MA in Datafication and Digital Literacy

General

Program Description

Ever wondered how algorithms make sense of our digital activities to determine what we see and do online? Do you want to understand how big data is affecting our daily lives and how digital literacy can empower people to navigate digital societies?

This program offers students the opportunity to gain cutting-edge knowledge of the digital transformations that profoundly change society. New media technologies and platforms are increasingly central to people’s daily lives. Many activities, from doing business to getting information and organizing our health care, are now moving online. The data this generates allows for large-scale data mining and algorithmic filtering. This opens up opportunities to enhance our lives, but also raises ethical issues and pushes us to thoroughly understand and reflect on the implications. By critically engaging with the role of digital media in our day-to-day lives, you will understand the wider consequences of our growing reliance on data for society, policy, and business. By taking a digital literacy perspective, this MA empowers you to address these challenges of datafication.

Why study this program in Groningen?

This program enables you to anticipate the challenges and opportunities of an increasingly digital society. The digital literacy approach allows you to become an expert with highly valued skills and state-of-the-art knowledge. You will do an internship to familiarize yourself with the job market and kick-start your career. Acquired skills include:

  • Cutting-edge knowledge of digital transformations
  • Digital literacy
  • Data analysis
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Entrepreneurial

Program

Year 1

In the 1st year of the program courses on transformations in the digital society, algorithmic culture, digital literacy, and media use give you a solid theoretical foundation. Methods courses prepare you for doing research independently in a research seminar and MA thesis. In professional skills courses, you learn more about media law, economy, ethics and policy, and get more practical experience. In the 3rd semester, you write your MA thesis and apply your knowledge and skills in an internship.

Courses

  • Algorithmic Culture (5 EC)
  • Capturing Media Use (5 EC, optional)
  • Discourse Analysis (5 EC, optional)
  • Statistics with R (5 EC, optional)
  • Transformation in the Digital Society (5 EC)
  • Digital Ethnography (5 EC, optional)
  • Digital Literacy (5 EC)
  • Social Media Analysis (5 EC, optional)
  • Studying Media Use (5 EC)
  • Visual Analysis (5 EC, optional)
  • Data for Society: Civic Media (5 EC, optional)
  • Media Law and Politics (5 EC, optional)
  • Theoretical Specialization (5 EC)
  • Research Seminar (10 EC)
  • Entrepreneurship (5 EC, optional)
  • Story Lab (5 EC, optional)
  • Thesis Lab (5 EC)

Year 2

Courses

  • Thesis (15 EC)
  • Internship (15 EC)

Entry requirements

Admission requirements

Dutch diploma

Specific requirements More information
language test Additional requirements English: A VWO diploma or a subject certificate for VWO English (mark 6 or higher), minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 90 (with a minimum of 21 on all items), or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 on all items). Language Centre English Test (LCET) level C1 (B2 for no more than two components). If you have a VWO diploma a language test is not required.

International diploma

Specific requirements More information
language test Additional requirements English: A VWO diploma or a subject certificate for VWO English (mark 6 or higher), minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 90 (with a minimum of 21 on all items), or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 on all items). Language Centre English Test (LCET) level C1 (B2 for no more than two components).

Application deadlines

Type of student Deadline Start course
Dutch students

15 August 2020

15 August 2021

01 September 2020

01 August 2021

EU/EEA students 01 June 2021 01 September 2021
non-EU/EEA students 01 June 2021 01 September 2021

Tuition fees

Nationality Year Fee Program form
EU/EEA 2020-2021 € 2143 full-time
non-EU/EEA 2020-2021 € 13500 full-time

Job prospects

This track leads to positions in policymaking, education, consultancy, data management, media and digital advocacy, media analysis, data analysis.

Research

You are taught by lecturers who are internationally renowned in media studies. You benefit from and can be involved in the research of the Centre for Media and Journalism Studies, assessed as an excellent and world-leading research center. The department is well-known for its informal and vibrant atmosphere, allowing for a fruitful exchange between staff and students.

Last updated Jun 2020

About the School

The University of Groningen has a rich academic tradition dating back to 1614. From this tradition arose the first female student and the first female lecturer in the Netherlands, the first Dutch astr ... Read More

The University of Groningen has a rich academic tradition dating back to 1614. From this tradition arose the first female student and the first female lecturer in the Netherlands, the first Dutch astronaut and the first president of the European Central Bank. Geographically, the University is rooted in the Northern part of the Netherlands, a region very close to its heart. Read less
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