professional experience (skills and responsibilities) with your application. Please include a chronologically clear CV that includes start-dates and end dates for relevant roles.
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 Advanced Level of English proficiency Please see information here English Language Requirements. Above UCL's general requirements we also ask students who have studied in a majority English Speaking country for LESS than 3 years to take a test.
What is the post‐graduate diploma?
This post-graduate diploma is made up of the taught elements of the MSc without the research project. The entry requirements and pass standards are the same as the MSc. The resulting qualification is a PGDip.
What is the post-graduate certificate?
The postrgraduate certificate is made up of one core module and a further 30 credits of option or core modules. The entry requirements and pass standards are the same as for the MSc. The resulting qualification is a PGCert.
What are the tuition fees?
Please see information on Tuition Fees.
Do you have any scholarships for this programme?
Unfortunately we don't currently have any departmental scholarships for this programme. You can find more information about funding your studies (including scholarships you may be eligible for) on UCL's Scholarships and Funding pages.
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 we do not have the capacity to offer more than one start date per year.
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.