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 Human Interface Technology Laboratory | Tangata Hangarau, Hangarau Tangata (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.
Normally the minimum requirement is a three-year bachelor’s degree from an Aotearoa 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.
Specific entry requirements
An honours degree in Computer Science, Design, Psychology, or an appropriate field. HIT Lab NZ | Tangata Hangarau, Hangarau Tangata 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.
How to apply
You will need to complete an application form for the MHIT from the College of Engineering | Te Rāngai Pūkaha 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 18 months, and can be begun in February or October.
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, see the Regulations for the Master of Human Interface Technology.
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 Human Interface Technology Laboratory | Tangata Hangarau, Hangarau Tangata or the College of Engineering:
College of Engineering | Te Rāngai Pūkaha
University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha
Private Bag 4800