Cardiff University

Cardiff University

Digital Media and Society

The digitisation 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.

Entry requirements

Applicants will normally be expected to hold a UK higher education degree of lower 2nd Class Honours or above, or a qualification recognised by the University as equivalent. This requirement may be waived for students with appropriate alternative qualifications. Applications must include a personal statement that outlines the applicant�s reasons for applying, and at least one reference letter from a previous tutor or person in charge of a past professional experience. Students whose 1st language is not English requier IELTS 7.0 or equivalent, with a minimum 6.0 in each component. Students holding IELTS 6.5 with a minimum 6.0 in each component may also apply provided they undertake and complete the University's 8-week pre-sessional English course.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 7,008 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 14,000 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Cathays Park Campus Cardiff CF10 3AT Wales

Key information

Administrative contact
Telephone number: 
029 2087 4786