The Critical Studies route of the MA in Digital Media is for students who wish to investigate the significance, impact and interpretation of digital media and technologies. It explores the theory and practice of digital media in society, its histories, its relationship to culture and its new possibilities in the digital age.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2019/20)
Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website. Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session.
A minimum of a second-class UK Bachelor's degree in a relevant subject (e.g. media studies, cultural studies, art, education, digital media, interactive media, English. Applicants with a minimum of a second-class UK Bachelor's degree in a non-relevant subject and at least one year's experience within the fields of education, media and/or the cultural industries will also be considered.
English language requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Good
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
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About this degree
Students will explore contemporary digital media practices in relation to questions of culture, politics and representation. They will critically examine transformations in digital culture and society focusing on, for example, mobile communications and media, digital screens and the body, and digital games and player cultures.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits including compulsory and optional modules and write a dissertation (20,000 words) or report (10,000 words).
The degree includes two compulsory modules (30 credits each); two optional modules (30 credits each); a 20,000 word Dissertation (60 credits); or a 10,000 word Report (30 credits), allowing an additional 30 credit module.
The two compulsory modules are: Digital Media Theory, addressing theories of the media in society; and Digital Media Enquiry, providing training in research methodologies including textual analysis and ethnographic practice.
Mobile Media and Place (locative media and digital geographies); Bodies and Digital Media (physical, virtual and technological embodiment); Digital Games and Play (digital games, player cultures, basic game design). Or other modules in the MA Digital Media programme, subject to availability.
All students undertake a research project culminating in a 20,000 word Dissertation (60 credits) or a smaller study leading to a 10,000 word Report (30 credits). Both may be part-practice based, with practical media production replacing half the word-count.
Teaching and learning
Teaching is delivered by face-to-face lectures and seminars, and practical workshops combined with online-learning support. Students are assessed by coursework assignments of up to 5,000 words, plus practical or portfolio work for some modules.
The degree aims to encourage teachers and under-represented groups interested in this area. To this end, ten bursaries are offered to UK applicants across the three routes of the programme, to the value of £5,000 for full-time study, £2,500 per year for part-time study, and pro-rata for flexible study. They will be evaluated by the programme team on the same criteria as all other applications, with the added requirement that the applicant is eligible to pay UK fees.
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.
- Deadline is 5 April 2019
- Accommodation plus tuition fees (1 year)
- Now closed for 2019/20
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
This programme will equip students with skills, knowledge and experience related to the rapidly-changing worlds of digital media cultures. It will therefore support career development in a variety of media contexts, as well as further postgraduate study.
Graduates of this programme will gain critical insights into the media: into the nature of production, consumption and uses of the media in contemporary society. They will be experienced in the analysis of media texts across a range of media. They will acquire critical insights into the nature of modern digital media, such as mobile media and digital games. They will gain experience of qualitative media research techniques.
Why study this degree at UCL?
The Digital Media MA at the UCL Institute of Education is one of the longest-established Media MAs in the UK. It is based at the UCL Knowledge Lab, a leading interdisciplinary centre whose mission is to understand and develop digital technologies to support and transform education and beyond. Based on research evidence, the Knowledge Lab devises new pedagogies, designs and implements innovative digital media and smart technologies for teaching and learning, and informs policymakers and educational stakeholders.
The programme team belongs to the DARE research centre. With a track record of funded research in the digital media, we offer students a chance to learn from direct research experience.
Department: Culture, Communication & Media
Application and next steps
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.
There is an application processing fee for this programme of £75 for online applications and £100 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.
Who can apply?
This pathway is for students who wish to investigate the significance, impact and interpretation of digital media and technologies. It will be suitable for those in employment in the media industries seeking continuing professional development, as well as for those interested in a subsequent research career in the media.
- All applicants
- 26 July 2019
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