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Study at two European universities with the EIT double degree in Human Computer Interaction and Design.

If you are interested in the field of human-computer interaction, combined with innovation and entrepreneurship, you can also opt for the double degree programme in Human Computer Interaction and Design (HCID) of the EIT Digital Master School. This international programme entails two years and allows you to study one year – either the first or the second – at the University of Twente and one year abroad at one of the following partner universities:

Upon completion, you will receive two Master’s degrees.


Just like the Master’s in Interaction Technology, the HCID double degree 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. Thanks to the minor in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, this programme has a strong focus on how to drive innovative ideas to the market, making this programme slightly different from the Master’s in Interaction Technology, in which you have more freedom to choose any focus, whether it’s more on the entrepreneurial, design, technology or research side, for example.

The two-year programme includes a technical major – along with a master’s thesis and an Innovation and Entrepreneurship minor. You will start the Master's 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, somewhere else in Europe. All classes are taught fully in English. The University of Twente is an entry and exit university, which means you can study either the first or second year at the University of Twente.

  • First year at the University of Twente

    If you decide to start the EIT double degree programme at the University of Twente, you will take five (mandatory) core courses, which provide an introduction to the field and have similar learning goals as courses of the other entry universities. Moreover, you will follow both mandatory and elective courses within the minor in Innovation and Entrepreneurship (I&E) and you can choose three elective courses of the Master’s in Interaction Technology.

    First year

    Core compulsory courses

    25 EC

    Introduction to Human-Computer Interaction
    Concepts, Measures and Methods
    Experience Design for Interaction
    Foundations of Interaction Technology
    Human Centred Design

    Innovation & Entrepreneurship minor courses

    20 EC

    The minor in Innovation & Entrepreneurship consists of three compulsory courses and one elective course.

    Free elective courses

    15 EC

    You can fill up your elective space with courses of the Master's in Interaction Technology that match your interests and ambitions.

    Total EC

    60 EC

  • Second year at the University of Twente

    The second year of the EIT double degree programme is all about specialising. If you choose to spend your second year at the University of Twente, you have the opportunity to specialise in Intelligent Systems. It means you will gain expertise in artificial intelligence in order to examine and develop models that can simulate human intelligence in (software) agents. Such agents can perform automated reasoning and learn automatically from various kinds of data, enabling them to carry out a perception-action cycle of understanding human behaviours and generating system responses.

    You will look at tools and methods that can deal with incomplete, uncertain and ambiguous real-life data, including human speech and language, and learn to design and develop multi-agent systems that can be applied to complex real-world problems.

    Check the EIT website to see the specialisations of other universities.


    Your second year at the University of Twente consists of some (elective) courses and you will complete your EIT double degree with your final master’s thesis.

    Year 2

    Compulsory course

    6 EC

    I&E study EIT

    Specialisation courses

    You can choose at least two of the following courses:

    10-20 EC

    Machine Learning I
    Natural Language Processing
    Multi-Agent Systems
    Speech Processing
    Data Science
    Foundations of Information Retrieval
    Machine Learning II
    Advanced Project in Natural Language Processing
    Deep Learning - from theory to practice

    Free elective course
    You can choose one of the following free elective courses or another specialisation course mentioned above.

    0-10 EC

    I-Tech project
    Multisensory Design
    Philosophy of Technology
    Brand Management
    Documentary Practice

    Final thesis

    34 EC

    Research Topics EIT
    Final Project

    Total EC

    60 EC

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