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Digital Service Design MSc

Course code

I200PDIGSEDE

Start date

September

Subject area

Computer Science

Mode of study

1 year full-time

15 months full-time

Fees

2020/21

UK / EU £10,440

International £19,280

Entry requirements

2:2

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Overview

Digital service design is the art of building customer experiences with a strong digital element. The Digital Service Design MSc is a new multi-disciplinary course which has been specifically created to help graduates develop exceptional user experience design for digital products and services.

The course features close integration with leading digital companies to help you develop a deep knowledge of both design theory and practice as well as to equip you for employment in the digital sector. As a result of enrolling on this course, you will have the opportunity to form a network of industry contacts which will be invaluable when you enter into the world of employment.

The course has been designed in collaboration with Wilson Fletcher, a leading digital design studio, to closely mirror current professional practices, additionally, some of our digital design partners may also offer dissertation opportunities.

You’ll work on a number of individual and group projects based on real-world briefs, which will help you develop the technical, interpersonal, creative and strategic skills needed to succeed in the digital service design industry.

You’ll be able to explore areas of design and rapid prototyping, innovation methodologies, interview and workshop facilitation, journey mapping, customer research methodologies, project management, how to develop and present actionable recommendations, and much more.

By the end of the course you’ll be able to:

  • Generate ideas and turn them into viable concepts and working prototypes
  • Work in multidisciplinary teams in a studio setting and take responsibility for your work
  • Problem-solve and design for both user and business needs
  • Understand the skills, tools and methodologies necessary to develop compelling strategies, products and services
  • Design and develop experiences, products and services of high quality with digital media at their core
  • Demonstrate a critical and practical understanding of the issues relevant to digital service design and their use in the context of modern industry and commercial environments
  • Have a thorough and clear understanding of the methodologies and professional skills necessary for effective digital service design in a business environment
  • Reflect – critically and in-depth – on relevant aspects of the state-of the art of both the practice and theory of digital service design

Selected students may have the opportunity for a company-sponsored dissertation project.

Graduates will be equipped to work in leading digital design agencies and consultancies as well as innovative blue-chip companies that have design departments. Fields you might go into after this course include app development, copywriting and content design, digital design, digital product design, digital project management, front-end development, information architecture, interaction design, product management, research, service design, strategy, user experience design, UX architecture.

Brunel’s Women in Engineering and Computing mentoring scheme provides our female students with invaluable help and support from their industry mentors.

You can explore our campus and facilities for yourself by taking our virtual tour.

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Course content

Brunel’s MSc course in Digital Service Design prepares you for roles in the fast-growing digital industry by providing a course led by industry experts and practitioners. 

This course can be studied 1 year full-time or 15 months full-time, starting in September.

Year 1

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Careers and your future

Your MSc in Digital Service Design from Brunel will equip you to work in leading digital design organisations.

Our digital design graduates have the opportunity to work in innovative blue-chip companies in areas like, digital project management, digital design, service design, information architecture, copywriting, strategy and UX architecture.

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UK entry requirements

  • A 2:2 (or above) UK Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification in Arts, Design, Social Sciences, Computer Science, or Humanities.
  • Applicants with other qualifications and industrial experience (relevant to the subject area) may be considered and will be assessed on an individual basis. Industrial certifications may be taken into account.
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EU and International entry requirements

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 65% (min 60% in all areas)
  • TOEFL: 92 (min 20 in all)

You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.

Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason. We offer our own BrunELT English test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options through our Brunel Language Centre.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants. This information is for guidance only and each application is assessed on a case-by-case basis. Entry requirements are subject to review, and may change.

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Fees and funding

2020/21

UK / EU

£10,440 full-time

International

£19,280 full-time

More information on any additional course-related costs.

See our fees and funding page for full details of postgraduate scholarships available to Brunel applicants.

Fees quoted are per year and are subject to an annual increase. 

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Teaching and Learning

You will be taught by our lecturers and practising researchers through a mixture of lectures, seminars, lab sessions, guest lectures from industry experts, talks and studio workshops. This is theory-based teaching based upon up-to-date research in an exciting area.

You will always have a personal academic tutor who will provide both academic and pastoral support. They’ll provide one-to-one supervision for your dissertation project.

Academics and guest lecturers on the course come from a wide variety of backgrounds and have experience working on high profile projects at companies like Wilson Fletcher, M&S, The Telegraph, W12, Virgin Media, BBH, IDEO, Friday, SapientNitro, RBS, and Hugo & Cat.

Research seminars and external site visits are also a feature of this course.

Should you need any non-academic support during your time at Brunel, the Student Support and Welfare Team are here to help.

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Assessment and feedback

You’ll be assessed through a combination of coursework, examination and dissertation. You’ll also be expected to produce a portfolio of evidence for the Digital Design Methodologies module. Examinations are held in May.

 

Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.