Information Technology, Human-Technology Interaction
Learn to design successful interactive products
By studying Human-Technology Interaction, you will be prepared for the challenges of designing increasingly complex technological systems.
Besides functionality, the systems must be easy to control and provide positive user experiences.
Applicants should have a background in software engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, or information technology. Previous studies in design-related topics, user experience or human-computer interaction will be considered an advantage. A strong commitment to a human-centred design approach is required to become successful in this field.
This programme is offered in collaboration with TAUCHI.
Extent of studies
Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA citizens
The Master’s Degree Programme in Human-Technology Interaction educates experts in three different focus areas: user experience [MSc (Tech)], interaction design and development of interactive software (MSc). The degrees have their own admission and degree requirements.
After completing the studies in Human-Technology Interaction leading to a MSc (Tech) degree, the student understands the main theories and practices related to user experience of interactive products and services. The student can also take into account the user needs and characteristics in human-technology interaction. The programme offers skills to design, implement and prototype interactive systems according to human-centred design principles and processes. The student can also apply different user interface styles and interaction techniques to different contexts of use and application domains, including mobile and pervasive computing. He/she also knows the central processes and methods of software engineering, and can apply user experience knowledge in software engineering processes.
The official language of the programme is English, meaning that all the courses, exams and student services are arranged in English. Consequently, proficiency in both written and spoken English is an absolute prerequisite. Students are required to submit an approved certificate of their language proficiency when applying for admission. In addition, a Finnish course is a compulsory part of the degree. It provides basic knowledge of the Finnish language for everyday use and a brief introduction to Finnish culture.
The studies give you a solid practical and theoretical background for understanding, analysing, and designing human-centred technologies and their user interfaces. A special emphasis is placed on user-centred design methods and their integration in product development, as well as evaluating user experience with end users. The research conducted at Tampere University means that the contents of the studies are of a high academic level. On the other hand, close connection to companies helps to keep the contents relevant also for careers outside academia.
Tampere University offers its students an opportunity for a broad, cross-disciplinary education. A rich variety of minor studies and supplemental courses are available as well as the opportunity to concentrate purely on major studies. In fact, each degree is a unique combination of studies the individual student has found most interesting.
The programme leading to MSc in Technology is comprised of 120 ECTS credits. The courses are 90 ECTS credits and the Master's thesis 30 ECTS credits. Each ECTS credit is equal to an average workload of twenty-seven hours, including lectures, exercises, assignments, independent study and examinations. The duration of the programme is two years. Students spend three semesters completing courses and one semester preparing the final project (Master's thesis). They start their studies in late August, and the academic year ends in late May.
For more information, please see the Curriculum.
Studies in the Master's Degree Programme in Human-Technology Interaction - User Experience opens the door to a broad range of career opportunities in the field of human-technology interaction. If you are a good communicator and an excellent team player in addition to having solid technical skills, career as a user experience designer or researcher awaits you. Following the successful completion of the programme, master's degree holders are also eligible to apply for entrance to doctoral programmes in Finland and abroad.
In addition to studies in one’s own degree programme, students may take full advantage of the teaching offered by the Tampere higher education community ranging from technical to vocational studies in various fields.
Carefully read through the general eligibility criteria and the programme-specific eligibility criteria and see whether you meet them. For additional questions on applying, application documents and application process, please contact our Admissions office. For questions regarding the content of the programme, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 admission criteria will not be selected.
General eligibility criteria:
To be eligible to apply for 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.
It is not possible to apply to a Master’s programme based on a Master’s degree. The only exceptions are the one-tier degree programmes where the first cycle degree is not compulsory and the so-called long cycle degrees.
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.
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.
The previous degree should be from a field closely related to the Master's programme you are applying to. In the Master’s programme in Information Technology the previous degree has to be in one of the following (or highly related) fields: Computing, information technology, computer science, electrical engineering, software engineering or other applicable field with proficiency in mathematics, physics and elementary programming skills
For applicants who have completed their degree in a University of Applied Sciences (AMK) or a University in Finland the required minimum CGPA is the same as in the admission to the Master’s degree programmes offered in Finnish:
Minimum GPA for bachelor's degree completed in a Finnish University of Applied Sciences (AMK)
Minimum GPA for bachelor's degrees completed in a Finnish university (yliopisto)
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 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, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Switzerland, United Kingdom, or the United States. You must have resided in the country while studying.
An exchange study period or degree studies at a Finnish university (yliopisto) with course studies taught in English (a minimum of 15 credits) with a weighted GPA of at least 3/5. The courses must be completed by the application deadline. Please note that the exemption is not automatic, and therefore the only certain way of making sure you pass the language requirements is to take one of the official language tests.
A maximum of 60 students are admitted into the Information Technology programme. The Information Technology programme includes the following tracks:
- Communication Systems and Networks
- Data Engineering and Machine Learning
- Embedded Systems
- Human-Technology Interaction
- Robotics and Artificial Intelligence
- Software Engineering - Web & Cloud
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 based on the academic qualifications and merits shown in the application documents. Please note that not all applicants fulfilling the requirements can be admitted.
Applicants who are seeking admission to their first Master’s programme are given preference in the admissions process. Applicants for a second Master’s degree may be admitted only under special provision and only if they are able to show that the courses that count towards a degree at Tampere University provide the applicant with genuinely new knowledge and skills.
Students admitted to a Master’s degree programme may be required to complement their earlier degree with complementary studies. All students with a Finnish University of Applied Sciences (AMK) degree are required to complete a study package which generally includes courses in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry depending on the student's background. For more information on the complementary studies, please contact the academic coordinator of the degree programme.
Applicants are ranked based on the admission points they receive for previous qualifications, English language skills and other relevant factors that support the application.
Admission points (maximum 100 points) are given in the following categories:
- Previous qualifications maximum 60 points
- English language skills maximum 10 points:
- 5 points: e.g. TOEFL 92 / IELTS 6,5
- 10 points: e.g. TOEFL 103 or higher / IELTS 7,5 or higher
- Other relevant factors that support the application maximum 30 points
- CV/Résumé and the motivation letter submitted with the application constitute the basis of admission points given in this category.
- 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 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 eligibility 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 these documents are also 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 8:00 am and ends 23 January 2019 at 3:00 pm (GMT +2).
Some application enclosures are the same in all Tampere University Master’s programmes while some include programme-specific 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 by 30 January 2019.
You can find the list of the required enclosures and further instructions on the Application documents webpage.
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.
Admissions results will be announced by early April 2019. All applicants will be informed of the admissions results.
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