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Full time | University of Glasgow | 12 months | 18-SEP-23

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Full time


12 months

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Arts (Culture) & Society Social Research

Course type


Course Summary

New digital technologies have become part of our lives in ways and with depths that would have been difficult to imagine two decades ago. The Digital Society MSc aims to respond to the needs of this fast-changing environment, by preparing social scientists who can critically and effectively engage with the realities and challenges of the digital era.


This Masters programme in Digital Society introduces students to the examination of how digital technologies permeate different aspects of social life, and how they become interconnected with the self, social relations, education, work and labour markets, cultural and institutional transformations, commerce and finance, health, security and a variety of other areas of social world. The programme will familiarise students with current debates informed by sociological theory and methodology, but also interdisciplinary approaches aimed at grasping the continuously deepening influence of digital technologies on our lives.

  • This programme offers a set of core courses which consider the study of digital society in a comprehensive way which includes: theoretical understandings of digitalisation, methodological training and practical engagement with/investigation of socio-technical contexts.
  • It enriches the students’ analytical capacity and develops their abilities to design and conduct research on topics related to digitalisation and to work with data collected and/or analysed through digital tools.
  • This programme covers different substantive areas which are shaped by digital technologies, enabling you to focus in depth on certain topics or social fields which interest you (for example: digitalisation in culture, education, organisational contexts and interpersonal communication).
  • It provides innovative and wide-ranging learning and teaching approaches from lectures and seminars, to project work, and field-based activities.
  • The programme is taught by a team of specialists in sociology (The Sociology Subject Area) and draws on the expertise of interdisciplinary scholars in the field of digitalisation (The Glasgow Social and Digital Change Group).


As students in this programme, you will gain a deep understanding of the ways in which technology is socially constructed, as well as how it shapes the practices of social actors, power relations and organisational structure. At the same time, you will have the chance to work hands on with novel technology in the Living Lab, both at the UOG’s smart campus and in industry-based internships. This is an excellent opportunity to immerse yourselves in environments strongly shaped by digitalisation, and to conduct research into socio-technical phenomena observed in these environments.

On completion of this programme, you will be equipped to apply your learning to a wide range of opportunities within the labour market.

The knowledge and skills acquired in this MSc programme will place you in a favourable position to inform policy debate, but also to work in non-technical project management within the IT sector or other industries, in public administration, in commerce and tourism, in NGOs and community building, in digital marketing and advertising, in digital media offices.


The course "The Living Lab" is designed as a synthesis of the courses 'Theory and Substantive Issues in the Digital Age' and 'Practicing Research and Working with Data in the Digital Age' proposed for the 1st semester. The Living Lab creates a context for reuniting technological resources and community resources for research. In this course, students will apply both the theoretical knowledge and the practical skills they have gained in the two previous core courses. Working with supervision from the course lecturers, they will create and conduct a small pilot project, with participants from the University's smart campus, related innovation district and Glasgow local authority organisations and community groups. Students will learn to engage with research participants and with digital technologies for their projects.

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Entry requirements

2.1 Honours degree or non-UK equivalent in a relevant social science or humanities subject.

University information

The University of Glasgow is one of four ancient universities in Scotland, founded back in 1451. Alumni include seven Nobel Prize winners, Scotland’s First Minister and a Prime Minister, while Albert Einstein gave a lecture on the theory of relativity there back in 1933. The university has over 7,000 postgraduate students from 140 countries around the world, taking up taught and research degrees. Study options vary from Financial Economics...more