User System Interaction, PDEng

User System Interaction, PDEng

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
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TU/e offers two-year (post-Master's) designer's programs. Like a doctoral candidate, you will have the status of TU/e employee if you are selected for one of these programs. The programs start with a year of advanced education, followed by a major design project of eight to twelve months in a company. The User System Interaction program is offered by Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e).


The User System Interaction program is offered by Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e).

Human-computer interaction is a discipline concerned with the design, evaluation and implementation of interactive computing systems for human use and with the study of major phenomena surrounding them. Interest in human-computer interaction (HCI) has been growing strongly over the last twenty years. It is no surprise, considering the dramatic growth of complexity and functionality of electronic devices and the fact that most of them have become mass consumer products.

Computer applications are nowadays part of the daily routine of majority of people, who encounter them on the streets, train stations, in their offices and schools. Therefore, the system developers are forced to deliver products that satisfy needs and capabilities of users. Many of these users cannot be trained, thus systems have to be designed so that they can walk up to the device and use it successfully for the first time.

The main educational focus of the programme is set on:

  • Knowledge of perception and cognition as a foundation for human capabilities and limitations;
  • Knowledge of information and communication technologies;
  • Skills in specifying and formalizing product features that conform to work efficiency and effectiveness, users satisfaction, fun and ease of use;
  • Skills in recognizing and realizing economic, technical, political, social etc. trade-offs of a design;
  • Skills in the design of user interfaces;
  • Ability to work in a multidisciplinary team;
  • Knowledge and skills for optimizing the development process;
  • Skills for the critical evaluation of product designs and prototypes with regard to learnability, ease and fun of use, user capabilities and limitations.

Career opportunities

USI graduates are trained in user-centered design methodologies. They focus on preventing user problems, and are equipped with knowledge to develop solutions that support users in their information, communication and entertainment activities at work and at home. In brief, the USI designer’s field of work covers the design and development processes of user system interactions for new products, services and systems. With this background, USI designers become part of multidisciplinary design teams within industry, business services or government institutions.
Examples of positions held by USI graduates are usability engineer, usability consultant, human factors engineer, information architect, customer insight specialist etc.


This program is recognized as a PDEng program by the CCTO, the Dutch certification institute for technological designer programs.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

The two-year programme is divided into two parts: the study period (lasting fourteen months) and practical work for industry or government organisation (nine months). The study period is divided into one- or two-week modules, during which students receive lectures from home or visiting professors and are given design assignments (either spread over the two weeks or during the second week only, depending on the lecture organisation).

The regular curriculum includes interactive workshops, working lectures, practical training, individual and group assignments, self-study, experiment set-ups and laboratory work for design and evaluation.

The second part of the programme is reserved exclusively for the large assignment in the industry. These assignments are carried out upon the request of companies or institutions and there is professional supervision both from the company and TU/e.

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

Graduates of our program are prepared to function at the forefront of the knowledge society and in particular at the interface between people and technology. We require that students in our program have excellent social and communicative competencies, including sufficient proficiency in reading, writing, speaking and comprehension of English.

For more information, please visit the programme website.

Tuition Fee

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  • EU/EEA Applies to you

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    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Eindhoven

  • 850 - 1350 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


The User System Interaction program offers full scholarship for highly motivated, ambitious post-graduate students who are prepared to invest two year to learn about state-of-the-art methods and techniques for the design and evaluation of user interfaces of ICT products, systems and services.

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