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Master of Human Interface Technology

Key information

Level of study:
Master's Degree
Tuition fees:
Duration:
1 year
Start date: Expected February-2022
Campus:
University of Canterbury
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Course details

Summary

Human Interface Technology aims to improve interactive technology to meet users’ needs. This technology is useful in a wide range of areas such as medicine, rehabilitation, education and training, entertainment, and business.

UC's Human Interface Technology Laboratory encourages students to start by understanding how people think and work. By combining multidisciplinary viewpoints, user-centred design, and facilitating collaboration with external companies and teams, graduates can develop the skills needed to produce high-impact work globally.

The Master of Human Interface Technology (MHIT) offers students direct engagement with industry through projects and scholarships.

Graduates of the MHIT will have:

  • knowledge of interface design principles
  • the ability to describe and evaluate interface hardware and software
  • experience of working on projects and in teams
  • research and development skills.

The MHIT consists of a thesis worth 90 points and 30 points of coursework.

Study covers a wide range of topics including user-centred design, the development of new interface devices and technologies (hardware and software), evaluating these technologies within the application context, and studying the broader impact on human behaviour and society.

Further Study

UC also offers a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Human Interface Technology.

Career Opportunities

Postgraduate study can bring many career benefits e.g. specialist skills and enhanced knowledge, entry into specific occupations, higher starting salary/progression rates, research capability/achievement, and evidence of high academic attainment/self-discipline.

Entry criteria

To enrol, students should have an honours degree in Computer Science, Design, Psychology, or another appropriate field. HIT Lab NZ | Tangata Hangarau, Hangarau Tangata encourages students from a variety of backgrounds to apply for entry into this multidisciplinary field.

Applicants must also satisfy our English language entry requirements:

  • IELTS (Academic): Minimum overall score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in reading, writing, listening and speaking.
  • TOEFL (IBT): Minimum overall score of 90, with a minimum score of 19 in Reading, Listening and Writing.
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English - Academic): Overall score of 58 and no communicative skills score below 50.

Application deadline: At least 6 months before the planned start date.

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