Digital Media and Society (MA)
1 year (full-time) / n/a (part-time) / n/a (distance / e-Learning)
- Enable students to develop an in-depth understanding of digital media and their implications for, and interactions with, their social, political, economic and cultural environment.
- Convey specialist knowledge that addresses current areas of concern, such as social media use, privacy and surveillance, internet governance, intellectual property, citizen journalism, digital broadcasting, political campaigning.
- Empower students to assess how technological change is linked to forces of globalisation, political institutions, and historical developments, and how it affects democracy and social change.
- Equip students with a thorough theoretical and methodological grounding in media and communication studies.
- Allow students to apply up-to-date research skills to carry out their own original research for the dissertation and beyond.
- Produce reflective and well-trained graduates who understand the multiplicity of social, cultural, political and technological complexities of digital media and who will be able to solve complex problems and make informed decisions in their future careers.
The digitization of media and the emergence of new digital communication platforms have had significant impacts on our communication practices, our place and activities in a mediatized environment, and thus our role as citizens. They have disrupted established business models, social practices and power relations, and have facilitated the emergence of new norms and value systems. Audiences are shifting, transforming into producers and challenging the roles of traditional information brokers; journalist practices and media organisations are changing; values of openness and sharing infuse knowledge production; peer production challenges established industries; classic notions of privacy and freedom of expression are affected; new stakeholders influence policy; and interaction and participation become the norm (and their management a key skill). At the same time, new commercial empires are emerging, data collection and analysis by both businesses and governments are expanding, and the control of both information content and networked infrastructure becomes ever more important for social, political and economic strategies.
This course provides students with a thorough understanding of these current transformations and with the analytical skills to investigate digital media in the context of social, political and economic change. Two methodological modules provide students with the skills to conduct research in any area of media and communication studies, and three core thematic modules offer thorough insights into current developments in digital communication. Further, students select two optional modules in their fields of interest and they get the chance to develop their own research project for their dissertation.
The MA draws on the strength and diversity of Cardiff’s staff, giving students a unique opportunity to work with academics whose research is at the cutting edge of exploring how media are changing in a dynamic global communications environment.
- Understanding Digital Media (20 Credits)
- Politics of Global Communication (20 Credits)
- Putting Research into Practice 1 (20 credits)
- Citizen Journalism and Digital Publics (20 Credits)
- Putting Research into Practice 2 (20 credits)
- Two optional modules (10 credits each) from a range of options, including (but not limited to) Social Media and Politics; Governing the Internet: Digital Freedoms and Restrictions; Media, Activism and Participation; Citizen Media (Digital Storytelling); Media Law.
Each module combines lectures with interactive seminar components and provides starting-points for independent study by the student. Course projects, including various module assignments, will allow students to apply this knowledge to current developments in the field of digital media. Student will work with their assigned dissertation supervisors throughout the year on their specific dissertation research.
Students will acquire a broad range of research skills that are applicable for academic study as well as in other professions, including skills in content and discourse analysis, social network analysis, interviews and focus groups, and in relevant digital analytical tools. They will develop competence in advanced library searches and information retrieval, proficiency in both verbal and written modes of communication, and confidence in developing an engaged point of view and argument. They will develop conformity with professional protocols of presentation and analysis.
As an academic course focusing on critical analysis, the MA Digital Media and Society equips students to conduct postgraduate research and prepares them for careers in research institutions, both at university and other public or private institutions. However it also provides necessary knowledge for employment in the media sector, regulatory institutions, civil society and business organisations and for leading roles on current issues such as social media campaigns, internet policy, digital rights, digital journalism, and creative industries.
Two grants are available to provide a contribution to the fee payment:
- One grant of £4,000 (for an international student)
- One grant of £3,000 (for a UK/EU student)
For more information please visit the JOMEC website.
Applicants will normally be expected to hold a UK higher education degree of lower second class Honours or above, or a qualification recognised by the University as equivalent. This requirement may be waived for students with appropriate alternative qualifications.
Applications must include a personal statement that outlines the applicant’s reasons for applying, and at least one reference letter from a previous tutor or person in charge of a past professional experience.
In addition, applicants whose first language is not English must obtain a British Council IELTS score of at least 7.0 (with a minimum subscore of 6.0 in each component), or an equivalent English language qualification. However, applicants with an IELTS score of 6.5 (with a minimum subscore of 6.0 in each component) will be considered provided they undertake and successfully complete the University’s eight-week pre-sessional English course. This requirement may be waived if the applicant can furnish sufficient evidence that they are suitably proficient in the use of English.
Next intake: September each year
Name: Mr Huw Thomas (Administrative contact)
Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 4786
Name: Dr Arne Hintz (Academic contact)
Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 6281