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Digital Media and Culture MScR

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MSc by Research Digital Media and Culture - 1 Year (Full-time)
MSc by Research Digital Media and Culture - 2 Years (Part-time)

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Contact information
Edinburgh College of Art Postgraduate Office
Phone: +44 (0)131 651 5741
Professor Richard Coyne, Programme Director
Phone: +44 (0)131 650 2332
Address: Edinburgh College of Art Postgraduate Office
The University of Edinburgh
Evolution House, Grassmarket
Central Campus

This programme aims to provide a broadly based foundation for research into theories of design in the context of digital media. It examines theories and philosophies of digital media, technological change, the mass media, computation, artificial intelligence, and the social and cultural contexts in which such developments take place.

You will be part of a dynamic community of researchers, exploring many aspects of computing: its social ramifications, social media, the world of e-commerce, e-entrepreneurship, project-based composition and artistic works, digital architecture and urbanism, new media consumption practices, the co-creation of media, changes to the household, links between vision and sound, branded places, non-places, and more.

Entry requirements

Normally a 2:1 honours degree or its equivalent if outside the UK, in a relevant subject.

International qualifications

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English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:

  • 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)

If you completed a CAE or CPE before January 2015 please contact the Admissions Office for the accepted grades.

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How to apply

You must submit two references with your application.

We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application. If you are also applying for funding or will require a visa then we strongly recommend you apply as early as possible. We may consider late applications if we have places available, but you should contact the relevant Admissions Office for advice first.

Research degrees are based on independent study determined by proposals for research projects submitted by candidates. For research proposal guidance please see:

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Programme structure

The programme comprises the following components:

  • a research-methods course
  • reading courses
  • selections from an interdisciplinary menu of course options

Learning outcomes

Graduates will be able to contribute knowledgeably and critically to debates on digital media and its social, cultural and theoretical contexts.

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