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Digital Civics - MRes

Course Description

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:
-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
-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.


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


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.

Visit the Digital Civics - MRes page on the Newcastle University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in any discipline, if you have relevant additional non-academic experience. Or a 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in: computer science; engineering; education; politics; social science; architecture; planning; psychology; health studies (or related discipline); design. You will also be considered on an individual basis if you have different or non-standard qualifications, particularly if you have relevant industrial experience.

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