School of Society and Culture

MSc Digital Culture and Society

Programme code 7550
Duration 1 year
Course type Full-time, Part-time route available
Location Plymouth

Digital culture and advancing technologies are shaping every aspect of our lives. This programme provides a unique opportunity to critically examine the impact of digital technologies on culture and society and gain an in-depth understanding of current theories and debates. You will investigate how digital technologies are affecting a range of contemporary aspects of social life including: gender and the body; health; race and nationalism; the workplace; the environment and politics.

Digital Culture and Society
Careers with this subject

Knowledge and skills in digital culture and society responds to one of the fastest growing areas of employment today. Whether it is marketing, communications, human resources or even health, employers increasingly need experts who understand the growing impact of digital life on society.

This MSc equips you with a range of highly sought-after skills including digital literacy, data analytics, web design, ethnographic analysis, critical thinking and project management skills.

Key features

  • Benefit from our new state-of-the-art Digital Fabrication and Immersive Media Labs where you can gain access to cutting edge technology.
  • Learn from a team of internationally recognized research-active staff who are leaders in their field.
  • Combine a solid conceptual foundation informed by leading research with hands on practical training.
  • Gain insights into highly topical contemporary developments and benefit from a programme of external industry speakers.
  • Enrich your experience from a learning environment that brings together today’s most valuable subjects from the social and political sciences and performing arts and humanities to empower you to expand your thinking, realise your ambitions, and pursue your passions.
  • Benefit from flexible placement opportunities with the opportunity to have a placement tailored to your career interests.

Course details
  • Year 1

  • Examine how digital technologies are affecting the most pressing issues of our time. Gain an understanding of key theoretical, ethical and philosophical debates. Learn how to use ethnographic and visual methods to study online worlds and become skilled in digital analytics including analysing big data. Draw on a wide range of teaching methods with an emphasis upon hands-on experiential learning including VR technologies.

    Access cutting-edge technology in our new Digital Fabrication and Immersive Media Labs, giving you the edge when applying for jobs in the cultural sector.

    This programme trains our students to be employment-ready, resilient global citizens who are empowered to make a difference in society.

    Core modules

    • Introduction to digital culture
    • Dissertation
    • Researching Social Life

Entry requirements

A good honours degree (first or second class) or equivalent. 

Other qualifications accompanied by substantial experience in an appropriate field may also be considered. Non-standard applications are considered on a case-by-case basis.

International students: IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent.

Fees, costs and funding

The UK is no longer part of the European Union. EU applicants should refer to our Brexit information to understand the implications.

New Student 2022-2023 2023-2024
Home N/A £9,500
International N/A £16,500
Part time (Home) N/A £530
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per 10 credits. Please note that fees are reviewed on an annual basis. Fees and the conditions that apply to them shown in the prospectus are correct at the time of going to print. Fees shown on the web are the most up to date but are still subject to change in exceptional circumstances. More information about fees and funding.

Additional costs

This course is delivered by the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business and more details of any additional costs associated with the faculty's courses are listed on the following page: Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business additional costs.

Postgraduate scholarships for international students

We offer several scholarships for international students who wish to study postgraduate taught (PGT) degree programmes.

Find out about the postgraduate scholarships available to you as an international student

How to apply

When to apply

Most of our taught programmes begin in September. Applications can usually be made throughout the year, and are considered until programmes are full. 

Before you apply

Familiarise yourself with the information required to complete your application form. You will usually be required to supply:
  • evidence of qualifications (degree certificates or transcripts), with translations if not in English, to show that you meet, or expect to meet the entry requirements
  • evidence of English language proficiency, if English is not your first language
  • a personal statement of approximately 250-400 words about the reasons for your interest in the course and outlining the nature of previous and current related experience. You can write this into the online application form, or include it as a separate document
  • your curriculum vitae or résumé, including details of relevant professional/voluntary experience, professional registration/s and visa status for overseas workers
  • proof of sponsorship, if applicable.
If you require further information take a look at our application guidance.

Disability services

If you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by University of Plymouth, please visit our Disability Services website. 

International students

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email

Submitting an application

Once you are happy that you have all of the information required you can apply using our online postgraduate application form (the blue 'Apply now' icon on this page).

What happens after I apply?

You will normally receive a decision on your application within four weeks of us receiving your application. You may be asked to provide additional information; two academic/professional references, confirming your suitability for the course; or to take part in an interview (which in the case of overseas students may be by telephone or video conference) and you will be sent a decision by letter or email.

We aim to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. Our Admissions and Course Enquiries team is on hand to offer help and can put you in touch with the appropriate faculty if you wish to discuss any programme in detail.

If you would like any further information please contact the Admissions and Course Enquiries team:

Telephone: +44 (0)1752 585858

Admissions policy

More information and advice for applicants can be referenced by downloading our Student Admissions Policy Prospective students are advised to read the policy before making an application to the University.


Plymouth’s sociology team produce leading research that addresses key challenges facing contemporary society.
We have an established tradition of national and internationally recognised excellence in research and strengths in the fields of health policy; digital media and culture; nationalism; religion; food cultures; sustainability; and well-being of vulnerable and marginalised groups. 
In the 2021 Research Excellence Framework, 86% of our research outputs were judged to be internationally excellent or world-leading, and we are ranked 8 out of 76 institutions nationally for research impact. 
Our themed research groups are: ‘Health, Vulnerability and Inequality’, ‘Environment, Culture and Society’, ‘Global Instability and Justice’ and ‘Methodological Innovations’.

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