Postgraduate study
This part time course provides an understanding of the design, evaluation and use of user centred technologies.
PGCert Usability and Human Computer Interaction
Part-time only
Entry requirements
Students should have a 2.1(Upper 2nd class honours degree or international equivalent).
6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element) If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses may be available
Start date
UK/EU fees
£3,600 - Terms apply
International fees
£7,110 - Terms apply
University Park Campus



This course is designed to be undertaken by those who need to apply the knowledge of the role of human factors/ergonomics in the design, evaluation and use of interactive systems.

It will provide an understanding of the key issues related to the design, evaluation and use of user centred technologies and provide you with additional resources to facilitate the learning process.


Full course details

The distance learning format means that most of the material and background reading can be undertaken in your own time but with access to and support from University staff.  

The course consists of two, 30-credit modules, each studied over six months.

Information on distance learning can be found on the University's distance learning pages.


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.





Human Factors in Interactive Systems (starts in September, full year): 30 credits

Summary Of Content: This module covers the following topics: introduction to HCI; computers in education; user interface design guidelines; evaluation of interactive systems; use needs methods and models; human factors of geographical information systems; human factors of visualisation technologies; joint cognitive systems; computers and collaboration; HCI case studies; human information processing including perception and cognition; memory and attention; mental models; human workload; situation awareness; automation; designs for the WWW & accessibility; human error; displays and controls; decision making and decision support; situated cognition; product design and development.

This module is delivered by distance learning.

Method of Assessment:

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Coursework 1 25.00 2 x 1500 word essays
Coursework 2 25.00 3000 word essay
Coursework 3 25.00 3000 word report – technology evaluation
Coursework 4 25.00 3000 word essay
Practical Ergonomics Investigation (starts in March, full year): 30 credits

Summary Of Content: The aims of the individual project are broadly: to enhance understanding in an area of relevance to the course, and to develop skills applicable in a wide range of circumstances.

The student is expected to develop skills in research, investigation, planning, scheduling, evaluation and written communication. The project may be undertaken on any topic which is relevant to ergonomics and human factors that is agreed by the Course Director. Collaboration with business, industry, and other outside bodies is actively encouraged. This module is designed to be undertaken by employees in any organisation who can apply ergonomics in their work. The candidates will apply the material and ideas from previous ergonomics studies to a real ergonomics investigation of value to their organisation.

This module is delivered by distance learning.

Method of Assessment:

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Coursework 1 10.00 Project plan
Coursework 2 90.00 Project report



The above is a sample of the typical modules that we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Due to the passage of time between commencement of the course and subsequent years of the course, modules may change due to developments in the curriculum and information is provided for indicative purposes only.


Fees and 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

Funding information can be found on the Graduate School website.

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

International and EU students

We provide information and advice for international and EU students on financing your degree, living costs, scholarships, external sources of funding and working during your studies.


Careers and professional development

Students in the department have gone on to a variety of different careers, including civil engineers, engineering technicians, quality assurance and regulation officers and engineering professionals. The programme also aims to provide a strong foundation for further study to PhD level and pursuit of a career in research.

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2017, 92.3% 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 £28,000 with the highest being £32,000.

* Known destinations of full-time home higher degree postgraduates, 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of 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


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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