Be one of the people designing the future of human-technology interaction
Master’s Programme in Human-Technology Interaction (HTI) offers an exceptionally broad set of studies in human-technology interaction and related fields. In the HTI studies, you will get up to date know-how on digital service design, usability engineering and user-centric software production, multimodal and multisensory human-computer interaction with vision, interfaces based on speech, gaze, haptics, gestures and physiology as well as on interface solutions for virtual reality, industrial tasks, human-robot interaction, Internet of Things and artificial intelligence.
In a broader context, you will learn how technology affects people’s lives and how to design efficient and engaging digital services. The programme leads you to scientific thinking and writing as well as to hands-on work in various course projects.
There are many job opportunities to choose from after graduation, such user interface developer in different industrial sectors, user experience and interaction designer of new digital services and products, and usability and customer experience specialist. Career opportunities are excellent, and human-technology interaction specialists are highly appreciated by industry.
Extent of studies
Form of learning
The Master’s Degree Programme in Human-Technology Interaction educates experts in all areas of human-technology interaction. Students can focus their studies to interaction design, user interfaces, usability and user experience, among others. You can apply either to the MSc programme or the MSc (Tech) programme depending on your background. There are separate admission and degree requirements.
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 area 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 internationalising 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 (MSc) 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.
More about the language of instruction
The programme is offered in English.
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.
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.
The master programme has a direct link to research carried out by TAUCHI, Tampere Unit for Computer-Human Interaction. TAUCHI is a TUNI 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.
Many work opportunities are available for graduates of this programme. For concrete examples, see http://hti-tampere.fi/studies-section/study-planning/. 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.
Postgraduate 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 TUNI’s Doctoral programme in Interactive Technology.
A maximum of 30 students are admitted into the programme.
Students are selected to the programme from those applicants who fulfil the official eligibility criteria. Candidates for admission should be well qualified and capable of benefiting from the study programme in question.
The student selection is made by an admissions committee on the basis of the academic qualifications and merits shown in the application documents. Please note that not all applicants fulfilling the requirements can be admitted.
Applicants with a Master's degree will be admitted to the programme only for well-founded reasons.
Students admitted to a Master's degree programme may be required to complement their earlier degree with complementary studies. For more information on the complementary studies, please contact the programme coordinator of the degree programme.
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 the University of Tampere studying course units relevant to the Master programme.
Applicants with a Bachelor's degree from a Finnish AMK university of applied sciences should have a thesis graded no less than 3/5.
Eligibility criteria in the Master's degree programmes consist of two parts: Tampere University's general eligibility criteria, and programme-specific eligibility criteria, which specify and/or add information to the general criteria. You must meet both to be considered eligible. Applicants who do not meet both the general eligibility and the programme-specific eligibility criteria will not be selected.
General eligibility criteria
To be eligible to apply to a Master’s degree programme at Tampere University, you must have
- a completed university level Bachelor's degree or equivalent in the field of the desired Master's degree programme or in a closely related subject AND
- a good command of English for academic purposes. For more information, please see Language requirements.
A Bachelor’s degree completed in a university outside Finland must provide eligibility to university-level Master’s degree studies in the country in question.
Programme-specific eligibility criteria
Each Master's degree programme can define more detailed eligibility criteria including, for example, more specific requirements of the applicant's previous education. These criteria will be decided and published yearly for the following application round.
To be eligible to apply to the Master’s degree programme in Human-Technology Interaction, 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.
The number of eligible applicants annually exceeds the number of students that can be accepted. The student selection is made by an admissions committee on the basis of the academic qualifications and merits shown in the application documents. Please note that not all eligible applicants can be admitted.
Applicants who are in the final year of their Bachelor's degree
You are eligible to apply in the final year of your Bachelor’s degree if the degree will be completed and you are able to send an officially certified copy of the degree certificate and final transcript of records by post by the given deadline (around end of July, exact date to be given later). In this case, you can be admitted to a Master's programme conditionally. If you do not submit an officially certified copy of your degree certificate to Tampere University by the given deadline, your conditional admission will expire.
Language skill requirements
You 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.
English language tests
The minimum English language test result requirements:
C1 Advanced/CAE: C
In all Tampere University Master’s programmes it is possible to be exempted from submitting a language test score if you have completed certain studies.
In the Tampere University Master’s programmes it is possible to be exempted from submitting a language test score if you completed your secondary education and/or have taken a higher education degree in English in Finland or other EU/EEA country, Switzerland, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, or the United States. You must have resided in the country while studying.
In the Master programme in Human-Technology Interaction, also the following studies exempt you from submitting a language test score. Please note that you may fit into several of the categories. Please choose the one you feel is most appropriate.
- A Bachelor’s degree completed in a Finnish university or university of applied sciences in Finnish or Swedish. The compulsory foreign language course included in the degree must be completed in the English language.
- 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 that you take a language test to indicate your proficiency in English.
How to apply
- Check the admission criteria
- Start preparing your application documents as early as possible!
- If required book a time for the language test
- Fill in the online application at Studyinfo.fi during the application period and upload required enclosures for the application
- Send the officially certified copies of your educational documents by post to Tampere University Admissions Office by 30 January 2019. The documents must reach the University by the given deadline.
- Wait for the admission results
- Accept the offer of admission by the given deadline
- Pay the tuition fee, if required
- Register as a student and join the Tampere University community!
Application process in detail
Select the Master's degree programme you wish to apply to. Carefully read through the general eligibility criteria and programme-specific eligibility criteria and see whether you meet them. Applicants who do not meet the general and programme-specific eligiblity criteria will not be selected.
Check which application documents you are required to submit and make sure to obtain them in time. Remember to check if there are any country-specific requirements for your documents. Please note that some documents may be required to be sent separately by a third party. Make sure also these documents are delivered in time.
When applying to the Master’s programmes you usually must demonstrate your proficiency in English with an internationally recognised academic language test report. We advise all 2019 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 Tampere University.
Online application form
The online application form will be available during the application period only at Studyinfo.fi. The application period starts 4 December 2018 at 8 am (GMT+2) and ends 23 January 2019 at 3 pm (GMT +2).
Admission results and appeals
Admissions results will be announced by early April 2019. All applicants will be informed about the admissions results.
Please see Tampere University's general instructions concerning rectification procedure.
Some application enclosures are the same in all Tampere University Master’s programmes while some are programme-specific. There are seven Tampere University general application enclosures.
You will need to upload all application documents online at Studyinfo.fi. In addition to uploading the application documents on the application, you must submit the officially certified copies of your educational documents to Tampere University Admissions Office by post. You must send the educational documents by post to Tampere University Admissions Office so that they arrive by 30 January 2019.
You can find the list of the required enclosures and further instructions on the Application documents webpage.
Master's programme in Human-Technology Interaction only requires the Tampere University general application enclosures, there are no programme-specific enclosures.
Country-specific requirements for application documents
Applicants whose degrees have been awarded in certain countries need to pay special attention to the documentation before submitting it. In addition to the standard document requirements, educational documents from certain countries must be submitted in a particular way. Note that the degree awarding country may be a different one from the country where the studies are taken. These country-specific requirements must always be followed first and foremost, prior to any regular requirements for attesting documents.
More information on the country-specific requirements for educational documents.