Studies at Tampere University of Technology
What To Expect

Effective and pleasurable interaction with technological systems and products is an essential part of the quality of life of technology users. Nowadays user interfaces are embedded in almost all the technologies that we use. The major in User Experience prepares future developers and researchers for the challenges that lay ahead in ensuring that increasingly complex technological environments are designed to be easy to control and satisfying to use. The aim is to make technology serve well our daily needs and improve the productivity of work-related systems.

This focus area opens the door to a broad range of career opportunities in the field of human-technology interaction (also called human-computer interaction). The studies give students a solid practical and theoretical background for understanding, analyzing, and designing human-centered technologies and their user interfaces. This area places special emphasis on user-centered design methods and their integration in software development, usability engineering, as well as studying and evaluating user experience. In addition, a successful career as a researcher, user experience designer, usability engineer, or other HTI specialist requires excellent communication and team work skills.

Teaching is provided in close collaboration between Tampere University of Technology (TUT) and the University of Tampere (UTA). TUT is responsible for the focus area on User Experience Design and Evaluation. User Experience studies are a part of Human-Technology Interaction studies offered jointly by TUT and UTA.

Learning Outcomes

  • The student can apply different user interface styles and interaction techniques to different contexts of use and application domains, including mobile and pervasive computing.
  • The student can apply the findings of multidisciplinary research from both academic and professional sources. The student has basic skills in the research of user experience.
  • The student can design, implement and evaluate interactive systems according to human-centered design principles and processes, taking into account the goals of good user experience.
  • The student knows the central methods and principles of user experience research and design, including the principles based on psychology.
  • The student knows the central processes and methods of software engineering, and can apply user experience knowledge in software engineering processes.
  • The student understands the main factors and theories related to user experience of interactive products and services.
  • The student can take into account the user needs and characteristics in human-technology interaction.

User Experience

MSc in Information Technology, (Tech)

    This program consists of 120 cr:
  • Major Studies 50-60 cr (or 30 cr if taking a Minor)
  • Minor Studies 20-30 (optional)
  • Master's Thesis 30 cr
  • Common Core Studies 12 cr
  • Elective Studies (remaining credits)
Timo Saari, Kaisa Väänänen-Vainio-Mattila

User Experience Studies, 50-60 cr

Optional Compulsory Courses

Mathers Thesis, 30 cr

Masters Thesis

Common Core Studies, 12 cr

Optional Compulsory Courses