BSc (Hons) User Experience (UX) Design

Undergraduate, Full-time

User Experience (UX) Design BSc (Hons)



Prepare to optimise the interactive world of devices and systems, YOU can champion and affect change as a User Experience Designer

Overview

User Experience (UX) Design is a creative dynamic discipline that encourages curiosity creatively expressed through the voice of people. This exciting course encourages you to explore the world of interaction design and user experience with devices and systems.

This user experience design course will develop your skills in identifying unmet needs and defining them by incorporating them into the process of design.
Our course will ingrain web user experience design principles into our students and prepare them for a career in the industry. If you have an insatiable curiosity to speculate on the future and understand people’s experience as they interact with devices and systems - then this course is for you!

During your studies, you will develop an impressive portfolio of work that you can easily use for applying to a broad range of user experience jobs.

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Mode of Study:

Full-time

(available as Part-time, year 3 entry only)

Duration:

4 years

Start date:

Sep

UCAS code:

I104


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Course details

At the beginning of the course you will gain an introduction to computing, design and human-computer interaction.

You will then learn about user experience (UX) for different domains, including mobile applications, physical computing and the web.

In years three and four, you will further develop your skills in designing and evaluating ubiquitous systems, user experience and creative technologies.

  • calendar How you’ll be taught You will be taught through lectures, hands-on tutorials and blended experiences. On occasions when examinations are used they tend to be open book.
  • note and pen Assessments The course is assessed primarily through project work and written reports or essays. On occasions when examinations are used they tend to be open book format.
  • briefcase Work placement A one year supervised work experience is available, intended to develop overall graduate attributes and employability. The School has committed resources to developing employment opportunities in conjunction with Student and Academic Services. This experience takes place in Year 3, conditional upon the student being accepted by an employer on an approved work-based placement.

    This must be established in Year 2 by consultation with the School Placement Coordinator. Students on this pathway are given an enhanced first year experience through the provision of additional personal and professional development focused on a successful placement application.

  • study abroad Study abroad International study is available and is intended to develop overall graduate attributes and global citizenship. The School has several agreements with overseas partner institutions, both in the EU and further afield, providing varied and exciting opportunities tailored around your individual study and cultural interests.

    Currently, links are established with universities in the USA, Canada, Spain, Denmark, Singapore, and Germany, where programmes are delivered in English, whilst additional links are planned with other European countries and Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.

  • library Facilities Our School of Computing has some of the most impressive computing lab facilities of any UK university. We offer not one, but two specialist digital media labs.

    Students who cover User Experience have access to the Sensorium, a high spec UX Lab, including Eye tracking and Facial Expression analysis software.

Popular modules

Year 1
  • Being Digital
  • Introduction to User Experience
  • Sound Theory
  • Introduction to Interactive Audio
  • Programming for Media & Design
  • Experiencing the Digital City

Year 2
  • Expressed through UX
  • Practical Interaction Design
  • Digital Video Development
  • Being Digital
  • Playful Interaction
  • Interactive Audio 2

Year 3
  • Digital Storytelling
  • Creative Technology
  • UX methods
  • Technoculture & Society
  • Design Thinking & Doing
  • Scripting for Interactive Media

Year 4
  • Honours Project
  • User Experience
  • Professional Identity through Portfolio Development
  • Advanced Interactive Audio

Disclaimer

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Placement and study abroad opportunities are subject to UK and Scottish Government health and travel advice.

Full information is available in our disclaimer.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

Our entry requirements indicate both Standard and Minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

Minimum year 1

SQA Higher

Standard Entry Requirement

BBBC to include at least one of: Maths, Physics, Computing, Statistics, Economics, Chemistry, Engineering Science, Graphic Design or Art and Design.

National 5 grade C in Maths and English.

Minimum Offer Entry Requirement

BCCC to include at least one of: Maths, Physics, Computing, Statistics, Economics, Chemistry, Engineering Science, Graphic Design or Art and Design.

National 5 grade C in Maths and English.

You may be given an adjusted offer of entry if you meet our specified minimum entry requirements within our widening participation criteria, and outlined in our Contextual Admissions Policy. Click here for further information about our entry requirements and admissions policies.

