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MA Digital Media and Society Degree

MA Digital Media and Society Degree

Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

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

Course type


Course Summary


Our MA Digital Media and Society 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 course 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.

In addition to this, we have designed a bespoke package of study skills support including using and interpreting academic literature, referencing, critical thinking and developing your own writing style.

In the second term you will take a Media Landscapes class as part of the dissertation module. In this class, visiting speakers from across the media and creative industries will give guest lectures, providing insights into the sector and roles in which they work.

In collaboration with the English Language study Unit we have designed a bespoke package of study skills support. This is run through the dissertation module in the first term. It will support you in using and interpreting academic literature, referencing, critical thinking and developing your own writing style. This is also an excellent networking opportunity.

Also there is the opportunity to undertake a four-week placement over the Easter vacation (April) – this experience can be recognized as part of your dissertation research project. If you take up this opportunity, you can have this recognized through their degree if you wish. If you take a placement, you will be put onto a special ‘placement dissertation’ module. You will be able to use your placement experience as part of your dissertation research project and will in (in part) be assessed on the quality of your reflection on the placement experience.

Our MA Digital Media and Society degree is delivered by a diverse interdisciplinary team with a strong profile in, for example, digital culture, media, sociology, anthropology and communication studies. All of our world-leading scholars are research active and use their research to develop and deliver cutting-edge teaching.

The centre's facilities for media and communications research include the Loughborough Qualitative Digital Research Lab (LiQUiD Lab).

You will have the opportunity to get involved in the Loughborough Students' Union media centre, which houses television and radio stations, a magazine and photographic editing facilities.

Who should study this programme?

Our MA Digital Media and Society 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.

What you'll study

The modules in our digital media degree are designed to help you gain a systematic and critical awareness of current issues and debates in communication and media studies and related disciplines.

Future career prospects

The masters in digital media 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.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This module is studied across semesters one and two and will introduce you to key popular, economic, regulatory and political debates and issues relating to the role of digital media in society. The module will consider some of the challenges and opportunities that digital media afford social groups and organisations by taking current issues as case studies for exploration. This involves (but is not limited to) exploring and discussing new policy documents/frameworks, current debates and arguments about digital media as featured in news and other media, and analysing popular and emerging new digital platforms.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent international qualification) in a wide range of subjects.

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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