User Experience Design

University of the Arts London (UAL)

15 months
18336 GBP/year
8976 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The MA User Experience Design at University of the Arts London (UAL) is a professionally focused, design-led course that will equip you with the specialist skills to conceive, prototype and produce human-centred experiences in an interactive digital context.


On this industry focused and design-led User Experience Design course at University of the Arts London (UAL), you'll learn how compelling user experiences are designed, tested, and evaluated. The course covers the advanced studio skills of user experience design, including the methods and practices of user research through the critical-theoretical background.

You'll gain knowledge of the relevant tools, materials and practices that make up user experience design in the context of the community of practice represented by London College of Communication.

With a focus on design for complex systems, emerging technologies and integrated experiences, you’ll develop an informed approach which builds on a foundation of graphic, communication and interface design values through open inquiry and creative risk-taking.

The methods and tools of user research are emphasised throughout and you will be challenged to collaborate on live industry briefs covering varied topics such as UX for wearable technologies, smart cities, data visualisation and social transformation.


Graduates of the course could go on to work in commercial agencies such as RG/A and start-ups such as Kano or Onfido. They will also be in demand in public organisations such as GDS, and the non-profit sector such as the Museum of London or Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders).

Career options include:

  • User Researcher
  • Interaction Designer
  • Experience Designer
  • Digital Director
  • Interface Designer

Programme Structure

Course structure: 

  • The first term features a series of fast, skills-focused projects where you will be working with your peers to develop your abilities in interface prototyping, interaction design, user research and concept development.
  • In the second and third terms, you will be working with some of our external partners across a range of themes ranging from social transformation to data visualisation and human-robot relations.
  • In your final term, you will research and write your mas­ters thesis and develop a final major project. In parallel with this practical design work you will be evolving your critical understanding of the field, and positioning yourself relative to the main ideas and theories of interaction, cognition, and experience. 


The course is intended for people who have completed an undergraduate degree in design, social sciences, digital technologies, media and communications, and associated degrees. We also anticipate that applicants will be working designers wishing to deepen their practice and develop new opportunities. 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 15 months

Start dates & application deadlines




180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

Entry requirements

  • Honours degree in Graphic Design, Interaction Design, Interactive Media Design, Web Design, Communication Design, Computer Science, Digital Design, Product Design, Anthropology
  • Possession of equivalent qualifications
  • Prior experiential learning, the outcome of which can be demonstrated to be equivalent to formal qualifications otherwise required
  • CV
  • Personal statement
  • Portfolio
  • Study Proposal for the Major Project

Tuition Fee

  • International

    18336 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22920 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 15 months.
  • EU/EEA

    8976 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11220 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 15 months.


Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are now available for eligible UK and EU students. A full list of eligibility criteria and information on applying can be found on the postgraduate loans webpage.

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User Experience Design
University of the Arts London (UAL)