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Big Data in Culture & Society MA

Course Description

Our Big Data in Culture & Society MA recognises the growing importance of Big Data in contemporary society and addresses the theory and practice of Big Data from an arts and humanities perspective.

What is Big Data? Beyond the unprecedentedly large data sets that can be analysed to reveal patterns, trends, and associations, it is increasingly about our everyday lives. In short, it is about how the data we generate is transforming social, cultural, political and economic processes as well as the generation of knowledge.

Key benefits

- Taught by scholars working at the leading edge of digital studies and big data

- Offers a lively mix of theory and practical work

- Equips students with skills that are highly attractive to employers in our digital age

- Provides a series of workshops with data scientists and analysts to learn collaborative practices and applications in social media and cultural analytics, mobile platforms, and data visualization

- Is at the forefront of digital developments - Big Data is transforming society, politics, the economy and culture and impacting work

- Offers innovative interdisciplinary methods of study crossing technological and cultural perspectives

- Links Big Data to Culture, Law & Ethics, Geography, Public Health, and Social Life

- Located in a highly ranked department - the Digital Humanities department was ranked first in the UK for research power (2014 Research Excellence Framework)

Visit the website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/big-data-in-culture-and-society-ma.aspx

Course detail

- Description -

The MA Big Data in Culture & Society will cover domain knowledge and data technique and practices which augment services across sectors. In addition to the core content covered by the programme, across the areas of specialisation, our students will have the opportunity to do an internship and a group project module, providing them with key skills going into the job market.

The programme will provide:

- Knowledge and understanding of the effects of Big Data on contemporary society
- Critical and theoretical approaches to the analysis of Big Data
- Knowledge of the historical antecedents of Big Data
- Understanding of the innovative methods for generating new knowledge through the use and analysis of Big Data
- Big Data in relation to the broader study of digital culture, the digital humanities and traditional humanities disciplines
- Understanding of appropriate personal and professional conduct in the context of digital culture as an emerging discipline

- Course purpose -

The MA Big Data in Culture and Society offers students the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of the role of Big Data in culture and society. It enables them to analyse Big Data across social, political and economic areas and provides them with a background for pursuing careers in Big Data by bringing together domain knowledge and technical skills.

- Course format and assessment -

- 120 credits from taught modules assessed by essays and project reports
- 60 credits from individual dissertation supervised by staff member
- Full time study – typically 6 hours of taught classes per week
- Part time study – typically 3 hours of taught classes per week
- Dissertation – 15,000 words working with dedicated member of academic staff
- Modules assessed through coursework essays, workshop projects, reports, oral presentations and through participation in seminars
- Part Time study 60 credits in year 1 and 120 credits in year 2

Career prospects

Career paths will be quite broad and are likely to be in social media management, analytics & website management, CRM management, digital advertising, metrics management, market research, marketing, and across cultural industries.

How to apply: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/taught-courses.aspx

About Postgraduate Study at King’s College London:

To study for a postgraduate degree at King’s College London is to study at the city’s most central university and at one of the top 20 universities worldwide (2015/16 QS World Rankings). Graduates will benefit from close connections with the UK’s professional, political, legal, commercial, scientific and cultural life, while the excellent reputation of our MA and MRes programmes ensures our postgraduate alumni are highly sought after by some of the world’s most prestigious employers. We provide graduates with skills that are highly valued in business, government, academia and the professions.

Scholarships & Funding:

All current PGT offer-holders and new PGT applicants are welcome to apply for the scholarships. For more information and to learn how to apply visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/sources

Free language tuition with the Modern Language Centre:

If you are studying for any postgraduate taught degree at King’s you can take a module from a choice of over 25 languages without any additional cost. Visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/mlc

Visit the Big Data in Culture & Society MA page on the King’s College London website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

Bachelor's degree with 2:1 honours (or overseas equivalent) in an English, Arts, Humanities or Social Science degree, or a related discipline. See King's website for full details. Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements: View Website

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