Human Factors and Ergonomics MSc

  
  

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Qualification
MSc Human Factors and Ergonomics
Duration
Full time 12 Months
Entry requirements
A high 2:2 or equivalent
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)

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
Start date
September
Campus
University Park Campus
Tuition fees
You can find fee information on our fees table.
 

Overview

This course looks at knowledge and skills needed to design products and environments from a human perspective.
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This MSc in 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.

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.

Key facts

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  • 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 is ranked 3rd in the UK for research power under REF 2014, the British Government’s Research Excellence Framework. More than 98% of engineering research ranked of international quality, with 85% graded as world leading or internationally excellent.
  • Graduates of the Human Factors and Ergonomics MSc can get full membership with the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) after completing four years’ work experience.
 

Course details

Introduction

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 glyn.lawson@nottingham.ac.uk or call 0115 95 14003.

Course content

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.

 

 
 

Modules

The MSc offers a range of modules designed specifically to provide fundamental knowledge and practical skills in human factors and ergonomics.

Core modules

  • Physical Ergonomics (autumn): 10 credits
  • Cognitive Ergonomics (autumn): 10 credits
  • Human-Computer Systems (spring): 10 credits
  • Contemporary Issues in Human Factors and Interactive Systems (spring): 10 credits
  • Studying Human Performance (autumn): 20 credits
  • Advanced Methods in Human Factors (spring): 10 credits
  • Simulation and Digital Human Modelling (autumn): 10 credits
  • Risk and Safety Science for Engineers (spring): 10 credits
  • Systems Engineering and Human Factors (autumn): 10 credits
  • Postgraduate Project (summer): 60 credits

20 credits of optional modules are taken from the group below in the spring semester.

You can also select optional modules in Psychology, Engineering, Management, IT, Health Sciences, or another discipline in a relevant subject, subject to the approval of the course director.

Optional modules

  • Advanced Methods in Psychology (spring): 20 credits
  • Biomechanics (spring): 10 credits
  • Applied Psychology: Road User Behaviour (spring): 10 credits
  • Fundamentals of Information Visualisation (spring): 10 credits
  • Information Visualisation Project (spring): 10 credits

Please note that all module details are subject to change.

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.

 
 

Funding

See information on how to fund your masters, including our step-by-step guide.

Please visit the faculty website for information on any scholarships currently available through the faculty.

Faculty of Engineering Scholarships

UK/EU Students

Government loans for masters courses

The Government offers postgraduate student loans for students studying a taught or research masters course. Applicants must ordinarily live in England or the EU. Student loans are also available for students from Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

International and EU students

Masters scholarships are available for international students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study. You must already have an offer to study at Nottingham to apply. Please note closing dates to ensure your course application is submitted in good time.

Information and advice on funding your degree, living costs and working while you study is available on our website, as well as country-specific resources.

 
 

Careers

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

In 2016, 87.5% of postgraduates in the department who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £24,300 with the highest being £26,000.

*Known destinations of full-time home higher degree postgraduates, 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Career Prospects and Employability

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers* and can offer you a head-start when it comes to your career.

Our Careers and Employability Service offers a range of services including advice sessions, employer events, recruitment fairs and skills workshops – and once you have graduated, you will have access to the service for life.

*The Graduate Market 2013-2017, High Fliers Research

 
 
 
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Disclaimer
This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.

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