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Digital Culture & Society MA

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This course give you a unique opportunity to explore the many forms of digital culture and their profound effects on society from a number of different angles. It aims to develop participants' skills in forming their own assessments of digital technologies and their impact on society and culture. 

Graduates of this coursewill have gained the analytical tools required to understand how digitisation and internet technologies have shaped and are shaping modern culture.

The course information sheet is a printable version of the information on this web page, which you can download here.


Key Benefits

  • Develop an understanding of the role and impact of digital technologies in contemporary culture, broadly interpreted to include such areas of activity as performing arts, telecommunications, information technology, philosophy, law and education.

  • Study digital technologies within an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural framework, combining modules from participating departments.

  • Obtain on-the-job training in a month long internship within a relevant organisation.

  • Take field trips to major London cultural institutions, such as Tate Modern, National Gallery, Institute of Archaeology and the BBC Archives.


Key information

Application status Open

Duration One year FT, two years PT, September to September.

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Course intake No set number.

Course leaders Dr Paolo Gerbaudo +44 (0)20 7848 1576, Dr Mark Coté and Dr Btihaj Ajana

Further details

Course contact for further information Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 7000 fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200

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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Course detail


On this Digital Culture & Society MA programme you will focus on how technology and culture are connected in today’s society. We broadly interpret this to include such areas of activity as performing arts, telecommunications, information technology, philosophy, law and education. We aim to develop and enhance your awareness and understanding of a range of subjects relevant to digital culture and technology, including:

  • The key information and communication technologies that shape contemporary society.
  • The key developments in contemporary cultural expression, specifically how these are driven, mediated or influenced by digital technologies.
  • The role of digital technologies in the study of culture and cultural artefacts from the past.
  • How digital technologies are shaping today’s society, including social intercourse, social structures, government, international politics, education and law.
  • The current critical and theoretical debates around digital culture and the role of technology in cultural life.
  • The ethical, moral and philosophical issues that arise from the role and impact of technology in cultural and social life.


Course purpose

The aim of the MA Digital Culture & Society programme is to develop participants’ understanding of the role and consequences of digital technologies in contemporary culture, broadly interpreted to include such areas of activity as performing arts, telecommunications, information technology, philosophy, law and education. The programme is conceived as fundamentally interdisciplinary, drawing for its teaching on four academic Schools: Arts and Humanities; Law; Physical Sciences and Engineering; and Social Science & Public Policy. It is aimed at a diverse range of participants, offering technological insights to those with non-technical backgrounds, and cultural perspectives to those who have not thought about digital culture in a systematic way.

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Course format and assessment

Teaching Style

If you are a full-time student, we will provide 120 to 180 hours of teaching through lectures and seminars, and we will expect you to undertake 1674 hours of independent study.

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


We will assess our modules entirely through coursework, which will mostly take the form of essays, with some project work.

Regulating body

King’s College is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.


Year 1

Required Modules

You are required to take:

  • Introduction to Digital Culture & Society (40 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)
Optional Modules

In addition you are required to take 80 credits from a range of optional modules, which may typically include:

• Web Technologies (20 credits)
• Communication & Consumption of Cultural Heritage (20 credits)
• Open Culture (20 credits)
• Digital Publishing (20 credits)
• Editorial Models for Digital Texts: Theory & Practice (20 credits)
• Maps, Apps & the GeoWeb: Introduction to the Spatial Humanities (20 credits)
• Metadata Theory & Practice (20 credits)
• Crowds & Clouds - Digital Ecosystems (20 credits)
• Digital Media, Digital Marketing (20 credits)
• Digital Asset & Media Management in the Broadcast Media (20 credits)
• Curating & Preserving Digital Culture (20 credits)
• Digital Asset & Media Technologies in Practice (20 credits)
• Management for Digital Content Industries (20 credits)
• Internship: Digital Culture & Society in the Workplace (20 credits)
• Youth Subcultures (20 credits)
• Music & American Culture (20 credits)
• Transnational Screen Production (20 credits)
• The Aesthetic Economy & Aesthetic Markets (20 credits)
• Visual Culture (20 credits)
• Cultural Memory (20 credits)
• Ontologies of Digital Media (20 credits)
• Fashion Culture & Society (20 credits)
• Culture & the City (20 credits)
• Art and Globalisation (20 credits)
• Gender, Media and Culture (20 credits)
• Creatives: Working in the Cultural Industries (20 credits)
• Transmedia Storytelling (20 credits)
• International Heritage - Politics, Policy & Practice (20 credits)
• Digital Culture & Political Protest (20 credits)
• Cultural Policy (20 credits)
• Culture: Conflict, Diplomacy & International Relations (20 credits)
• Film & American Culture (20 credits)
• Media Culture & Ethnicity (20 credits)
• Up to 20 credits from other Master’s modules that the Faculty of Arts & Humanities offers, subject to approvals.

If you are a part-time student, you will take Introduction to Digital Culture & Society in your first year, and your dissertation in your second.
Part-time students will take 60 credits of taught modules (one full year module and one semester only module) in their first year and 60 credits of taught modules (three semester only modules) and the dissertation in their second year.

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.

Entry requirements & how to apply

Digital Culture & Society MA Entry Requirements
Minimum UK requirements 2:1 Bachelor’s degree with 2:1 honours in English, or a related discipline. For those returning to study, evidence of appropriate experience will be required. 
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 and a non-refundable application fee of £55 applies.

Your application will be assessed by two members of staff. Candidates with non-traditional qualifications or experience may be interviewed, either in person or by phone if overseas, and all applicants are welcome to call us to arrange a visit. We aim to process all applications within four to six weeks, although this may take longer in February and March, and over holiday periods.

Personal statement and supporting information

Please provide a personal statement of 500 words. This should addresses broadly why you wish to apply. Your statement should explain your answer to at least the following questions: Why have you chosen this Master course, particularly explaining why the content of the Masters is of interest to you? Why has your education and/or work or life experiences so far lead you to apply to this Masters?

The personal statement should be a maximum of 500 words, if you submit a personal statement which is longer than this it will not be accepted, and you will be required to submit a shorter version, thus delaying application assessment.

Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible.  Our first application deadline is the 30th March 2018.  Applications will remain open if places are available and 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 27th July 2018 or from UK/ EU nationals after 31st August 2018.

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 UK fees: £11,550 per year (2018/19)
  • Full time overseas fees: £23,940 per year (2018-19)
  • Part time UK fees: £5,775 per year (2018-19)
  • Part time overseas fees: £11,970 per year (2018-19)

Please note: Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee. 

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


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 31st March 2018, payment is due by 27th April 2018.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2018 and 30th June 2018, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2018 and 31st July 2018, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2018, payment is due within one week 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.


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