Master of Human Interface Technology


Human Interface Technology aims to improve interactive technology to meet users’ needs. This technology is useful in a wide range of areas such as medicine, rehabilitation, education and training, entertainment and business.

UC's HIT Lab NZ encourages students to start by understanding how people think and work. By combining multidisciplinary viewpoints, user-centred design and facilitating collaboration with external companies and teams, graduates can develop the skills needed to produce high-impact work globally.

The Master of Human Interface Technology (MHIT) offers students direct engagement with industry through projects and scholarships.

Graduates of the MHIT will have:

  • knowledge of interface design principles
  • the ability to describe and evaluate interface hardware and software
  • experience of working on projects and in teams
  • research and development skills.

Entry requirements

Normally the minimum requirement is a three-year bachelor’s degree from a New Zealand university, or a qualification or combination of qualifications considered to be equivalent. If you gained your qualifications overseas, these will need to be assessed to make sure they are of an equivalent standard. You are also required to meet UC’s English language requirements.

Qualification specific requirements

An honours degree in Computer Science, Design, Psychology or an appropriate field. HIT Lab NZ encourages students from a variety of backgrounds to apply for entry into this multidisciplinary field.

For the full entry requirements see the Regulations for the Master of Human Interface Technology or use the admission requirements checker.

Qualification structure and duration

  • The MHIT consists of a thesis worth 90 points and 30 points of coursework.
  • The degree is to be completed full-time over one year.
  • Students can begin their studies in February or July.

Subjects and courses

Study covers a wide range of topics including user-centred design, the development of new interface devices and technologies (hardware and software), evaluating these technologies within the application context, and studying the broader impact on human behaviour and society.

For the up-to-date schedule of courses, visit our University Regulations website.

How to apply

Find out how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications

Further study

UC also offers a Doctor of Philosophy in Human Interface Technology.

Career opportunities

Postgraduate study can bring many career benefits eg, specialist skills and enhanced knowledge, entry into specific occupations, higher starting salary/progression rates, research capability/achievement and evidence of high academic attainment/self-discipline. 

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More information

For full requirements see the Regulations for the Master of Human Interface Technology.

For study planning help contact HIT Lab NZ or the College of Engineering:

College of Engineering
University of Canterbury
John Britten Building
Private Bag 4800
New Zealand

Phone +64 3 364 2608
Email engdegreeadvice@canterbury.ac.nz

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