The MA Digital Media: Education route explores the social and cultural dimensions of digital media in formal to informal educational settings, in schools and beyond. Students engage critically with theories and research related to meaning-making and digital media practices. We are, therefore, looking for students with a strong practical and social interest in fresh approaches to literacy, popular culture and educational creative media practices in the digital age.
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Tuition fees (2021/22)
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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
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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 film and media educators in global contexts. Theory and practice are linked throughout the degree; students will critically engage with, and produce, creative media texts such as short films and blogs, working alongside UCL and British Film Institute tutors.
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. Optional modules are also available from the IOE's English Education MA and Education and Technology MA subject to availability.
Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MA in Digital Media: Education.
Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.
The two compulsory modules are: Digital Media Theory and Digital Media Enquiry, addressing respectively, theories of the media in society and providing training in research methodologies including textual analysis and ethnographic practice.
- Digital Media Theory
- Digital Media Enquiry
Moving Image Production (30 credits) is co-taught with the British Film Institute and covers practice in film-making in education. Internet Cultures (30 credits) explores practice and theory in social media. Other modules in the MA Digital Media may be taken, subject to availability.
- Moving Image Production
- Internet Cultures: Theory and Practice
- Creativity: from Theory to Practice in English, Media, Drama
Visit the UCL Institute of Education website for more information, including module descriptions, which can be seen by clicking on the module title.
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.
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.
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.
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Ten bursaries are offered to UK applicants across the three MAs on the Digital Media 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 faculty and programme team using the same criteria as the MA application, with the added requirement that the applicant is eligible to pay UK fees.
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.
- Full tuition fees and accommodation (1 year)
- Based on both academic merit and financial need
- Tuition fees, stipend, flights (1 year)
- Based on both academic merit and financial need
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 settings. They also work in NGOs, research organisations, and government departments. They are 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 reading and making of digital texts and artefacts in various forms. They will learn a range of methods in educational research, including ethnographic practice and qualitative analysis.
Why study this degree at UCL?
The Digital Media programme at the UCL Institute of Education is one the longest-established postgraduate media programmes 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 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.
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.
This programme requires two references. Further information regarding references can be found in our How to apply section.
There is an application processing fee for this programme of £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: 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 suit practitioners in NGOs, social media, museums, galleries, youth and outreach workers or those in educational publishing, media production or any aspect of media education.
- All applicants
- 30 July 2021
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Digital Media: Education at graduate level
- why you want to study Digital Media: Education at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
- how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.
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