University of Sheffield

MA Digital Media & Society


The University of Sheffield

Western Bank

Sheffield, England S10 2TN

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MA - Digital Media & Society

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Apps, social media platforms, e-books, personalised advertising and ad blockers, data mining and data visualisations – there’s no denying that digital media technologies are core to our everyday lives. But what are the implications for society of our increasingly digitised world?


The 12-month MA in Digital Media and Society at the University of Sheffield is unique in offering students an opportunity to develop a broad understanding of the interweaving of digital media and society from a sociological perspective.


Drawing upon staff expertise in digital media and digital society, this programme will give you grounding in four aspects of digital media, allowing you to specialise in a specific area, or develop your understanding of all of the following:

- Theorising digital society;

- Digital practices;

- Digital methods;

- Digital research.

The programme offers you the opportunity to think about digital media developments in relation to a range of social issues, such as gender, race, intimacy, surveillance, science, cultural theory, and visual, qualitative and quantitative methods.

As a student within the Faculty of Social Sciences, you will also benefit from the research and training activities of both the University’s Sheffield Methods Institute and the Faculty-wide Digital Society Network, the latter of which brings together interdisciplinary researchers engaged in research at the cutting-edge of society-technology interactions. This course provides an excellent grounding for a range of careers within social and public sector organisations that require an understanding of digital media. It will also provide students with an excellent foundation for future doctoral study of specific topics relating to digital media in society.


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Eligibility Requirements:

The MA in Digital Media and Society is aimed at graduates from a range of undergraduate subject areas. It is ideal for graduates from sociology and other social sciences who are interested in developing their understanding of the digital. Similarly, the course will appeal to communications, media studies and new/digital media graduates, who are looking to develop their knowledge of the social contexts and consequences of digital developments. The programme is also relevant to mature students, ei

International Student Requirements:

IELTS 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in each component).

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

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