Higher Diploma in Science in Interaction Design and User Experience

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H.Dip Interaction Design and User Experience


This Higher Diploma in Science in Interaction Design and User Experience (NFQ Level 8, 60 ECTS) conversion programme enables learners to acquire knowledge and skills in user experience, interactive technologies and interaction design in order to apply these skills in a real-world, professional context. Learners will understand the key concepts and theories underpinning user experience (UX) and user interaction (UI) whilst also developing applied skills and understanding in this field. Learners will be introduced to user-centred approaches in design; explore the life cycle of the user experience and interaction design process, its purpose, research approach, the psychology behind user experience design, how to design for accessibility using universal design principles, as well as user-testing and metrics, design thinking and game design. Through discovering the user experience context and the industry-standard tools, technologies and specific project deliverables, learners will be able to apply their learning in personal and professional contexts.

Topics covered include an introduction to user-centred design, insights into how social, cognitive and behavioural psychology relates to UX design and how reward and motivation are part of game-based learning; a focus on user-research design process; how to design for accessibility using universal design principles; understanding of the technology and different models available in terms of web testing, analytics and metrics; implementation of user experience tools in the analysis and development of software scenarios (UX and UI design); the learner will also develop an immersive (game) narrative for a specified user group to attempt identified tasks. Finally, a capstone module which synthesises learning and where learners can demonstrate their applied skills in a portfolio.

Aims and Objectives

The programme is positioned to develop digitally-focused, technically-able and adaptable graduates, who will flourish in the emerging data-driven, IT-focused user experience and interaction design function.

Programme objectives are:

  • Provide an academically rigorous framework through which students can develop an awareness of user-centred design learning in the user experience field.

  • Develop a systematic detailed knowledge, experience and understanding of digital content curation for user experience in a modern organisation.

  • Demonstrate knowledge of interaction design, technologies and tools.

  • Develop learners’ knowledge and ability to apply interaction design and user experience to social, cognitive and behavioural psychology.

  • Enable learners to explore universal design principles and design thinking through gamification pedagogy.  

  • Develop an in-depth appreciation of user testing and analytics and learn how these drive an organisation.

  • Apply user-research skills and curation ability to create a portfolio using effective and engaging user experience design.

The learning provided in this programme will support learners who are non-technology graduates to advance their careers by gaining skills and knowledge for a career in user experience and interaction design in order that they can play an active role in the UX/UI, digital marketing, visual communications design function of their organisation. This programme was initially developed with the support of industry partner, the User Experience Design Institute.


The Higher Diploma in Science in Interaction Design and User Experience (Level 8, 60 ECTS) is aimed a learners with the following entry qualifications:

  • A Level 8 honours bachelor's degree in a non-cognate area with a minimum pass classification.


  • A Level 7 ordinary bachelor's degree in a cognate area (cognate areas include marketing, technology and related areas).

Applicants who do not have a Level 8 qualification and who have at least 3 years' work experience may also be considered through the College's normal RPL procedures. Relevant professional experience may be taken into account and individuals will be assessed on a case-by-case basis through DBS RPL procedures.  

Course Content

The Higher Diploma in Science in Interaction Design and User Experience has the following content:

  • Introduction to User-Centred Design

  • Psychology in User Experience Design

  • User Research and Design Requirements  

  • Introduction to Universal Design

  • UX and UI Design

  • User Testing and Analytics

  • Portfolio

Teaching and Assessment

The programme will be delivered in a multimodal and flexible delivery consisting of face-to-face lectures, live online workshops and on-demand resources.

Due to the practical nature of this programme the summative assessment strategy is focused on a continuous assignment basis which gives the learner the opportunity to synthesise and build their learning in a portfolio at the end of the programme. Assessment strategies include individual and group work, work portfolio, presentations, storyboards etc.


The full-time programme will be delivered across two semesters of twelve weeks each across twelve months. In the part-time mode, the schedule consists of three semesters of twelve weeks across eighteen months.

Semester one sets out to introduce the students to the importance of design practice, behavioural theory, design practice and technology know-how that is necessary for a career as interaction designer, user researcher, or head of user experience. It focuses upon the analysis, design, prototyping and evaluation of multimedia, multimodal, and multi-platform user interfaces that are easy to use and support a great user experience.

Semester two, builds upon the foundations of Semester One – with more applied structure to develop the learners’ technical proficiencies and aptitudes towards creating value enhancing design solutions. The modules address a wide range of decision-making applications and factors encompassed within the modern IxD function.

