Master in Human Computer Interaction & Design is a two year program, offered by the EIT Digital Master School. Graduates of the EIT Digital school receive 2 master of science degrees along with a EIT-labelled certificate. Student also participate in summer school, business challenge and undertake a work placement.


What are EIT Digital Master’s programs?

EIT Digital Master School is a joint initiative by the Europe’s top universities and business schools. EIT Digital Master’s programs are coordinated by the EIT Digital Master School Office in Stockholm, Sweden. The Office staff works in cooperation with university administrators, admission and general student counselling is also handled at Stockholm.

There are 18 universities in the EIT Digital Master School from France, Hungary, Finland, Italy, Sweden, Estonia, Spain, Germany and Netherlands.

Selected students enter at the university of their choice and also based upon their technical background. After the first year, students move on to the exit point university, located in a different European country. Majority of the curriculum (90 ECTS) is based on technical studies, including; Common base, Specialization and a Master’s thesis. A minor in Innovation & Entrepreneurship is also offered consisting of 30 ECTS. Two Master of science degrees are awarded to the graduates, issued by the entry and exit university.

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Master’s program Journey Map (CREDIT: EIT Digitial)

Master in Human Computer Interaction & Design

“Through design we can force a change – hopefully for the better, for all things and for all people. Join the revolution”


Dr. Mika P. Nieminen

Master’s degree program in Human Computer Interaction & Design is a multidisciplinary program focusing on user-centered design approach. Human (cognitive, aesthetic, sensory-motor) to business and technological aspects are a key focus in the program. The program enables creation of new products and services with great usability, user experience, and a solid customer demand leading to commercial success. Students learn to design and define how people interact with an ever changing technical world.

Entry Year OptionsExit Year Options
Polytechnic University of Milan, Italy
Aalto University, Finland
University Paris-Sud, France
University of Twente, The Netherlands
Technical University of Madrid, Spain
Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
Aalto University, Finland
Technical University Berlin, Germany
University of Trento, Italy
University Paris-Sud, France
University of Twente, The Netherlands
Technical University of Madrid, Spain
Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

In their first year, students study different courses, including; computer graphics, AI, business management, entrepreneurship, creative design, Virtual Reality, robotics, software engineering etc. In the second year, students are required to pursue a specialization at an exit university. Several specializations are offered (depending upon the university selection), including;

  • Computational Interaction
  • Mobile and Ubiquitous Interaction
  • Situated Interaction
  • Intelligent Systems
  • Accessible and Adaptive Interaction
  • Multi-Modal Interaction
  • Cognitive Interaction

Smart products (car, navigation), Smart devices (phones, computers, PDAs, tablet), and smart environments (ambient intelligence) require innovative interfaces. Human-Computer Interaction and Design focuses on the study, design, development and evaluation of novel user interfaces, interactive systems and services. Graduates qualify for jobs in international and local organizations in both technical and business roles.

Due to multidisciplinary nature of the program students learn different aspects from market, social aspects, users to media technologies. Graduates can work in industry, academia, pursue consultancy work or start their own business. Career options include; user experience/interaction designer, usability engineer, business developer, consultant, UX architect, interactive systems engineer, product manager or human factors expert.

Eligibility Criteria

A bachelor degree in a related field is required to apply for Master in Human Computer Interaction & Design program. Candidates with academic backgrounds in mathematics, computer science, information systems, electronics, statistics and electrical engineering are eligible to apply. In special cases students from media technology, computational linguistics, industrial design, and cognitive sciences with sufficient skills in mathematics, software design and programming can also be considered.

For non native English speakers, a relevant English language proficiency certificate is required – TOEFL, IELTS, PTE or CAE. Information regarding waiver of English language proficiency test and university specific test scores is available here.

Candidate selection is based on their previous academic background, performance, motivation letter (featuring background or potential in innovation and entrepreneurship. Candidates with relevant work experience can compensate for a non-strictly matching bachelor degree. The work experience should be mentioned in the motivation letter or resume. Final selection will be made by selection committee to determine the relevant work experience and the bachelor degree for admission.

Tuition fee and Scholarships

EU/EEA and Swiss students pay 1,500 Euro/year (€750 per semester) and Non-EEA/Non-EU pay 12,000 Euro/year (€6000 per semester). Period one applicants are required to pay the fee before May 31, 2020. For period two applicants, tuition fee deadline is June 30, 2020. In case of scholarships, the tuition will be prorated for the received amount.

EIT Digital Master School scholarship program invests over €1.6 million per year per cohort to attract the best talent worldwide. Merit based scholarships are provided for 2 years and are offered to top applicants in each program/entry point. During the electronic application, candidates will be asked to confirm their choice for EIT Digital Master School scholarship.

Application

There are two application periods, open to EU/EEA and Non-EU citizens:

Period one: (Nov. 15, 2019 to Feb. 3 2020). For period one, Admission and scholarship letters will be delivered on April 1, 2020, the deadline to accept the study offer is April 8, 2020.

Periods two: (Feb. 17, 2020 to Apr. 17, 2020). For period two the letters of acceptance and scholarships will be handed out between June 1 to 3, 2020. The deadline to accept the study offer for is June 10, 2020.

For student visa applicants it is recommended that they apply in period one. Applicants in the period one can apply to a maximum of two programs. For applicants applying in period two only one program selection is available. Interested candidates can apply via the official website.

Further Information

Post-Master positions are available to EIT Digital School graduates which offers a 1 year contract. The graduates work in a EIT Digital co-location center in a multinational environment. These opportunities are available for motivated candidates, committed to digitization and eager to learn under high profile experts. Post-master positions are aimed at software developers, scientists, data analysts, technical architects, venture developers and other IT savvy young professionals.

More information regarding the career for students after graduating from EIT Digital school is available here. Information on EIT Digital school students is available here.

Applicants can contact the EIT Digital School via email (masterschool@eitdigital.eu) OR by filling a form at the official website.

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