Course Overview

Attendance
UK/EU Fees £9,500 *
International Fees £13,500 *
Alumni Discount See details
Duration 1 year

* Price per academic year

Course summary

This newly redesigned course enables graduates to be able to understand, design and develop digital solutions within the emergent digital economies. Graduates would be able to follow a flexible program of study and either plan a career in interaction design, mobile and digital solutions, data and analytics, or emergent systems or to explore the opportunities offered in London as a start-up capital.

The digital sector continues to evolve and technologies, platforms, interaction paradigms and business models are increasingly requiring technical ability combined with commercial and design acumen that the course encourages. 

Boston Consulting Group estimated that by the end of 2016 the internet economy in the G-20 economies will be worth USD 4.2 trillion (up from USD 2.3 trillion in 2010) and that the internet contributes over 12 per cent of GDP in the United Kingdom.

The mobile apps sector has revenues of more than €10 billion per annum or jobs in the order of 790.000 across the whole EU economy and continues to grow at a fast rate. Within the UK the digital sector has critical importance and reports suggest 14.4% of companies in the UK are involved in the Digital economy and some 1.46 million people are employed. More than one million jobs were advertised in 2014 showing a growth of 28% and there are suggestions that the growth forecast is around 5.4%

The Business Growth Fund and Barclays published a report in March 2014 that supported the phenomenal growth experienced by tech businesses in the UK, finding that London is home to Europe’s fastest growing tech cluster, with 27% of all job growth in London generated by the tech and digital sector.  

A recent study published by the Department of Culture, Media and Sports valued the creative industries as contributing was worth £133 billion in 2014 accounting for 8.2% of the UK Economy. The Creative Economy has grown more than 25% in the last four years. Within this sector technology represents a substantial scale of impact both directly in terms of for example software as well as indirectly through areas such as digital marketing. Direct Gross added value of IT, software and computer services sectors were worth £36.6 billion in 2014.  

The Masters of Science in Interaction Design and Computing takes into account the emerging needs of the marketplace focusing on the key areas of enterprise, user experience, interaction, innovation and development as well as offering options in various subjects including web, mobile and data. As a consequence the modules emphasise both the critical conceptual underpinnings as well as the practical skills for each subject.

Course structure

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course. For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the full course document.

Core Modules

The module will explore consideration of interaction design, development and design methods and core entrepreneurial and management processes through the exploration, creation and development of concepts and business propositions for start-up innovation or client briefs.

The project is an extended piece of supervised independent work relevant to the field. This can be either undertaken as a work based project or on a topic proposed by the student or faculty. 

The module strengthen your skills and guides your personal development plan towards the professional and academic requirements of the discipline.

The module will explore user centred interface design and the user experience through applied theory and practice. Building from the foundations the module will explore common user experience techniques and terminology as well as related design topics.

Option Modules

This module aims to explain how to manage the volume, velocity and variety of Big Data, and SQL and noSQL databases. It also addresses issues related to data governance and data quality. 

This module will provide an overview of modern techniques in Machine Learning and Data Mining that are particularly customised for Data Science applications. 

This module covers the theoretical and practical aspects of data visualisation including graphical perception, dynamic dashboard visualisations, and static data infographic.

The module will allow students to explore the development of emergent technologies that will have an impact on user interactions with content, systems, data and communities and to be in position to be determine potential commercial value. 

The module will provide students a foundational knowledge in the concepts of gaming interaction paradigms, workflows and technologies. 

This module will give the necessary knowledge and practical experience to develop native applications that take advantage on the underlying hardware features of contemporary devices.

The module will explore the mobile and ubiquitous paradigms and the role these technologies are playing within the economy. The module will consider the core technologies as well as the interfaces to support these systems.

This module explores the use of modelling to analyse, measure and improve both online presence and impact using web and social media data. 

You can choose any appropriate module at Level 7 from the Faculty with agreement of Course Team if you can meet any requirements and it is available.

