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Digital Media, Culture and Society MA

Digital Media, Culture and Society MA

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Full time | Moulsecoomb Campus | 1 year | 26-SEP-22

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Full time


1 year

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Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

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

Course type


Course Summary

The Digital Media, Culture and Society MA is an innovative programme that stays responsive to key developments in contemporary digital media, culture and society.

The programme is aimed at both professionals and media graduates wishing to pursue or develop their interests in how advances in digital media shape our cultural, political and social lives.

The course engages with some of the most exciting and pressing issues of our time, such as activism, big data, the cultural and creative economy, participatory and creative media, everyday life, future cities, social wellbeing and identity.

It covers key theoretical debates, drawing from local, national and global contexts to help you develop the critical and methodological skills necessary for researching the role of digital technologies in culture and society.

Our knowledge-exchange activities engage us with diverse businesses, communities and policy actors including media, publishers, digital companies, community groups and NGOs, which will allow you to make professional contacts during your studies.

The course offers flexible modes of study through online distance or campus learning – full-time or part-time. There are also opportunities to complete shorter programmes at both certificate and diploma level.

Why study with us?

The Digital Media, Culture and Society MA programme provides cutting edge research-led teaching by subject experts. In an era of big data, our research explores how datafication impacts upon everyday life and notions of surveillance, as well as its contribution to future cities through intelligent and sustainable transport. Being located in the vibrant digital sector of Brighton gives you a unique advantage in terms of employability and networking.

We also pay attention to emerging technologies and social change, exploring locative media, science, technology, digital health, digital citizenship, policy, governance and education. We have a focus on questions of exclusion, inclusion, identity formation and the role of creative media in affecting social change.

We are part of the Digital Catapult Centre Brighton, creating links between universities and business and focusing on projects that encourage innovation and value for real-time and location-based data.


We take topical elements of media education, creative industries, literacy theory, and communication and media studies and offer students a suite of modules to fit career goals, family and working patterns, and personal interests.

Graduates of the MA will be able to:

demonstrate a range of analytical, critical, collaborative practice and professional skills relevant to the digital media sector.
understand how cultural, social and economic differences operate in mediated environments, and how they are changing with new media technologies.
use a range of research methods and work within diverse disciplinary and professional paradigms.

Being taught by researchers active in these areas will help prepare you for doctoral (PhD) study. Previous students include PhD candidates at Salford and Brighton, a lecturer at the University of Sussex, a journalist and presenter at the Chongqing Broadcasting Group, an employee in the public diplomacy division at NATO, the founder of Australia's Swarn Conference, a project manager at Agile Impact Group, and a creative producer at the International Symposium of Electronic Art.


Understanding Digital Culture and Society - Core
Dissertation - Core
Debates in Digital Media: Policy, literacy and social inclusion - Core
Practising Media Research - Core

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Entry requirements

While a bachelor degree (2:2 in a related subject) is the conventional path into the qualification, there is recognition of professional practice and experience. In your application, please tell us about you, your expertise, and what has drawn you to the qualification.

University information

Located on England’s beautiful south coast, the University of Brighton is a busy multi-campus university with a diverse body of over 3,800 postgraduate students. The university offers over 200 postgraduate courses, many accredited by professional bodies, and most providing flexible study options so that students can balance their studies with other commitments. For students in need of additional financial support, there is a range of...more

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