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Digital Media and Society BA
Telephone +44 (0)114 222 6402
Email sociologicalstudies-admissions@sheffield.ac.uk
Website sheffield.ac.uk/socstudies/sociology/courses/digitalmediasociety

Department of Sociological Studies

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The Guardian University Guide 2018

79% of our research is world-leading or internationally excellent
Research Excellence Framework 2014

Course description

What happens to the information we share on social media? How do apps, platforms and devices change our social world?

These are some of the issues that you will address on the BA Digital Media and Society. It is unique in offering you the opportunity to develop a broad understanding of the relationship between digital media and society. You will also learn how to make digital media products (such as websites and animations) that focus on the needs of the user and to use innovative digital methods to research digital media in society.

You will study the human consequences of digital media developments, the ways in which social factors shape these developments and the various domains in which digital media are developed, used and have an impact.

There is a work placement module in the final year of the course.

As a Digital Media and Society graduate you could find yourself working within digital media organisations, agencies or games companies, working in roles such as UX (User Experience Design), usability studies or user research. Alternatively, you could choose a career in marketing, communications and PR, for example working as a digital media manager or social media account manager for a local or city council, in a museum or theatre, or working for a charitable organisation.

Modules: what you study and when

Financial help from the University - bursaries

If you're a UK student, you could be entitled to a University bursary. A bursary is the same as a grant - you don't have to pay it back.

How our bursary scheme works

Entry requirements

Qualification Grades
A Levels ABB
A Levels + Extended Project Qualification BBB+EPQ grade B.
International Baccalaureate 33
BTEC DDD in a relevant subject
Cambridge Pre-U D3 M2 M2
Scottish Highers AAABB
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B + AB
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
  • BTECs in Public Services and Uniformed Services not accepted
  • International students need overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or an equivalent English language qualification
  • Equivalent English language qualifications
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department

Modules - what you study and when

Our students usually select from a range of compulsory and optional modules to add up to 120 credits.

Some departments offer courses that don't feature optional modules whereas other courses are fully flexible.

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The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers.

In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Learning and assessment

These figures give an indication of how you'll learn and be assessed. They're a combined average of all the years of the course. The learning and assessment percentages could vary depending on the modules you choose.

Learning
Scheduled teaching 14%
Independent study 83%
Placement 3%

Assessment
Exams/tests 19%
Coursework 72%
Practical 9%

Department of Sociological Studies

You'll learn about key concepts like community, identity and welfare. Our degrees explore important sociological issues including crime, migration, religion and poverty.

Our world-leading interdisciplinary research shapes our teaching, so you're always challenged and up to date. Our staff are experts in their field and work with organisations in the UK and worldwide, bringing fresh perspectives to your studies. They'll give you the advice and support you need to excel in your subject. There are around 130 places available on our courses.

Department staff also play key roles in the Faculty of Social Science's Digital Society Network (DSN), an active group of researchers working on all aspects of digital-society relations. The DSN hosts events and activities to stimulate and support research in this area.

Department of Sociological Studies website

What our graduates do

Our graduates are skilled researchers and creative problem solvers. They work in a range of sectors including broadcasting, the police service, teaching and social work. They are also employed in local government, the civil service, charity and campaign organisations, and market research. Their highly developed social and cultural awareness is a valuable asset in any sector.

Some have carried out graduate training with national and international companies, and are employed around the world. Many go on to masters courses in sociology and social policy and other areas such as human resources.

Student profile


"I think it's a really good department, the staff are very hands on and they all have their special subject knowledge."

Sarah Langford
Sociology

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Digital Media and Society BA
Telephone +44 (0)114 222 6402
Email sociologicalstudies-admissions@sheffield.ac.uk

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