UCL (University College London)

Course Introduction

The Critical Studies pathway of the MA in Digital Media is for students who wish to investigate the significance, impact and interpretation of digital media and technologies. It explores the theory and practice of media in society, its history, its relationship to popular culture and its new possibilities in the digital age. Students will explore contemporary digital media practices in relation to questions of culture, politics and representation. They will critically examine transformations in digital culture and society focusing on, for example, mobile communications and media, digital screens and the body, and digital games and player cultures.

The Digital Media MA at the UCL Institute of Education is one of the longest-established Media MAs in the UK. It is based at the UCL Knowledge Lab, a leading interdisciplinary centre whose mission is to understand and develop digital technologies to support and transform education and beyond. Based on research evidence, the Knowledge Lab devises new pedagogies, designs and implements innovative digital media and smart technologies for teaching and learning, and informs policymakers and educational stakeholders. The programme team belongs to the DARE research centre, a research collaboration with the British Film Institute. With a track record of funded research in the digital media arts, we offer students a chance to learn from direct research experience. This programme will equip students with skills, knowledge and experience related to the rapidly-changing worlds of digital media cultures. It will therefore support career development in a variety of media contexts, as well as further postgraduate study. Students will take this course in flexible study mode also.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £10,440 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £10,440 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £21,790 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts £5,275 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts £5,275 European Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts £11,060 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students need to have a minimum of a second-class UK Bachelor's degree in a relevant subject (e.g. media studies, cultural studies, art, education, digital media, interactive media, English. Applicants with a minimum of a second-class UK Bachelor's degree in a non-relevant subject and at least one year's experience within the fields of education, media and/or the cultural industries will also be considered.
  • International entry requirements: Students need to have: IELTS overall grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each of the subtests; overall score of 100 with 24/30 in reading and writing and 20/30 in speaking and listening in Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT; overall score of 185 with 176 in all subtests in Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English; overall score of 185 with 176 in all subtests in Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English; pass at Mastery level when achieved with a pass at Mastery level in the Pitman International Spoken test (ISESOL) in City & Guilds (Pitman Examination in International ESOL); 69 overall, with a minimum of 59 in each Communicative Skill in Pearson Test of English (Academic); successful completion of ISE III with a ?merit? in all components; overall mark of 70%, with at least 65% in each of the four subtests in UCL Diploma in English for Academic Purposes; overall mark of 70% with at least 65% in each of the four elements of the examination in UCL International Pre-Master's Courses; mark of 70%, with at least 65% in each of the subtests in UCL Pre-sessional English Courses.
  • IELTS score: 7
  • TOEFL score: 100