Taught course (will run subject to approval)

Digital Media, Culture and Society

The University of Manchester · School of Arts, Languages and Cultures

Entry requirements

We normally expect students to have a First or Upper Second class honours degree or its overseas equivalent in a humanities or social-science based subject area.

Months of entry


Course content

  • Develop skills and knowledge that allow you to engage critically with key debates and issues in the study of digital media and technology.
  • Become an informed, culturally aware and competent stakeholder in digital technology and culture, with in-depth understanding of issues including social media, identity, artificial intelligence, data, platformisation, and surveillance.
  • Learn from an interdisciplinary team, drawing on ideas and methods in digital media studies, digital humanities, science and technology studies, visual studies, history, geography, sociology, and the arts.
  • Enhance your employability through critical and technical skills that are applicable in a wide range of careers.
  • Benefit from opportunities to engage first-hand with the people, projects and organisations that shape the digital transformation of culture and society.

The MA in Digital Media, Culture, and Society offers advanced interdisciplinary study in the critique and use of digital media and technology with a particular focus on their cultural and societal implications.

The emergence of digital artifacts is a defining challenge of the twenty-first century, with transformative effects on our cultural production, our social bonds, our economies, and our political systems. Digital media make possible new modes of intellectual pursuit, artistic expression, and civic engagement which students will study through critical analysis and active engagement. At the same time, technology enables novel forms of surveillance and inequality: from the erosion of privacy to algorithmic bias, this course empowers students to recognize digitally mediated threats to civil society. Students will also learn how digital technology transforms the way in which we interrogate and curate the cultural record: students will have the opportunity to learn a range of digital skills, such as data analytics and visualisation.

The course brings together a diverse student body from different backgrounds in a research-led, seminar-based, interactive curriculum that prepares them for leadership roles as critical thinkers and practitioners in the technology sector and the cultural and creative industries.

Throughout the course you will learn to critically engage with the cultural and societal impacts of digital media and technology; evaluate digitally-mediated forms of intellectual pursuit, artistic expression and civic engagement; and conduct independent research on and with digital technology and media.

Information for international students

Candidates for whom English is not their first language must submit the following:

An overall grade of IELTS 7.0 with 7.0 in writing and no skill below 6.5 is required or 100+ in the TOEFL iBT with a minimum writing score of 25 and no skill below 22.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

PGT Admissions Office
+44 (0)161 804 9199