Qualification name:Human Factors and Ergonomics
Duration:1 year full-time
Entry requirements:A high 2:2 or equivalent
Including:Manufacturing, Industrial & Mechanical engineering, mangement/ business, psychology, human sci, physiotherapy,occupational therapy,computer/safety sci.
Other requirements:Interest in human factors/ergonomics and some practice in applying this.Qualifications below the minimum are considered if applicant has 10 yrs + relevant experience.
IELTS:6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element)
Part time details:2-3 years part-time
Campus:University Park Campus
As technology becomes ever more complex and pervasive within our society, it is the ‘human factors’ in engineering design that often dictate success or failure.
The MSc Human Factors and Ergonomics aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills required to design products, jobs/tasks and environments from the human perspective. If you are interested in people, technology and design, then this could be the course for you.
The diversity in humans (in abilities, limitations, experiences, expectations, behaviours, etc) creates many challenges for researchers and practitioners in industry. By adopting a ‘human-centred’ approach, there may be many benefits for customers and/or employees, such as better usability for products, more efficient work processes, safer environments, more engaging product experiences, and so on. Conversely, by neglecting human factors and ergonomics issues, companies are likely to encounter major reliability failures, accidents, labour relations problems and unsuccessful introductions of products and technology.
In this course you will learn about a range of human characteristics (physical, cognitive, social and emotional) as they relate to our interactions with jobs, environments, products, services and other people. You will graduate with a postgraduate qualification that is increasingly desirable in industry and provides the necessary knowledge and skills to address human factors issues for the 21st century.
- Many of our graduates have gone on to work in consultancies and high profile companies such as WS Atkins, Network Rail, Jaguar LandRover, BAE systems, Rolls Royce etc.
- There are many opportunities to continue your studies within the department through an extensive PhD programme within the Human Factors research group.
- The Faculty of Engineering conducts research that has been recognised by the Research Excellence Framework (2014) as being world-leading or internationally excellent, placing it in the UK’s top ten universities for engineering.
This 12 month MSc course requires 180 credits of material, of which 120 are taken as taught modules in the autumn and spring semesters. These modules provide a theoretical basis on specific topics concerning human factors and ergonomics and then progress to allow you develop practical skills in the application of knowledge. Your learning will typically be structured around lectures, seminars, workshop, laboratory sessions and group work.
Over the summer period you will undertake a 60-credit individual research project, which is intended to help you integrate your knowledge, methodology and practical skills in an area that reflects your interests. Many of our students conduct these projects in collaboration with an industrial company, based on our many research links within the Human Factors Research Group.
It is possible to take the course part-time over two to three years and several students successfully follow this route each year. In this case, you can choose the modules that suit your individual circumstances for each semester according to the University timetable. Typically, a part-time student will need to be present at the University for two days/week during term time.
The course is accredited as the educational qualification for The Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors.
The MSc offers a range of modules designed specifically to provide fundamental knowledge and practical skills in human factors and ergonomics. Core modules include:
Please note that all module details are subject to change.
For more details on our modules, please see the Module Catalogue.
The fees for this course can be found on our tuition fees webpages.
Funding information can be found on the Graduate School website.
Further funding may be available from the Faculty of Engineering, details can be found on the Faculty website.
International and EU students
The University of Nottingham offers a range of masters scholarships for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study.
Applicants must receive an offer of study before applying for our scholarships. Applications for 2016 entry scholarships will open in late 2015. Please note the closing dates of any scholarships you are interested in and make sure you submit your masters course application in good time so that you have the opportunity to apply for them.
The International Office also provides information and advice for international and EU students on financing your degree, living costs, external sources of funding and working during your studies.
Find out more on our scholarships, fees and finance webpages for international applicants.
Our graduating MSc students are very much in demand with employers.
A number of technology-driven companies (eg Jaguar LandRover, BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce, AWE) are in regular contact with staff in the department seeking highly qualified and capable individuals.
As well as offering you the chance to pursue a fulfilling career within industry and related areas, this MSc course provides an excellent foundation for further research and a significant number of our students continue their studies to PhD level and beyond.
Average starting salary and career progression
Availability for employment and salary data for this department is not attainable due to a small sample size.*
* Known destinations of full-time home and EU postgraduates, 2013/14.
Career Prospects and Employability
The acquisition of a masters degree demonstrates a high level of knowledge in a specific field. Whether you are using it to enhance your employability, as preparation for further academic research or as a means of vocational training, you may benefit from careers advice as to how you can use your new found skills to their full potential. Our Careers and Employability Service will help you do this, working with you to explore your options and inviting you to attend recruitment events where you can meet potential employers, as well as suggesting further development opportunities, such as relevant work experience placements and skills workshops.