University of Edinburgh

MSc Digital Society


Old College

South Bridge

Edinburgh, Scotland EH8 9YL

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MSc Digital Society

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Our brand new MSc Digital Society responds to the growing need for graduates who can critically and creatively analyse digital technologies and the complex ways in which they shape society, social institutions, and culture in a world that is undergoing rapid digital transformation.

This intensive one-year MSc programme offers the opportunity to develop specialist expertise in digital culture, the digital economy and the sociology of finance, and emerging digital research methods. 

The MSc Digital Society examines key issues that arise when sociologists investigate the increasing prevalence of digital and mobile technology, digital infrastructure, and data production, capture, and analysis in everyday life. You will study the social conditions (economic, political, and cultural) that give rise to digital and mobile technologies and their circuits of power, as well as theoretical and methodological skills required to address issues such as big data, algorithmic society, the future of privacy, cybercrime, and the future of work and labour.

Students leave the programme with a digital project or digital portfolio of work, and having learned how to share digital sociological research with broader communities and publics.

How will you be taught?
Our MSc Digital Society takes a creative approach to methods and methodologies, putting 'traditional' sociological methods such as ethnography, survey work, and interviewing in conversation with digital methods such social network analysis, virtual ethnography, data mining, and visualization.  Hands-on, research-based methods seminars will take place in the new Maker Space on campus and the programme will draw on interdisciplinary expertise in Science and Technology Studies, Informatics, Design Informatics, Digital Education, and the Edinburgh College of Art. 

Career Opportunities
This degree is well-positioned for a wide range of careers in the public, private, and third sectors. It is particularly relevant for students who have aspirations for a career in digital research or digital media design and development. The programme is also key for those who wish to engage with digital technology and data in their own personal lives or on a wider scale as an activist, artist, manager, practitioner, or policy maker. Students will go on to undertake roles in social media analysis, Internet research, journalism, education, and law and government. The programme also offers a route to a PhD programme in social research. Students gain highly transferable skills in research, communication, and project management which are applicable to roles in many fields.

Why study with us?
The University of Edinburgh is one of the world's top universities, consistently ranked in the world top 50. The Department of Sociology, based within the School of Social and Political Science at Edinburgh, is one of the UK’s leading Sociology Departments. Highly regarded for its record of influential original research and teaching the Department was as first in the UK for the quality and breadth of its research in the Research Excellence Framework 2014 (REF2014).

How to apply
You can apply online for MSc Digital Society.

Contact us
Admissions Team
Graduate School
Social and Political Science
University of Edinburgh
+44(0)131 651 3064


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Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

In State Tuition (per year): 12,300 GBP

Out State Tuition (per year): 19,300 GBP

Classification: Higher Education Institution (Not Carnegie Classified)

Locale: Midsize City

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