Faculty of Science



  • Full-time MSc (intensive route) 12 months
  • Full-time MSc (placement route) 24 months

Application deadline: 30 June (international) / 31 August (home/EU)

Entry requirements: A first or second class undergraduate degree (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject.

Language requirements: IELTS 6.5 (at least 6.0 in each of the four components) or equivalent. Applicants narrowly missing this requirement may be eligible for a combined offer.

E-mail: fsci-pgadmissions@bath.ac.uk

Programme catalogue

Tuition fees

MSc in Human Computer Interaction

The degree is taught by one of the UK’s most successful HCI groups with an unrivalled multi-disciplinary background in research, practice and graduate education.

Computational devices are everywhere: at work, at home and in transit; on our desks, on our laps, in our hands. The challenges of sustainable healthcare, transport, resource delivery and emergency management all depend on development of interactive computing technologies: technologies that will only succeed if they are matched to human, social and economic needs.

Why study Computer Science with us?

  • The majority of our Masters graduates move directly into computer science careers in software development or consultancy.
  • We have a fully-supported professional placement programme.

What will I learn?

In this postgraduate course you will learn how to design, build and evaluate interactive systems that are fit for people; you will learn to appreciate the multi-disciplinary nature of HCI in which new understandings of human psychology, communication and social relations underpin design innovation.

As well as gaining exposure to the latest ideas in this area and developing the confidence that you can manage yourself -- and others -- in the execution of a large and complex project, you will be able to build a career path that leads equally well into industry and/or into academia.

Visit the Department of Computer Science for further information on the department.

At a glance

Placement route (24 months)

Semester 1

Year 1: Sept - Jan

Semester 2

Year 1: Feb - May


Year 1: June - Aug
Year 2: Sept - May

Research project

Year 2: June - Sept
9 months 12 months 3 months

Non-placement route (12 months)

Semester 1

Year 1: Sept - Jan

Semester 2

Year 1: Feb - May

Research project

Year 1: June - Sept
9 months 3 months

Programme structure

This programme is a full-time course that lasts either 12 months (intensive route) or 24 months (placement route).

The placement route is designed to give 12 months' work experience as well as the academic experience.

All programmes are made up of a class-based component and then an extended research-type project. From October in year of entry to the following May, you will study in classes at the University.

All MSc students follow two core taught units: Formal Methods and Programming, and Research Project Preparation. You also follow a series of units specific to this degree. Units include Safety Critical Systems, Collaborative Systems, Interactive Communication Design, Creativity and IT, Networking, Mobile and Pervasive Systems, Advanced Human Computer Interaction, Security and Integrity and Digital Media.

If you opt for the placements programme, we will begin to work with you as soon as you receive your formal offer from the University. We have opportunities available both within the UK and overseas. You will need to secure a placement by the end of the taught component of your degree
programme, giving you plenty of time to find a suitable placement.

You will be fully supported throughout the applications process by our professional placements support team. Once on placement you will be required to submit reports on your progress and we will be requesting feedback on your performance from your placement employer, these form an assessed component of your placement.

Once you have successfully completed your placement, you will return to University to undertake either a research project, or a project related to your placement.

Our programmes are structured to provide the flexibility to change from the placements programme to the non-placements programme.

Therefore, if you do not secure a placement, you can simply revert to the non-placement MSc and continue with your research project.

Career opportunities

Employment opportunities are extensive, and our Masters graduates have moved into computing careers in the leading computer companies, major international banks, communication companies, government agencies and educational establishments.

These companies include:

  • Web Usability Partnership
  • Imagination Technologies
  • Nomura
  • Goldman Sachs
  • OC Robotics
  • Nokia
  • PayPal
  • PriceWaterhouseCooper