Professional accreditation

This programme is accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, for fully meeting the further learning educational requirement for Chartered IT Professional (CITP) status. Note that there are additional requirements, including work experience, to achieve full CITP status. Graduates of this accredited degree will also be eligible for professional membership of BCS (MBCS).

The BCS accreditation is an indicator of the programme’s quality to students and employers; it is also an important benchmark of the programme’s standard in providing high quality computing education, and commitment to developing future IT professionals that have the potential to achieve Chartered status. The programme is also likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.

Course Team

The course in addition to its own specialised modules shares modules from across the department’s postgraduate portfolio. Some of the core course team include:

Careers

Potential career pathways:

  • Start-up Entrepreneur
  • Project Manager
  • Web Developer
  • App Developer
  • AR/VR Developer
  • Gaming interaction designer
  • Interaction technologies Specialist
  • Advanced systems developer
  • Data and analytics Specialist
  • User Experience/usability Designer

Our Career Development Centre has just been shortlisted for the Best University Careers Service in the National Undergraduate Employability Awards for 2017.

With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we are here to help you succeed.

In 2015–16, we helped over 1,500 students find work placements across a range of sectors, with 250 employers attending 14 on-campus skills and careers fairs.

As a Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.

We can help you:

  • find work placements related to your course
  • find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
  • find international opportunities to enhance your employability
  • market yourself effectively to employers
  • write better CVs and application forms
  • develop your interview and enterprise skills
  • plan your career with our careers consultants
  • meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events throughout the year

Find out more about the Career Development Centre.

Entry Requirements

The target applicants typically would be computer literate graduates with a minimum lower second class degree in a related technical discipline such as computer science, multimedia or games development with experience of coding with scripting languages. Applicants from different backgrounds who can demonstrate practical computing knowledge including programming will also be considered. Alternatively you may have in-depth work experience or already be working in the sector and can apply as a mature candidate in which case the academic degree qualification requirement may be relaxed. The relevance of the applicant’s first degree or industrial experience and suitability for the course will be usually determined by interview and where relevant portfolio. International applicants will be required to meet gain IELTS 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in all elements.

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The target applicants typically would be computer literate graduates with a minimum lower second class degree in a related technical discipline such as computer science, multimedia or games development with experience of coding with scripting languages. Applicants from different backgrounds who can demonstrate practical computing knowledge including programming will also be considered. Alternatively you may have in-depth work experience or already be working in the sector and can apply as a mature candidate in which case the academic degree qualification requirement may be relaxed. The relevance of the applicant’s first degree or industrial experience and suitability for the course will be usually determined by interview and where relevant portfolio. International applicants will be required to meet gain IELTS 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in all elements.

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What our students say

Jon Gass

The combination of technical and Design modules cultivate a greater appreciation of effective cross discipline work. Taking the [Interaction Design and Computing] MSc part-time also gave me the opportunity to apply my UX evaluation skills at work from day one.

I am now working on Google Assistant experience in Communication apps.

Sharon Profita

Westminster was a breath of fresh air because the background of my classmates is very diverse and we combine and complement our skills in ways that I’ve never experienced. Lecturers are passionate and knowledgeable and they can be very flexible in terms of respecting the path you want to take, or the skills you want to discover.

Jennifer Suazo

Interaction Design and Computing MSc 2017

I am a Multimedia Arts graduate with over 4 years of work experience in web, graphic and interactive design working hand-in- hand with clients in numerous industries in the Philippines. The course offers me opportunities to progress in my chosen field and broaden my knowledge in web and interactive design.

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Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: £9,500 (Price per academic year)

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Alumni discount

This course is eligible for an alumni discount. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply by visiting our Alumni discounts page.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about postgraduate student funding options.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

International tuition fee: £13,500 (Price per academic year)

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Alumni discount

This course is eligible for an alumni discount. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply by visiting our Alumni discounts page.

Funding

Find out about funding for international students.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

Course Location

Our Cavendish Campus in the heart of London is home to the Faculty of Science and Technology. With first-class facilities, the campus houses subject areas ranging from biosciences to electronic engineering. For more details, visit our Cavendish Campus page.

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