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MSc Human-Computer Interaction Design 2020/21

Hey guys,

This forum seems to be a bit dead, but here goes nothing. Is anyone else pursuing the MSc Human-Computer Interaction Design programme in the 2020/21 academic year?

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Reply 1
I got offers from both City University and UCL. I cant decide between the two. Any help? Both courses seem to have a good reputation
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Reply 2
Original post by mefys
I got offers from both City University and UCL. I cant decide between the two. Any help? Both courses seem to have a good reputation

Hi mefys, I found this thread recently that goes into quite some detail in this regard - https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/showpost.php?p=85979016&postcount=12
Do let me know where you pick in the end! :smile:
Reply 3
Original post by cchin
Hi mefys, I found this thread recently that goes into quite some detail in this regard - https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/showpost.php?p=85979016&postcount=12
Do let me know where you pick in the end! :smile:

Thanks for the link it was very informative. I think I'm leaning towards City. UCL is obviously the more prestigious university but City has the better course I think. I have an undergraduate degree in Psychology and UCL is more psychology heavy according to that post but I prefer a more thorough understanding on the computing aspect which City provides. Which is also why City grads tend to have higher salaries. I'll think it through for a while but City is my 1st choice. Too bad HCI is not very popular around here would have loved to read more comments from this year's applicants in our position.
Reply 4
Original post by cchin
Hey guys,

This forum seems to be a bit dead, but here goes nothing.

Good, at least I wont have much competition :biggrin:
Reply 5
Original post by mefys
Thanks for the link it was very informative. I think I'm leaning towards City. UCL is obviously the more prestigious university but City has the better course I think. I have an undergraduate degree in Psychology and UCL is more psychology heavy according to that post but I prefer a more thorough understanding on the computing aspect which City provides. Which is also why City grads tend to have higher salaries. I'll think it through for a while but City is my 1st choice. Too bad HCI is not very popular around here would have loved to read more comments from this year's applicants in our position.

I would like to think rankings don't matter as much for a master's degree. For bachelor's it's mostly because a lot of courses like Psychology are broad and offered by a large number of institutions, that would be less relevant if a bachelor's / master's / doctorate covers a very specialised field of study and not offered by a majority of unis.
Adding onto what George has already said, UCL is also a much more populous institution than City (40,000 students, double of City's) so social distancing restrictions will probably be a lot stricter there, although it is still too early to say.
I've also seen users from other TSR threads and Quora recommending City's programme, both having studied it themselves or knowing people who had. When do you need to get back to them re your decision?
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Reply 6
Original post by LeeJ93
Good, at least I wont have much competition :biggrin:


Hi, does this mean you've applied and are waiting for a response?
Reply 7
Original post by cchin
I would like to think rankings don't matter as much for a master's degree. For bachelor's it's mostly because a lot of courses like Psychology are broad and offered by a large number of institutions, that would be less relevant if a bachelor's / master's / doctorate covers a very specialised field of study and not offered by a majority of unis.
Adding onto what George has already said, UCL is also a much more populous institution than City (40,000 students, double of City's) so social distancing restrictions will probably be a lot stricter there, although it is still too early to say.
I've also seen users from other TSR threads and Quora recommending City's programme, both having studied it themselves or knowing people who had. When do you need to get back to them re your decision?


Next week. But I'll let them know by this weekend. Yeah City's course seems to be really strong. Have you already received or accepted their offer?
Reply 8
Original post by mefys
Next week. But I'll let them know by this weekend. Yeah City's course seems to be really strong. Have you already received or accepted their offer?

Got an unconditional offer and accepted it, I felt like City's programme is a better fit for me, as I'm more interested in design processes over research / academia.
Reply 9
Original post by cchin
Got an unconditional offer and accepted it, I felt like City's programme is a better fit for me, as I'm more interested in design processes over research / academia.

Hey I just received an email this morning from City saying most of the course will be taught fully online. I assume for the first semester. I am inclined to defer my entry if that is the case since I am not too keen on paying full price for online lectures. I'd like to know your thoughts on this.
Reply 10
Original post by mefys
Hey I just received an email this morning from City saying most of the course will be taught fully online. I assume for the first semester. I am inclined to defer my entry if that is the case since I am not too keen on paying full price for online lectures. I'd like to know your thoughts on this.

I think it will depend on what you plan to do to fill that gap year for your deferral. If you have a job and can stay for another year that would be fine, but if you're unemployed at the moment, finding a job during an economic downturn seems like a bad idea. I'm not planning to defer and the majority of people on TSR (not just City) have the same thought, but mainly because of Brexit.
Reply 11
Original post by cchin
I think it will depend on what you plan to do to fill that gap year for your deferral. If you have a job and can stay for another year that would be fine, but if you're unemployed at the moment, finding a job during an economic downturn seems like a bad idea. I'm not planning to defer and the majority of people on TSR (not just City) have the same thought, but mainly because of Brexit.

