Jonathan Settle

MSc in Human-Centred Interactive Technologies

Why did you choose to study the MSc in Human-Centred Interactive Technologies at York?

I wanted the chance to specialise in a field that I was interested in. Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) was something that I had only touched on in my undergraduate degree but I knew that I wanted to know more about it!

Why did you choose to study Computer Science at the University of York?

I had already studied here for my BEng in Computer Science and had got to know some of the lecturers quite well and was keen to work with them again.

What do you particularly like about being a Computer Science student at York?

I liked how a number of my modules were taught by multiple people, something which gave a variety of insights into what I was learning. I also liked that most of my assessments allowed me to choose my own topic for research.
The course offers a range of modules covering numerous aspects of your chosen discipline. I have had the chance to approach Computer Science from different angles, and largely a psychological angle. The range of topics that I have covered has allowed me to challenge my preconceptions and develop a broader and more realistic view of how Computer Science affects people.

The lecturers in the HCI group are all exceptional at what they do and whilst already being experts in their fields, they are happy to embrace new ideas that you might have. They are very approachable and the group dynamic lends itself well to extending teaching beyond just the classroom. Informal chats outside of class have helped me to put abstract ideas into focus and I have always felt that the lecturers treat us as peers rather than students.

The new campus has provided more open spaces and areas to study than were available before. The great benefit for me has been the new Home Lab that the HCI group has. This has really helped to demonstrate a number of concepts that have appeared in the modules and has allowed the practical application of these. The regular bus service from the campus means that you can quickly and easily get to the other campus or head straight into town.

York is a lovely to place to live. There is plenty of student accommodation to rent in good areas at reasonable prices. The city itself, whilst not large, caters well for students due to York having two universities. There is an abundance of good English pubs and bars and clubs in town. York is also well connected and there are excellent train links, especially to London, Manchester, and Leeds.

Would you recommend York and the Department of Computer Science?

Any student that chooses to do an MSc here in York will get the opportunity to work alongside some excellent people in that field. You will get the chance to explore something you find interesting and the end of year project that you do really gives you the chance to do something unique.

Jonathan Settle, student on the MSc in Human-Centred Interactive Technologies

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