• Application Deadline
  • 12 months
The Design (MDes) Interaction Design from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University is directed at students with a passion for people and technology, who have curiosity about the future and want to shape how information is accessed and used, how environments might change based on need, or how embedded information in products support use.


The Design (MDes) Interaction Design from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University seeks to enhance human ability and life through the design of innovative, interactive and experiential ideas, based on a synthesis of human thought patterns and habits with technical means. 

A combination of theory, planning strategies, research, and technical skills provide the foundation for workshops that explore emerging aspects of interaction design, based on human needs and pleasures as well as technological development.


This Design (MDes) Interaction Design from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University seeks to join theory and action by:

  • putting people first in the people/technology equation — explore human-centredness
  • understanding active communication processes on which interactivity is built
  • learning methods for analysis and construction of interaction design
  • working across communication technology, product interface, and service systems
  • focusing on one of the above as an alternative focus
  • developing a holistic approach to human-centred interaction that includes problem or opportunity identification, research, prototyping and execution

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Vision and Change
  • Theory/Method Subjects
  • Research and Analysis for Design
  • Information Architecture and Visualization
  • Graduate Seminar: Theories in Interaction Design
  • Graduate Seminar: Human Computer Interaction
  • Prototyping and Scripting


Intended for students interested in interactivity, to learn to shape how information is accessed and used, how environments might change based on user needs, how information can be embedded in products, to describe human thought patterns and habits and to use this information to design innovative interactive ideas.


Dr. Kenny Chow, Dr. Huaxin Wei

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Early Round: December 13, 2019 

    Round 1: January 11, 2020 

    Round 2: March 6, 2020

    Round 3: April 30, 2020

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    36 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

A Bachelor’s degree in design or the equivalent in a related discipline (e.g. communication, information technology, psychology) is required. Candidates with other tertiary qualifications complemented by substantial relevant professional experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    24432 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24435 USD for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    21456 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 21461 USD for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
    Tuition fees shown in USD is for reference only. 
    Per credit tuition: 5,300 (non-local) / 4,650 (local)Programme tuition: 190,800 (non-local) / 167,400 (local)

Living costs for Kowloon

  • 12000 - 22000 HKD/month
    Living Costs

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


  • No scholarship is available for non-local students
  • Non-local students may seek external sources of funding from legitimate government sponsors (e.g. ministry of education, national agencies), businesses or non-profit organisations that support aspiring individuals to study internationally.
  • Some sponsors may require a letter of acceptance to certify the tuition fees and living expenses for study abroad. We are able to issue this letter after applicants receive a Notice of Offer. Notice of Offer from the Early Round will be available around mid-February.

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