The students will then complete a portfolio providing the learners with an opportunity to apply their skills and knowledge gained, and apply it to a creative problem - industry driven - solving design projects.

Career Opportunities

The rise in employment opportunities in the area of interaction design and user experience is a global trend with increasing number of employment opportunities in sectors that are seeing a big boost in the use of new technologies in the areas of design interaction and user experience and the Internet of Things that are critical in new and emerging sectors of ICT, gaming, mobile communications, media, medical devices, connected health and many more. A number of vacancies in digital, product and strategic design could see a growth by 2025 of between 21,000 and 33,000 - accounting for 2.8% of all jobs in Ireland.

Graduates from Higher Diploma in Science in Interaction Design and User Experience programme have the potential to excel in roles such as:

  • Interaction Designer

  • User Experience Researcher

  • User Experience  Designer

  • UX Strategist & Interaction Designer

  • Visual Interaction Designer etc.

In addition, this programme will prepare graduates for further study in the area of interaction design and user experience.



The course fees for the next academic year are €6,995. This covers the cost of tuition, registration and examinations
For International students click here 
For EU students click here

You can also contact our admissions team who would be happy to discuss the options available for you.

Please note also that there is tax relief for Irish income tax payers at the standard rate of 20% on all fees exceeding €1,000 and up to €7,000. 

All QQI accredited programmes of education and training of 3 months or longer duration offered by Dublin Business School (DBS) are covered by arrangements under section 65 (4) (b) of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 whereby in the event that DBS ceases to provide the programme, for any reason, after learners have started on that programme, Kaplan Inc., as guarantor, will refund the moneys most recently paid by or for the learner.   More details are included in the terms and conditions of learner admission to DBS (https://www.dbs.ie/terms-and-conditions) and on programme handbooks provided at induction.

Improve your employability

All of our postgraduate courses offer strong links with industry and the professional world and often carry accreditation from professional bodies. By choosing to study at postgraduate level, not only do you gain valuable skills and experience but you also demonstrate your determination to succeed in a chosen career. Far from being a postponement to employment, postgraduate study can help you progress further and faster in your chosen career. And, if you're not certain what direction you would like your future to take, further study can provide a secure and structured space to help you find out through exploring your strengths and interests. 

Gain skills for success

During your undergraduate degree you will have developed a strong foundation of transferable skills. Postgraduate study will build on this base, giving you the opportunity to put these highly valuable skills in to practice. You will also gain invaluable practical working examples that you can go on to use at interview to set you apart from other candidates.

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Open days are a great way to help you make your decision about DBS and learn more about the Higher Diploma in Science in Interaction Design and User Experience. As well as experiencing our outstanding facilities, you'll have the opportunity to receive personalised advice from academics from your subject area, meet current postgraduate students and also have your questions answered on general subjects such as entry requirements, student support and the admissions process


EU Applicants

Applicants should complete the appropriate application form and return it to the Postgraduate Admissions Office along with the following documentation:

  • Academic Transcripts (Original & Official English Translation where issued in another language). Applicants who have previously attended DBS need not provide this documentation. 

  • Proof of Identification (Birth Certificate, Drivers Licence or Passport)  

  • Proof of English (i.e. IELTS, TOEFL or equivalent) where full time study has been conducted in a language other than English or applicants whose first language is not English.

Please see programme content for any course-specific additional application procedures.

In addition to the above, in the instance of Non-EU applicants who have residency in Ireland:

  • A copy of your GNIB (Garda National Immigration Bureau) Card, Work permit (if applicable) & Passport.

  • The letter that was issued to you by the Department of Justice, Equality & Law Reform stating why you were provided with the above documentation 

International Students/ Non EU Applicants

Applicants should complete the appropriate application form and return it to the Postgraduate Admissions Office along with the following documentation: 

  • Academic documents

  • Academic transcripts

  • Proof of English (i.e. IELTS, TOEFL or equivalent)

  • A Curriculum Vitae 

  • A copy of your passport  

Please note that copies of all documentation must be submitted, and that it must be translated into English where issued in another language. Please do not send original documents as these will not be returned.

Dublin Business School has a number of overseas offices and representatives worldwide. Please contact us if you wish to receive further details on your closest DBS representative.

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Course overview

Awarding Body: 
Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI)
Award: Higher Diploma
NFQ Level: 
Level 8
Award Title: 
Higher Diploma in Science in Interaction Design and User Experience
Award Type:
Full-Time: 1 Year
Part-Time: 2 Years
Next Intake: September 2024

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