Research course

Digital Futures and Governance

Bangor University · School of Creative Studies and Media

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Entry requirements

A first degree at British Bachelor’s standard (or equivalent) at 2(ii) or higher in a relevant subject (e.g. Media, Social Sciences).

Applications from working/experienced professionals in the media and communications field with non-graduate qualifications will be considered on an individual basis and candidates may be asked to provide additional supporting information.

English proficiency for (for non-native English or Welsh speakers): IELTS 6.0 (no element below 5.5) or equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

This innovative new MRes programme explores the governance of digital media technologies and how to have more of the benefits of technology and less of the negatives. When urgent questions are being asked about how to control the power of companies such as Facebook, Amazon and Google, and how to deal with emergent new applications of Artificial Intelligence, the content of this programme has never been more relevant.

The programme asks students to think critically about emergent media technologies in relation to social values, culture(s), creativity, ethics, law, human rights and other governance means. Importantly, it enables students to become effective researchers with key research methods skills needed to address real world problems and issues in emergent digital media and governance.

The programme draws upon existing research strengths and is delivered first-hand by our experts. These include world-leading researchers in the ethics and governance of artificial intelligence (AI), digital creativity, digital journalism and disinformation.

This research links to two cross-university research initiatives: the Emotional AI Lab and the Network for Media and Persuasive Communication.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MRes
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Media Team