Applied Computing: Human Computer Interaction BSc

  • For Entry: September
  • Duration: 3 years
  • School: School of Computing

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 Applied Computing: Human Computer Interaction 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.

School of Computing Introduction

What's so good about Applied Computing: Human Computer Interaction at Dundee?

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.

Related Courses

We know how important it is to be at the leading edge of computing and so you will learn from research-active staff in the School 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.

Honours Degree

An honours degree for this course takes three years as described below.

Typical Degree Programme

First year
  • Introduction to Software Development
  • Web Authoring 
  • Data Visualisation
  • Data Structures and Algorithms
  • Physical Computing
  • Information Technology
Second year
  • Agile Engineering
  • Games Programming 
  • Computing the User Experience 
  • HCI and Usability Engineering 
  • Programming for the Internet 
  • Database Systems
Third year (honours year)
  • Work Placement (optional)
  • Team Project 
  • Optional modules 
  • Research Frontiers 
  • Individual Project

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 requirements, please note qualifications have to be obtained at the first sitting of examinations.

Please note that the entry requirements in our printed prospectus may be subject to change. The entry requirements listed below are up to date and should be referred to in case of any discrepancy.

Courses starting September 2015

Level 1 Entry

Qualification Minimum Grade Typical Grade
SQA Higher BB plus Advanced Higher B BB plus Advanced Higher B
GCE A-Level ABB
ILC Higher
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 Your Country webpages for entry requirements tailored to your home country
Other Qualifications
SQA A relevant HNC with A inæthe 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
SWAP Access
EDEXCEL A relevant HND with Merits in appropriate Science modules.
A relevant BTEC Extended Diploma with DDD
Advanced Diploma Grade A with ASL-A Level at B
Welsh Baccalaureate Pass with A Levels at AA
European Baccalaureate 75% overall

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, in most cases, depend on your current country of residence.

The fee shown is annual, and may be subject to an increase each year.

Fee categoryFees for students starting September 2015
Scottish students £1,820 per year of study (for Sept 2014 entry). Fees for September 2015 will be confirmed by the Scottish Government in early 2015.
Rest of UK students £9,000 per year of study. See our scholarships for rest of UK applicants."
EU students £1,820 per year of study (for Sept 2014 entry). Fees for September 2015 will be confirmed by the Scottish Government in early 2015.
Overseas students (non-EU) £12,950 per year of study. See our scholarships for international applicants."

Scottish and EU students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish Government.

Rest of the UK students can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loan Company.

Please apply via UCAS



Degree UCAS Code KIS Data
Applied Computing: Human Computer Interaction BScI140