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Master of Communication Sciences: Digital Media and Society (Leuven)

KU Leuven
Program overview
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
September 2019 
September 2020 
September 2021 

Program description

From smartphones, tablets and social media to online games – digital media re-shape society in various domains and deeply inform the way individual people work, live, think and act. The international Master of Communication Sciences: Digital Media and Society provides a one-year master programme in which you will study the nature, effect and meaning of digital media from a social scientific perspective.

KU Leuven's Master of Communication Sciences: Digital Media and Society is a research-based programme that focusses on the way digital media shape the societal domains of personal identity and wellbeing, culture and community, politics and policies, business and marketing. It prepares its students for successful careers as researchers in academia, jobs in marketing or in digital media companies.

The programme is carried out by internationally engaged academics who are at the forefront of research in the field of digital media and communication sciences. The programme consists of 60 ECTS and provides you with the theoretical and methodological skills to study the nature, effects and meanings of digital media. It brings variation in topics and teaching methods by offering theoretical courses, interactive master classes, exercises in research design and digital methods, an internship and a master thesis.


In the theoretical courses, you attain insight in social scientific theories about the production and consumption of digital media, the way digitalization shapes individual identity, culture, politics and business and how ICT and social media can be effectively used in communication, advertising and marketing. In these courses you will learn to critically discuss theory and develop scientifically interesting and societally relevant ideas for research.

The master class offers the opportunity for in-depth reflection on current issues and developments in the field of digital media and society. In small, interactive groups, you will study and discuss topical case-studies in the field of either media and design or games and society.

In Research Design and Digital Methods, you will learn how to do social scientific research by using digital sources and methods. The course is both theoretical and practical: you will develop research problems and collect, analyze and interpret (big) data on social media platforms.

In the master thesis, you will combine theory and method, by doing research under the supervision of a scholar from the Institute for Media Studies or the Leuven School for Mass Communication Research. The master thesis is the keystone of your research in the field of digital media and communications.

In the internship, you will learn to translate academic knowledge to practice. Based on your interest, you will work for five weeks in an organization specialized in digital media and communication to gain experience with professional life and to further develop your skills as a communication expert.

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KU Leuven

KU Leuven

KU Leuven is Europe’s most innovative university. Located in Belgium, it is dedicated to research, education, and service to society. KU Leuven is a founding member of the League of European Research Universities (LERU) and has a strong European and...

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KU Leuven

Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven

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