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Caroline Owen

Human-Computer Interaction Design MSc
Caroline Owen

Caroline chose City as it has a brilliant reputation in the UX industry, and offers a strong focus on academic research.

Why did you choose to study at City, University of London?

The HCS course, and City have brilliant reputation in the UX industry. The insitution has a strong focus on academic research and always has the latest technology available to the students. I'm very excited about the 3D printer! The HCID lab is also great because it takes on lots of commercial projects and allows students to gain experience with real clients. When I was looking for MSc courses I was very keen to learn practical skills that employers will be looking for. City provides the opportunity to learn these skills and also balances it out with the theoretical side, based on world class international research.

What do you enjoy most about your course?

I love having access to academics who are actively working with the latest technology and carrying out cutting edge research. I also like that they're all very approachable and can often be found having a few drinks after lectures with the students.

What has been your favourite module and why?

My favourite module would have to be Evaluating Interactive Systems because it is directly applicable to a UX role. I'm very interested in user experience research and having experience with things like heuristic evaluations and user testing will hopefully help me when it comes to my next job!

What has been a highlight of your course so far?

Learning creativity workshop techniques (often involving Lego!) has been very useful and entertaining. I also think that being able to run workshops like this and having an awareness of the creativity tools available will be invaluable in the future. 

What do you plan to do after you graduate?

At the moment I am working full time so I'm hoping to use the skills I've learned in my current role, but if this isn't possible then I'd be very interested to work for an agency. Luckily a lot of them seem to be based very near City University so it has been easy to network and make connections with them.