A Level

CCC to include at least one of: Maths, Physics, Computing, Statistics, Economics, Chemistry, Engineering Science, Graphic Design or Art and Design.

GCSE grade C/4 in Maths and English.

Irish Leaving Certificate

H2, H3, H3, H3 at Higher Level to include at least one of: Maths, Physics, Computing, Statistics, Economics, Chemistry, Engineering Science, Graphic Design or Art and Design.

Grade O4 in Ordinary Level Maths and English.

Scottish HNC

HNC with C in the graded unit in one of the following; Design, Computing, User Experience, Engineering.

National 5 C in Maths and English.

BTEC (QCF) Extended Diploma Level 3

Minimum grades MMM (Distinction, Merit, Merit) in a related subject.

GCSE grade C/4 in Maths and English.

BTEC (QCF) National Diploma Level 3 plus A Level

Minimum grades D*D (Distinction, Distinction) and A Level grade C

GCSE grade C/4 in English and Maths.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Award of Diploma with 27 points overall with three HL subjects at grades 6, 5, 4 to include at least one of the following at grade 5: Maths, Physics, Computing, Statistics, Economics, Chemistry, Engineering Science, Graphic Design or Art and Design.

Grade 4 in SL Maths and English.

European Baccalaureate

Pass at 70% or above with grade 7 in three subjects to include at least one of: Maths, Physics, Computing, Statistics, Economics, Chemistry, Engineering Science, Graphic Design or Art and Design.

Grade 6 in Maths and English.

Minimum year 2

HNC

Pass in a related subject: User Experience, Design, Computing, Engineering or other related subject with grade B in the graded unit.

SQA Advanced Higher

BBC to include at least one of the following at Higher: Maths, Physics, Computing, Statistics, Economics, Chemistry, Engineering Science, Graphic Design or Art and Design.

A Level

BBB to include at least one of: Maths, Physics, Computing, Statistics, Economics, Chemistry, Engineering Science, Graphic Design or Art and Design.

BTEC (QCF) Extended Diploma Level 3

Minimum grades DDD (Distinction, Distinction, Distinction) in a related subject. 

Minimum year 3

HND

Pass in a related subject: Digital Design & Development, User Experience or other related subject with grade B at SCQF Level 8 in the graded unit(s).

English language requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English. Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by country

Please note that international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BN Nursing/MSc Nursing (Pre-registration) (Adult, Mental Health, Child, Learning Disabilities)
  • BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We’re committed to admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

Undergraduate admissions policies
Postgraduate admissions policies

Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you will depend on a number of factors including your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. We also have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.

Tuition fees
Students from 2021/22 2022/23
Scotland £1,820 £1,820
England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Republic of Ireland £9,250 £9,250
Overseas and EU £13,770 £14,170

Students from England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Republic of Ireland will be invoiced the tuition fees for 3 years of their 4 years of study. Please note that the tuition fees liable to be paid by mainland EU nationals commencing their studies from 1 August 2021 will be the Overseas fee rate. The University offers a range of attractive Tuition Fee bursaries to students resident in specific countries. More information on these can be found here. For EU students who commenced their studies prior to 1 August 2021 or hold pre or settled status in the UK, fees will remain the same as Scottish Students.

Please note tuition fees are subject to an annual review and may increase from one year to the next.
For more information on this and other Tuition Fee matters please see Frequently Asked Questions about Fees

Click this link for Information of Bursaries and Scholarships

If additional compulsory costs other than the tuition fees are applicable, these will be detailed in the course details.
Please note that the tuition fees liable to be paid by EU nationals commencing their studies from 1 August 2021 will be the Overseas fee rate. The University offers a range of attractive Tuition Fee bursaries to students resident in specific countries. More information on these can be found here. For EU students who commenced their studies prior to 1 August 2021 or hold pre or settled status in the UK, fees will remain the same as Scottish Students.


Careers

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User experience design courses equip students with the skills required for a successful career in the following fields:

  • User Experience (UX) Designer
  • User Experience (UX) Developer
  • Creative Technologist
  • Front-end Designer
  • Usability Designer
  • Game Designer/Developer
  • Mobile/Wearable App Designer/Developer
  • Web Designer/Developer
  • UX Researcher/Design Researcher  


Students studying in the computing lab