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 Hangarau Tangata, Tangata Hangarau | Human Interface Technology Laboratory (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.
To enrol, students should have an honours degree in Computer Science, Design, Psychology, or another appropriate field. Hangarau Tangata, Tangata Hangarau | HIT Lab NZ encourages students from a variety of backgrounds to apply for entry into this multidisciplinary field.
If English is your additional language, you are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.
For the full entry requirements, see the Regulations for the Master of Human Interface Technology or use the admission requirements checker.
How to apply
You will need to complete an application form for the MHIT from Te Rāngai Pūkaha | College of Engineering website.
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The MHIT consists of a thesis worth 90 points and 30 points of coursework.
The degree is to be completed full-time over 1 year, and starts in February each year.
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.
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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For full requirements, see the Regulations for the Master of Human Interface Technology.
For study planning help, contact Hangarau Tangata, Tangata Hangarau | Human Interface Technology Laboratory or the College of Engineering:
Te Rāngai Pūkaha | College of Engineering
Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800