INTRODUCTION TO STUDIES
In Human Technology Interaction, we aim to improve people's quality of life in the world surrounded by technology. We aim to understand what should be done with technology before it is done.
In HTI Master's programme we teach how technology affects everyone's lives and how to design better user interfaces and digital services for people. Our courses are interesting, challenging and hands-on. The programme has a direct link to research carried out by Tampere Unit for Human-Computer Interaction (TAUCHI), and many of the courses are done in collaboration with companies. The scope of studies that we offer is rare even in international scale.
WHAT OUR STUDENTS SAY
Read HTI Master's student Chelsea Kelling's interview: Hands-on projects and practical knowledge.
Watch interview of Doctoral student in Interactive Technology Biju Thankachan: YouTube.
HTI PROGRAMME DETAILS
HTI Programme encapsulates two sides of technology that complement each other, the Human-Technology Interaction side (HTI) and the User Experience (UX). On one hand, the programme focuses the various forms of interaction between humans and different types of technology, On the other hand, the programme focuses on making interactions memorable through User Experience studies.
The programme can be completed in two-years time, and includes a total of 120 ECTS/credit hours for the fulfillment of the degree. The HTI Programme is a collaboration between two universities in Tampere: The University of Tampere (UTA) and Tampere University of Technology (TUT). Courses are taken in both universities. In this way, students have the power to tailor their learning experience to fit their own unique study goals and career path. Don't worry, this sounds more complicated than it actually is.
In 2018, new students are taken in University of Tampere. In 2019, these universities will merge together.
Applying to the Master's Degree Programme in Human Technology Interaction makes sense for a person who wants to improve things in the area of technology and who has an applicable background. All of our students have visual or technical design skills or understanding about human needs or behavior.
For more information on applying, visit UTA page for MDP in Human-Technology Interaction. For information on study periods etc., continue scrolling down, and also check the menu.
Many work opportunities are available for graduates of the 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.
It is good to note, businesses are often vague with the terminology and the shorthands (UX, UXD, UCD, IXd, UI, SD). When applying for work, it is a good idea to ask them what they are looking for.
ACADEMIC YEAR TIMETABLES
Each university has slightly different timetables for the academic year. Here is an overview of both schedules
UTA STUDY PERIODS
Aug 29 - Oct 23
Oct 24 - Dec 26
Jan 9 - March 5
March 6 - May 28
TUT STUDY PERIODS
Aug 29 - Oct 21
Oct 24 - Dec 22
Jan 9 - March 3
March 6 - May 12
OUR CLASSES ARE TAUGHT IN A VARIETY OF WAYS
Informative presentations and peer discussions.
Exercise classes involve a hands-on interaction.
Online courses can be taken from the comfort of your own desk.
Book exams are sometimes offered instead of full courses.
Our team of faculty at UTA
Here are the people who are responsible for the HTI programme. If you are looking for an expert of a specific area, such as gaze tracking, go to https://research.uta.fi/tauchi and look for the research group (e.g. Multimodal Interaction Research Group (MMIG)) and people. There you will find links to experts profile pages, that list their expertise.