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Big Data in Culture & Society MA

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Overview

Understand the growing importance of Big Data in contemporary society and study 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.  If you're interested in emerging trends and recognise that data scientists and analysts need collaborators with domain specialisation and critical insights, this course is perfect for you.


Key Benefits

  • Taught by lecturers 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.
  • Located in a highly ranked department – the Digital Humanities department was ranked first in the UK for research power (in the most recent Research Excellence Framework).

Key information

Application status Open

Duration 1 Year full time, 2 years part time, September to September

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Course intake Expected 2016/17 intake: 10

Course leaders Dr Mark Cote, Department of Digital Humanities

Further details

Course contact for further information

Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office
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fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200
https://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/enquiry-form.aspx

 

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Department Department of Digital Humanities

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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.

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Course detail

Description

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 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.

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.

Course format and assessment

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.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment
Your performance will be assessed through coursework.  Forms of assessment may typically include essays, project work and workshop reports, depending on the modules you choose. 

Location
This course is primarily taught at the King’s College London Strand Campus. Our location in the heart of London means that you will be studying in one of the world’s most dynamic and technologically advanced cities. You will have access to our extensive facilities and resources, as well as the huge variety of London’s cultural offerings.

Regulating body
King's College London is regulated by the Office for Students.

Structure

Year 1

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

Required Modules

You are required to take:

  • Theorising Big Data (20 credits)
  • Big Data in Practice: Co-laboratories, Tools & Methods (20 credits)
  • From Data to Insight – Cultural & Social Analytics (20 credits)
  • Big Data & the Law: Foundations, Regimes & Principles, Challenges (20 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)
Optional Modules

In addition, you are required to take two modules totalling 40 credits from a range of optional modules that typically includes:

  • Digital Arts and Culture (20 credits)
  • Editorial models for Digital Texts: Theory & Practice (20 credits)
  • Web Technologies (20 credits)
  • Digital Publishing (20 credits)
  • Communication & Consumption of Cultural Heritage (20 credits)
  • Material Culture of the Book (20 credits)
  • Applied Visualisation for Cultural Heritage (20 credits)
  • Open Culture (20 credits)
  • Ontologies of Digital Media (20 credits)
  • Social Media: Protest & Political Campaigning (20 credits)
  • From Information to Knowledge – Metadata & Systems for Digital Assets & Media (20 credits)
  • Management for Digital Content Industries (20 credits)
  • Digital Media, Digital Marketing (20 credits)
  • Curating & Preserving Digital Culture (20 credits)
  • Crowds & Clouds – Digital Ecosystems (20 credits)
  • Internship (20 credits)
  • Up to 20 credits from master’s modules offered in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities, subject to approvals

If you are a part-time student, you will take 60 credits of taught modules in your first year and 60 credits of taught modules and your dissertation in your second year.

Entry requirements & how to apply

BDCS Entry Requirements
Minimum requirements 2:1

Bachelor's degree with 2:1 honours in an English, Arts, Humanities or Social Science degree, or a related discipline.

In order to meet the academic entry requirements for this programme you should have a minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree with a final mark of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme. If you are still studying you should be achieving an average of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme.

International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band C Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements

 

Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal apply.kcl.ac.uk and a non-refundable application fee of £100 applies. Your application will be assessed by academics in the Department of Digital Humanities.

Personal statement and supporting information

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

Big Data checklist
Personal Statement Yes A personal statement of up to 4,000 characters (maximum 2 pages) is required. Please submit a personal statement detailing your reasons for applying for the programme and what you would hope to gain from studying the MA.
Previous Academic Study Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
References Yes Two references are required with at least one academic. Professional references will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.
Other Optional

Applicants may wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of their application.

 

Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. Our first application deadline is the 31 March 2020. After this date, applications will remain open if places are available, but programmes will be closed as soon as they are full. For programmes with spaces remaining, no further applications will be accepted from non-EU (Overseas) nationals after 31July 2020 or from UK/EU nationals after 28 August 2020.

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

 

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Full time Home/EU fees: £9,990 per year (2020/21)
  • Full time overseas fees: £26,550 per year (2020/21)
  • Part time Home/EU fees: £4,995 per year (2020/21)
  • Part time overseas fees: £13,275 per year (2020/21)

Students starting their programme in 2020/21 who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2021/22.

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.

Students starting their programme in 2020/21 who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2021/22.

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/EU deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March 2020, payment is due by 30 April 2020.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 April 2020 and 30 June 2020, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 July 2020 and 31 July 2020, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1 August 2020, payment is due within 2 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.

 Additional costs/expenses

In addition to the costs above, 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 
  • Graduation costs
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 

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

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

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.

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