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Digital Media and Society (MA)

Course Description

The digitization of media and the emergence of new digital communication platforms have had significant impacts on our communication practices, our place and activities in a mediatized environment, and thus our role as citizens. They have disrupted established business models, social practices and power relations, and have facilitated the emergence of new norms and value systems. Audiences are shifting, transforming into producers and challenging the roles of traditional information brokers; journalist practices and media organisations are changing; values of openness and sharing infuse knowledge production; peer production challenges established industries; classic notions of privacy and freedom of expression are affected; new stakeholders influence policy; and interaction and participation become the norm (and their management a key skill). At the same time, new commercial empires are emerging, data collection and analysis by both businesses and governments are expanding, and the control of both information content and networked infrastructure becomes ever more important for social, political and economic strategies.

This course provides students with a thorough understanding of these current transformations and with the analytical skills to investigate digital media in the context of social, political and economic change. Two methodological modules provide students with the skills to conduct research in any area of media and communication studies, and three core thematic modules offer thorough insights into current developments in digital communication. Further, students select two optional modules in their fields of interest and they get the chance to develop their own research project for their dissertation.

The MA draws on the strength and diversity of Cardiff’s staff, giving students a unique opportunity to work with academics whose research is at the cutting edge of exploring how media are changing in a dynamic global communications environment.

Visit the Digital Media and Society (MA) page on the Cardiff University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Cardiff University Masters Excellence Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

“This scholarship package will give high-calibre students the opportunity to study at a world-leading, research-intensive university and help ease the associated financial burdens.”Professor Colin Riordan, Vice-ChancellorWe are pleased to announce that the Taught Master's Excellence Scholarship Scheme for 2016/17 entry has been confirmed.We are committed to invest up to a total of £500,000 in this high value competitive scholarship scheme to support UK and EU students who are planning to start an eligible master's programme in September 2016.The scholarships are each worth a minimum of £3,000 and will be awarded in the form of a tuition fee discount.Scholarships will be awarded based on academic excellence.

Value of Scholarship(s)

min. £3000


Eligible programmes include taught full-time and part-time taught programmes leading to a master's. Not included are our distance learning programmes and taught programmes leading to a postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma, as well as research master's such as the MPhil and MRes.‘Home’ and ‘EU’ students only (as classified for fee paying purposes, tuition fee status is determined after submitting an application to study) who are accepted on to an eligible postgraduate taught programme leading to a master's degree, and with a firm focus on academic excellence.For applicants from countries outside the European Union, we also offer a range of highly prestigious international scholarships.

Application Procedure

We have two deadlines after which scholarship decisions will be made:6 April and 27 July 2016.The Masters Excellence Scholarship application form can be accessed once you have submitted an application to study to an eligible postgraduate taught programme leading to a master’s degree. Please note the additional details on our website and in the guidance documents provided.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Applicants will normally be expected to hold a UK higher education degree of lower second class Honours or above, or a qualification recognised by the University as equivalent. This requirement may be waived for students with appropriate alternative qualifications.

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