Taught course

Digital Society

University of Glasgow · College of Social Sciences

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Entry requirements

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

International students with academic qualifications below those required should contact our partner institution, Glasgow International College, who offer a range of pre-Masters courses.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme will provide you with an advanced understanding of how digital technologies permeate different aspects of social life. Together with the gain in theoretical knowledge, you will develop practical skills for working in the digital age.

Why this programme:

  • 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.
  • This programme covers different substantive areas which are shaped by digital technologies, which enables you to focus in depth on certain topics or social fields which interest you (for example: digitalisation in art, education, healthcare infrastructure 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).

Programme structure:

You will take three core and three optional courses.

You may choose to conduct empirical research in an area of interest through a dissertation, or you may identify non-academic ways to understand and reflect on the experience of being directly and actively engaged with digitalisation in a practical project.

Core courses:

  • Digital society: theory and substantive issues
  • Practicing research and working with data in the digital age
  • The living lab

Optional courses:

  • A public social science for social justice.
  • Class and stratification
  • Gender relations (contemporary critical approaches)
  • Improving health and society: programme development and evaluation
  • Introduction to social theory for researchers
  • Racism and modernity
  • Religion in society
  • Sexualities and society
  • The disabling society

University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.

Information for international students

We are proud of our diverse University community which attracts students and staff from over 140 different countries.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Greti Iulia Ivana