Taught course

Digital Media and Society

University of Sheffield · Department of Sociological Studies

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement is a 2:1 honours degree, or equivalent, in a relevant discipline.

Months of entry


Course content

About the course

This course offers you a unique opportunity to develop a broad understanding of the interweaving of digital media and society from a sociological perspective.

Course content

Drawing upon staff expertise in digital media and digital society, this programme will give you a grounding in four aspects of digital media, allowing you to specialise in a specific area, or develop your understanding of all of the following:

  • researching digital society
  • digital practices
  • digital methods.

As a student within the Faculty of Social Sciences, you will also benefit from the research and training activities of both the University’s Sheffield Methods Institute and the faculty-wide Digital Society Network, the latter of which brings together interdisciplinary researchers engaged in research at the cutting-edge of society– technology interactions.

Core modules

These include:

  • Researching Digital Society
  • Digital Practices
  • Digital Methods
  • Qualitative OR Statistical Methods.

Examples of optional modules

These can include:

  • Social Media, Data and Society
  • Researching Social Media
  • Information, Governance and Ethics
  • Media, State and Society in China
  • The Sociology of Surveillance

Teaching and assessment

Assessment varies across modules and will include a combination of coursework (essays, portfolio and practical work).

Formal examination may be required for some optional modules. Students are also expected to complete a dissertation-length project equivalent to 15,000 words in length.

Course duration

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time

Information for international students

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

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