Taught course

Digital Media and Society

Cardiff University · Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies

Entry requirements

Applicants will normally be expected to hold a UK higher education degree of lower second class Honours or above, or a qualification recognised by the University as equivalent. This requirement may be waived for students with appropriate alternative qualifications. Applications must include a personal statement that outlines the applicant’s reasons for applying, and at least one reference letter from a previous tutor or person in charge of a past professional experience. In addition, applicants whose first language is not English must obtain a British Council IELTS score of at least 7.0 (with a minimum subscore of 6.0 in each component), or an equivalent English language qualification. However, applicants with an IELTS score of 6.5 (with a minimum subscore of 6.0 in each component) will be considered provided they undertake and successfully complete the University’s eight-week pre-sessional English course. This requirement may be waived if the applicant can furnish sufficient evidence that they are suitably proficient in the use of English.

Months of entry


Course content

This course aims to:
  • Enable students to develop an in-depth understanding of digital media and their implications for, and interactions with, their social, political, economic and cultural environment.
  • Convey specialist knowledge that addresses current areas of concern, such as social media use, privacy and surveillance, internet governance, intellectual property, citizen journalism, digital broadcasting, political campaigning.
  • Empower students to assess how technological change is linked to forces of globalisation, political institutions, and historical developments, and how it affects democracy and social change.
  • Equip students with a thorough theoretical and methodological grounding in media and communication studies.
  • Allow students to apply up-to-date research skills to carry out their own original research for the dissertation and beyond.
  • Produce reflective and well-trained graduates who understand the multiplicity of social, cultural, political and technological complexities of digital media and who will be able to solve complex problems and make informed decisions in their future careers.

Full details of this programme of study can be found on our website: http://courses.cardiff.ac.uk/postgraduate/course/detail/p409.html

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Huw Thomas
+44 (0)29 2087 4786