This course offers you a unique opportunity to develop a broad understanding of the interweaving of digital media and society from a sociological perspective.
Where your masters can take you
Our graduates are academics, researchers and health and social care professionals. Others become managers or administrators in the public and private sectors.
How we teach
Our teaching is rigorous and research-led. We encourage you to think critically, to learn research techniques and develop transferable skills. We also help you to develop the personal attributes that will make you highly employable. The department is a friendly place, where staff and postgraduates work together as colleagues.
Our interdisciplinary approach brings together sociologists, social policy analysts, social workers and social anthropologists. Our empirical research is internationally recognised. We make significant contributions to policy debates.
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: Theorising digital society; Digital practices; Digital methods; Digital research.
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.
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, Online Journalism Studies, Media , State and Society in China, The Sociology of Surveillance, What It Means to Be Human.
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.