Human Interface Technology aims to improve interactive technology to meet users' needs. This technology is useful in a wide range of areas such as medicine, rehabilitation, education and training, entertainment and business.
UC's HIT Lab NZ encourages students to start by understanding how people think and work. By combining multidisciplinary viewpoints, user-centred design and facilitating collaboration with external companies and teams, graduates can develop the skills needed to produce high-impact work globally.
The Master of Human Interface Technology (MHIT) offers students direct engagement with industry through projects and scholarships.
Graduates of the MHIT will have:
knowledge of interface design principles
the ability to describe and evaluate interface hardware and software
experience of working on projects and in teams
research and development skills.
The MHIT consists of a thesis worth 90 points and 30 points of coursework.
Subjects and courses
Study covers a wide range of topics including user-centred design, the development of new interface devices and technologies (hardware and software), evaluating these technologies within the application context, and studying the broader impact on human behaviour and society.
UC also offers a Doctor of Philosophy in Human Interface Technology.
Postgraduate study can bring many career benefits eg, specialist skills and enhanced knowledge, entry into specific occupations, higher starting salary/progression rates, research capability/achievement and evidence of high academic attainment/self-discipline.
University of Canterbury Highlights
No. of Campuses
1 main campus
No. of Residence Halls
Graduate Job Rate
89.9% (full time)
Above 600,000 NZD pa
Cost of Attendance
29,550 NZD pa
Mode of Program
Full time and online
University of Canterbury Tuition fee
New Zealand Living Expenses
In addition to your tuition and insurance fees, you will need between $20,000 and $25,000 per year ($380–480 per week) for accommodation/rent, food expenses, transportation costs, phone bills, internet usage and entertainment. No matter what your tuition or course fee is, the average living expense will be same for everyone. Please note that these amounts are just recommendations, Immigration New Zealand requirement is $15,000 per year plus return airfare or additional $2,000.