Human-Computer Interaction

The Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) programme at Tallinn University is a multidisciplinary curriculum that emphasises technology for the benefit of people.

This curriculum brings together computing, design and cognitive psychology. It offers a research-based approach to designing interactive, software and technical systems.

It enables you to shape the world through what you design.

Who are we looking for?

We welcome students with a wide variety of backgrounds. We favour everyone who is interested in improving the way technology is made available to people and intertwined with their lives. We favour:

  • Developers
  • Designers
  • Anthropologists
  • Psychologists

Why study with us?

This is your chance to become a well grounded Human-Computer Interaction specialist, able to act as a scholarly design researcher, a knowledgeable interaction designer, or a discerning user experience professional. It’s an opportunity to mould your future, our future, and study in the most E of all countries, Estonia.

Not only will you be able to systematically go from an idea, opportunity or challenge, to a technology-based solution, you will also be able to do it based on sound theoretical grounds. You will:

  • Combine computational thinking with design thinking
  • Integrate academic and practitioner perspectives

Our programme starts with a sound and thorough introduction to the field of Human-Computer Interaction, moves on to a semester long integrated interaction design project and rounds up with topics such as:

  • Ambient and ubiquitous computing
  • Physiological and affective computing
  • Perception and attention
  • Cognition and emotion

The capstone is your master thesis. Research-based, practice-base, many configurations are possible but surely it will be a in-depth experience.

Study support facilities

The studies take place in one of the most modern university buildings, which was designed by Ignar Fjuk Architectural Office and was opened in 2013.

The main facilities are our Interaction Design and User Experience Labs. Here you can find all you need to bring your ideas to life and to further your knowledge in the field:

Both labs are dedicated to research and to support this programme and as a student in this program, you are 24/7 access to these facilities.

Further, studies also take place in the school’s:

  • Software Development Lab, featuring dedicated software development environments and tools

  • Hardware and Robotics Lab, featuring a wide range of possibilities for physical prototyping, including a 3D printer

  • Virtual Reality and Games Lab, featuring virtual reality and game development hardware and software


The students are also able to use the vast and diverse information resources (including electronical) of the Tallinn University Academic Library.

Take a walk around our campus via the virtual tour!

Important information

Duration: 2 years
Tuition fee: 1250€ per semester
Study language: English

Contact us
  • Specific questions regarding the programme should be directed to the School of Digital Technologies:
    E-mail:  hci....at....tlu.ee
    Phone: +372 640 9355
  • For additional guidelines regarding admission procedure please contact the international admission specialist.
    E-mail: admissions....at....tlu.ee
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Important information

  • Duration: 2 years
  • Tuition fee: 1250€ per semester
  • Study language: English

Application Procedure

Find out how to apply for a programme at Tallinn University by following the step by step guide for international applicants. Application procedure may be different depending on the basis of your nationality and study language.

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