Digital Media Design - MSc [online]

Digital Media Design Programme Video


This innovative online programme is for people interested in practically exploring the complex relationship between visual or sonic design and digital media. It provides the ideal balance between a busy life and studying towards an internationally recognised graduate qualification, without the disruption or expense of relocation.

What you will study

Over the course of the programme, you will have the opportunity to develop design projects in animation, interaction, video and mobile games, the web and social media, e-commerce and entrepreneurship, media installations, performance and more.

You don’t have to be a designer: if you aspire to design, manage, develop software, teach or research in or around the creative industries, this programme could be for you.

Alternatively, you may have studied sound or music technology at university, been working in sound professionally or been experimenting with sound as a composer, sound artist or engineer and be looking for a way to develop your voice.

As well as offering a full MSc programme, there are other options. You could work towards a postgraduate certificate or a postgraduate diploma. Alternatively, for greatest flexibility, you can select individual courses as part of your professional development. Students taking courses as individual CPD elements may transfer these credits to degree registration at a later time. Whichever approach you choose, our programme is designed to fit in around your ongoing work or family commitments.

Career opportunities

The prospects for employment are diverse. Recent graduates from the closely allied on-campus programme in Design and Digital Media are now working in multimedia and web design for architectural and urban design practices, advertising, computer system design and management, and tertiary level teaching. The programme is also ideal if you are considering continuing on to advanced research at a doctoral level.


Programme Director, Professor John Lee

John Lee is Professor of Digital Media at the University of Edinburgh. He has been Deputy Director of the Human Communication Research Centre since 1993. He has directed the highly successful Msc programme in Design and Digital Media since it was founded in 1999. He has held a number of externally funded research projects, and coordinated the Edinburgh-Stanford Link programme, a collaboration on speech and language technology with Stanford University, USA. Much of his research centres on various aspects of cognition, communication and uses of technology in design and learning.

Tutor, Dr Martin Parker

Martin Parker is a composer, improviser and soloist with laptop, Martin’s work focuses on encounters between computers, people and places. Based in Edinburgh, he collaborates widely with theatre companies, symphony orchestras, visual artists and ensembles. His most recent project is called ‘journeyMan’, a work for mobile platform designed to 'perform' sound for you as you walk or work.

Tutor, Dr Jules Rawlinson

Jules Rawlinson was a founder at Civic, one of Scotland's leading digital agencies. He has significant commercial experience of online design and development for high profile public sector clients including the Scottish Government, NHS Scotland and Scottish Qualifications Authority, and arts projects have included sound installations and performances, reactive graphics and interactives for the BBC, New Media Scotland, Glenmorangie, Cybersonica, Future of Sound / Future of Light and the recently revived Radiophonic Workshop.

Tutor, Dr Denitsa Petrova

Denitsa Petrova is a designer and artist working in the field of public art and digital media. Her research and practice take into consideration the Social Web as being useful in expanding the possibilities of public art by providing a unique opportunity for shared creativity in the public space.

She has exhibited at a number of shows in the UK, Bulgaria, Portugal, Denmark and the USA. She is also experienced in delivering modules for online distance learning programs in the field of graphic design and digital media.

Scholarships & bursaries

4 scholarships for distance learning Masters programmes offered by the University.

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