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Course content

Research profile

This programme lets you explore the space of contemporary philosophies as they influence and are impacted by computers, networked communications and ubiquitous media. It includes compulsory coursework, option courses and the opportunity for original research, packaged in manageable work units.

You will be researching alongside students studying more technical courses, and can dip into these. The programme examines theories and philosophies of digital media, technological change, the mass media, gaming, data mining, computation, artificial intelligence, and the social and cultural contexts in which such developments take place.

Students of this programme will be part of a dynamic community of researchers, exploring many aspects of computing: its social ramifications, social media, the world of e-commerce, e-entrepreneurship, e-learning, project-based composition and artistic works, digital architecture and urbanism, new media consumption practices, the co-creation of media, changes to the household, links between vision and sound, and more.

Students on the programme benefit from access to a broad range of expertise and research in digital media and culture.

Training and support

All of our research students benefit from ECA’s interdisciplinary approach and all are assigned two research supervisors. Your second supervisor may be from another discipline within ECA, or from somewhere else within the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences or elsewhere within the University, according to the expertise required. On occasion more than two supervisors will be assigned, particularly where the degree brings together multiple disciplines.

Programme structure

A research-methods course, reading courses, and selections from an interdisciplinary menu of course options.

The programme comprises the following components:

  • a research-methods course
  • reading courses
  • selections from an interdisciplinary menu of course options

Learning outcomes

Graduates will be able to contribute knowledgeably and critically to debates on digital media and its social, cultural and theoretical contexts.


Visit the Digital Media and Culture (MScR) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

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