Newcastle University
Human-Computer Interaction MSc
Newcastle University

Key Course Facts

Course Description

Our MSc in Human-Computer Interaction will give you the skills to create, design and develop engaging interactive digital technologies from apps to immersive environments.

Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) is a cross-disciplinary practice in the field of computing. It combines understanding people (drawing on social sciences and psychology) with the design of technology (using practices from art/design, computing and engineering).

You will be suitable for this course if you’re from technical and non-technical backgrounds, including: computer science, design, and psychology graduates former teachers, artists, and professionals from a range of backgrounds

You’ll gain the professional and technical skills to work in careers such as: User Experience (UX) Researcher / Designer / Consultant Interaction Designer Usability Engineer Research (via a PhD)


The MSc in Human-Computer Interaction is a one-year full time course, based on the Newcastle campus and delivered by the School of Computing. It includes: seminars lectures practical classes group and individual project work guided independent reading self-directed learning

You will be assessed through: written essays project reports presentations

You will complete a dissertation research project in the second half of the course. You will have regular meetings with your project supervisor, who will help you to develop the specialist skills needed to complete your research project.


The School of Computing offers a range of facilities including workshops, a design space and a MakerSpace so you can build and test your own interactive products. We have 3D printers, a laser cutter, open-source hardware platforms (Arduino etc), crafting materials and other items to help you learn to be creative with technology.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 6.5
    • Foundation / Pathway Courses
    • 6.5
    • Others
    • 6.5
    • Graduate Degrees
    • 6.5
    • Undergraduate Degrees

Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Human-Computer Interaction, MSc, if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.

A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in any subject. Account will be taken of any relevant practical or work experience. INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: Direct Entry: IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 6.0 in all sub-skills). If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a Pre-sessional English course.


Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

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About Newcastle University

Founded in 1834, Newcastle University is located in the small city of Newcastle upon Tyne. Less than an hour’s bus ride from the coast, this institution of higher education offers Undergraduates modern lecture theatres, state-of-the-art laboratories, and spaces for socialising and for being creative such as their Fine Arts Hub. Postgraduate students have their own library, complete with a laptop loan system and assistance from knowledgeable librarians to ensure that students have every means of succeeding.

Student composition of Newcastle University

Students by level of study Academic year 2020/21 - Full-time equivalent student enrollments published by Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) on 10 February 2022
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