School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science

HNU-QMUL Cooperative Master Program: “Digital Product and Media Design”

Program outline

This Cooperative Master Program "Digital Product and Media Design", is a collaboration between School of Design, Hunan University(HNU) and School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science(EECS), Queen Mary University of London(QMUL);

The program is designed for students from Design, Arts and Craft background who want to get into Interactive Design, Interactive Art, Interaction Design, HCI, New Media, Digital Media, Media and Arts Technologies.

If students meet all graduate requirements from both HNU and QMUL's parts, they would be awarded two masters: M.E/M.FA from HNU and M.Sc from QMUL.

Focus areas

  • Digital Product Design
  • Digital Media Design
  • Human-Computer Interaction Design
  • Digital Sound and Experience Design

Study duration and model

Study Time: full-time, 2.5 years:

Year 1: 12 months in HNU (Changsha & Shenzhen)
Year 2: 12 months in QMUL (London)
Year 3: 6 months in HNU (Changsha & Shenzhen)

Year 1 (HNU: taught courses)


  • Political theories
  • Philosophy
  • Academic English
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • China specific political theory and practices
  • Design Schools and Design Practices
  • Design Psychology and Practices
  • Digital Media identity design
  • Design Thinking in New Media
  • Action Research and workshop methodology in Design

Optional (choose 2):

  • HCI technologies and design
  • Internet service design and business model
  • Basic of computer vision and image processing
  • 3D graphics and animation
  • A history of digital media
  • Game design and playability
  • Digital branding

After the 1st year study in HNU, students should write a research proposal for their future studies in London; (following HNU's Research Proposal specification & QMUL's student statement of purpose).

Students must have excellent academic score in HNU Year 1 and achieve IELTS 6.5 minimum to be considered for QMUL in Year 2. Students with excellent academic score in HNU Year 1 and achieve IELTS 6.0 must take the QMUL 5 week Pre-Sessional English to be considered for QMUL in Year 2.

Year 2 (QMUL: half taught courses, half Advanced Placement Project)


  • Interactive Digital Multimedia Techniques
  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Sound Recording and Production Techniques
  • Digital Arts Documentary

Optional (choose 2):

From current masters level courses offered at QMUL, depending on semester and prior experience. The choice needs to be made with the QMUL supervisor to ensure appropriate selection. Options are to be confirmed for 2016, but may include (tbc, subject to availability, timetabling and prerequisites):

    Audio & DSP
  • ECS706: Advanced Transform Methods
  • ECS707: Fundamentals of DSP
  • ECS729: Music & Speech Processing
  • ECS730: Digital Audio Effects
  • ECS731: Music Analysis and Synthesis
  • ECS732: Real-Time DSP
  • ECS741: Music Perception & Cognition

    Vision & Multimedia

  • ECS709: Introduction to Computer Vision
  • ECS734: Techniques for Computer Vision
  • ECS756: C++ for Image Processing

    Software & Hardware

  • ECS711: Advanced Program Design
  • ECS717: IT Programming
  • ECS722: Sensors & Internet of Things
  • ECS738: Software Risk Assessment
  • DENM011: Robotics

    Interaction & HCI

  • ECS712: Design for Human Interaction
  • ECS733: Interactive System Design
  • ECS744: Graphical User Interfaces


  • ECS708: Machine Learning
  • ECS710: XML & Structured Documents
  • ECS735: The Semantic Web
  • ECS736: Information Retrieval
  • ECS740: Database Systems
  • ECS757: Digital Media & Social Networks

    Communications & Networks

  • ECS701: Communication Theory
  • ECS702: Mobile & WLAN Technologies
  • ECS703: 21st Century Networks
  • ECS705: Software & Network Service Design
  • ECS725: Mobile Services

    Business & Entrepreneurship

  • ECS745: Business Information Systems
  • ECS747: Entrepreneurship
  • BUSM026: Brand management
  • BUSM062: Public Advocacy Marketing


  • DEN5100: Management of Design
  • DEN5101: Design for Manufacturing
  • MAT307: Innovation Strategy
  • DEN6007: Data Acquisition & Processing

    Drama & Performance

  • DRA7704: Performance Lab
  • DRA7705: Contemporary Theatre & Performance
  • PRFM001: Performance Theory


  • GEG7121: Social Science Research Methods
  • GEG7102: Art, Performance & the City


  • IPLM701: Introduction to Law for Science & Engineering
  • IPLM702: Foundations of IP Law & Management

MSc Advanced Placement Project

Graduate works (Advanced Placement Project; 90 credits).
Students will develop a research project usually as a placement within one of QMUL's research groups in the school of electronic engineering and computer science. We aim for each student to be allocated a supervisor with research expertise linked to the project. Our research groups include: the Centre for Digital Music; Multimedia and Vision; Cognitive Science. Graduate works and thesis should be written in English following QMUL's requirements.

Year 3 (HNU: thesis)

After graduating from QMUL, students should complete their HNU thesis in Chinese following HNU's graduate works and thesis guidelines and procedure.

Entry timetable

Year 1

  1. Entry to HNU in September, and complete all HNU courses from September to May , and get IETS 6.5
  2. Students confirm selection of QMUL route with HNU March
  3. Prepare project report (similar requirements as HNU's research proposal) & presentations/portfolios at June, and submit for both QMUL & HUN's professors for review and revise if necessary
  4. Prepare passport (suggest to do it before or during winter vacation) and visa from June to August
  5. Travel to UK at the last week of August or the 1st week of September, settle down and ready for local enrolment

Year 2

  1. Take QMUL taught courses September to April
  2. Start preparation for graduation works in Decemebr, and provide graduation topic/ plan to both QMUL and HNU for review.
  3. Graduate works (Advanced Placement Project) April to September
  4. Defence of Advanced Placement Project September

Year 3

  1. Back to HNU at the end of September, finish HNU defense and thesis in next half year

Hunan University contact:

Ms. Vera Shen

Queen Mary University contact:

Dr. Nick Bryan-Kinns
Room CS/412, School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science
Queen Mary University of London
Phone: +44 207 882 7845