City University prides itself on its progressive approach to education. It is committed to and has a passion for academic excellence, as it ranks in the top 4% of universities in the world. The courses offered are improved by the research that is done by the academic staff. The tendency to focus on business as well as professionals allows students to have the opportunity to have direct interaction with possible future employers while making the courses relevant, topical, and exciting. The way that City approaches learning helps to support students in becoming their best professional selves, as well an inquiring and analytical graduates who have the talent and skills to play an important role in the professional environment.
To assist learning for both graduates and undergraduates, the university has established an integrated learning environment that brings together virtual and physical learning spaces. It supports students in their studies, adding in high quality online material with the normal lectures and seminars. Senate, the highest academic body, is responsible for City's academic regulations and policies. This allows for it to support high quality learning along with the maintenance of high academic standards that sustain the institution's degree-awarding powers. City University is the only institution in London to be placed in the top 20 for student satisfaction, and is ranked as the 53rd most international university in the world. City carefully listens to the opinions of students, and takes them into consideration when making improvements. Student feedback is vital for how City determines the direction of the education that they provide.
This program provides students valuable advanced knowledge, skills that are valued within the industry, and new perspectives on design that will empower them to succeed in their careers centered on User Experience. This program is designed for those who share the notion of changing design technology so that it meets the needs of the user. This means useful, engaging, and easy to use interactive systems. This program is for those who interact with websites, mobile applications, or other interactive systems that are unnecessarily frustrating and want to change it.
The program itself helps students to become equipped with the most recent and relevant academic research, techniques, and theories surrounding human-centered systems like the user experience, human-computer interaction, and usability while encouraging them to think about design in new and different ways—essentially recognizing that there are many ways to design an interactive system the “right” way. Students will gain a great mix of theoretical and practical knowledge with the necessary skills with experience to bring to life an engaging user experience.
In order to be considered for admission, students must have an upper second class honors degree in any subject, a practical background in computer technologies. It is not necessary for the student to have programming experience or previous experience in user design or human-computer interaction. Students whose first language is not English must pass the IELTS with a minimum of 6.5. For those who take classes full time, they can expect to graduate in 12 to 16 months, while those who are part time can expect to graduate in 28 months.