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MA in Digital Media and Culture

Digital media is set to dominate twenty-first century culture and society. This course gives you the opportunity to study digital media and to be trained in tools to understand and make use of it creatively, critically and productively.

While the fields of media and communication study the dynamics of film, television, radio and the press, this course addresses how digital processes are transforming culture, the economy and society. It gives you a critical and practice-based understanding of how digital media and culture is being transformed by networks, algorithms and software by memes, trolls, likes and links, by uploads and downloads, by big data, personal data and trash.

Who should apply?

This course is aimed at students from a range of disciplinary backgrounds who want to learn more about the emerging field of digital culture and media. Although no specific background is required, your application must demonstrate an ability to work creatively and independently as well as an interest in contemporary developments in computing, media and culture, and digital data in general. For further information, contact the Course Convenor, Dr Nate Tkacz:

Applications now open!

Full details here.

Course Laptops

All students on CIM degrees are given a laptop to use in class.

Entrance Requirements

  • We normally require a first or upper second class undergraduate degree.

  • If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate English language competence as part of your application. This typically involves submitting a form of certification, such as the IELTS. We normally require an overall IELTS score of 7.0 (or equivalent), with a minimum of two components at 6.0/6.5 & rest 7.0+ (Band B).

  • There may be the option to attend the Pre-Sessional English Programme prior to commencement of study. See the Pre-Sessional English Programme website for information, but note that CIM has the additional requirement of a minimum 6.0 in the IELTS writing component for acceptance through this programme.
  • We are especially open to discussing applications from mature students who may have come to higher education through a range of diverse routes.

  • We consider each application on its merits, so please email get in touch with the course director (Nate Tkacz: to discuss course eligibility if you are unclear about entrance requirements or have any questions.

Course Duration

  1. one year full-time (from October to September)
  2. two years part-time

Fees & Finance

See here for further information about Fees and How to Pay: The Finance Office.


We consider all eligible applicants for bursaries and scholarship while funds are available, so do apply for the course as early as possible if you'd like to be considered.

Funding is available for Home / EU students for this course.

GREAT-India Scholarships are also available, this is a competitive bursary available to students applying from India.

For further information on funding available please click here.

Digital Media and Culture Course Overview

The MA in Digital Media and Culture includes two core modules and a dissertation project, and two or three option modules.

Core modules

Option modules

Please note that not all modules listed here will be available each year due to staff availability and student number uptake. Modules will also be updated annually. For further information, contact the Director of Taught Postgraduate Degrees, Michael Dieter:

All our modules offer European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credits. Please see individual module pages for equivalence.

Optional modules from other departments may be considered as part of your degree programme. Should you wish to undertake an outside option, you will need to discuss this with your Masters Convenor.

Career Opportunities

This degree equips you to follow a professional career in knowledge-based companies, whether these are museums or marketing agencies, businesses or charities, new media production companies, editing and Copywriting, or public relations and think-tanks. It can lead to future opportunities in employment fields such as Digital and Web, Media, Big Data, Statistics and Visualisation. It also provides you with an excellent academic background to pursue issues in digital media at the doctoral level.

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