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Our Digital Media and Society MA offers a comprehensive understanding of current developments in digital media and their wider social significance.

Digital media has become an integral part of contemporary life. The internet and mobile technologies are inseparable from everything we do. Our Digital Media and Society MA programme is designed to provide you with an in-depth understanding of current thinking and debates on the implications of these developments.

You will benefit from a mix of traditional lectures, seminar-style teaching and one-to-one support through the personal tutor system.

In addition to this, we have designed a bespoke package of study skills support including using and interpreting academic literature, referencing, critical thinking and developing your own writing style.

In the second term you will take a Media Landscapes class as part of the dissertation module. In this class visiting speakers from across the media and creative industries will give guest lectures, providing insights into the sector and roles in which they work.

In collaboration with the English Language study Unit we have designed a bespoke package of study skills support. This is run through the dissertation module in the first term. It will support you in using and interpreting academic literature, referencing, critical thinking and developing your own writing style. This is also an excellent networking opportunity.

Also there is the opportunity to undertake a four-week placement over the Easter vacation (April) – this experience can be recognized as part of your dissertation research project. If you take up this opportunity, you can have this recognized through their degree if you wish. If you take a placement, you will be put onto a special ‘placement dissertation’ module. You will be able to use your placement experience as part of your dissertation research project and will in (in part) be assessed on the quality of your reflection on the placement experience.

Our MA in Digital Media and Society is delivered by a diverse interdisciplinary team with a strong profile in, for example, digital culture, media, sociology, anthropology and communication studies. All of our world-leading scholars are research active and use their research to develop and deliver cutting-edge teaching.

The centre's facilities for media and communications research include the Loughborough Qualitative Digital Research Lab (LiQUiD Lab).

You will have the opportunity to get involved in the Loughborough Student’s Union media centre, which houses television and radio stations, a magazine and photographic editing facilities.

What you'll study

The modules on our Digital Media and Society MA are designed to help you gain a systematic and critical awareness of current issues and debates in communication and media studies, and related disciplines.

Modules

Our MA in Digital Media and Society covers a wide range of topics; to give you a taster we have expanded on some of the core modules affiliated with this programme and the specific assessment methods associated with each module.

Semester 1:

  • Digital Economies (15 Credits)
  • Researching Communications 1: Media Users and Cultural Institutions
  • Understanding Modern Media
  • Key Debates in Digital Media and Society
  • Dissertation (50 credits)

Optional modules:

  • Media and Cultural Industries (15 Credits)
  • Marketing Politics (15 Credits)

Semester 2:

  • Researching Communications 2: Texts and Digital Platforms
  • Digital Cultures (15 Credits)
  • Dissertation (50 credits)
  • Key Debates in Digital Media and Society

Optional modules:

  • Cultural Memory and Heritage Industries (15 Credits)
  • Global Communications (15 Credits)
  • Media and Cultural Work (15 Credits)
  • Politics of Representation (15 Credits)

How you'll be assessed

The Digital Media and Society MA programme runs for a full calendar year across three terms. Terms one and two contain a mix of compulsory and optional taught modules and in the third term you will undertake your dissertation project under the supervision of an academic supervisor.

How you'll study

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Independent study
  • Group work
  • Supervision
  • Workshops

Your personal and professional development

The School of Social Sciences is committed to helping you develop the skills and attributes you need to progress successfully in your chosen career.

Future career prospects

The degree is designed to develop specialist understanding of contemporary developments in digital media and culture. You will also acquire research and media analysis skills which are crucial to both careers in the media industries and in academic careers.

Employability is an important part of the curriculum across all of the MA programmes. You will take taught employability sessions which cover finding employment in the media and cultural industries, finding placements, writing CVs and preparing covering letters.

Graduate destinations

While many of our students go into careers in media production, analysis and management, a significant number of our students go on to undertake PhD programmes.

Your personal development

In the second term you will take a Media Landscapes class as part of the dissertation module. In this class visiting speakers from across the media and creative industries will give guest lectures, providing insights into the sector and roles in which they work. This is also an excellent networking opportunity.


Visit the Digital Media and Society MA page on the Loughborough University website for more details!

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