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Which MSc HCI is the best: Newcastle,Bath,York,Birmingham and Nottingham? urgent

Hi, I have a 1st degree in BSc Computer Science. I am looking for a MSc in HCI(Human computer interaction) outside of London this September.

I am struggling to decide between these 5 universities as they are all good.

Newcastle: https://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/degrees/human-computer-interaction-msc/#profile

York:https://www.york.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-taught/courses/msc-human-centred-interactive-technologies/

Bath: https://www.bath.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate-2020/taught-postgraduate-courses/msc-human-computer-interaction/

Birmingham: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/taught/computer-science/human-computer-interaction.aspx

Nottingham: https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/pgstudy/course/taught/human-computer-interaction-msc

Which one have the best employability overall?

York,birmingham,bath required a 2:1 above whereas the other two only require 2:2 .

I am applying to the nhs user centred design scheme in October https://digital.nhs.uk/about-nhs-digital/careers/the-academy-at-nhs-digital/user-centred-design-trainee-schemes Which MSc HCI course would be the best for this if I wanted to be accepted into this scheme.

Thanks
Original post by nox9281
Hi, I have a 1st degree in BSc Computer Science. I am looking for a MSc in HCI(Human computer interaction) outside of London this September.

I am struggling to decide between these 5 universities as they are all good.

Newcastle: https://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/degrees/human-computer-interaction-msc/#profile

York:https://www.york.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-taught/courses/msc-human-centred-interactive-technologies/

Bath: https://www.bath.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate-2020/taught-postgraduate-courses/msc-human-computer-interaction/

Birmingham: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/taught/computer-science/human-computer-interaction.aspx

Nottingham: https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/pgstudy/course/taught/human-computer-interaction-msc

Which one have the best employability overall?

York,birmingham,bath required a 2:1 above whereas the other two only require 2:2 .

I am applying to the nhs user centred design scheme in October https://digital.nhs.uk/about-nhs-digital/careers/the-academy-at-nhs-digital/user-centred-design-trainee-schemes Which MSc HCI course would be the best for this if I wanted to be accepted into this scheme.

Thanks

I can comment on the content.

I would avoid York. It only has 4 modules and a 100 credit dissertation. Sorry, you don't pay 10k for 4 taught modules and then get left to your own devices to work on a dissertation. This is an MSc nor an MRes

The Bath programme does not really seem to be about Human-Computer Interaction. For example, I am struggling to understand how a module on entrepreneurship relates to HCI.

Birmingham's course also seems dubious, a 60 credit dissertation and another 20-credit mini-project means that 80 of the 180 credits are self-taught. There is a further 20 credits on research skills and an optional module, 'teaching computer science in schools'. This gives the impression that the course content has just be thrown together. Sorry, I thought the course was about HCI.

The courses at Nottingham and Newcastle seem on point with lots of modules that are relevant to the masters you are studying for.
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Original post by mike23mike
I can comment on the content.

I would avoid York. It only has 4 modules and a 100 credit dissertation. Sorry, you don't pay 10k for 4 taught modules and then get left to your own devices to work on a dissertation. This is an MSc nor an MRes

The Bath programme does not really seem to be about Human-Computer Interaction. For example, I am struggling to understand how a module on entrepreneurship relates to HCI.

Birmingham's course also seems dubious, a 60 credit dissertation and another 20-credit mini-project means that 80 of the 180 credits are self-taught. There is a further 20 credits on research skills and an optional module, 'teaching computer science in schools'. This gives the impression that the course content has just be thrown together. Sorry, I thought the course was about HCI.

The courses at Nottingham and Newcastle seem on point with lots of modules that are relevant to the masters you are studying for.

Thanks for the info.

Why the heck some course modules are like that - are they trying to scam students?

I was expecting Newcastle and Nottingham to be bad during to the 2:2 entry requirement. I done some stalking around on alumni but unable to find any for Newcastle as this HCI is a new course but the course leader for Newcastle have a very strong HCI background and worked in Microsoft research. Also the new course at Newcastle tuition fees is £12,150.. Jesus. I don't think even student loan alone can covered all of that - it's even more than the UCL HCI course which I did not apply since living in London is expensive.

York HCI seem to have the most alumnus among the rest and the course been for longer than 10 years+ , reliable but unsure about the modules choices.

All others University tuition fees are around 8-9k.
Original post by nox9281
Hi, I have a 1st degree in BSc Computer Science. I am looking for a MSc in HCI(Human computer interaction) outside of London this September.

I am struggling to decide between these 5 universities as they are all good.

Newcastle: https://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/degrees/human-computer-interaction-msc/#profile

York:https://www.york.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-taught/courses/msc-human-centred-interactive-technologies/

Bath: https://www.bath.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate-2020/taught-postgraduate-courses/msc-human-computer-interaction/

Birmingham: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/taught/computer-science/human-computer-interaction.aspx

Nottingham: https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/pgstudy/course/taught/human-computer-interaction-msc

Which one have the best employability overall?

