Taught course

Digital Culture and Communication

University of Sheffield · Digital Humanities Institute

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 undergraduate honours degree in a relevant subject, such as history, music, archaeology, languages and cultures, English, philosophy, sociology and information studies.

Months of entry


Course content

Explore the ways in which technologies are transforming the human experience. Investigate how digital content and theories are used in culture and heritage, and how digital projects are managed. You'll also have an opportunity to acquire practical training in digital methods and learn how digital products are created.

Course description

If you have a passion for understanding culture and society and a desire to influence digital innovation, this MA is for you.

It will help you better understand the cultural contexts of digital media developments through historical, critical and theoretical perspectives.

Digital culture is about the emergence and use of digital content, networks and technologies - for example, social media, algorithms, online groups, digital images and sounds - and their interactive relationship with the ways culture is created, consumed and altered.

The very nature of digital culture means users don’t just receive it, they interact with it and are influenced by it. For example:

  • Whose voices are present or absent online and how that relates to inequality
  • How personal and group identities are expressed in the digital world and how this affects identity
  • The degree that digital objects emerge from our culture and cause changes to it

You’ll also learn how digital content is used to represent human culture and society in the past and present, such as ancient documents, artefacts and environments as well as present-day social media, digital arts and virtual worlds.

Please see our University website for the most up-to-date course information.

Information for international students

English language requirements:

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

For more information about entry requirements for international students, please visit our website

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Dr Seth Mehl