MDP in Human-Technology Interaction

Be one of the people who design the future of human-technology interaction

Programme profile and research at UTA

Finland University
Degree: Master of Science
Duration: 2 years
Extent: 120 ECTS
When to apply: 1.12.2016 – 13.1.2017
Start date: August 2017
Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA students: 12 000 € / year
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As technology plays an increasing role in our daily life, it is important to have professionals who have a deep understanding of how to develop the most user friendly and engaging methods to interact with a wide variety of technological devices.

This master programme is offered in collaboration between the University of Tampere (UTA) and the Tampere University of Technology (TUT). Students can deepen their knowledge in course units that cover a wide range of topics from user experience and emotions to innovative use of facial behavior like gaze and expressions, touch, speech, and human physiology in user interfaces. The programme leads you to scientific thinking and writing as well as to hands-on work in various course projects.

Although the programme is available in essentially the same format at both universities it is recommended that if you are mainly interested in interaction design, development of interactive software or research you apply to UTA and if you are mainly interested in user experience you apply to TUT. That way the majority of the course units will be organized by the home university.

The master programme has a direct link to research carried out by TAUCHI, Tampere Unit for Computer-Human Interaction. TAUCHI is a UTA research center focusing on human–technology interaction. It carries out a wide range of multidisciplinary research into technology-mediated novel ways of multimodal interaction with devices, environments and people. TAUCHI explores and develops better and more intuitive user interfaces for the future. It harmonizes the potential of new technologies with human abilities, needs, and limitations.

TAUCHI expertise covers new technologies such as smart objects and environments, gestural interfaces, gaze tracking, haptics, mixed reality, computer vision, speech-, context- or emotion-based interaction, virtual avatars, user experience and usability.

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Why Human-Technology Interaction?

We offer a scope of studies that is rare even in international scale. The range of course units starts from the basics of human information processing in the context of information technology and extends to hands-on studies on how to implement interaction solutions using modalities such as speech, gaze, haptics and gestures.

What our students say

'The University of Tampere really puts the Human in Human-Technology Interaction! The level of support at UTA is truly amazing and helpful in providing an atmosphere for career success and development.'
David from the United States, Master's degree programme in Human-Technology Interaction 

The level of support at UTA is truly amazing

For other testimonials please see the HTI portal.

Study objectives

After completing the Master’s Degree Programme in Human-Technology Interaction you will both:

  • know the theoretical foundations of human-technology interaction, and
  • have the necessary skills to apply this knowledge to practical work on the area.

Career opportunities

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

  • an interface developer who has the skills to implement advanced solutions that broaden the capabilities of current devices and interfaces,
  • as an interaction designer who studies people in their natural environments and creates technology designs, or
  • as a usability and user experience specialist who makes sure that the technology designs are easy to use and fit human purposes.

Doctoral study opportunities

This master's degree provides the required background if you wish to pursue doctoral studies in Interactive Technology or Computer Sciences, for example in UTA’s Doctoral programme in Interactive Technology.

Applying for the programme

 

Eligibility

The eligibility criteria in the Master's degree programme in Human-Technology Interaction consist of two parts: the University of Tampere general eligibility criteria, and programme specific eligibility criteria which specify and add information to the general criteria. Applicants must meet both in order to be considered eligible.

General eligibility

To be eligible to apply to a Master's degree programme at UTA, an applicant must have

  • a completed university level Bachelor's degree or equivalent in the field of the desired Master programme or in a closely related subject,
    AND
  • fluency in English sufficiently advanced for academic studies. For the requirements, please see the section on Language requirements.

Programme specific requirements

Eligible to apply to the Master's degree programme in Human-Technology Interaction is an applicant who has a completed suitable university level 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.

Applicants with an unfinished Bachelor's degree

The Bachelor's degree or equivalent must be completed well before the programme begins. If the degree is not completed by the end of the application period, an applicant can be accepted to the programme on the condition that s/he sends an officially attested copy of the degree certificate to the University by 31 July 2017. A successful applicant will, in this case, first receive a notification on conditional acceptance and later an official letter of acceptance once the attested copy of the degree certificate has reached the University.

Language requirements

Applicants must submit evidence on a good command of English for academic purposes. There are two ways of indicating English language proficiency: language tests and previous studies.

1. Language tests

We accept the following tests as proof of a good command of English:

  • TOEFL, Test of English as a Foreign Language; 90/Internet-based, 575/paper-based. NB: scores from TOEFL ITP/institutional testing programme are not accepted.
  • IELTS (Academic), International English Language Testing System; 6.5 with no individual score below 5.5
  • PTE (Academic), Pearson’s Test of Academic English; 62

Please note that the language test score must be valid throughout the application period. This means that if the language test expires even one day before the application deadline, the applicant must take a new language test. Language test results are valid for two years.

We advise all 2017 applicants needing an international language test score to book for a test date well in advance, as test dates are filling up fast in the autumn and it may take several weeks for the test result to reach University Admissions Finland.

For information on how to submit a language test result, please see  http://www.uta.fi/admissions/language-requirements.

2. Previous studies

If you fulfil one of the criteria below, you are exempt from submitting a language test score. Please note that you may fit into several of the categories that exempt from the language test requirement. Please choose in the application form the one you feel is most appropriate.

  • A Bachelor's degree completed in English in a university or university of applied sciences in an EU/EEA country, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, or the United States, excluding online degrees. The applicant needs to have stayed in the respective country when studying for the Bachelor's degree.
  • A Bachelor’s degree completed in a Finnish university in Finnish or Swedish. The compulsory foreign language course included in the degree must be completed in the English language.
  • Secondary education in English in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States.
  • Applicants who have taken their pre-university education (yläaste/lukio) in the Finnish language are not required to submit an international language test score but they must submit a copy of their yläaste/lukio certificate and provide evidence of their English language proficiency in their CV (for example information on studies conducted in English or work experience with English as the working language). It is possible to take some exams and complete the Master's thesis in Finnish.

