Course Structure

The MA award is achieved through the accumulation of 180 credits of which 120 are gained through taught modules and 60 are gained from the Dissertation or Project.

Each taught module is 20 credits. You can take from 1 module to 3 modules per semester, depending on your mode of study. If you study full time then you will need to take 3 modules in Semester 1 and Semester 2, and then the Dissertation.

The Digital Media, Culture and Society MA is structured as follows:

Semester 1 – Core modules

  • Understanding Digital Culture & Society (20 credits)
  • Debates in Digital Media: Policy, Literacy & Social Inclusion (20 credits)
  •  Practicing Media Research (20 credits)

Semester 2 – Options (Modules will be confirmed in September 2018)

  • Digital Cities
  • Big Data, Culture and Society
  • Social and digital media activism
  • Collaborative Documentary Media Production*
  • Professional Media Practice: Industries and Cultures
  • Sonic Media
  • Participatory Media Production for Social change*

(* On-campus only mode)

Semester 3

  • Dissertation/ Project (MA) (60 credits)

During your studies, you will be granted flexibility in content, form and delivery. This flexibility is increased through the availability of online distance education modules. Not only is it possible to switch modes from on-campus to Distance Learning, you may choose to complete the entire degree through Distance Learning mode.


There are also opportunities to complete shorter programmes at postgraduate certificate and postgraduate diploma level.

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What is the difference between this course and the Digital Media Arts MA?

The MA Digital Media, Culture and Society is particularly suitable for those interested in advancing their critical and theoretical understanding of how the fast-changing digital media environment shapes our cultural and social lives. A programme offering flexible modes of study, it is also designed for the professionals in minds. The Digital Media Arts MA focuses on media technology and offers practical skills, with many graduates now working in digital development and design.