About Master Of Human Interface Technology in University of Canterbury
Human Interface Technology aims to improve interactive technology to meet users' needs. This technology is useful in a wide range of areas such as medicine, rehabilitation, education and training, entertainment and business.
UC's HIT Lab NZ encourages students to start by understanding how people think and work. By combining multidisciplinary viewpoints, user-centred design and facilitating collaboration with external companies and teams, graduates can develop the skills needed to produce high-impact work globally.
The Master of Human Interface Technology (MHIT) offers students direct engagement with industry through projects and scholarships.
Graduates of the MHIT will have:
- knowledge of interface design principles
- the ability to describe and evaluate interface hardware and software
- experience of working on projects and in teams
- research and development skills.
The MHIT consists of a thesis worth 90 points and 30 points of coursework.
Subjects and courses
Study covers a wide range of topics including user-centred design, the development of new interface devices and technologies (hardware and software), evaluating these technologies within the application context, and studying the broader impact on human behaviour and society.
UC also offers a Doctor of Philosophy in Human Interface Technology.
Postgraduate study can bring many career benefits eg, specialist skills and enhanced knowledge, entry into specific occupations, higher starting salary/progression rates, research capability/achievement and evidence of high academic attainment/self-discipline.
Bachelors: No specific cutoff mentioned
- Applicants must hold a qualification equivalent to a New Zealand university bachelors degree in Computer Science, Design, Psychology or in an appropriate field with a minimum overall grade comparable to a B grade at UC
English language requirements for postgraduate qualifications
If you want to study towards a postgraduate qualification, eg a Postgraduate Diploma, Masters, or PhD you must have one of the following:
- IELTS -Academic An average score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in reading, writing, listening and speaking
- TOEFL iBT -Total minimum score of 90, minimum score of 19 in reading, writing and listening. Please note UC only accepts TOEFL iBT scores from a single test date, not MyBest scores.
- TOEFL PBT - With a minimum score of 575 and TWE with a minimum score of 4.5
- CCEL EAP- Level 2 with a minimum B+ grade
- CAE or CPE- Score of 176 with a minimum of 169 in reading, writing, listening and speaking
- Pearson Test of English (Academic)- PTE with an overall score of 58 and no PTE communicative skills score below 50
- NZCEL- Level 5
University of Canterbury Highlights
|No. of Campuses
||1 main campus
|No. of Residence Halls
|Graduate Job Rate
||89.9% (full time)
||Above 600,000 NZD pa
|Cost of Attendance
||29,550 NZD pa
|Mode of Program
||Full time and online
University of Canterbury Tuition fee
New Zealand Living Expenses
You'll require between $20,000 and $25,000 a year ($380–480 per week) for housing/rent, food, transportation, phone bills, internet usage, and entertainment, in addition to your tuition and insurance fees. The average living expense will be the same for everyone, regardless of their tuition or course price. Please keep in mind that these are only suggestions; the Immigration New Zealand requirement is $15,000 per year including return travel or an additional $2,000.
(in NZ dollars)
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|Lunch from University food hall or campus café
|Local calls made from a cell-phone
|Taxi - 5 km ride
|Visit to doctor