User Experience Design MSc (PGCert PGDip)

University Of Brighton

Program Overview

Study user experience design (UXD) in a city that is one of the UK’s leading centres for creative technology. And benefit from our partnerships and collaboration with employers and our professional networks in the city and beyond.

Our accredited course fosters innovation and creativity in interactive design. You’ll develop your knowledge of human-computer interaction and design for interactive products in a range of application areas.

With a focus on applied learning you will plan and manage an interactive design project from concept to implementation and gain an understanding of the commercial contexts of interaction design. You also have the opportunity to gain valuable work experience on placement with a digital media company as part of your major project module.

You’ll develop research skills working alongside researchers in our Centre for Secure, Intelligent and Usable Systems (CSIUS) that explores the interaction between people and software systems from the perspectives of analysis, design, evaluation and visualisation. You also benefit from our well-established links with industry and have opportunities to attend networking events and talks with user ex professionals and researchers.

User Experience Design MSc is a flexible course that has been designed so that you can study full- or part-time and tailor your learning to your personal and career interests.


BrightonUnited Kingdom

  Course Duration

12 Months

  Tuition Fee

£ 15,462


IELTS: 6.5 TOEFL: 85

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Course structure

The course can be studied full-time or part-time.

The taught element of the course is delivered during the first two semesters. Modules involve approximately 20% classroom teaching and 80% individual or group work. The third semester focuses on your major project.

Part-time students study alongside full-time students with a minimum attendance of one half day per week, depending on the number of modules taken.

Core modules

  • Major Project
    Your major project provides an opportunity to demonstrate your capacity to work at masters level as an independent researcher and/or developer in your chosen area of expertise. You will produce an independent piece of research written as a dissertation, or design and produce an interactive product. 
  • Research Methods
    You will develop the professional perspectives and skills needed to plan, carry out and evaluate research in your field of informatics-related studies. You also build your understanding of the social, legal and ethical issues in this context. 
  • Interaction Design and Evaluation Process
    This module provides professional software developers with a solid foundation for developing user interaction aspects of projects, and the capability to reliably evaluate the usability of your own and others work. 
  • Interface and Information Design
    You will build on your understanding of the user centred interaction design process, developing your interface design skills and enabling you to produce work to a commercial design quality. 
  • Design Thinking
    This module helps you develop your creative problem solving and design thinking through practice. You will be guided through the entire design process using research methods to understand stakeholder groups, identify need and create an innovative, user-centric and ethical solution. Whether a process, service, produce or an app. 

Degree and experience

Normally, a 2:2 honours degree in a relevant discipline, ie those including substantial elements of computing, psychology, information design or product design. For appropriate candidates without an honours degree, entry to the course will normally involve an interview.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each element. 

International (full-time) - 15,462 GBP

Accredited by the British Computer Society, The Chartered Institute for IT for the purposes of partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional.

Accreditation is conditional on studying module ISM105 The Business and the Information System.

Graduate destinations 

UXD MSc graduates will be able to work as commercial interaction designers on both software and software-enabled physical products. This may also be a starting point for a research career in human-centred interaction design.

Our graduates are working in roles that include:

  • digital consultant
  • senior developer
  • UX designer
  • web designer
  • digital marketer.
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