The Education pathway of the Digital Media MA explores education in its broadest sense: in school, beyond school, in formal and informal settings, in museums and galleries, in virtual spaces, in games, in communities on and offline, in the everyday use of digital media. In the digital age, the ability to understand and work creatively with digital media in all these forms is a key issue.
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 learn concepts of digital media, media literacy, creativity, and popular culture, and how these are used by media educators in global contexts. They will critically engage with and creatively produce cultural forms such as film, animation, games and social media, working in the UCL Future Media Lab and with the British Film Institute.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits: two compulsory core modules, two optional modules, and a Dissertation or shorter Report.
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. Elective modules are also available from the IOE's English Education MA and Education and Technology MA subject to availability.
The two compulsory modules are: Theory and Critical reflection, addressing theories of the media in society; and Critical Enquiry, providing training in research methodologies including textual analysis and ethnographic practice.
Moving Image Production: (30 credits) is co-taught with the British Film Institute, partly at London South Bank and covers practice in film-making in education. Internet Cultures (30 credits) exlores practice and theory in social media. Other modules in the MA Digital Media may be taken, 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. Practical workshops will take place in the new Future Media studio at the UCL Knowledge Lab.
A limited number of placements with the British Film Institute are offered, which will form the basis of the Dissertation research project for students who take up this option.
The degree aims to encourage under-represented groups, and particularly teachers interested in this area. With this in mind, a number of bursaries will be available for the Education route. Details will be available by the end of 2018, at (https://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/scholarships).
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.
- 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.
Graduates of this programme go on to a wide variety of careers in media education in colleges, primary and secondary schools, community settings, museums, libraries and galleries, and education-related media industries. They also work in NGOs, research organisations, and government departments. They are also well-placed to follow academic careers in educational research.
This route will equip students with skills, knowledge and understanding of media education and media literacy in the digital age. They will acquire practical skills in the making of digital texts and artefacts in film, games and social media. They will learn a range of methods in educational research, including ethnographic practice and qualitative analysis.
Why study this degree at UCL?
The programme is one 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 (www.darecollaborative.net), a research collaboration with the British Film Institute. With an international reputation in media literacy research, we offer students a chance to learn from direct research experience.
Students will have access to our new Future Media studio with computer suites, performance space and sound recording facilities.
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 programme is for anyone interested in media education and film education. It will suit teachers and educators in any sector seeking continuing professional development in the field of media education. It will also seek practitioners in NGOs or in educational publishing or software interested in any aspect of media education.
- All applicants
- 26 July 2019
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