Human-Centred Systems MSc

City University London
Course summary
1-2 years
9,000 GBP
Full time/part time
Next available date: September 2020 - London

Course description

Human-Centred Systems MSc

Human-Centred Systems MSc - a City University degree programme

City University London's MSc Human-Centred Systems provides students with the latest research, theories and techniques in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), User Experience (UX), usability and interaction design. As a candidate, you will get all the knowledge, skills and experience to improvise user experience and engage them effectively using interactive technologies including Web, mobile and ubiquitous systems based on user research. The research offers all the essentials in current and future workplace handling.

The course balances theory, practice and a mix of real-world applications using lectures from the industry experts. Students will get the opportunity to work with real-world projects.

Suitability - Who should attend?

Applicants should hold an upper second class honours degree, the equivalent from an international institution or an equivalent professional qualification.

Previous experience with computer technologies and academic and commercial experience is also considered. A practical background in computing technologies is desirable. It is not necessary for students to have had prior exposure to Human-Computer Interaction or user-centred design.

Other Suitable Qualifications

INTO Postgraduate preparation Programmes

If you do not qualify for direct entry, our partner INTO City University London offers academic preparation programmes which focus on the skills you need. Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma in Science and Engineering at INTO City University London means guaranteed progression to this degree.

For those students whose first language is not English, one of the following qualifications is also required:

  • IELTS: 6.5 (minimum of 6.0 in all four test components)

Please note that due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.

INTO English Language Programmes

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner, INTO City University London offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree. Please click the links below for more information.

English for Postgraduate Study

Pre-sessional English

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study. /p>

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course; there are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than 6 months
  • Students on courses of less than 6 months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English Language course

Please note: If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City University London courses on a part-time basis.

Outcome / Qualification etc.

  • The programme offers an MSc in Human Centered systems. Our employability is very high with over 80% of our graduates in full-time employment within 6 months of graduation
  • This course will equip you for a career as a usability and accessibility specialist, user experience consultant. interaction designer and information architects in leading business consultancies, digital agencies, IT companies, government and commercial organisations. (Destinations of City University London graduates)
  • There is an increasing need for HCI and UX specialists with a deep knowledge of human-centred systems design and evaluation. In particular, companies involved in designing interactive systems (e.g. websites design, e-learning applications, multimedia design companies) are looking for graduates with an understanding and appreciation of the human elements in design. This course is also an excellent starting point if you want to study for a PhD in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI).

Training Course Content

On the Human-Centered Systems course, you will study seven core modules and one elective module. In addition, you will undertake an independent research project. The modules are delivered through a combination of lectures, online activities and interactive workshops and tutorials.

Taught Core Modules:

Practices and Theories in Interaction Design

  • You will develop a detailed understanding of the importance of good usability and User Experience for the design of interactive systems.
  • You will apply HCI principles and guidelines to the design of a wide variety of interactive systems.
  • You will apply fundamental principles in Cognitive Psychology to HCI design.
  • You will be able to carry out user research, design and evaluation as part of the user-centred design process.

Requirements Engineering

  • You will understand the range of problems which arise when determining what new systems should do.
  • You will be able to describe, model and analyse the requirements of systems composed of software, hardware, people and organisations in the early stages of systems development projects.
  • You will master the process of redesigning how people work and live through the introduction of software technologies.

Information Architecture

  • You will design the structural foundation of digital information environments, such as Websites and apps, to allow users to find the information they need and find it easily.
  • You will understand theory of how to organise, structure and label digital information to support user navigation and information-seeking.
  • You will create models and prototypes to drive the user-centred design of digital information environments (e.g. domain models, sitemaps, wireframes).
  • You will develop skills in evaluating information architectures from a user perspective.

Evaluating Interactive Systems

  • You will understand and apply a range of techniques for evaluating usability, including user-based and expert evaluation techniques (e.g. User Testing, Guerrilla Testing, Heuristic Evaluation).
  • You will compare and contrast the strengths and weaknesses of different evaluation methods and associated methods of data collection.
  • You will develop skills for evaluating the broader User Experience, beyond usability.

Inclusive Design

  • You will develop skills for designing and evaluating accessible and inclusive interactive systems for a diverse range of users (e.g. children, older users, users with disabilities).
  • You will develop and understanding of theoretical foundations in Cognitive Psychology as they relate to inclusive design.
  • You will apply international accessibility standards and guidelines (e.g. WCAG 2.0, Section 508) to the design of inclusive interactive systems.

Cognition and Technologies

  • You will understand the role of cognition on user behaviour when using interactive systems.
  • You will design complex novel interactive systems based on an understanding of cognitive theories.
  • You will analyse complex interactions from a cognitive perspective.

Research, Methods and Professional Issues

  • You will acquire and develop skills for planning and carrying out independent, original research (which you will later apply when completing your Masters dissertation).
  • You will be able to use appropriate quantitative and qualitative techniques for data collection and analysis.
  • You will learn to find, interpret, and use existing academic research as a basis for your research activity.
  • You will explore the legal, ethical and professional implications of applied work in the information and computer sciences and use this knowledge in your research.

Taught Elective modules:

Creativity in Design

  • You will understand the nature and roles of creativity in design projects.
  • You will be able to select and deploy different creativity techniques and methods in user-centred and co-design projects.
  • You will master creativity processes, techniques and tools in design work.

Multimedia Design and Development

  • You will design and develop an interactive multimedia application using an industry standard authoring tool and scripting language.
  • You will produce compelling interfaces with engaging, dynamic content.
  • You will understand and apply tools and techniques for capturing, editing, storing and presenting multimedia (e.g. images and video).

Data Visualization

  • Create graphics and applications that reveal the structure in data sets.
  • You will understand and apply techniques for the visual presentation of data to support user exploration and understanding.
  • You will create an engaging data visualization to reveal the structure in data sets.
  • You will develop programming skills to support the development of interactive graphical applications for visualization.


  • You will develop an understanding of the fundamentals of e-health technologies and providing healthcare at a distance.
  • You will design interactive systems to support medical decision-making and patient care.
  • You will apply standards and guidelines to the design of healthcare systems.

This course is accredited by the British Computer Society for partial fulfilment of the academic requirement for Chartered IT Professional status.



  • Full-time EU: £9,000
  • Part-time EU: £4,500 per year
  • Full-time Non EU: £14,500
  • Part-time Non EU: £7,250 per year

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