Digital Media and Society (MA)
1 year (full-time) / n/a (part-time) / n/a (distance / e-Learning)
The MA Digital Media and Society addresses current challenges of online communication and internet studies. It enables students to develop specialist knowledge in areas such as social media, big data, citizen journalism, digital culture, the creative industries, internet governance, and digital rights. It also provides a theoretical and methodological grounding in media and communication studies. It also:
- Enables you to develop an in-depth understanding of digital media and their implications for the social, political, economic and cultural environment.
- Conveys specialist knowledge that addresses current areas of concern, such as social media use, big data, the sharing economy, privacy and surveillance, internet governance, digital rights, and citizen journalism.
- Empowers you to assess how technological change is linked to forces of globalisation, political institutions, and historical developments, and how it affects democracy and social change.
- Equips you with a thorough theoretical and methodological grounding in media and communication studies.
- Allows you to apply up-to-date research skills to carry out their own original research for the dissertation and beyond.
- Produces 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 emergence of new digital communication platforms has had significant impacts. Audiences are transforming into media producers; new business models are emerging; social media campaigns create new forms of politics; digital culture highlights practices of sharing and participation; and data collection and analytics affect an increasing part of our lives.
This offers new possibilities for digital citizens, but it also raises new questions regarding classic notions of privacy and freedom of expression, and it renders information and digital infrastructure a key resource.
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. We ask how online communication is shaped by users, states and businesses, and how our society is, in turn, affected by digital media.
This course draws on the strength and diversity of Cardiff University’s staff, giving you a unique opportunity to work with academics whose research is at the cutting edge of exploring issues such as citizen journalism, online activism, big data, internet surveillance, internet governance and digital rights.
You can get involved in our Research Group Digital Media and Society and thus become part of a dynamic research environment.
Please note this course focuses on academic research and does not provide extensive practical training.
- Understanding Digital Media
- Politics of Global Communication
- Putting Research into Practice 1
- Citizen Journalism and Digital Publics
- Putting Research into Practice 2
- Two optional modules from a range of options, including Social Media and Politics; Big Data and Society; Governing the Internet: Digital Freedoms and Restrictions; Citizen Media (Digital Storytelling); Media Law; and others.
Throughout the year, students will work with their assigned dissertation supervisors on their specific dissertation research.
In addition to a thorough understanding of media and communication studies, and specifically the current trends of online and digital media, you will acquire research skills that are applicable for academic study and other professions. These include skills in content and discourse analysis, social network analysis, interviews and focus groups, and relevant digital analytical tools. You will develop competence in undertaking rigorous analytical work, producing well researched essays to deadline, and engaging with key contemporary debates.
Graduates of MA Digital Media and Society are employed in a range of occupations, including the non-profit sector, digital business, online journalism, and regulatory institutions. They take on leading roles in social media campaigns, internet policy, human rights organisations, journalism, and creative industries.
As an academic course focusing on critical analysis, this programme also provides a perfect starting-point for PhD research and prepares students for careers in research institutions, both at university and other public or private institutions.
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.
Tuition Fees 2016/17
Fees quoted are for the academic session 2016/17. For programmes lasting more than one year, tuition fees for subsequent years of study are subject to an increase of no more than 4.5% per year.
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Next intake: September each year
Name: JOMEC Student Support, School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies
Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 4156