Taught course

Digital Society

University of Glasgow · College of Social Sciences

Entry requirements

2.1 Honours degree or non-UK equivalent in a relevant social science or humanities subject.

Months of entry


Course content

New digital technologies have become part of our lives in ways and with depths that would have been difficult to imagine two decades ago. The Digital Society MSc aims to respond to the needs of this fast-changing environment, by preparing social scientists who can critically and effectively engage with the realities and challenges of the digital era.


This Masters programme in Digital Society introduces students to the examination of how digital technologies permeate different aspects of social life, and how they become interconnected with the self, social relations, education, work and labour markets, cultural and institutional transformations, commerce and finance, health, security and a variety of other areas of social world. The programme will familiarise students with current debates informed by sociological theory and methodology, but also interdisciplinary approaches aimed at grasping the continuously deepening influence of digital technologies on our lives.

  • This programme offers a set of core courses which consider the study of digital society in a comprehensive way which includes: theoretical understandings of digitalisation, methodological training and practical engagement with/investigation of socio-technical contexts.
  • It enriches the students’ analytical capacity and develops their abilities to design and conduct research on topics related to digitalisation and to work with data collected and/or analysed through digital tools.
  • This programme covers different substantive areas which are shaped by digital technologies, enabling you to focus in depth on certain topics or social fields which interest you (for example: digitalisation in culture, education, organisational contexts and interpersonal communication).
  • It provides innovative and wide-ranging learning and teaching approaches from lectures and seminars, to project work, and field-based activities.
  • The programme is taught by a team of specialists in sociology (The Sociology Subject Area) and draws on the expertise of interdisciplinary scholars in the field of digitalisation (The Glasgow Social and Digital Change Group).

Information for international students

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)
  • 6.5 with no subtests under 6.0.
  • Tests must have been taken within 2 years 5 months of start date. Applicants must meet the overall and subtest requirements using a single test.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

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