"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. "


This innovative online programme is for people interested in practically exploring the complex relationship between design, in its many aspects, 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.  

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, UI and UX design 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.  

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.  

. What you will need to study this programme 

. View the full programme structure 

. Find out about the courses and final projects 



“The tutors are amazing in their help, support and feedback on your projects. The course content is fantastic and inspiring and the projects are challenging, yet push you to greater limits and success.”

Emma Thompson-Chaplin


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.  

How to apply and entrance requirements

If you'd like to study on a postgraduate programme at Edinburgh College of Art, you must apply through EUCLID, our online application system. You can find out how to do this on the University of Edinburgh website, where you'll also be able to:

  • see detailed entrance requirements for each programme on the Degree Finder
  • get information on what to expect after you apply
  • find out about study modes, start dates and fees
  • find out if, and how, you need to submit a portfolio, showreel or research proposal
  • find out where to go for further advice and guidance

Take me to the University of Edinburgh website on how to apply for postgraduate study


Prof John Lee

Professor of Digital Media, Director for Design and Digital Media

ECA Technologies Strategy Director

Email: j.lee@ed.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)131 650 2335 / 4420 - HCRC

Facilities and resources

A Virtual Learning Environment enabling you to log in 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Scholarships and bursaries

Andrew Grant Postgraduate Scholarships

  • Deadline: 1 March 2023
  • Value: £10,500
  • Eligibility: Scholarships available for one academic year of postgraduate Masters study at Edinburgh College of Art.

Edinburgh Global Online Learning Masters Scholarship

  • Deadline: 5 June 2023
  • Value: Cover full tuition fees for normal duration of programme
  • Eligibility: Scholarships will be available for students commencing any online part-time learning Masters programme offered by the University in session 2023-2024. Nationals and residents of various countries are eligible.


Edinburgh College of Art Postgraduate Admissions

Email: cahss.pgadmissions@ed.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)131 650 4086