UX Designer

User Experience (UX) Design

MA

Programme details

  • Next start date: Sep 2021
  • Study: Full-time
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Fee: £19,500

Overview

Become a strategist operating at the leading-edge of User Experience Design to create unique experiences for the consumers of tomorrow. UX designers and strategists bring creativity, human behaviour, and digital technology together to understand and translate consumer needs into smart solutions and elegant user experiences. 

UX design is a growing trend across diverse industries from digital platforms, to leisure and luxury brands, healthcare and financial services, where user-centred design is key to a holistic brand experience. We’ll prepare you to be a leader and strategist in this growing field, as you harness business intelligence, consumer psychology and design thinking to identify big problems and human needs that you solve through designing exceptional user experiences. 

You’ll become confident in leading, strategising and planning UX projects that deliver high-value brand experiences, as well as developing industry skills, from ethnography and user journey mapping to wireframing and storyboarding. 
 
Studying in a diverse international community, you’ll apply your knowledge and skills through developing a portfolio of UX projects for a range of global industries and brands, from start-ups, to corporate sector, NGOs and social enterprise. You’ll gain experience of team working in co-creative labs, and explore contemporary topics such as ethics, diversity and sustainability, as you prepare to be a future leader and strategist in this exciting field.

This course is subject to validation.

Structure

This is a full-time programme, comprising three terms of study.

Term 1

Module Title Overview
Exploring and Visualising Data Organisations are increasingly driven by a need to gather, visualise, and monetise digital information. This module provides you with a solid grounding in a selection of industry standard tools used in the exploration and visualisation of data in all forms. The module is applied with an expectation that you acquire practical industry-aligned skills. You will become proficient in ethically obtaining, preparing, and visualising data from various sources. You will learn techniques to develop and maximise analytical and visual impact.
UX Design Lab On this module you will explore the fundamentals of UX Design, examining the latest thinking around designing meaningful experiences that forge strong connections between brands and consumers. You’ll learn to identify user needs, develop customer personas, and turn your insights into impactful user experiences. Exploring foundations in HCI, brand experience, and consumer behaviour, you will apply your research to maximise brand touchpoint experiences. You also learn methods in defining information architecture, wireframing, storyboarding, creating user flows, prototyping and user testing. This fast-paced module, reflects the UXD industry. Working on a live project, you will learn in a dynamic Lab environment from industry specialists, echoing the vibrant ecosystem of UX Design.
Web Marketing and Analytics User-centred approaches are key to creating compelling digital interactions between consumers and brands. This module will introduce you to the fundamentals of good website design, give you an understanding of the role that an organisation’s website can play in its digital marketing strategy, and help you understand the range of analytics options available for measuring the effectiveness of web marketing. The first part of the module will concentrate on the principles of designing and building a website along with creating and organising content. In the second part of the module you’ll learn how to use analytics to improve the user experience through analysis of clickstream data, lead generation and branding metrics, keyword analysis, bounce rate, average revenue per user.

Term 2

Module Title Overview
Leadership, Engagement and Motivation Leadership is a key competency for the next generation of business leaders and strategists. In this module you’ll explore interactions between leaders and followers, examining group dynamics and ways in which assigned and emergent leaders influence followers in various contexts. You’ll examine a range of central theoretical and practical issues, including the nature of group identity, the basis of authority and legitimacy, the dynamics of justice and fairness, the determinants of followership and charisma, and the practice and politics of leaders. You’ll explore the crucial role of the leader in creating and maintaining organisations where employees will want to contribute, and you’ll also learn how positive psychology, such as strengths, flow, and psychological capital can be applied to the everyday challenges of leading a dynamic and adaptive work force.
The Psychology of Consumer Behaviour The module aims to introduce you to the application of psychological methods, principles and theories to the understanding of consumer behaviour: why people buy and consume what they do and what informs these choices. The module will consider a variety of motivational and possible causal factors, including personality, social influence, neurobiology, and sensory and perceptual properties.
UX Strategy and Leadership Lab On this module you will learn how to lead a UX Design project, creating vision and strategy to deliver pioneering products and services, designed to optimise the relationship between a brand and its consumers. Using cutting-edge methods and technologies you will develop a big picture approach for fast-paced environments. You will project manage a live project and present a business model and proposal for UX Design experiences to a panel of experts, demonstrating your acquisition of excellent leadership, communication and partnership skills. Your course team will be joined by industry experts who contribute to short intensive blocks of learning. A fast-paced module, it reflects the UXD industry.

