Master in Human Computer Interaction and Design (HCID)


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Program Description

Why study Human-Computer Interaction and Design at EIT Digital Master School?

Smart devices (mobile phones, PDAs, tablet computers), smart products (car, navigation) and smart environments (ambient intelligence) are enabling new services that require innovative interfaces. Human-Computer Interaction and Design (HCID) focuses on the study, design, development and evaluation of novel user interfaces, interactive systems and services.

HCID is an interdisciplinary programme where our User-Centred Design approach places the users at the centre of the design process. By combining human aspects (both at a cognitive, aesthetic and sensory-motor levels) to technological and business aspects, we create new products and services with great usability and user experience, and a solid customer demand, which often translates into commercial success. Students learn how to design and define how people interact and live with the modern ever-changing technical world.

The curriculum combines the technical major in HCID (Technical major 75%) with a minor in Innovation & Entrepreneurship (I&E) (business minor 25%). You will learn how to bring innovation to the market and how to develop a successful business model. These additional entrepreneurial skills will give you your ticket to a successful career.

How is the programme structured?

  • Students study in two different European countries.
  • Upon completion, graduates receive two MSc degrees from the two universities they will have studied at and a certificate awarded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT).
  • The first year is similar at all entry points. All students participate in a 3-day business challenge in digital innovation.
  • 2-week summer school between the first year and the second year
  • The second year offers specialisation and a graduation project. The graduation project includes an internship at a company or a research institute and results in a Master thesis with a strong innovation and entrepreneurship dimension.

Where can you study Human-Computer Interaction and Design?


  • Computational Interaction (Aalto)
  • Mobile and Ubiquitous Interaction (KTH)
  • Multi-Modal Interaction (TUB)
  • Situated Interaction (UPS)
  • Cognitive Interaction (UNITN)
  • Intelligent Systems (UT)
  • Accessible and Adaptive Interaction (UPM)

Who can apply?

If you wish to apply to this programme you must have a Bachelor of Science in, or be in your final year of studies of:

  • Computer Science
  • Information Systems
  • Mathematics
  • Statistics
  • Electrical Engineering/ electronic

In special cases, students from industrial design, media technology, computational linguistics, and cognitive sciences with sufficient skills in mathematics, software design, and programming can be considered.

How can you apply?

Our academic year starts in August-October depending on your choice of university.

Application period one: November 15, 2019 - February 3, 2020*

Application period two: February 17 - April 17, 2020

* We recommend non-EU citizens to apply in period one to allow sufficient time for a visa.

Applications are made through our online Application Portal, on our website.

Tuition Fees and Scholarships

Standard tuition fees are set at 1,500EUR per year for EU citizens and 12,000EUR per year for non-EU citizens.

To attract outstanding talent, EIT Digital Master School offers a limited number of merit-based scholarships in the form of tuition fee waivers and monthly living allowances.

Last updated Oct 2019

About the School

Get an excellent theoretical education as well as the opportunity to work with European top research facilities and leading business partners. The education includes an internship in which students, t ... Read More

Get an excellent theoretical education as well as the opportunity to work with European top research facilities and leading business partners. The education includes an internship in which students, teachers, and our business partners develop a project for your Master's thesis. Read less
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