Please note that in addition to assessing your previous studies in terms of eligibility, we assess them also to determine the level of your English skills based on the grades. If you feel your grades do not give the right impression of your English skills, we strongly recommend you to take a language test to indicate your proficiency.

For information on the documents you need to submit to indicate your language skills with previous studies, please see http://www.uta.fi/admissions/application-documents.

Admission

Application period

Master's programme application period, 1.12.2016–13.1.2017

Start date

14.8.2017

Duration

2 years

Teaching language

English

Intake

A maximum of 20 students

Tuition fee

The tuition fee of the programme is 12 000 euros per academic year (non-EU/EEA students) with a scholarship-system for fee-paying students: http://www.uta.fi/admissions/fees-and-scholarships#scholarships

How to apply

Applications are submitted through an electronic application system. A link to the application form is available on the Admissions web page during the application period. All applications are pre-processed by the centralized University Admissions Finland (UAF) service. Applicants must be able to support their application with enclosures related to their educational background, language skills, and other qualifications and merits. The deadline for submitting the application is 13 January 2017, and if needed, applicants can complement their application with documents submitted by 27 January 2017.

Enclosures

Applicants must be able to prove their educational background by means of officially authenticated copies of their documents. If the documents are not in English, Finnish or Swedish, both the authenticated copies of the documents in their original language and an officially confirmed complete and precise translation into one of the languages mentioned above are required.

In addition to the standard document requirements, educational documents issued in certain countries have more specific requirements for submission. Please go through the requirements carefully and check the country-specific requirements for your degree awarding country before applying.

For more information on the required documents, and instructions for applicants, please see How to apply.

If selected, the admitted student will have to present her/his original educational documents upon arrival at the University of Tampere in order to be able to register at the university.

Tuition fee and scholarships

Finnish universities will start collecting tuition fees from non-EU/EEA citizens starting their studies in Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes taught in English in August 2017 or after that.

Students do not need to pay the tuition fee if they are:

  • EU/EEA citizen or a family member (spouse/child) of an EU/EEA citizen
  • equivalent to EU/EEA citizens (i.e. citizen of Switzerland)
  • already reside in Finland or some other EU country on a permanent basis (continuous A, or permanent P/P-EU residence permit type), or have an EU Blue Card

Applicants must submit documents confirming their residence permit status with their application. For more information on the required documents, please see Application documents.

The University of Tampere offers a substantial number of scholarships for the most talented fee-paying students. The scholarship scheme consists of two scholarship categories.

  • The University of Tampere tuition fee scholarships cover either 100% or 50% of the tuition fees in a two-year Master’s degree programme.
  • The University of Tampere global student award for academic excellence scholarships cover 100% of the tuition fees and include a 7,000 €  annual scholarship to cover the student’s living expenses during the two-year Master’s degree programme.

Students apply for the scholarship as part of the application to the degree programme. Admitted applicants who have been granted a scholarship will be informed about this together with the admission decision.

For more information on who is required to pay the fee and on the available scholarships, please see Fees and Scholarships web page.

Admission procedure

Students are selected to the programme from those applicants who fulfil the official admission criteria. Candidates for admission should be well qualified and capable of benefiting from the programme of study.

The relevance of prior studies and the applicant's motivation are carefully considered. Applicants are expected to explain their reasons for applying to this programme specifically.

Student selection is made on the basis of application documents; there is no entrance exam. Applicants are assessed on the following merits:

  • applicant’s academic quality and the success and relevance of the applicant's overall study record in the completed Bachelor's degree and other studies, judged primarily from the degree certificate and transcript of records
  • applicant’s motivation to study in this programme specifically, and justification of the application in relation to prior studies and future career plans, judged from the letter of motivation and the CV
  • applicant’s English language skills for academic purposes, judged from the documentation provided

In addition, work experience relevant to the programme and other relevant merits and qualifications may be taken into account.

The University may arrange interviews to assess the most qualified applicants. The interviews are conducted by video, telephone or in Skype around March. The interviewees will be contacted using the contact details provided by the applicant on the application form. Prior to the interview, instructions will be sent to the interviewees by email. The purpose of the individual interview in English is to establish the applicant's motivation and her/his aptitude and ability to discuss the content areas of the Master programme. An effort is also made to establish the applicant's social skills and language skills in English. Please note that only a selection of applicants may be interviewed.

A number of students may be chosen among those applicants with a Bachelor's degree and a good knowledge of English who have been exchange students at UTA studying course units relevant to the Master programme.

We recommend that applicants with a Bachelor's degree from a Finnish AMK university of applied sciences have a thesis graded no less than 3/5.

After the assessment, the programme makes a proposal to the Dean on the students to be admitted. The Dean makes the final decision on admission.

All applicants should note that complementing studies may be required depending on the student's previous studies.

Announcement of results and rectification procedure

Admissions results will be announced by 31 March 2017. All applicants will be informed about the admissions results.

Please see the University's general instructions concerning rectification procedure: http://www.uta.fi/admissions/selection-students

 

Contact information

Ms. Kirsi Tuominen
Coordinator of International Education
kirsi-marja.tuominen (at) uta.fi

Please note that the UTA School of Information Sciences with its degree programmes will merge into two new Faculties from 1 January 2017: the Faculty of Communication Sciences (including Human-Technology Interaction, and Internet and Game Studies programmes) and the Faculty of Natural Sciences (including Computational Big Data Analytics, and Software Development programmes). More information on this administrative change