Term 3

Module Title Overview
UX Design: Major Project The UX Design Major Project allows you to carry out a substantial research-informed project related to your UX interests and your aspirations. Working with industry, individually or with other students, you will lead a project that develops and delivers a pioneering User Experience for a given brand. Consolidating your learning on the course, you will demonstrate your ability to lead the development of insightful Brand Experiences. The module will culminate in the presentation of your Major Project and your Portfolio to industry experts. While your course leader will lead the module, other industry experts will contribute to your learning in this fast-paced module that reflects the UXD industry and prepares you for graduation and entry into industry.

How to apply

Applying to study at Regent's University London is quick and easy. We have put together some helpful information to guide you through the process. We accept direct applications and there is no application fee.

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That's fine, you can still apply even without your exam results. We can issue a conditional offer without your results. You just need be clear in your application which qualifications you are currently studying for.

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Step 1: Apply

You can apply in the following ways:

If you have not uploaded the relevant supporting documents during the online application process, you should ensure that we have the below supporting documents as soon as you have completed your application. These can be sent to the Regent’s Admissions Department via email to [email protected].

  • Copies of academic transcripts and certificates from all university studies (i.e. undergraduate degree)
  • One letter of academic recommendation
  • A copy of your CV/resumé showing your work experience, if applicable.
  • A 1,000 word personal statement outlining the reasons for applying to your chosen programme. This should demonstrate an understanding of a current issue relevant to the subject, how you feel you will benefit from the programme of study, what contributions you will make to the University and how this will help your future career aspirations.
  • A copy of your passport photograph (ID) page
  • If you are not a native English speaker, proof of your English proficiency

For some of our programmes, the selection process may include an interview. Interviews can take the form of a one-to-one interview or group interview. These are generally conducted on campus but may be conducted by telephone or as a Skype call. Arrangements of these are made between the Admissions Department and the applicant.

Step 2: Receive a response to your application

You can expect to receive a decision on your application within 10 working days of receipt of your completed application and supporting documents.

We will assess whether you meet our entry requirements and will notify you of the decision via email.

Step 3: Accepting your offer

If you wish to accept the offer, please pay the advance tuition fee deposit (non-refundable) to confirm your place. 

Please see here for information on how to pay.

Step 4: After you have accepted your place

Closer to the start of the term the Admissions Team will send information regarding the registration process. This will include information on completing your online enrolment prior to your arrival as well as a checklist of documents you will need to bring with you to fully register onto the programme.

Information for international students

If you are an overseas student requiring visa sponsorship to study in the UK, our team will be in touch with information on applying for your student visa and the documents you will need. More information can be found on our visas and immigration page.

Scholarships and funding

There are a wide variety of funding and scholarship opportunities to help you finance your studies.

For further information, please visit our scholarships and funding page.

What does a User Experience Designer do?

User Experience Designer is a term that covers different roles within the UXD industry. UX Design roles fall into three main categories, Researchers, Creators and Strategists. We are preparing our students to be strategists. A UXD strategist may work as a leader, creating the strategy and managing teams through a project to create great user experiences. They may also work on the production of Information Architecture, seeing the 'big picture' of a project and visualising and mapping out the user experience. 

Is a Masters in User Experience (UX) Design worth it?

Yes, if you want to get into User Experience Design from a related field or if you work in User Experience Design and want to move into a higher role, or if you want to expand your understanding of the different elements of User Experience Design that we teach on the course – user research, branding, leadership and management, the design process, project management, cutting-edge technology - the MSc in User Experience Design is definitely worth it.

Is User Experience (UX) Design the right career for you?

If you would enjoy working in a fast-paced role at the cutting edge of new technology, this may be a great career for you. Although the role refers to design, it is not just design. It  combines psychology, market research, technology, design, branding and business. In addition, our MSc is designed for students who want to be exceptional leaders so it also includes leadership and management. UX Design is a dynamic industry.

How much does a User Experience (UX) Designer make?

Salaries in User Experience Design are generally high within the context of the creative industries. UX researchers, designers and strategists can earn very good salaries. In addition, the area is growing with more and more opportunities emerging for UX Designers . As more organisations realise the importance of a great User Experience, UX designers are becoming more crucial than ever. 

Fees

Tuition fees

Annual tuition fee for September 2021 entrants: £19,500

Non-refundable advance deposit

Home/EU students: £1,000
Non-EU students: £4,000

What do fees include?

Fees cover the cost of all tuition and access to the University’s IT infrastructure and library learning resources. 

What other costs should I budget for?

You will need to budget additional funds for accommodation and living expenses, travel, and any additional trips, visits, activities or courses (such as Summer programmes) that you choose to participate in outside of the tuition offered as part of the programme.

The library hold a limited number of copies of core text books and where possible in e-format. You will be encouraged to purchase your own text books and will need to budget approximately £80-£100 for the year, depending on your programme of study.

