Digital Anthropology MSc
Digital technologies have become ubiquitous, and today's students need to become proficient with digital technologies as research and communication tools. The new Digital Anthropology MSc at UCL combines technical skills with the appreciation of social effects, training students for further research and involvement in this emergent world.
Mode of study
- Full-time 1 year
- Part-time 2 years
- UK/EU Full-time: £8,500
- UK/EU Part-time: £4,250
- Overseas Full-time: £16,750
- Overseas Part-time: £8,500
- All applicants: 1 August 2014
More details in Application section.
What will I learn?
Students gain skills training in digital technologies, from internet and digital film editing to e-curation and digital ethnography; study the anthropological theories of virtualism, materiality/immateriality and digitisation; and develop an understanding of the consequences of digital culture through the ethnographic study of its social and regional impact.
Why should I study this degree at UCL?
The Digital Anthropology MSc at UCL is well positioned for becoming a world leader in the training of researchers in the social and cultural dimensions of information technologies and digital media.
UCL Anthropology is one of the largest anthropology departments in the UK and offers an exceptional breadth of expertise. Our excellent results in the 2001 and 2008 Research Assessment Exercises show that we are the top broad-based anthropology department in the UK.
This MSc provides scope for students with specialist interests to work closely with information system designers, curators, communication specialists, and in our own digital studio.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of one core module (45 credits), three optional modules (45 credits) and a research dissertation (90 credits).
All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a 15,000-word dissertation.
Teaching and Learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, practicals and laboratory sessions. It includes a weekly seminar series, with invited international speakers. Assessment is through essays, methodology practicals, written examination and the substantial research dissertation.
Further details available on subject website:
Scholarships available for this department
This scholarship is to assist prospective Master's students from developing Commonwealth countries who are of excellent academic calibre but for financial reasons would not otherwise be able to afford to study in the United Kingdom. Students must not have previously studied for one year or more in a developed country and must hold the equivalent of a UK first- or upper second-class undergraduate degree. Students must have applied to study one of the 10 eligible Master's programmes. Students must return to their home country on completion of their degree.
Selection based solely on financial need.
For a prospective UK Master's student from under-represented background enrolling on a participating programme . Selection based solely on financial need.
To be considered for one of these awards, you must apply to one of our eligible courses by Wednesday 14th May, 2014. There is no need for a separate application. The fee waivers will be awarded on academic merit. The awards are only available to those intending to start in September 2014, and do not already have a significant scholarship or award.
Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.
A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements
English language proficiency level: Good
How to apply
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
The deadline for applications is 1 August 2014.
Who can apply?
The programme is suitable both for those with a prior degree in anthropology but also for those with degrees in neighbouring disciplines who wish to be trained in anthropological and related approaches to digital culture.
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Digital Anthropology at graduate level
- why you want to study Digital Anthropology at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to this programme
- how your personal, academic and professional background meets the demands of a challenging academic environment
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree
In addition to its importance for careers such as media, design and museums, digital technology is also integral to development, theoretical and applied anthropology. Companies and Institutions collaborating with the MSc are: British Telecom, Department of Computer Sciences UCL, Department of Information Studies, UCL, Microsoft Research Cambridge, Skype, Intel, British Museum and NOKIA.
The programme is also developing relationships with: Cultural Informatics Research Centre for the Arts and Humanities (CIRCAh), Slade Centre for Electronic Media in Fine Art, Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, Centre for Museums, Heritage and Cultural Studies, UCL Interaction Centre and UCL Urban Laboratory.
New Media and Technology companies are showing considerable interest in Digital Anthropology as a degree that qualifies positions in all fields of user interaction and research. In the last few years students graduates from the MSc have been recruited by the best international agencies doing research on users' digital practices. In the non profit sector students have joind organisations involved in policymaking, open access and citizen journalism. For students who are interested in an academic career, each year a few students enrol in PhD programmes in departments of Media and Cultural Studies, Education and Anthropology.
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