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Our course gives you a unique opportunity to explore the many forms of digital technology and their profound effects on culture and society from a number of different angles. It aims to develop your skills in forming your own assessments of digital technologies and their impact on society and culture.

In addition to the theoretical core module, students will have the opportunity to take practise based optional modules to develop their practical and organisational skills through individual and team-based projects.

Graduates of this course will potentially embark on professional careers in social and technology research, work in think tanks, the arts and the cultural sectors, government and public administration, international development, NGOs, education, in media and communications globally as well as into marketing and public relations or journalism. They can also progress to PhD study.

Key Benefits

  • Gain an overview and awareness of emerging and established digital technologies by learning about highly topical and contemporary developments.
  • Develop an understanding of the role and impact of digital technologies in contemporary culture, broadly interpreted to include such areas of activity as performing arts, telecommunications, information technology, philosophy, governance and education.
  • Study digital technologies within an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural framework, combining modules from participating departments.
  • Obtain on-the-job training in a month-long internship within a relevant organisation.


On this Digital Culture & Society MA course you will focus on how technology and culture are connected in today’s society. We will introduce you to different perspectives on the changing nature of digital developments and how they are reshaping various cultural, socio-political and economic fields such as work, governance, identity, cultural institutions, finance industry, and so on. We aim to develop and enhance your awareness and understanding of a range of subjects relevant to digital culture and technology, including:

  • The key information and communication technologies that shape contemporary society.
  • How digital technologies are shaping today’s society, including social intercourse, social structures, government, international politics, education and law.
  • The current critical and theoretical debates around digital culture and the role of technology in cultural life.
  • The ethical, moral and philosophical issues that arise from the role and impact of technology in cultural and social life.

Course format and assessment


If you are a full-time student, we will provide 120 to 180 hours of teaching through lectures and seminars, and we will expect you to undertake 1,674 hours of independent study.

If you are a part-time student, we will provide 90 hours of teaching through lectures and seminars in your first year, and 50 hours in your second. We will expect you to undertake 720 hours of independent study in your first year and 954 hours in your second.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.


We will assess our modules entirely through coursework, which will mostly take the form of essays, with some project work.

Required Modules

You are required to take:

  • Introduction to Digital Culture & Society (40 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)

Optional Modules

In addition you are required to take 80 credits from a range of optional modules, which may typically include:

  • Web Technologies (20 credits)
  • Communication & Consumption of Cultural Heritage (20 credits)
  • Open Culture (20 credits)
  • Digital Publishing (20 credits)
  • Editorial Models for Digital Texts: Theory & Practice (20 credits)
  • Maps, Apps & the GeoWeb: Introduction to the Spatial Humanities (20 credits)
  • Metadata Theory & Practice (20 credits)
  • Crowds & Clouds – Digital Ecosystems (20 credits)
  • Digital Media, Digital Marketing (20 credits)
  • Digital Asset & Media Management in the Broadcast Media (20 credits)
  • Curating & Preserving Digital Culture (20 credits)
  • Digital Asset & Media Technologies in Practice (20 credits)
  • Management for Digital Content Industries (20 credits)
  • Internship: Digital Culture & Society in the Workplace (20 credits)
  • Youth Subcultures (20 credits)
  • Music & American Culture (20 credits)
  • Transnational Screen Production (20 credits)
  • The Aesthetic Economy & Aesthetic Markets (20 credits)
  • Visual Culture (20 credits)
  • Cultural Memory (20 credits)
  • Ontologies of Digital Media (20 credits)
  • Fashion Culture & Society (20 credits)
  • Culture & the City (20 credits)
  • Art and Globalisation (20 credits)
  • Gender, Media and Culture (20 credits)
  • Creatives: Working in the Cultural Industries (20 credits)
  • Transmedia Storytelling (20 credits)
  • International Heritage – Politics, Policy & Practice (20 credits)
  • Digital Culture & Political Protest (20 credits)
  • Cultural Policy (20 credits)
  • Culture: Conflict, Diplomacy & International Relations (20 credits)
  • Film & American Culture (20 credits)
  • Media Culture & Ethnicity (20 credits)
  • Up to 20 credits from other master’s modules that the Faculty of Arts & Humanities offers, subject to approvals

If you are a part-time student, you will take Introduction to Digital Culture & Society in your first year, and your dissertation in your second. Part-time students will take 60 credits of taught modules (one full year module and one semester only module) in their first year and 60 credits of taught modules (three semester-only modules) and the dissertation in their second year.

Career prospects

Our graduates transfer the skills and knowledge they develop with us to careers in cultural heritage institutions, such as libraries, archives, museums, galleries and in commercial organisations interested in the social and organisational impact of technology.

Visit the Digital Culture and Society MA page on the King’s College London website for more details!