Digital Media & Culture - MSc by Research

Outline

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.

Staff

Prof Richard Coyne, Programme Director | View staff profile >

This is a research programme. Support and supervision may be provided by any of the teaching staff in this School.

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Six purpose-built, acoustically-treated music studios, with tie-lines to a shared recording space.

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A fully operational, entirely student-run 90-seat theatre housed in a neo-gothic church.

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Work spaces are available across the University. ECA's computers include software tailored to the disciplines studied here.

At the heart of the Evolution House Learning and Research Zone, the ECA Library provides an innovative environment for learning, teaching and research resources in art and design.

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The workshop facilities include band saws, pillar drills, sanders and wire-cutters.

This model workshop is equipped for constructing architectural models in a wide variety of materials.

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By day, a café, bar and study space, and by night a club venue. Potterrow’s dome is also home to the Advice Place and the Potter Shop.

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The neo-classical Sculpture Court in the ECA Main Building is home to the many pieces from the Edinburgh Cast Collection, and is regularly used for student exhibitions.

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Supporting students with dyslexia, mental health issues and students on the autistic spectrum, as well as those who have physical and sensory impairments.

Talbot Rice Gallery is the public art Gallery for the University of Edinburgh.

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