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Digital Civics is about exploring new ways in which digital technologies can promote public participation in the design and delivery of local services. Read more
Digital Civics is about exploring new ways in which digital technologies can promote public participation in the design and delivery of local services. This includes education, public health and social care and planning.

Our Digital Civics MRes combines knowledge and skills across all areas of digital civics and digital civic research. This includes:
-Human-computer interaction
-Interaction design
-Research methods
-Ubiquitous and social computing

It also forms the initial training component for the four-year (MRes plus PhD) EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Digital Civics.

The course is structured so that you can specialise in one of the following strands:
-Technologies
-Local democracy
-Public health and social care
-Community learning

Industry, local government and the third sector are significantly involved on this course. They feature through:
-The delivery of case studies in your taught modules
-Seminars
-Practical classes
-Project co-supervision

Our teaching staff have international reputations for their contributions to digital civics. Some also have extensive experience as practitioners in industry.

Our experienced and helpful staff will support you in all aspects of your studies. This could range from admissions to graduation and developing your career. This course is part of a suite of courses, creating a tight-knit student cohort.

As a student on this course, you will be encouraged to play a full part in the life of the School. This includes taking part in seminars delivered by distinguished external speakers.

Careers

This course will develop your career options within the public and private sector. This could include serving local and national government. Technical roles could include:
-Interaction design, information architecture and computer security
-Domain specific roles in education, social care and planning
-Digital economy product and service research, development and consultancy

Facilities

You will have dedicated computing facilities in the School of Computing Science, including access to the latest tools for system analysis and development. For particular projects, special facilities for networking will be set up as required.

All of our students enjoy access to specialist IT facilities to support their studies including:
-Over 300 dedicated PCs running Linux and Windows
-An immersive virtual reality suite
-Motion capture facilities
-3D printing facilities

Our new £50m Science Central building currently being built will enhance the excellent facilities available to our students and academic community.

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Our Computer Science MPhil and PhD programme gives you an opportunity to make a unique contribution to computer science research. Read more
Our Computer Science MPhil and PhD programme gives you an opportunity to make a unique contribution to computer science research. Your research will be supported by an experienced computer scientist within a research group and with the support of a team of advisers.

Research supervision is available under our six research areas, reflecting our strengths, capabilities and critical mass.

Advanced Model-Based Engineering and Reasoning (AMBER)

The AMBER group aims to equip systems and software engineering practitioners with effective methods and tools for developing the most demanding computer systems. We do this by means of models with well-founded semantics. Such model-based engineering can help to detect optimal, or defective, designs long before commitment is made to implementations on real hardware.

Digital Interaction Group (DIG)

The Digital Interaction Group (DIG) is the leading academic research centre for human-computer interaction (HCI) and ubiquitous computing (Ubicomp) research outside of the USA. The group conducts research across a wide range of fundamental topics in HCI and Ubicomp, including:
-Interaction design methods, eg experience-centred and participatory design methods
-Interaction techniques and technologies
-Mobile and social computing
-Wearable computing
-Media computing
-Context-aware interaction
-Computational behaviour analysis

Applied research is conducted in partnership with the DIG’s many collaborators in domains including technology-enhanced learning, digital health, creative industries and sustainability. The group also hosts Newcastle University's cross-disciplinary EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Digital Civics, which focusses on the use of digital technologies for innovation and delivery of community driven services. Each year the Centre awards 11 fully-funded four-year doctoral training studentships to Home/EU students.

Interdisciplinary Computing and Complex BioSystems (ICOS)

ICOS carries out research at the interface of computing science and complex biological systems. We seek to create the next generation of algorithms that provide innovative solutions to problems arising in natural or synthetic systems. We do this by leveraging our interdisciplinary expertise in machine intelligence, complex systems and computational biology and pursue collaborative activities with relevant stakeholders.

Scalable Computing

The Scalable Systems Group creates the enabling technology we need to deliver tomorrow's large-scale services. This includes work on:
-Scalable cloud computing
-Big data analytics
-Distributed algorithms
-Stochastic modelling
-Performance analysis
-Data provenance
-Concurrency
-Real-time simulation
-Video game technologies
-Green computing

Secure and Resilient Systems

The Secure and Resilient Systems group investigates fundamental concepts, development techniques, models, architectures and mechanisms that directly contribute to creating dependable and secure information systems, networks and infrastructures. We aim to target real-world challenges to the dependability and security of the next generation information systems, cyber-physical systems and critical infrastructures.

Teaching Innovation Group

The Teaching Innovation Group focusses on encouraging, fostering and pursuing innovation in teaching computing science. Through this group, your research will focus on pedagogy and you will apply your research to maximising the impact of innovative teaching practices, programmes and curricula in the School. Examples of innovation work within the group include:
-Teacher training and the national Computing at School initiative
-Outreach activities including visits to schools and hosting visits by schools
-Participation in national fora for teaching innovation
-Market research for new degree programmes
-Review of existing degree programmes
-Developing employability skills
-Maintaining links with industry
-Establishing teaching requirements for the move to Science Central

Research Excellence

Our research excellence in the School of Computing Science has been widely recognised through awards of large research grants. Recent examples include:
-Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Centre for Doctoral Training in Cloud Computing for Big Data Doctoral Training Centre
-Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Centre for Doctoral Training in Digital Civics
-Wellcome Trust and Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Research Grant: a £10m project to look at novel treatment for epilepsy, confirming our track record in Systems Neuroscience and Neuroinformatics.

Accreditation

The School of Computing Science at Newcastle University is an accredited and a recognised Partner in the Network of Teaching Excellence in Computer Science.

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