EIT Digital - Human Computer Interaction and Design

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ICT Innovation for top talents

EIT Digital offers an international Master’s on ICT Innovation, combining and integrating technical majors with a fully standardised minor on Innovation and Entrepreneurship. As a student in the EIT Digital 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 and 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 recognising the user’s intentions and anticipating the user’s needs. These technologies are the central focus of Human-Computer Interaction and 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

The two-year programme (120 credits) includes a technical major (90 credits) and an Innovation and Entrepreneurship minor (30 credits). 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, located in a different country in Europe. All classes are taught fully in English. The University of Twente is an entry and an exit university, which means you can study either the first or second year at the University of Twente. 

Besides the University of Twente, the first year is offered by KTH (Stockholm), Aalto University (Helsinki), the Technical University of Madrid, the Politecnico di Milano and the Université Paris-Saclay. The second year is, besides the University of Twente, offered by the Technical University of Berlin, KTH (Stockholm), Aalto University (Helsinki), University of Trento, the Technical University of Madrid, the Politecnico di Milano and the Université Paris-Saclay.

First-year programme at the University of Twente

The first year offers a set of five core courses (25 EC) which provide an introduction to the field, and have similar learning goals over the different entry universities. It also offers I&E minor courses (20 ECTS) for the entrepreneurial education, and finally a choice of elective courses from the I-Tech programme (15 ECTS).

mandatory courses:

Second-year programme at the University of Twente

The programme offered by the University of Twente specialises in Intelligent Systems. The programme is embedded in the Master’s in Interaction Technology, 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

Elective Courses

Career opportunities with an HCID degree

Graduates of the HCID Master’s will be qualified for jobs in international and local organisations, 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.

Winter and summer schools make up part of the HCID programme. The I&E summer 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 Digital are part of the Centre of Telematics and Information Technology institute (CTIT) at the University of Twente.

societal impact: Why maaike chose for HCID

More information and application

More information, about the HCID programme, admission requirements and the application procedure on the website of EIT Digital. For more information about the EIT Digital research programme, go to EIT Digital.

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

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