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Computing Science – Human-Technology Interaction

Tampere University
2 years
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
Fall 2021
Application deadline: 13 January 2021
12,000 EUR
Tampere University

Program description

Computing Science – Human-Technology Interaction

Digital technologies play a significant role in all areas of life. Modern societies need professionals with thorough understanding of how to design and develop user-friendly, innovative and sustainable products and services and engaging ways to interact with various technological devices.

Master degree studies in Human-Technology Interaction (HTI) offer a broad set of studies in human-computer interaction, digital systems and related fields. In the HTI studies, you will get up-to-date know how on digital service design, user experience evaluation, user psychology, human-centered software development, usability engineering, multimodal human-computer interaction and research skills.

From a technological viewpoint, the studies cover the design and development of user interfaces for mobile and desktop applications, virtual reality, augmented reality, industrial machinery and human-robot interaction. HTI is a multi-disciplinary field and you will work with the professionals from several areas with different perspectives. In a very international atmosphere, you will also work with the members representing different cultures, and you will learn about cross-cultural design.

In a broader sense, you will learn how technology affects people’s lives and how to design efficient, engaging and ethical digital products and services. The degree leads you to hands-on work in various course projects, as well as provides basics for scientific thinking and writing.

Human-Technology Interaction (M.Sc.) track and Human-Technology Interaction (M.Sc. Tech) track are two of the seven tracks in the Master’s degree program in Computing Sciences.

Admission requirements

General eligibility

To be eligible to apply to a Master’s degree program at Tampere University, you must have

  1. Bachelor’s degree - nationally recognized first cycle degree
    • which corresponds to at least 180 ECTS (European credits) or to three years of full-time study
    • from relevant field for the Master’s degree program that you’re applying to
    • from an accredited institution of higher education
  2. AND a good command of the English language for academic purposes.

A Bachelor’s degree completed in a university outside Finland must provide eligibility for university-level master’s degree studies in the country in which it was awarded.

Program-specific eligibility criteria

Computing Sciences, Human-Technology Interaction (M.Sc.) track accepts students with any suitable B.Sc. degree. Students with a suitable engineering or technical degree are eligible to apply to Computing Sciences, Human-Technology Interaction (M.Sc. Tech) track.

To be eligible to apply to the Computing Sciences, Human-Technology Interaction (M.Sc.) track, you must have a successfully completed Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in

  • Interactive Technology (HCI), Computer Science, Design, Education, Media Studies, Psychology, Sociology, or other relevant field with studies in human-computer interaction.

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

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Program content

General studies in the Master's Degree Progamme in Human-Technology Interaction

General studies for international students

Compulsory studies

  • Personal Study Planning
  • Scientific Writing
  • Finnish Elementary Course 1
  • Study Skills - Basics of Information Literacy
  • Orientation

Elective studies

  • Introduction to Science and Research
  • Finnish Society and Culture

General studies for students with education in Finnish and B.Sc. degree taken outside Tampere University

  • Compulsory studies
    • Personal Study Planning
    • Scientific Writing
    • Study Skills - Basics of Information Literacy
    • Orientation
    • Swedish Written and Oral Skills
  • Elective Studies
    • Introduction to Science and Research

General studies for students who have taken their B.Sc. degree at Tampere University

  • Compulsory studies
    • Personal Study Planning
  • Elective studies
    • Scientific Writing
    • Introduction to Science and Research

Advanced studies in Human-Technology Interaction

Compulsory advanced courses in Human-Technology Interaction

  • Multimodal Interaction
  • Interaction Techniques
  • Emotions and Sociality in Human-Technology Interaction
  • Experimental Research in Human-Technology Interaction
  • Human-Technology Interaction Project Work
  • Haptic User Interfaces
  • Research Methods in HTI
  • Information Visualization
  • Methods in Human-Centered Design
  • Cross-Cultural Design
  • Human-Centered Product Development
  • User Experience: Design and Evaluation
  • Psychology in Human-Technology Interaction

Studies required for Master’s Thesis

  • Master's Thesis Seminar in Human-Technology Interaction
  • M.Sc. Thesis in Human-Technology Interaction

Elective and other studies in the Master's Degree program in Human-Technology Interaction

Elective studies in Human-Technology Interaction

  • Usability Evaluation Methods
  • Advanced Course in Human-Technology Interaction
  • Fundamentals of Human-Technology Interaction
  • User Experience in Robotics
  • Advanced Course in Human-Technology Interaction: Service Design
  • Advanced Course in Human-Technology Interaction: Speech and Audio Interaction
  • Advanced Course in Human-Technology Interaction: Player and User Studies
  • Gamification: A Walkthrough of How Games Are Shaping Our Lives
  • Advanced Course in Human-Technology Interaction: Virtual Production - Visioning Course

Other elective studies

  • Principles of Usability, User Experience and User Interfaces
  • Internship

Tuition fees

Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA citizens: 12000 € per academic year.

You will not be required to pay the fee if you are:

  • an EU/EEA citizen
  • equivalent to EU/EEA citizen (i.e. citizen of Switzerland)
  • already reside in Finland (a continuous A or a permanent P/P-EU residence permit), or have an EU Blue Card issued in Finland. The exempting residence permit must be valid when you are applying for studies and at least until 1 August i.e. when the study right commences. Please note that a residence permit in another EU/EEA country does not exempt you from the tuition fee.

Scholarships & funding

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


Upon successful completion of the program, students will earn a Master of Science degree (120 ECTS).

Learning outcomes

Students having completed the Master’s degree will

  • have a thorough command of some aspect of computer sciences
  • be familiar with scientific thinking and capable of applying scientific working methods in their own are of specialisation
  • be motivated for lifelong learning
  • be capable of undertaking scientific postgraduate studies
  • be capable of applying the knowledge acquired and of functioning in internationalizing working life
  • be capable of communicating in scientific situations
  • be conversant with the ethical norms of the field and apply these in their own work

Students having completed the Master's Degree program in Human-Technology Interaction will

  • know product development methods in theory and practice well enough to work independently in research and product development,
  • know user interface design and software development methods well enough to work as a HTI specialist in product development.

Continuing studies

Postgraduate study opportunities

The master's degree provides the required background to pursue doctoral studies in Interactive Technology or Computer Sciences, for example in the Doctoral program in Interactive Technology

Career opportunities

There are many job opportunities to choose from after graduation, such as user interface developer in different industrial sectors, user experience and interaction designer or service designer of new digital services and products, and usability and customer experience specialist. Naturally, you will get abilities to proceed towards a research career. Career opportunities are excellent and human-technology interaction specialists are highly appreciated by industry.

Many work opportunities are available for graduates of this program. Some of the possible future careers include working as:

  • Interaction designer who studies people in their natural environments and creates technology and UI designs
  • User interface developer who has the skills to implement advanced front-end software solutions
  • Usability and user experience specialist who makes sure that the technology designs are easy to use and fit human purposes, or
  • Product manager with emphasis on user needs and user experience.

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