MA Digital Media and Society

Department of Sociological Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences

You aim to understand the human world, where you fit into it and how you can help other people. As one of the UK’s top ten research departments in our field, we can help you to achieve your goals.

My best experience has been completing my dissertation. As a dual honours student at undergraduate level, I didn’t write one so it’s been fantastic to really focus on an area that I’m particularly interested in and complete my own research project under the guidance of a leading researcher in the field.

Laura Towers, MA Sociology

About the course

September 2018 start

Course description

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

Sociological Studies postgraduate studentCourse 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

Entry requirements

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

English language requirements

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

Entry requirements for international students

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I’ve been studying and making digital media since they came along in the mid-1990s. I love using and engaging with digital media, from apps and social media platforms to data visualisations, but their place in society is not straightforward.

They can be a force for the good, or not. They’re shaped by the world from which they emerge, and this isn’t always a good thing. I’m passionate about understanding this relationship between digital media, society and everyday life, and about sharing that learning journey with my students.

Professor Helen Kennedy, Professor of Digital Society

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You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.

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The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.