Masters | Postgraduate Course - Child Computer Interaction Course Details within University of Central Lancashire

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Study Details

MRes Full-time: One year, Part-time: Usually two years

MRes Child Computer Interaction is a new and growing branch of Human Computer Interaction, and is the key area of expertise for the ChiCI research group at UCLan. Our expertise spans world-class research, commercial activity and knowledge-transfer. As the market for children's interactive technology grows there is an increasing need for specialists who can research, design and evaluate interactive technology for children. This postgraduate course is the first specialist research-based academic course offered in Child Computer Interaction. We aim to provide a challenging and stimulating environment in which students can develop specialist skills by working closely with the ChiCI research group. It is anticipated that students from this course will either continue to PhD study or go into employment as CCI specialists.   

Module details

Year 1

  • CO4820 Critical Analysis (Semester 1)
  • CO4754 Interaction Design and Evaluation (Semester 1)
  • CO4732 Advanced Topics in HCI (Semester 1)
  • CO4734 Child Computer Interaction (Semester 2)
  • CO4824 MRes Project (Semesters 2 and 3)

Year 2
Part-time students will typically complete the taught modules in their first year, and undertake the project in their second year. As well as attending classes, students will be expected to take part in research seminars and discussions. 

Entry Requirements

Specific entry requirements for the course are a recognised British Honours degree (or its equivalent) in a relevant subject (computing, technology or technical design), with a 1 or 2.1 (or equivalent).

Students with non-standard qualifications or who have work experience will be considered on a case by case basis. All applicants will be interviewed. 

Student Destinations

The goal of the course is to guide you, depending on your interests, to either go out into Industry or to progress to an academic research career. We aim to produce Child Computer Interaction practitioners who understand how to create excellent interaction designs for children in a range of different scenarios. We also aim to give you a thorough grounding in the research area so you are ready to start a PhD.

We also aim to give you a thorough grounding in the Child Computing Interaction research area so you are ready to start a PhD. After completing the MRes there will be opportunities for students to continue to MPhil or PhD study.