Yes I do have a job thankfully. My main concern is whether I'll lose the benefits of being able to interact with fellow students since we will be studying from home. Networking and such for example will prove more difficult. And ofcourse the quality of online teaching.
Reply 12
Original post by mefys
Yes I do have a job thankfully. My main concern is whether I'll lose the benefits of being able to interact with fellow students since we will be studying from home. Networking and such for example will prove more difficult. And of course the quality of online teaching.

If you're not time sensitive with when you'd complete the program I guess you can email City for a deferred entry (I think they accept one, apparently some unis refuse to let anyone defer). It seems like the 'online teaching' is mostly lectures and I'm pretty indifferent about that because I'd zone out during lectures and have to watch everything online again anyway...
Reply 13
Original post by cchin
If you're not time sensitive with when you'd complete the program I guess you can email City for a deferred entry (I think they accept one, apparently some unis refuse to let anyone defer). It seems like the 'online teaching' is mostly lectures and I'm pretty indifferent about that because I'd zone out during lectures and have to watch everything online again anyway...

Hey there I just made my mind up and decided to go this year rather than wait for next year! I will let UCL know I will be declining their offer. Their course is more appealing to those who want to go into academia/research which isn't my ideal destination. Great opportunity to study at a top 10 uni but I trust the high praise City's course receives and it is also has cheaper fees.Though HCI applicants around here seem to prefer UCL from the other threads I've visited.
Original post by cchin
Got an unconditional offer and accepted it, I felt like City's programme is a better fit for me, as I'm more interested in design processes over research / academia.


I know that this is an old post, but congratulations anyways! This is exactly what I want to be doing my Msc on. Did you need very strong mathematical skills to get onto the course? I got a 1st class honours from UAL in Graphic Design, but feel like this wouldn't be enough.
Hey everyone! For everyone that did apply to City University for HCI, how long did you have to wait between sending the application and getting an offer?
Original post by parinanaik
Hey everyone! For everyone that did apply to City University for HCI, how long did you have to wait between sending the application and getting an offer?

Hey! From what the admissions team have told me, it's usually between 4-6 weeks but can be longer if it includes holidays/ bank holidays. They told me that they have very few spaces per year though and tend to close the application deadline early on if they have too many applicants. If you have already sent an application however you will have more chances of getting in.
Hi all! I’ve been accepted into City’s HCI Design program for 21/22! For those of you who started last fall, how do you like it so far? Also, I submitted my application in late November and got my offer 6 days later :smile: so I think it must really depend on the time you submit it! If anyone else is planning on doing the HCID program at City this year, I’d love to connect! I will be coming from the US so I’m not 100% up to speed on UK university life, any tips are welcome 😅
Original post by pemberley
Hi all! I’ve been accepted into City’s HCI Design program for 21/22! For those of you who started last fall, how do you like it so far? Also, I submitted my application in late November and got my offer 6 days later :smile: so I think it must really depend on the time you submit it! If anyone else is planning on doing the HCID program at City this year, I’d love to connect! I will be coming from the US so I’m not 100% up to speed on UK university life, any tips are welcome 😅

Hey! Yes, I'm planning to also do this course for 21/22 however being a home student I'm still waiting for a reply to know whether I have been accepted or not. The deadline is the 31st of August, so still have some time before they close all applications. :-)
Original post by pemberley
Hi all! I’ve been accepted into City’s HCI Design program for 21/22! For those of you who started last fall, how do you like it so far? Also, I submitted my application in late November and got my offer 6 days later :smile: so I think it must really depend on the time you submit it! If anyone else is planning on doing the HCID program at City this year, I’d love to connect! I will be coming from the US so I’m not 100% up to speed on UK university life, any tips are welcome 😅

Hi @pemberley! I hope you are doing well. I am an Official Economics Student Representative at City UoL where I am in my second-year of undergraduate study, but I would still be able to answer your question and provide some insights.

First of all, a huge congratulations on the well-deserved offer! Extremely happy for you I hope you enjoy studying here in London, which will be quite a new experience from the US.

If you would like to learn more about your subject of study from students themselves, you can speak to us current students directly and ask any questions you have through the following link: https://www.city.ac.uk/prospective-students/open-events-and-fairs/online-chats/ask-a-student. Just filter according to your subject of interest and you can find a wide range of students in your subject (international students too, so you can gain their advice on the move to the UK and studying at City UoL).


In terms of studying at City, I personally believe it is an incredible place to study! It truly is a lot of fun with high-quality teaching! The university offers part-time jobs, volunteering opportunities, and has a fantastic CareersHub which has helped me secure 3 internships in my first year of study. Additionally, it has great facilities such as the Library and interesting societies that you can get involved with alongside your studies. Furthermore, City is amazing at supporting their students academically, mentally, and financially. As it is in the heart of London, we have great transportation nearby which makes travelling accessible, a variety of restaurants and bars nearby, including our very own CityBar on-campus for the social aspect of university.

If there are any other questions you may have, please do let me know and I would be more than happy to help. Wishing you all the success with your future studies! 😊

Best Regards,
Abida Ali
Official Economics Student Representative for City, University of London

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