The University of Dundee offers the only Human Computer Interaction (HCI) Honours degree in the UK.
This is a 3-year Honours degree focusing on the technical and human aspects of interaction between people and computers. The importance of human computer interaction and good interface design is increasingly recognised as the key to the future of successful software development.
Why study this course at Dundee?
Applied Computing: Human Computer Interaction focuses on user experience rather than more theoretical concepts. In particular, it contains less computer programming content than our Applied Computing degree. It is the degree to study if you wish to be a market ready User Experience expert in only 3 years.
This course will equip you with the necessary knowledge, skills and understanding in computing and software development to enable you to play a leading role in the application of computing in industry, commerce and research, especially within the field of Human Computer Interaction.
Dundee's School of Computing has a 30-year international reputation for excellence in the area of Human Computer Interaction, particularly for specialist user populations. For example, we have a 'user pool' for those with complicated communication needs and for older adults.
What is so good about this course?
Students can use a range of equipment such as servers, Macs, Arduino systems and programming kit for games consoles such as the Nintendo Wii and Sony Playstation.
You will have 24-hour access to our award winning Queen Mother Building. It has an unusual mixture of lab space and breakout areas, with a range of conventional and special equipment for you to use. You can use your own laptop, if you wish to; wireless access is available throughout the building.
Who should study this course?
If you have an interest in computing, an aptitude for practical problem solving and scientific principles, and enjoy thinking outside the box, then this course is for you.
You do not need any advanced mathematics or prior programming knowledge to take this course.
The institution's focus on research was highly beneficial throughout the course, as it ensures that students get insight not only into well-known areas of computer science but into newly emerging studies which will shape tomorrow's world.
We know how important it is to be at the leading edge of computing and so you will learn from research-active staff of Computing. Leading researchers teach from your first year through to your final year. Our small classes mean that we really get to know you, making for an informal and supportive community.
Industrial collaboration is part of our ethos too, so we regularly include guest experts from industry.
An honours degree for this programme takes three years as described below.
Typical Degree Programme
Detailed module guides are available online
- Introduction to Software Development
- Web Authoring
- Data Visualisation
- Data Structures and Algorithms
- Physical Computing
- Information Technology
- Agile Software Engineering
- Games Programming
- HCI and Usability Engineering
- Secure Internet Programming
- Database Systems
- Information Technology Project
Between second and third year, you can take a Work Placement which contributes to your degree.
Third year (Honours year)
- Individual Project
- Team Project
- Two modules from the following:
- Multimedia Audio
- Computing the User Experience
- Big Data
- Technology Innovation Management
- Computer Graphics
- Four sub-modules from Research Frontiers options such as:
- Natural language processing
- Games next generation
- Intelligent agents for e-commerce
- Accessibility and computing
You will be assessed by a combination of practical coursework (20% - 50% of a module mark, typically) and end-of-semester examination.
Coursework is often very practical, eg writing computer programs, designing interfaces, writing reports, constructing web sites, testing software, implementing databases, analysing problems or presenting solutions to clients.
Our students are highly employable. During the course, you will be able to:
- Develop the expertise that employers want from computing graduates - our Industrial Advisory Board includes experts from a range of industries including Amazon, Scottish Enterprise Tayside, NCR, Chevron and Microsoft
- Take part in an industrial team project module and have the option to take a module about Technology Innovation Management.
- Take a work placement module between your 2nd and 3rd years.
By the end of the course, you will be pepared for a wide range of good career prospects in computing - the UK faces a massive shortage of graduates qualified to fill the 120,000 new jobs in computing and IT every year.
The following are the minimum, up-to-date entry requirements.
You have to obtain your qualifications at the first sitting of examination.
Courses starting 2016
Level 1 Entry
|Qualification||Minimum Grade||Typical Grade|
|SQA Higher||BB plus Advanced Higher B||BB plus Advanced Higher B|
|IB Diploma||32 points (including 6, 5, 5 at Higher Level)|
|Essential Subjects||Two sciences (SQA Higher, Advanced Higher, GCE A-Level or IB Higher Level), Mathematics (Standard Grade, National 5, Int2, GCSE, IB Subsidiary Level).|
|EU & International||Visit our EU and International webpages for entry requirements tailored to your home country"|
|SQA||A relevant HNC with A in the Graded Unit and 120 SCQF credits. A relevant HND with BB in the Graded Units|
|Scottish Baccalaureate||Pass with BB at AH in 2 Sciences or Mathematics and a Science|
|EDEXCEL||A relevant HND with Merits in appropriate Science modules.
A relevant BTEC Extended Diploma with DDD.
|Advanced Diploma||Grade B with ASL-A Levels in 2 Sciences/ Mathematics and a Science at AB|
|Welsh Baccalaureate||Pass with A Levels in 2 Sciences/Mathematics and a Science at AB|
|European Baccalaureate||75% overall with 7.5 in 2 Sciences or Mathematics and a Science|
There have been many changes to the arrangements for funding students entering higher education in recent years, yet a degree from the University of Dundee, with its high rate of employment success, remains a cost-effective option.
The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application. Find out more about fee status.
|Fee category||Fees for students starting 2016|
|Scottish and EU students||£1,820 per year of study (for Sept 2015 entry). Fees for September 2016 will be confirmed by the Scottish Government in early 2016.|
|Rest of UK students||£9,000 per year of study. See our scholarships for rest of UK applicants.|
|Overseas students (non-EU)||£15,950 per year of study. See our scholarships for international applicants.|
Tuition fees for Overseas (non-EU) students are guaranteed for the length of your course. This means that the tuition fee you pay in your first year (shown above) is the same fee you will pay for each year of your course. We guarantee that this will not increase while you are studying with us. The only exceptions to this are our MBChB Medicine, BSc Medical Sciences and BDS Dentistry degrees which charge a different tuition for the clinical years.
|Degree||UCAS Code||KIS Data|
|Apply Now||Applied Computing: Human Computer Interaction BSc||I140|