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University of Manchester

Computer Science (Human Computer Interaction) with Industrial Experience

UCAS Code: I143

Master of Engineering - MEng

Entry requirements


A level

A*,A*,A

Grades A*A*A including two of psychology, physics, biology, chemistry, mathematics, further Mathematics, Computer Science and Statistics. The Mathematics A-level should include a significant pure element (the Use of Mathematics or Core Mathematics does not satisfy this requirement). General Studies is welcome, but is not normally included as part of the standard offer. Practical skills are a crucial part of science education and therefore there will be a requirement to pass the practical element of any science A Level taken. Where applicants are applying for science and related degrees, this is likely to be made explicit in the offers you will receive. Typical contextual offer: Grades A*AA including two of: Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Computer Science, Psychology and/or Statistics. For further information on contextual offers, please visit: http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/applications/after-you-apply/contextual-data/contextual-data-2019/

AS level results are not considered as part of the standard admissions process at The University of Manchester.

Access to HE Diploma

D:40,M:15

We require a QAA-recognised Access to HE Diploma (a minimum of 60 credits overall with at least 45 at Level 3), including a minimum of 40 credits with a Distinction grade (15 of which must be in mathematics), plus 15 credits with a Merit grade in a science-related subject.  Students are also required to have a Grade A in A-level Mathematics with a pure element.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D1,D3

We consider applicants offering Pre-U Principal Subjects, or a mix of Pre-U and A Level subjects, provided a minimum of three distinct subjects, including two of Mathematics, Further Maths, Biology, Physics, Chemistry and Psychology are taken. Conditional offers will be set on an individual basis but are likely to include achieving grade D1-D3 in three Principal Subjects including mathematics and a scientific bias subject.

The University recognises the benefits of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills. Although the Extended Project will not be included in the conditions of your offer, we strongly encourage you to provide information about the EPQ in your personal statement and at interview. A number of our academic Schools may also choose to take your performance in the EPQ into account should places be available in August for applicants who narrowly miss the entry grades for their chosen course.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Applicants must demonstrate a broad general education including: 5 GCSES at Grade A/7 or B/6 including: Mathematics (please note we do not accept Applied GCSE Mathematics courses e.g. WJEC Mathematics - Numeracy), two science subjects from Computer Science, Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Science and Additional Science. English Language is required at GCSE level with a minimum Grade of C/4. GCSE English Literature will not be accepted in lieu of GCSE English Language.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

38

38 points overall. 7,7,6 in Higher Level subjects, including two of: Mathematics, Psychology, Computer Science, Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

The University of Manchester welcomes applications from students who have achieved the legacy Irish Leaving Certificate. For information on the required entry requirements please contact the School of Computer Science directly for clarification.

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

D*D-D*D*

We consider the Cambridge Technical Diploma for entry provided it is in IT or Engineering with Grades D*D in combination with a Grade A* or an alternative of Grades D*D* in combination with a Grade A. The A level must be in one of the following A level subjects: Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Computer Science, Psychology or Statistics.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate

D

We consider the Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate for entry in any subject provided it is in combination with two A levels from the following subjects: Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Computer Science, Psychology or Statistics. Our A level entry requirements are Grades A*A*A and the full National Extended Certificate can be used to replace the third A level.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DDD-D*DD

We consider the Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma for entry provided it is in IT or Engineering with Grades DDD in combination with Grade A* in a GCE A level or with an alternative of D*DD in combination with Grade A in a A-level. The A level must be in one of the following A level subjects: Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Computer Science, Psychology or Statistics.

OCR Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma

MM-DM

We consider the Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma for entry in any subject provided it is in combination with two A levels from the following subjects: Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Computer Science, Psychology or Statistics. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Foundation Diploma with Grade MM plus Grades A*A* in two of the listed A-levels or an alternative of Grade DM plus Grades A*A in two of the listed A-levels.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

D*D-D*D*

We consider the National Diploma for entry provided it is in IT or Engineering with Grades D*D in combination with a Grade A* or an alternative of Grades D*D* in combination with a Grade A. The A level must be in one of the following A level subjects: Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Computer Science, Psychology or Statistics.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)

D

We consider the National Extended Certificate for entry in any subject provided it is in combination with two A levels from the following subjects: Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Computer Science, Psychology or Statistics. Our A level entry requirements are Grades A*A*A and the full National Extended Certificate can be used to replace the third A level.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDD-D*DD

We consider the National Extended Diploma for entry provided it is in IT or Engineering with Grades DDD in combination with Grade A* in an A level or with an alternative of D*DD in combination with Grade A in an A level. The A level must be in one of the following A level subjects: Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Computer Science, Psychology or Statistics.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

M

We consider the National Foundation Diploma for entry in any subject provided it is in combination with two A levels from the following subjects: Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Computer Science, Psychology or Statistics. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Foundation Diploma with Grade M plus Grades A*A* in two of the listed A-levels or an alternative of Grade D plus Grades A*A in two of the listed A-levels.

