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Rapid advances in hardware, algorithms, software, and networks have opened tremendous new possibilities for human use of information technology. Studies in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) prepare future experts and leaders who use advanced methodology to design and develop information technology for the benefit of people.

Human-Computer Interaction ​is a new cross disciplinary major that builds on the success of our previous educational efforts: Interactive Technologies track, Information Networks programme and Usability School by Aalto University, and Interactive Systems by University of Helsinki. T​he major has strong links with other majors in the Master's Programme in Computer, Communication and Information Sciences (CCIS).

The major is hosted by Aalto University School of Science and operated jointly with the School of Electrical Engineering in cooperation with the Computer Science department of University of Helsinki. It combines rigorous courses in computational and engineering disciplines with spearheads in user interface technology and interaction design, yet builds also supporting competences in design, empirical research, and entrepreneurship.

Study programme

The overall structure of studies includes:

  • Basics​: Design thinking and methods for engineering and computer science students; User-centered methods, user research, and strategic usability in software engineering.
  • Computational and engineering specialization​: Analysis, modeling, and computational solution of design problems; Data-driven design using computational methods (e.g,. machine learning, optimization); Novel forms of interactive technologies and media; Interactive applications and systems, especially development and design; Interactive visual computing, such as augmented and virtual reality.
  • A capstone project​ and (optional) research immersion including interaction with world-class faculty and companies.


The studies (120 ECTS credits) consist of a major subject studies, Master’s thesis (30 ECTS) and elective studies (25-35 ECTS). The Human-Computer Interaction major is available in two forms, short and long. The short major (40-45 ECTS) includes a minor subject (20-25 ECTS). In the long major (55-65 ECTS), a student chooses courses from the course offerings available in the CCIS.

Learning outcomes

Students are well-equipped to approach modern design problems including challenges in concept creation, interface technologies, algorithms, data, modeling, and communications and networking. However, they are also knowledgeable about the human and social factors affecting the success of interactive systems. They know how to address them in practical interdisciplinary development processes in business context, and have technical skills to experiment and prototype innovative interactions. The programme develops meta-cognitive skills to drive visions of interactive technology, critically evaluate different approaches to interaction, and to develop competences further by following advanced research literature.

Career opportunities

Professionals in HCI are needed in the industry in careers related to user experience, usability, interaction design, human factors, user interface design, human-computer interaction and beyond. The curriculum includes several contact possibilities with the industry in Finland and abroad, in particular in the capstone project. Half of students write their thesis for a company. The programme is particularly well suited for students who will be engaged in start-up companies on interactive products and services as it includes essential knowledge to make products and services successful.

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School of Science

Pilihan kuliah

Purna Waktu (120 ECTS; 2 YEARS)

Biaya kuliah
€15.000,00 (Rp 222.591.711) per tahun
Tanggal mulai

Direncanakan September 2020


Aalto University

Otaniemi Campus,

Otakaari 24,



02150, Finland

Persyaratan masuk

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Applicants should hold a Bachelor's degree equivalent of 180 ECTS credits or more to be eligible to apply. The degree must be of at least three years of full-time studies. The degree from a foreign university must in the awarding country give eligibility for corresponding Master’s level studies. An applicable degree may also be an internationally accredited university level MBA program. English Language Requirements: IELTS (Academic IELTS only) Overall Band Score 6.5 and Writing Band Score 5.5; Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE A) Total Score 59 and Writing Score 50; TOEFL IBT (Internet-based Test) Total Score 92 and Writing Score 22 or PBT (Paper-based Test) Total Score 580 and Writing Score 4.0 or PDT (Paper-delivered Test) Reading 22, Listening 22 and Writing 24; CAE/CPE (CAE = Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English, CPE = Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English) - Grades A, B, C.

Untuk mahasiswa internasional

Applicants must have an appropriate Bachelor´s degree or an equivalent qualification.

English language requirements

  • IELTS (Academic IELTS only) - Overall Band Score: 6.5; Writing Band Score: 5.5
  • TOEFL - Total score: 92 (IBT), 580 (PBT); Writing score: 22 (IBT), 4.0 (PBT); PDT reading section 22, listening section 22 and writing section 24
  • CAE/CPE (CAE = Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English, CPE = Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English) - Grades accepted: A, B, C
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic only) - Total score: 59; Writing score: 50

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