Taught course

Social Media and Digital Communication

University of Westminster · PG Media and Society

Entry requirements

A minimum of a lower second class honours degree (2:2). The Personal Statement must reflect your understanding of the course and how you will contribute to the group. If the Personal Statement is not relevant, applicants will be required to complete a short assignment.

Months of entry


Course content

The Social Media and Digital Communication MA will give you the opportunity to develop an in-depth understanding of contemporary digital communication and its seismic impact on politics, culture and society.

Social media have challenged how we understand communication, democracy, news, relationships, privacy, advertising and entertainment. Social media have captured the attention and imagination of hundreds of millions of people. They enable their users to develop and display their creativity, to empathize with others, and to find connection, communication and communion. But social media have also captured those users’ personal information, and turned their daily lives into commercial data through business models built around surveillance.

The course examines social media as industries and as central sites for understanding the cultural politics of everyday life. It explores the meanings of sharing and privacy, of remix cultures and new forms of journalism, of new forms of communication and new forms of citizenship. It connects social media to other digital phenomena such as the internet of things, Big Data, and media convergence. In its core modules, learners engage with questions of media technologies and texts, of platforms and users, and of how networked digital media are adopted and adapted in an environment built around the convergence of personal and public communication.

Option modules allow you to develop specialist expertise in areas such as data and society, global media, or activism and politics. All learners will develop high-level skills in research, critical thinking and communication.

This Masters is organised in the environment of the Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI). CAMRI is a world- leading research centre that studies the role of media and communication in society. In the most recent UK government research audit, the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), 79.7% of CAMRI’s research was classified as world-leading or internationally excellent, which makes it one of the UK’s top four leading media and communication research institutions.

Information for international students

If your first language is not English you should have an IELTS 6.5 with 6.0 in writing and speaking.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

This course is eligible for an alumni discount. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply by visiting our Alumni discounts page. As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

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

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