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Digital Media and Society MA

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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Digital Media Multimedia (Computing) Film / Video / Television Production

Course type


Course Summary

This Digital Media and Society MA course offers a comprehensive understanding of current developments in digital media and their wider social significance. Digital media has become an integral part of contemporary life. The internet and mobile technologies are inseparable from everything we do. Our Digital Media and Society MA programme is designed to provide you with an in-depth understanding of current thinking and debates on the implications of these developments. You will benefit from a mix of traditional lectures, seminar-style teaching and one-to-one support through the personal tutor system. Our MA in Digital Media and Society is delivered by a diverse interdisciplinary team with a strong profile in, for example, digital culture, media, sociology, anthropology and communication studies. Our Digital Media and Society MA would be suitable if you are interested in the historical expansion of communications media, the institutionalisation of media systems, various audiences uses of the media, and the implications of new media for cultural life.

The degree is designed to develop specialist understanding of contemporary developments in digital media and culture. You will also acquire research and media analysis skills which are crucial to both careers in the media industries and in academic careers. Employability is an important part of the curriculum across all of the MA programmes. You will take taught employability sessions which cover finding employment in the media and cultural industries, finding placements, writing CVs and preparing covering letters. While many of our students go into careers in media production, analysis and management, a significant number of our students go on to undertake PhD programmes.

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Full time


1 year

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This module aims to examine the relationship between new social practices and old economic structures; it offers students an introduction to the economic sociology of digital media. The Internet is playing an increasing role in the lives of people around the globe and in the process is transforming many aspects of the ways in which we interact; yet this is a landscape that is contoured in other respects by the structure of the global economic system. The material will be approached by examining the variety of roles that are implicated in the creation, delivery, and consumption of cultural/media products over the Internet, and by examining the symbolic struggles that have occurred over legitimacy in digital culture: for example, we can trace a continuing tension and indeed interaction between the growth of the digital market economy and advocacy of the Internet as a de-commercialised space. While the primary focus will be on contemporary cases, the module will also seek to relate these back to classic issues in economic sociology.

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


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Entry requirements

Students need to have minimum of an upper second class honours degree or equivalent in a wide range of subjects. In exceptional circumstances an applicant may be admitted to the degree who does not possess the requirements mentioned, but who has substantial relevant work experience.

University information

Loughborough University is in the top 10 of every UK league table, has an award-winning student experience and was voted University of the Year in the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2018. Our research has impact. We are a top 10 research-led university in England (REF 2014) and we have been awarded seven prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prizes in recognition of our world-class excellence in areas of service and benefit to the UK – only Oxford...more

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