Digital Media and Society (Taught)
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.
The MA Digital Media and Society addresses current challenges of online communication and internet studies. It enables you 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.
This course provides you with a thorough understanding of the 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 explores 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.
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You will need to complete an online application form which will then be considered by an admissions tutor.
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 an 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 4.0 in each component) will be considered provided they undertake and successfully complete the University’s ten-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.
You will be asked to provide references in support of your application, one of which will need to be from previous academic study.
Applications are considered throughout the year.
For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.
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The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2020/21 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2020.
- Putting Research into Practice 1
- Putting Research into Practice 2
- Understanding Digital Media
- Citizen Journalism and Digital Publics
- Debates and Concepts in Media and Communications
- Project Based Dissertation
- Media Law
- Global Crisis Reporting
- Reporting Health and Science
- Electoral Behaviour, Public Opinion and the Media
- Social Media and Politics
- Media and Political Understanding
- Public Relations, Offline and Online
- Digital Economy, Digital Labour
- In the Editor's Chair
- Reporting Business, Finance and Economics
- Citizen Media: Digital Storytelling
- Communicating Causes
- EMERGING JOURNALISM
- Datafied Society
- Automation in Practice: Project Based Investigation of Datafication
Scholarships & funding
For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.
The full tuition fees for UK and EU Students is £9,450.The tuition fees for Students from outside the EU is £17,450
What skills will I practise and develop?
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.
- skills in content and discourse analysis
- social network analysis
- interviews and focus groups
- 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.
As an academic course focusing on critical analysis, this programme also provides a perfect starting-point for PhD research and prepares you for careers in research institutions, both at university and other public or private institutions.
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.
About this institute
Founded in 1883, Cardiff University combines a prestigious heritage with impressive modern facilities, on one of the most beautiful campuses in the UK. As part of the Russell Group, our students benefit from our outstanding research quality and reputation, while...
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