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 diversity in humans - in abilities, limitations, experiences, expectations, behaviours, and so forth - 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.
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 the video below, Course Director Dr Glyn Lawson introduces the MSc in Human Factors and Ergonomics:
For more information please contact the Course Director, Dr Glyn Lawson by email on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0115 95 14003.
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.
Part-time option and accreditation
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.
Hear from our students
In the videos below Human Factors and Ergonomics students talk about their experience of the course and life at Nottingham:
You can keep up to date with what's happening with Human Factors and Ergonomics at Nottingham, on the course Facebook Page:
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Academic English preparation and support
If you need additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you may be able to attend a presessional course at the Centre for English Language Education, which is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK.
Students who successfully complete the presessional course to the required level can progress to postgraduate study without retaking IELTS or equivalent.
A specialist engineering course is available and you could be eligible for a joint offer, which means you will only need to apply for your visa once.