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, 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
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You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.
Modules for 2018 entry
Compulsory modulesCompulsory modules
Optional modulesOptional modules
You take optional modules to the value of 10 credits from one of four options stands, as follows:
Strand 1: Technologies
Strand 2: Local Democracy
- TCP8001 Planning Frameworks
- TCP8939 Planning, Power and People
- SOC8034 Social Divisions and Inequality
Strand 3: Public Health and Social Care
- HSC8042 Public Health Intervention
- HSC8047 Public Policy, Health and Health Inequalities
- HSC8056 Introduction to Global Health
Strand 4: Community Learning
- EDU8031 Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment as Foundations of Teaching and Learning
- SOC8034 Social Divisions and Inequality
With the approval of the Degree Programme Director and depending upon the academic background of the candidate, alternative optional modules to those listed above may be selected including, for those who have not previously studied programming:
Modules change annually to take account of:
- changing staff expertise
- developments in the discipline
- the requirements of external bodies and partners
- student feedback.
Most module information for 2019 entry will be available from mid-May 2019.
Fees & Funding
The fees displayed here are per course.
Full time: £4,800
Full time: £4,800
Full time: £21,600
Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.
EU students starting at Newcastle in 2018 and 2019 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.
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
- social science
- health studies (or related discipline)
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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Pre-sessional English Course RequirementsPre-sessional English Course Requirements
- 6 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills)
- 10 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 5.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.0 in all sub-skills)
You can study our Pre-sessional English course at the INTO Newcastle Centre.
You may need an ATAS (Academic Technology Approval Scheme) clearance certificate. You'll need to get this before you can get your visa or study on this programme. We'll let you know about the ATAS requirement in your offer letter.
How to Apply
You apply online, track your application and contact the admissions team via our applicant portal. Our step by step guide can help you on your way.
The course starts in September. There is no application closing date for this course, but due to demand we suggest that you apply early.
We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.
If you live outside the UK/EU you must:
- pay a deposit of £1,500
- or submit an official letter of sponsorship
The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.