York,birmingham,bath required a 2:1 above whereas the other two only require 2:2 .

I am applying to the nhs user centred design scheme in October https://digital.nhs.uk/about-nhs-digital/careers/the-academy-at-nhs-digital/user-centred-design-trainee-schemes Which MSc HCI course would be the best for this if I wanted to be accepted into this scheme.

Thanks

York/Bath is the best ones because it's accreditated for CEng and CITP. Just because it doesn't offer more modules than other programmes does not mean it's bad rather it focuses on industry-relevant practical skill in the field of interactive design. 2:1/relevant work experiences are the minimum entry requirement; some other programmes consider 2:2 usually means the standard is lower. st Andrew/UCL HCI courses is not even accredited.
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Hi so which one choosed and why I am also facing similar thing I have got offer from York and Newcastle for hci . So now for which one should I go ? Which is better and why ? Please let me also know what things to consider more
Original post by Bhoomika_Bajaj
Hi so which one choosed and why I am also facing similar thing I have got offer from York and Newcastle for hci . So now for which one should I go ? Which is better and why ? Please let me also know what things to consider more


I hold offers from York and Newcastle too. I think Newcastle is a much better option compared to York, especially due to their relevant modules. York has four modules and all are focused on research, which is quite limited in my opinion. There isn't much of a difference in their rankings. However, Newcastle is ranked higher globally for computer science compared to York. Feel free to reach out for anything. Happy to connect with prospective HCI students for fall 2021.
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Hi all. The Newcastle course looks good. I have offer in Newcastle, york, nottingham and goldsmith. I like the course modules of Newcastle HCI. But they lack alumni network. I don't know how much accreditation matters for jobs. Can someone shed some light on how the Newcastle hci course was in 2020?
I think Newcastle course is new but the university and school of computing is regarded high.I have offer from two loughbroug and newcastle and almost finalized Newcastle considering it's ranking
Original post by Apurva123
Hi all. The Newcastle course looks good. I have offer in Newcastle, york, nottingham and goldsmith. I like the course modules of Newcastle HCI. But they lack alumni network. I don't know how much accreditation matters for jobs. Can someone shed some light on how the Newcastle hci course was in 2020?

congrats on all your offers!! so which one did u accept eventually? I'm planning to apply those too
Original post by musketeer1211
congrats on all your offers!! so which one did u accept eventually? I'm planning to apply those too

I have accepted Newcastle
Original post by nishkam14
I have accepted Newcastle

May I know how long does it take for u to get back from them after submitting your application?
I submitted mine almost 2 weeks ago
Hoping it's not too late:frown:
Original post by musketeer1211
May I know how long does it take for u to get back from them after submitting your application?
I submitted mine almost 2 weeks ago
Hoping it's not too late:frown:

Hi , I had submitted my application on 1st June and received conditional offer from university on 2nd July.

Good you have applied. Of th y have vacant seats they LL process it sooner.

U can reach them on [email protected] for more inquiry
Original post by nishkam14
Hi , I had submitted my application on 1st June and received conditional offer from university on 2nd July.

Good you have applied. Of th y have vacant seats they LL process it sooner.

U can reach them on [email protected] for more inquiry

Thanks a lot for your reply:h:
If I'm lucky enough maybe I will meet u next month
Original post by musketeer1211
Thanks a lot for your reply:h:
If I'm lucky enough maybe I will meet u next month

Hopefully you will get it . And see you next month
Original post by nishkam14
Hopefully you will get it . And see you next month

thanks for your blessing!!! I got an offer today!! Will see if there're any places left in the student accommodation, I'm really late! lol
Original post by musketeer1211
thanks for your blessing!!! I got an offer today!! Will see if there're any places left in the student accommodation, I'm really late! lol

Oh that's wonderful
Hopefully u will get the accommodation.
I too haven't got yet.
I am looking for temporary one or two months accommodation.
Original post by nishkam14
Oh that's wonderful
Hopefully u will get the accommodation.
I too haven't got yet.
I am looking for temporary one or two months accommodation.

try looking at the St. James point accommodation, they may still hv available rooms, it's just 1 min walk to the urban science building
Original post by musketeer1211
try looking at the St. James point accommodation, they may still hv available rooms, it's just 1 min walk to the urban science building

Yeah I'll check that option
So you are joining HCI at Newcastle. Great ! See you soon
Original post by musketeer1211
thanks for your blessing!!! I got an offer today!! Will see if there're any places left in the student accommodation, I'm really late! lol

hi! i applied to newcastle for the fall 2022 intake and haven't heard back yet :< how long did it take them to get back to you??
Original post by nishkam14
I have accepted Newcastle

I’m considering the offer from Newcastle. May I know how was your experience in there? Is the course expected and good for employability?

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