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Interaction Design

Umea University

24 months
14224 EUR/year
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The Master in Interaction Design from Umea University deals with the relation between people and IT. Interaction design is about the ability to design both the cognitive and physical interface and integrate them into a successful whole. We aim to enable designers to create sustainable, comprehensible and pleasurable information based products, services and environments.


Key facts

All courses are structured into 5, 10 or 20-week blocks. Within each block shorter course modules offer specific skills training, theoretic studies and practical exercises. Studio courses are usually part of a 5-week block and aimed at learning specific skills and applying them in practical exercises. You will work both individually and in groups.

Projects with external partners

Applied design projects form the backbone of the study programme. Projects usually include lectures, field trips, site visits, group method work, user studies and studio work. The projects are carried out in collaboration with external partners and tutoring is given both by our own teachers and visiting professional designers. The projects you will work on are human-centered projects based on specific user groups rather than product categories.

Define your exam project

The fourth and final term is devoted entireily to the examination project. You will carry out your exam project in cooperation with a corporate sponsor or other external partner. It is important that the project is seen as a collaboration and not a commission. You are expected to define a problem area, establish contact with an external partner and write a project brief that includes aims, method description, anticipated deliverables and outline budget. The process of defining your project starts early in the third term in dialogue with faculty members and the programme coordinator. A professional designer is assigned as external tutor during your project.


Internships are not obligatory but our students often take the opportunity during the summer months. Internships can be with Swedish companies or organizations but it is increasingly common to work internationally.

Career Opportunities

The Master's programme in Interaction Design offered by Umea University prepares you for working in the industry. Our students are frequently employed as design consultants as well as in major corporations.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Skills and Techniques
  • Graphic Design
  • Communication Design for Co-creation. 
  • General Product (Service Design)
  • Experience Prototyping
  • Interaction Concept
  • Creative Reflections on Interaction Design
  • Degree Project

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A Bachelor's degree, in industrial design or equivalent subject area which should include at least 60 ECTS credits in the field of Design + Portfolio. 
  • Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary course English B/6.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    14224 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14224 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 0 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • Application fee SEK900 
  • Tuition fee, first instalment SEK146,250 
  • Total fee SEK585,000

Living costs for Umeå

7125 - 11770 SEK /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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