Masters | Postgraduate Course - Digital Society MSc Course Details within University of Edinburgh

Course Fees
Home/EU: full-time £12,300 part-time £6,150. International: full-time £19,300 part-time £9,650
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Digital Society MSc

Study Details

MSc: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

We are proud to offer an innovative, new programme in one of the top Sociology programmes in the UK.  This degree directly responds to a growing need for our graduates to be able to critically and creatively study and analyze a world undergoing rapid digital transformation. Digital sociology provides a vital foundation for understanding how digital technologies and data are shaping our social institutions, social relations, and everyday life.

Module details

You will take compulsory courses that give you a sociological perspective and prepare you for independent dissertation research. Your four further option courses can address digital media, social and cultural theory and research training, as you prefer. The dissertation, a piece of self-designed research with supervisory support, allows you to put your personal stamp on your studies.

Entry Requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent.

All applicants must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of their English language ability:

  • an undergraduate or masters degree, that was taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country as defined by UK Visas and Immigration

  • UKVI list of majority English speaking countries
  • IELTS: total 7.0 (at least 6.0 in each module)
  • TOEFL-iBT: total 100 (at least 20 in each module)
  • PTE(A): total 67 (at least 56 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections)
  • CAE and CPE: total 185 (at least 169 in each module)
  • Trinity ISE: ISE III with a pass in all four components

Degrees taught and assessed in English must be no more than two and a half years old at the beginning of your degree programme. Language tests must be no more than two years old at the beginning of your degree programme.

Programme Funding

Student Destinations

This degree is well-positioned for a wide range of careers in the public, private, and third sectors. It is particularly relevant for students who have aspirations for a career in digital research or digital media design and development. The programme is also key for those who wish to engage with digital technology and data in their own personal lives or on a wider scale as an activist, artist, manager, practitioner, or policy maker. Students will go on to undertake roles in social media analysis, Internet research, journalism, education, and law and government. The programme also offers a route to a PhD programme in social research. Students will gain highly transferable skills in research, communication, and project management applicable to roles in many fields.