M.Sc. On Campus

Human-Computer Interaction and Social Media

Umea University

24 months
6944 EUR/year
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The Master's programme in Human-Computer Interaction and Social Media offered by Umea University is aimed at you who want to develop future interactions between humans and IT. Through theoretical and practical elements, you will be prepared for exciting challenges within all contexts of interaction.


Key facts

The MSc Human-Computer Interaction and Social Media programme from Umea University places high demands on independence and creativity and is characterised by collaborations with the surrounding society. At your disposal, well-equipped computer labs and a dedicated interaction design lab are available.

The Master's programme in Human-Computer Interaction and Social Media is for students who want to help influence the way interaction between people and IT develops. The programme focuses on the analysis and design of interactions between people and IT across a wide spectrum of usage situations such as the workplace, where efficiency and usability is at the centre, to situations where user experience, generated by individual or collaboratively, is the main aspect.

As a student, you will encounter research areas such as design, interaction design, user experience design and social media, via both theoretical and practical courses. Whether you choose to read one or two years you will be well prepared for working in any context in which the interaction between humans and IT is in focus. The programme provides a clear structure with four informatics courses, but also flexibility through elective courses.

The programme places high demands on students in terms of independence, initiative and creativity. The studies are characterized by a pedagogy that emphasizes theory and practice as two equivalent elements and thereby prepares you for both a professional and an academic career. For developing your practical skills there are well-equipped computer labs available as well as a dedicated interaction design lab (including experimental electronics, 3D printer and laser cutter).

Career Opportunities

After graduation, you are well prepared to work in all contexts where interaction between humans and IT is at center stage. This could consist of responsibilities related to understanding and developing usability and user experience of existing IT artifacts, evaluating implementations of these artifacts as well as participation in design and development of new artifacts.

Former students have after graduation received appointments such as:

  • Interaction designers
  • System developers
  • Software developers
  • Web developers
  • Usability designers
  • Researchers

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Designing for User Experiece
  • Applied User Research for Usability
  • Prototyping interaction
  • Designing Social and Interactive Media
  • Applied User Research for Usability

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 (equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, 180 ECTS ) from an internationally recognised university including 60 ECTS in one of the following subjects; Informatics, Information Science, Computer Science, Cognitive Science or Informatics with focus on digital media production, or equivalent studies. 
  • Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary course English A/5. Where the language of instruction is Swedish, applicants must prove proficiency in Swedish to the level required for basic eligibility for higher studies.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    6944 EUR/year
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    Based on the tuition of 6944 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 SEK71,400 
  • Total fee SEK285,600

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.


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