When are fees paid?

Fees are payable in the following instalments:

  • An initial non-refundable advance deposit paid when you accept your offer of a place
  • The advance deposit is allocated against the first term’s fees
  • Tuition fees (including fees for subsequent terms) are due two weeks in advance of classes commencing

Additional fee charges

  • The programme fee outlined is for the full Masters programme including the dissertation element
  • Should there be a requirement to retake modules during an additional term of study or during the dissertation term,  there will be an additional charge per module retaken at the rate applicable to that period of study
  • The module charge will be calculated on a credit basis for each module, in line with the overall credit weighting of the programme  
  • Fees for subsequent years of study are subject to fee inflation
  • The University aims to keep annual fee increases in line with the University’s cost inflation. The expectation is that this will be no greater than UK consumer price inflation (CPI) plus 3%. There are occasionally variations to this dictated by the costs of running specific programmes or facilities required for our programmes
  • All fee increases are subject to approval of the Trustee Board thus ensuring that affordability for our students remains a primary concern in any decisions regarding fee increases

Teaching and assessment

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, teaching and assessment will take place online for the Spring 2021 Term. See Returning to Regent's and our FAQs for more information.

Contact hours and expected workload

The MA User Experience (UX) Design has 12 hours per week of contact time, totalling 396 hours for the duration of the course.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by experts in UX design, design thinking, brand experience, digital marketing, psychology, leadership, and management.

Methods of assessment

You will be assessed through:

  • Projects
  • Digital projects
  • Designs
  • Reports
  • Essays
  • Presentations
  • Business plans
  • Evaluations

Disability Support

We welcome and support students with a wide range of disabilities and health concerns. This includes learning difficulties, visual and hearing impairments, mental health difficulties, autism spectrum conditions, mobility difficulties, and temporary or chronic health conditions.

Our dedicated Disability Officer is here to support you. We ask that you speak with Student Registry and our Disability Officer as early as you can to enable us to support you. Find out more about our disability support and contact us.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements

A Regent’s education provides you with a high level of personal attention, and this begins from the moment you apply to study with us. We want to understand who you are and what your skills and interests may be – we are interested in your potential, as well as your prior achievements. We review each application comprehensively and on its individual merit, considering all of your skills, interests and attributes.

Minimum entry requirements for Level 7 students

One of the following qualifications:

  • Minimum second class UK undergraduate degree
  • Equivalent international qualifications as deemed acceptable by the University
  • Exceptional entry will be assessed on case by case basis by academic referral only based on:
    - An undergraduate degree lower than 2:2 plus one year of relevant work experience
    - No undergraduate degree but three years of relevant work experience

We also welcome applications from candidates who do not meet the essential entry criteria outlined above. In order to be accepted for exceptional entry, you must:

  • Hold a minimum of two years’ relevant work experience
  • Provide a 1,000-word personal statement outlining your reasons for applying, and how your previous experience is of relevance to the programme you are applying for
  • Be prepared to attend an interview with the Postgraduate Admissions Panel

English Language requirements 

We require proof of English Proficiency. For example, we ask for:

  • IELTS: Overall score of 6.5, with 5.5 or above in all 4 component parts
  • PTE Academic: Overall score of 58, with 51 or above in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT: Overall score 80 (We do not accept TOEFL from applicants requiring a Tier 4 visa, as this qualification is no longer accepted by the UK Visas and Immigration Department (UKVI)
  • A-level/GCSE/IGCSE English: grade C / 4 or above (for IGCSE certificates, please provide the Supplementary Certifying Statement with the breakdown of component grades)
  • International Baccalaureate: Grade 5 in A1 or A2 English at Higher or Standard Level

This list is not exhaustive, we will review the English qualifications you have as part of your application and be in contact if we require anything further.

For applicants who wish to improve their English language proficiency, please see our English language courses.

Regent's English Proficiency Test (REPT)

We provide an online English diagnostic test known as the Regent’s English Proficiency Test (REPT). This test must be booked in advance. To find out more information and to book a test, please visit the REPT page. The REPT test is currently free of charge.

Careers

Graduates of User Experience Design could pursue the following careers:

  • UX Engineer 
  • UX Researcher 
  • UX Product Designer
  • Director of UX
  • Digital Product Manager
  • User Experience Design Business Analyst
  • Senior Digital Designer
  • Project Manager
  • Content Strategist  
  • Usability Consultant 
  • Digital Consultant 
  • Digital Marketer 
  • UX Strategist 
  • UI Developer 
  • UX Analyst/Developer 
  • Service and Process Designer 
  • Front End Developer

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MA User Experience (UX) Design