Programme Structure

EIT ICT Labs Master School - Human Computer Interaction Design

Double degree programme

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ICT Innovation for top talents

EIT ICT Labs Master School offers an international Master’s programme on ICT Innovation, combining and integrating technical majors with a fully standardized minor on Innovation and Entrepreneurship. As a student in the EIT ICT Labs Master School, you will not only gain fundamental knowledge and skills on a technical topic, but you will also learn how to drive your innovative ideas to the market.

Human Computer Interaction Design

New ICT technologies are transforming our daily lives. Smart devices (mobile phones, PDAs, tablet computers), smart products (sat-nav gadgetry) and smart environments (ambient intelligence) are enabling a range of services with unprecedented user-friendliness such as navigation, the provision of information, distance learning, travel booking and the delivery of goods.

Increasingly, interaction with these devices takes place not through simple buttons or keystrokes, but through more flexible and intuitive methods such as multi-touch, speech, gestures, and through advanced display systems such as augmented and virtual reality.

Smart devices and services are also able to show intelligent behaviour by recognizing the user’s intentions and anticipating the user’s needs. These technologies are the central focus of Human-Computer Interaction Design (HCID).

The design of intuitive user interfaces is not just a matter of the right technology, however, but also a matter of good interaction design. The HCID programme focuses on the study, design, development and evaluation of novel user interfaces and interactive systems, taking into account human aspects at the cognitive and sensory-motor levels, technological aspects, and business aspects.

Programme overview

You will start the Master's programme at an entry university of your choice, partly dependent on your technical background. After completing the first year, you will move to your exit university, located in a different country in Europe. All classes are taught fully in English. The University of Twente is an exit university. The first year is offered by KTH, Aalto (Sweden) and the University of Paris-Sud. The two-year programme (120 credits) includes a technical major (90 credits) and an Innovation and Entrepreneurship minor (30 credits).

Second-year programme at the University of Twente

The programme offered by the University of Twente specializes in Intelligent Systems. The programme is embedded in the Master’s programme in Human Media Interaction, and is thus accredited by NVAO, the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders.

Context-aware agents and decisions are key to supporting systems that perform automated reasoning and learn automatically from the user and the environment. We look at tools and methods that can deal with incomplete, uncertain and ambiguous real-life data, obtained unobtrusively from the user, and we examine cognitive architectures and mental models that define the internal reasoning of the agents. You will learn to apply strategic interaction styles and to use existing platforms to design and develop multi-agent systems.

Mandatory Courses

  • Research methods cognition and media 5 credits, I-II
  •  Multi agent systems 5 credits, I-II
  •  Knowledge representation, 10 credits, III-IV

Elective Courses

  • Introduction to Philosophy of Technology, 5 credits, I-II
  •  Conversational agents 10 credits, III-IV
  • Brain Computer Interfacing 10 credits, III-IV
  •  Machine learning 10 credits, III-IV

Career opportunities with an HCID degree

Graduates of the HCID Master’s programme will be qualified for jobs in international and local organizations, both in technical and business roles. You might become an interaction or user experience designer, interactive systems engineer, human factors expert, usability engineer, business developer, product manager, or consultant.

Thanks to your multidisciplinary attitude, you will be a valuable addition to open innovation settings, where different aspects (market, users, social aspects, media technologies) come together. You will have no trouble finding a job with any number of companies that offer value-added products and services, such as telecom companies, game companies, e-learning, web developers, and entertainment companies. An alternative path would be to start your own company in the field of product or technology development, media content, business development or consultancy services.

Two winter schools make up part of the HCID programme. The I&E winter school takes place at the nodes, and the HCID winter school with all HCID partners in Enschede. The research activities in the framework of EIT ICT Labs are part of the Centre of Telematics and Information Technology institute (CTIT) at the University of Twente.

More information and application

More information, about the HCID programme, admission requirements and the application procedure on the webste ofEIT ICT Master School. For more information about the EIT ICT Labs research programme, go to

Go to our double degree overview to find out more about double degrees at the University of Twente.

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