We normally require Grade A in Highers Mathematics and Grades AAAA in four further Highers subjects with a scientific bias.  The Highers must be taken in one sitting. Or: Three Advanced Highers at Grades AAB, including two Advanced Highers in the following subjects: Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science and/or Statistics.  Two Highers in different subjects can replace the third Advanced Higher subject. English Language not taken at Higher/Advanced Higher must have been achieved at SCQF level 5 (minimum National 5 Grade C / Intermediate 2 Grade C / Standard Grade 3). If a physical science has not been taken at Higher/Advanced Higher we require TWO science subjects at SCQF level 5 (minimum National 5 Grades AB / Intermediate 2 Grades AB / Standard Grade Credit level).

Scottish Higher

A,A,A,A,A

Grade A in Highers Mathematics and grades AAAA in four further Highers subjects with a scientific bias. The Highers must be taken in one sitting.

Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)

A

The University welcomes and recognises the value of the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate and this can be used in combination with two A level subjects including mathematics and/or a science subject(s).  Our A level entry requirements are Grades A*A*A with two of the following subjects: Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Computer Science, Psychology or Statistics.  The Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate can be used to replace the third A-level subject.

UCAS Tariff

160-165

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50%
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About this course


Course option

5years

Full-time | 2019

Subjects

Human resource management

Computer science

Computer Science - and more specifically Human Computer Interaction (HCI) - is radically changing the way in which we experience our world through the development of new applications in science, engineering and business. HCI is concerned with optimising the interaction between computer systems and their human users, at the intersection of computer science, behavioural sciences and social science. Here at Manchester we equip you with the skills needed to contribute to this exciting and rapidly evolving field. We provide you with the highest level of education in understanding and improving future generations of user interfaces and interactions, up to and including specialisation in advanced topics. Our course attempts to delve much deeper than other HCI related courses, in that key course units are delivered by specialists in their field, from neurophysiology to advanced social network analysis, from complex software engineering and application development to qualitative research design and methods - and everything in between.Your first year will give you a comprehensive, broad-based foundation from which to choose your area of specialisation. You will gain not only knowledge and practical experience of the latest technologies, but also a grounding in the underlying principles of the subject. CS(HCI) is a flexible programme, allowing you to choose course units to reflect your developing and changing interests. Furthermore, a wide range of themes from across the discipline allow you to specialise in the third year. It is this combination of skills that enable our graduates to keep pace with this fast moving subject, and secure rewarding careers that can be pursued almost anywhere in the world.**Aims**The aim of the course is to give you a deep understanding of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) from neurophysiology to advanced social network analysis, from technically complex software engineering and application development to qualitative research design & methods - and everything in between. More specifically you will learn of the tools, techniques, and the mindset necessary to approach highly challenging HCI work; or move on to advanced research, be that in a commercial R&D division, as part of a skunkworks project, or within academia. We aim to instil not just a theoretical knowledge of HCI as a science and engineering discipline, but also a solid base of practical skills, an understanding of design, comprehension of the commercial world and competence in transferable skills such as problem solving, team working, and creativity. **Special Features**- Allows you to plan, design, develop, and evaluate all aspects of interactive systems, device interfaces, and interaction scenarios.- All topics are taught by experts in their field, and students attend course units from Neuroscience, Social Science, and the Statistics Unit giving them cross-disciplinary experience.- All required Advanced Mathematics is taught as part of the course.- Course units and themes of relevance to Human computer Interaction include: Fundamental to Advanced Human Computer Interaction, HCI Methodology, Software Engineering and Agile Design, Statistics and Advanced Statistical Analysis, Advanced Social Network Analysis, Human Motor and Sensory Systems, Human Learning, Memory and Cognition.- You have access to all the core Software Engineering units and all the additional HCI specific units only available to specialist HCI students.- You can specialise very quickly allowing a more detailed view of HCI than on other courses.- The course equips you with skills that are in high demand from industry.

Extra funding

The University is committed to supporting students from low-income households through our financial support packages detailed below.
Full-time UK students do not need to apply for Manchester’s bursaries separately but should ensure that they consent to share their financial details with the University when making an application to Student Finance England. http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/student-finance/2018/

The Uni


Course location:

University of Manchester

Department:

School of Computer Science

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

82%
high
Computer science

How do students rate their degree experience?

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Human resource management

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Computer science

Teaching and learning

82%
Staff make the subject interesting
85%
Staff are good at explaining things
87%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
80%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

91%
Library resources
80%
IT resources
89%
Course specific equipment and facilities
76%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

35%
UK students
65%
International students
76%
Male students
24%
Female students
82%
2:1 or above
5%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A*
A
A

After graduation


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Human resource management

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

8%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Computer science

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£27,000
med
Average annual salary
95%
med
Employed or in further education
67%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

82%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
4%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
3%
Information technology technicians
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

This is a newly-classified subject area for this kind of data, so we don’t currently have very much information to display or analyse yet. The subject is linked to important and growing computing industries, and over time we can expect more students to study them — there could be opportunities that open up for graduates in these subjects as the economy develops over the next few years.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

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Computer science

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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£25k

£34k

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£35k

£35k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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