MSc User Experience Design
What will I be doing?
This MSc explores the theory and practice of user experience design through a series of lectures, seminars, exercises and real-world projects. The lectures and seminars present the underlying principles of qualitative and quantitative research methods, interaction design and prototyping, usability testing, critical thinking, problem solving, and design thinking. The exercises and projects provide students with an opportunity to develop their skills and competencies in relation to these topics.
During the first year of the course, students complete three projects, each of increasing complexity and difficulty. These projects examine such themes as universal design, responsive and adaptive design, designing for the Internet of Things. In addition, students complete a number of assignments to broaden and deepen their knowledge, and develop their critical thinking, analytical and communication skills. During the second year of the course, students explore a range of emerging topics, for example designing applications for wearable devices and the Internet of Things. In addition, students complete a research project on an appropriate topic of their own choice. Students work both independently and in multi-disciplinary teams, assuming leadership roles as required. They also present and defend the results of their work, and critique the work of others.
What will I be able to do when I graduate?
Graduates of the course will be able to work in senior roles in the field of UX Design. These roles will cover a wide range of areas including user research, user interface and user experience design, usability testing, UX strategy and project management. Graduates will be able to use a wide range of tools, including user research tools, prototyping tools and usability testing tools.
What modules will I study?
- Fundamentals of UX Design,
- Design Thinking,
- User Research and Usability,
- Interaction Design,
- Psychology and Usability,
- UX and Visual Design,
- Research Proposal,
- UX Design Engineering,
- Research Project.
Some prior experience with user experience design is required.
Shortlisted candidates may be called for interview and/or requested to submit a portfolio of previous work in this area in order to determine the extent of their prior experience.
Two references must also support your application.