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Big Data in Culture & Society MA

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Our Big Data in Culture & Society MA recognises the growing importance of Big Data in contemporary society and looks at the theory and practice of Big Data from an arts and humanities perspective. What is Big Data? Beyond the large data sets that can be analysed to reveal patterns, trends, and associations, it is increasingly about our everyday lives and how the data we generate is transforming social, cultural, political and economic processes and the generation of knowledge. Our course is likely to appeal to a broad range of students across the Arts and Humanities from Sociology to Political Science to English to Business and beyond. It will attract students interested in emerging trends who recognise that data scientists and analysts need collaborators with domain specialisation and critical insights.

Key benefits

  • Departments of Culture, Media & Creative Industries & Digital Humanities – jointly ranked in top 10 in UK (REF 2021). 100% of the departments’ research impact and research environment were rated as either ‘world leading’ (4*) or ‘internationally excellent’ (3*).
  • Taught by scholars working at the leading edge of digital studies and big data.
  • Offers a lively mix of theory and practical work.
  • Equips students with skills that are highly attractive to employers in our digital age.
  • Provides a series of workshops with data scientists and analysts to learn collaborative practices and applications in social media and cultural analytics, mobile platforms, and data visualisation.
  • Is at the forefront of digital developments - Big Data is transforming society, politics, the economy and culture and impacting work.
  • Offers innovative interdisciplinary methods of study crossing technological and cultural perspectives.
  • Links Big Data to Culture, Law & Ethics, Geography, Public Health, and Social Life.

This Big Data in Culture & Society MA offers you the opportunity to develop your knowledge and understanding of the role of Big Data in culture and society. It will enable you to analyse Big Data across social, political and economic areas. In addition to the required content we cover, you will have the opportunity to pursue your own academic interests through our optional modules and to undertake an internship and a group project module. By bringing together domain knowledge and technical skills and approaching these from an Arts and Humanities perspective, the course will help you develop highly valued employment skills and expertise for careers in Big Data.

Base campus

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Strand Campus

Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

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Teaching methods - what to expect

Big Data is increasingly affecting our everyday lives and this programme looks at how the data we generate is transforming our social, cultural, political and economic processes.

The course will provide you with:

  • Knowledge and understanding of the effects of Big Data on contemporary society.
  • Critical and theoretical approaches to the analysis of Big Data.
  • Knowledge of the historical antecedents of Big Data.
  • Understanding of the innovative methods for generating new knowledge through the use and analysis of Big Data.
  • Understanding of Big Data in relation to the broader study of digital culture, the digital humanities and traditional humanities disciplines.
  • Understanding of appropriate personal and professional conduct in the context of digital culture as an emerging discipline.

Teaching

If you are a full-time student, we will provide you with 120 to 180 hours of teaching through lectures and seminars across the year. We expect you to undertake around 1,674 hours of independent study.

If you are a part-time student, we will provide you with 90 hours of teaching through lectures and seminars in your first year, and 50 hours in your second. We expect you to undertake 720 hours of independent study in your first year and 954 hours in your second.

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

    Your performance will be assessed through a combination of coursework and written/practical examinations. Forms of assessment may typically include essays and mini-projects. Coursework contributes approximately 100% to your final mark.

    Structure

    Required modules

    Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 180 credits. You are required to take:

    Optional modules

    In addition, you are required to take two modules totalling 30 credits from a range of optional modules that typically includes:

    King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

    Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

    Employability

    Our graduates will follow a broad range of career paths. The skills you develop are likely to be particularly transferable to work in social media management, analytics & website management, CRM management, digital advertising, metrics management, market research, marketing and across cultural industries. 

    Find out more about careers our alumni have gone on to

    Tuition Fees

    UK:

    Full time: £11,040 per year (2022/23)

    Part time: £5,520 per year (2022/23)

    International:

    Full time: £27,900 per year (2022/23)

    Part time: £13,950 per year (2022/23)

    These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

    Deposit

    When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

    The UK deposit is £500.

    The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

    • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.

    • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.

    • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.

    • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

    • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days of receiving the offer

    If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

    Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

    Additional Costs

    In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

    • books if you choose to buy your own copies
    • clothing for optional course related events and competitions
    • library fees and fines
    • personal photocopies
    • printing course handouts
    • society membership fees
    • stationery
    • travel costs around London and between campuses
    • graduation costs

    Funding

    This Big Data in Culture & Society MA offers you the opportunity to develop your knowledge and understanding of the role of Big Data in culture and society. It will enable you to analyse Big Data across social, political and economic areas. In addition to the required content we cover, you will have the opportunity to pursue your own academic interests through our optional modules and to undertake an internship and a group project module. By bringing together domain knowledge and technical skills and approaching these from an Arts and Humanities perspective, the course will help you develop highly valued employment skills and expertise for careers in Big Data.

    Base campus

    strand-quad
    Strand Campus

    Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

    Regulating bodies

    King's is regulated by the Office for Students

    Loading...

    Teaching methods - what to expect

    Big Data is increasingly affecting our everyday lives and this programme looks at how the data we generate is transforming our social, cultural, political and economic processes.

    The course will provide you with:

    • Knowledge and understanding of the effects of Big Data on contemporary society.
    • Critical and theoretical approaches to the analysis of Big Data.
    • Knowledge of the historical antecedents of Big Data.
    • Understanding of the innovative methods for generating new knowledge through the use and analysis of Big Data.
    • Understanding of Big Data in relation to the broader study of digital culture, the digital humanities and traditional humanities disciplines.
    • Understanding of appropriate personal and professional conduct in the context of digital culture as an emerging discipline.

    Teaching

    If you are a full-time student, we will provide you with 120 to 180 hours of teaching through lectures and seminars across the year. We expect you to undertake around 1,674 hours of independent study.

    If you are a part-time student, we will provide you with 90 hours of teaching through lectures and seminars in your first year, and 50 hours in your second. We expect you to undertake 720 hours of independent study in your first year and 954 hours in your second.

    We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

    Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

    Assessment

      Your performance will be assessed through a combination of coursework and written/practical examinations. Forms of assessment may typically include essays and mini-projects. Coursework contributes approximately 100% to your final mark.

      Structure

      Required modules

      Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 180 credits. You are required to take:

      Optional modules

      In addition, you are required to take two modules totalling 30 credits from a range of optional modules that typically includes:

      King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

      Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

      Employability

      Our graduates will follow a broad range of career paths. The skills you develop are likely to be particularly transferable to work in social media management, analytics & website management, CRM management, digital advertising, metrics management, market research, marketing and across cultural industries. 

      Find out more about careers our alumni have gone on to

      Tuition Fees

      UK:

      Full time: £11,040 per year (2022/23)

      Part time: £5,520 per year (2022/23)

      International:

      Full time: £27,900 per year (2022/23)

      Part time: £13,950 per year (2022/23)

      These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

      Deposit

      When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

      The UK deposit is £500.

      The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

      • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.

      • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.

      • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.

      • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

      • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days of receiving the offer

      If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

      Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

      Additional Costs

      In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

      • books if you choose to buy your own copies
      • clothing for optional course related events and competitions
      • library fees and fines
      • personal photocopies
      • printing course handouts
      • society membership fees
      • stationery
      • travel costs around London and between campuses
      • graduation costs

      Funding

      Application closing date guidance

      We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible as we may need to request further information from you to assess your application. This is particularly important if your application is successful and you are required to meet any offer condition, and/or you need a Student Visa to study here at King's.

      King's College London is committed to the recruitment of students with the greatest academic ability and to maintain a diverse student population. In order to ensure a balanced international student population for our most competitive programmes, we have implemented the following deadlines:

      • The final application deadline for any students who are currently residing in mainland China is Friday 7 January 2022, 23:59 (UK time).

        Please note: if you reside in mainland China and apply for any of the above programmes after this deadline, your application will be automatically withdrawn, and you will not be eligible for an application fee refund.

      • Our first application deadline for any other applicants is on Friday 25 March 2022 (23:59, UK time). After this date, the programme will close at any point once it is full. If there are places still available, the programme will remain open until the final application deadlines below:

        Overseas (international) fee status: Friday 29 July 2022 (23:59, UK time)

        Home fee status: Friday 26 August 2022 (23:59, UK time)

        Please note, you will not be eligible for an application fee refund if you apply after the first application deadline listed and we are unable to process any further offers because places are filled before the final application deadlines.
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