Course summary

We live in an age where almost everything of what we do is connected to data. Big data and datafication - the increasing transformation of multiple aspects of everyday lives into digital data - pose great opportunities but also risks for contemporary societies. This new MA course addresses, explores and creatively utilises this transformation. We place an emphasis on current and future technologies and practices such as algorithms, artificial intelligence, big data, blockchain, data analytics and data mining, the Internet of Things, and others.

This multidisciplinary course brings together media/communication studies and computer science. It combines hands-on and applied approaches with theoretical learning and critical analysis. It will encourage collaboration, creative practice, group work and problem-based learning. You will apply tools and technologies to your own data challenges and projects, including from your existing professional or cultural, political, social and economic environments. The course also features optional modules from a range of disciplines across the University: Media and Communication Studies, Law, Computer Science, Politics and International Relations, Cultural Studies.

Course structure

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Core modules, Semester 1

  • Data and Society 1
  • Data Systems Concepts and Fundamentals

Option modules, Semester 1

  • Social Media: Creativity, Sharing, Visibility
  • Political Economy of Communication
  • Data Mining and Machine Learning
  • The Politics of Global Complexity
  • Legal Aspects of Electronic Commerce

Core modules, Semester 2

  • Data and Society 2
  • Major Project

Option modules, Semester 2

  • Artificial Intelligence and Society
  • Digital Cultures
  • Critical Theory, Social Media and the Internet
  • Data Visualisation and Dashboarding
  • Policies for Digital Convergence

Entry Requirements

You will need an Upper Second Class Honours degree (or above). If English is your second language you should have an IELTS score of 6.5.

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Last updated April 20, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 2019
1 year
14,500 GBP
international - UK/EU: £8,000 (fees per academic year)
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