Master's Degree in Human-Technology Interaction

What To Expect

This 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 the students to scientific thinking and writing as well as to hands-on work in various course projects.

Graduates' typical jobs include interaction or UX designer, usability specialist, researcher, user experience architect, and software developer. Although the programme is available in essentially the same format at both universities it is recommended that those applicants mainly interested in interaction design, development of interactive software or research apply to UTA and those mainly interested in user experience apply to TUT. That way the majority of their course units will be organized by their home university.

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 specialization
  • 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 Programme 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

Human-Technology Interaction

Master of Science Degree (120 ECTS)

  • Advanced level course units 40 ECTS
  • Master's thesis 40 ECTS
  • Other studies 40 ECTS
(incl. general studies, complementing studies and Optional studies)

Advanced Studies

General Studies

General studies for students with education in Finnish and BSc degree taken outside UTA
General studies for students who have taken their BSc degree at UTA

Optional and Other Studies

Eligibility Criteria
Eligibility criteria to the Master's degree programmes consist of two parts: the University of Tampere general eligibility criteria, and programme specific eligibility criteria, which specify and/or add information to the general criteria. Applicants must meet both in order to be considered eligible. To be eligible to apply for a Master’s programme at UTA, an applicant must have
  1. a completed university level Bachelor's degree or equivalent in the field of the desired programme or in a closely related subject (such as Interactive Technology, Computer Science, Design, Education, Media Studies, Psychology, Sociology, or other relevant field with studies in human-computer interaction) AND
  2. fluency in English sufficiently advanced for academic studies. For more information, please see Language requirements.

Applicants who have not completed their Bachelor's degree by the application deadline are also eligible to apply. In this case they they can be accepted to the programme on the condition that they graduate and send an officially attested copy of the degree certificate to the School office before the start of the studies (exact deadline will be given yearly). 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.
Language Requirements

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

1. Previous Studies
The following previous studies are accepted as proof of a good command of English:
  • A Bachelor's degree in English in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States, excluding online degrees, with the applicant having stayed in the respective country when studying for the Bachelor's degree.
  • Secondary education in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States.
  • A right to study towards a degree at the University of Tampere AND the foreign language course required in all Bachelor’s degrees in Finnish universities completed in the English language. The grade needs to be 4 or higher.
  • A right to study towards a degree in one of the international Master’s degree programmes offered by the University of Tampere.

2. Language Tests
All applicants whose previous studies do not meet the requirements above are required to submit a language test result. No exceptions to this requirement will be made.
We accept the following tests as a 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

Admission Procedure
Students are selected to the programme from those applicants who fulfill the official admission criteria.

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

If two or more applicants are rated at a par, their order shall be determined on the basis of the relevance and the level of the applicant's overall study record in the Bachelor's degree.

The School may arrange interviews to assess the most qualified applicants. The interviews are conducted by video, telephone or in Skype in March-April. 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.

More information can be found on the UTA website, here.
According to the amended Section 10 (30 December 2015/1600) of the Universities Act (558/2009), the University of Tampere is obliged to introduce tuition fees in Master’s degree programmes taught in other languages than Finnish. Non-EU/EEA citizens will be charged tuition fees. The tuition costs for the HTI programme at UTA is 12 000 € per academic year.

You can find out more about the Tution fees here.