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Master's Program in Computer, Communication and Information Sciences - Human-Computer Interaction

Aalto University
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
Aalto University

Program description

Master's Program in Computer, Communication and Information Sciences – Human-Computer Interaction

How can artificial intelligence change the way we interact with computers? What will come after the mouse and keyboard? Human-Computer Interaction educates future leaders who study, innovate, and improve information technology for the benefit of the people and society. The study option distinguishes itself internationally by a focus on computational and engineering methods. The rigorous curriculum offers a unique opportunity for students of computer science and engineering to learn how to apply technical approaches in human-computer interaction. The study option is based on outstanding HCI research at Aalto University. The university was recently ranked #21 worldwide in research impact in the area of HCI.

The language of instruction is primarily English, and the programme can be completed entirely in English. Some courses can be taken in Finnish or Swedish.

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Admission requirements

In addition to these program- and study option specific admission requirements, applicants must also fulfill the general admission requirements.

Admission criteria to the program is a high quality Bachelor’s degree in computer science, software engineering, communications engineering, or electrical engineering. Excellent candidates with Programs in other fields such as information systems, engineering, natural sciences, mathematics or physics will be considered if they have sufficient studies and proven skills and knowledge in the required areas.

Required background for Human-Computer Interaction includes track record in:

  • computer science: good or strong programming skills and coverage of relevant core topics in computer science, such as algorithms, software engineering, machine learning, web technology, and networking
  • mathematics, and especially linear algebra, calculus, and probability theory

Knowledge of one or more the following areas is considered an advantage:

  • interaction design or human-computer interaction
  • human factors
  • robotics
  • electrical engineering, signal processing
  • artificial intelligence, machine learning, data science
  • web and mobile development

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Compulsory courses

  • Human-Computer Interaction 
  • Emergent User Interfaces
  • Information Visualization 
  • User Research 
  • Designing Interactive Systems 
  • Social Media 
  • Machine Learning for Mobile and Pervasive Systems
  • Computational User Interface Design / Engineering for Humans 
  • Usability Evaluation 
  • User Interface Construction 

Topics recommended for specialization include but are not limited to:

  • Interactive web technologies
  • Robotics
  • AR and VR
  • CSCW and CMC
  • Usable security
  • Visual and interactive computing
  • Machine learning and AI
  • Interactive data analysis and visualization
  • Game design
  • Ubiquitous computing
  • Health technology
  • Quality of Experience
  • Neural and brain interfaces
  • Accessibility
  • User-centered software engineering

We also recommend the following in-depth seminar:

  • Advanced Topics in User Interfaces

Mandatory capstone course

  • Research Project in HCI
  • Design Project 

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

For non-EU/EEA citizens: €15000/year


Graduates of the programme will graduate with a Master of Science (Technology) degree (diplomi-insinööri in Finnish). 

Continuing studies

The program qualifies for doctoral studies (Doctor of Science in an applicable field).

Career opportunities

HCI professionals are well-employed and pursue careers related to user experience, usability, interaction design, human factors, user interface design, human-computer interaction and beyond. Our curriculum includes several contact possibilities with the industry in Finland and abroad, in particular in the capstone project. Half of our students write their Master's thesis for a company.

The program is particularly well suited for students who will be engaged in start-up companies on interactive products and services as it includes essential knowledge to make products and services successful. The graduates will have strong engineering and design skills, as well as other technical and professional skills that enable them to take key roles in an industrial research and development environment. They are well prepared for industrial R&D jobs, user interface engineering and consulting, various expert roles related to interactive technology and user research, and doctoral studies at Aalto University and abroad. Typical job titles include User Interface Engineer, User Experience Designer, Behavioral Analyst, Interaction Designer, User Interface Developer, User Researcher, Information Visualisation Specialist. Our students have also pursued academic careers. The studies put emphasis on basic theories and methodologies, offering a solid basis for PhD studies in HCI in Helsinki or internationally.

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Aalto University

Otakaari 1B
02150 Espoo

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