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. As this is a research programme, support and supervision may be provided by any of the teaching staff in the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA) and beyond.
About the programme
This programme examines theories and philosophies of digital media, political change, the mass media, computation, big data analytics, artificial intelligence, and the social and cultural contexts in which such developments take place. See relevant blog postings at http://richardcoyne.com.
The MSc is a research degree, with some coursework, and can be completed in a year. The course content can constitute a primer for PhD study. The degree can also be taken part-time over two years.
Students of this programme will be part of a dynamic community of researchers exploring many aspects of computing: its social ramifications, social media, the world of e-commerce, e-entrepreneurship, e-learning, project-based composition and artistic works, digital architecture and urbanism, new media consumption practices, the co-creation of media, changes to the household, links between vision and sound, branded places, non-places, and more. There are currently over 50 coursework students, researchers, PhD students and staff researching in these areas.
What you will study
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 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. You'll also be part of a new intellectual infrastructure for digital media design and art practice.
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.