Digital Media & Culture - MSc by Research


Are you interested in ideas? Do you enjoy the challenges of philosophy and theory? In this one-year, research-based degree programme, you will have the opportunity to experiment in the space of contemporary philosophies, using emerging ideas and debate to reflect on and interpret technological change and the social, cultural and political contexts in which it takes place. You will be at the critical centre of a diverse range of different disciplines and media, including film, architecture, music, texts, television, magazines, mainstream and alternative art forms, and performance.

What you will study

A Masters degree by Research is a great way to start a career in research, test your appetite for a PhD, or simply to hone your critical and intellectual skills. You will be part of a dynamic community of around 50 researchers at all career stages exploring theories and philosophies of digital media and the many aspects of computing, including its societal impact and our understanding of identity, scale and space. The programme includes core coursework, options, directed reading and opportunity for original research, packaged into work units, with engagement in seminars, lectures and a lively, student-led conference. We have structured the programme to allow you a great deal of freedom in choosing your own areas of research interest within digital media and culture and to work alongside students on more technical courses, some of which you can elect to take.

Digital media and culture is a dynamic field offering international opportunities for further research, including in the private sector. Our programme provides training in methods of postgraduate research, including in creative practice, as well as developing reflective skills and theoretical understanding. You will gain the confidence to respond critically to developments in digital media and to critique the commentary of others in the field, in both academic and popular literature. You will be part of a new intellectual infrastructure for digital media design and art practice.

Top five reasons to choose the programme

  • Combines self-directed and tutor-led research within a dynamic academic community.
  • Develops both critical and methodological skills in a creative environment.
  • Examines digital media within its broader social, cultural and theoretical contexts.
  • Enables you to choose your own area of research interest.
  • Opens up career opportunities and pathways to further, advanced research.


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