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HCI - Human Computer Interaction - User Experience (UX)

The in-depth interdisciplinary experiences here at Polytechnic of Coimbra make our students the glue between design, development and management in many companies. We have 100% employment, from Portuguese companies to Microsoft in Irland or Ryanair.

The MSc HCI student is often hired to play one role, but quickly becomes an indispensable team player — in many cases, a team leader for research, design and strategy in software, technical or consulting engagements.

The Polytechnic Coimbra’s MSc Human-Computer Interaction will equip you with the latest research, theories and techniques in HCI, User Experience (UX), usability and interaction design.

You will gain the knowledge, skills and experience to create an engaging User Experience by designing and evaluating interactive technologies, including Web, mobile and ubiquitous systems, based on user research.

Our high-quality teaching is informed by leading-edge academic research, offering an intellectually stimulating course relevant to the current and future workplace.

We offer a healthy balance of theories and practice, with a strong focus on real-world applications, supported by guest lectures from industry.

You will benefit from the use of the Usability Lab, which is equipped with the latest technologies including eye-tracking equipment, interactive tabletops, mobile testing stations and more, and offers opportunities for you to work on real client projects, especially with our partners in industry: Nokia, CGI, IBM, etc.



Advanced courses in HCI aim at giving the student versatile skills and a human-centered attitude. The student should get deep knowledge in field or topics within Interactive Technology, and basic skills in carrying out and reporting research in the field. The success of the programs in HCI are directly associated to an increasing demand from the industry for usability professionals, HCI may help build a transformational bridge in Health  (eHealth) between professionally mediated health information and individually or socially developed health strategies.

Competencies to be acquired by students 

The main goal of the HCI is to educate students in the development of usable interactive systems. This master prepares students to design, implement, and evaluate computer interfaces so that they are accessible and easy for people to use. This interdisciplinary degree integrates concepts and methods from computer science, graphic design and the social sciences to provide a comprehensive understanding of the user-centered design process.

After 3 semesters, our students go on to successful careers where they lead and collaborate in the design and implementation of effective, efficient, and desirable software and technical systems. They are prepared to integrate multidisciplinary teams that typically develop software, interfaces and systems. They have expertise extended for building successful user interfaces, the design principles that make user interfaces visually clear and appealing, and the techniques for identifying needs for software, its success, and the people and organizations that will use their systems.


O presente curso não vai funcionar no ano letivo 2017/2018.



Caso ainda não tenha concluído a Licenciatura e pretende candidatar-se a Mestrado, deverá contatar o Gabinete de Mestrados da ESEC por e-mail (


Regimes de Candidatura:

  • Candidatura a Mestrados;
  • Reingresso nos Cursos de Mestrado (Para alunos que já frequentaram o Mestrado em Human Computer Interation);
  • Candidatura a Mestrados para Licenciados pelo Instituto Politécnico de Coimbra em 2016/2017. 


No processo de candidatura devem ser anexados:

a) Documentos comprovativos das habilitações de que o candidato é titular, com informação das classificações finais (no caso de documento estrangeiro, o candidato deverá apresentar, também, a respetiva tradução);
b) Curriculum vitae;
c) Documentos comprovativos das informações fornecidas no curriculum vitae (opcional);
d) Digitalização do IBAN (para que possam ser devolvidos os montantes pagos caso o curso não venha a funcionar).


 Para informações relativas a elegibilidade, taxas e propinas, calendários de candidatura e datas de funcionamento por favor consultar o documento “Edital”disponível nesta página.