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MA in Digital Media and Culture

Digital processes are transforming culture, the economy and society. This course explores the origins and impact of these changes. It gives you the training to understand and make use of digital media critically, creatively and productively.

If you’re pursuing a professional career in knowledge-based industries, whether in museums, marketing agencies, businesses, charities, new-media production companies, public relations or think-tanks, this course is for you. It will equally qualify you with the academic skills for further doctoral study.

You’ll develop a critical and practice-based understanding of the impact of links, queries, downloads and uploads, file formats, archives, databases and networks more generally. Core modules introduce you to the conceptual and methodological dimensions of the digital realm. You then select two or three option modules in areas that cover the theoretical and socioeconomic aspects of digital culture, urban science, big data and complexity. A dissertation allows you to explore your own questions and interests in more depth.

Core modules:

  • Approaches to the Digital
  • Digital Objects, Digital Methods
  • Dissertation

Masters Optional Modules:
Visualisation; Social Informatics; Big Data Research: Hype or Revolution?; Complexity in the Social Sciences; Media and Social Theory; Digital Sociology; Post Digital Books; User Interface Cultures: Design, Method and Critique; Playful Media: Ludification in the Digital Age.

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 the Masters Convenor.

Please note: not all optional modules may be available each year; you should therefore check with the Centre. New modules or modules named may be amended or advertised for the next academic year.

Assessment: A combination of essays, reports, design projects, technical report writing, practice assessments, group work and presentations and an individual research project.

Course Laptops: All students on CIM degrees are given a laptop to use.

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 and the Director of Postgraduate Taught Courses, Dr. Michael Dieter:


Essential Information

Full time: 1 year
Part-time: 2 years

Entry requirements
2:i undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject

English Language Requirements

Location of study
University of Warwick

Course fees


Full time:
Home/EU: £8,970 per year
Overseas: £19,180 per year

Part time:
Home/EU: £4,885* per year
Overseas: £9,990* per year

* students pay £775 in 16/17 and £800 in 17/18 for laptop in Year 1 only

Find out more about Fees and Funding

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Application information

This information is applicable for 2017 entry.