The complexity of society demands a multidisciplinary approach. The Master Programme in Social Sciences, specialising in Digital Media and Society, includes a number of disciplinary branches, which together shed light on several aspects of social practices, institutions and processes, at present and in a historical perspective.
Why this programme?
This specialisation within our Master's in Social Sciences, provides you with the advanced tools to understand and analyse how media are shaping - and being shaped by - culture, education, politics and economy, and how they interact with every day, professional and social life. You will gain a solid foundation in the area of digital media and at the same time give you the opportunity to broaden your knowledge on a number of areas within social sciences.
The specialisation in Digital Media and Society provides you with the creative and critical thinking capacities that are needed in your future career and for becoming a critical, ethically and responsibly active citizen who seeks to contribute to creating and maintaining open and inclusive societies. It will prepare you for work as communication and digital media professionals and researchers.
Upon completing the programme, you should have gained broad and specialised knowledge and academic skills in the field of Media and Communication Studies.
During the programme you can expect to:
apply advanced knowledge and skills in empirical research methods, theories and ethical reasoning important for investigating and analysing digital media in everyday life, organisations and society
formulate problems, conduct investigations and communicate the results verbally and in written form
carry out your own project work based on solid academic tools of analysis
The programme will prepare you for PhD studies in the field of Media and Communication Studies, with a special focus on digital media and society.
After graduation, you will be equipped with the theoretical, methodological and analytical tools to reflect on the major challenges and opportunities that digital media and information and communication technologies (ICT) pose for society, democracy and processes of societal change in the different parts of the world.
Student profile Digital Media and Society is very popular among both international and Swedish students and attracts hundreds of applicants every year. In 2018, applicants came from 134 different countries. The group of 20-30 students who are selected and attend the programme come from diverse academic, educational, cultural and ethnic backgrounds. This further strengthens the programme's focus on inclusion, diversity and multidisciplinarity.
The programme leads to a Master of Social Science (120 credits), with Media and Communication Studies as the main field of study. After one year of study, it is possible to obtain a Master of Social Science (60 credits).
Digital Media and Society has a duration of two academic years and is built around four main components that relate to different types of knowledge, skills and competences. These are:
Component one of the programme consists of advanced core courses (30 credits) that focus on the theoretical knowledge and empirical skills required for understanding and analysing digital media and society. All four core courses are compulsory.
The second component of the programme (30 credits) is made up of basic social science skills courses that are taught together with the other specialisations in the Master Programme in Social Sciences. The two courses on qualitative and quantitative research methods are compulsory, while the other two, are strongly advised.
The third component of the programme (30 credits) comprises elective courses, allowing you to deepen your knowledge and expertise in specific areas, on the basis of your special interests. Part of the elective courses are two alternative kinds of internship courses, in organisations or in research projects, which give you the possibility to apply your theoretical knowledge and skills in real-life work and research environments.
The fourth component of the programme is the Master's thesis (30 credits), in which you will undertake independent academic research in the area of digital media and society.
If you graduate after one academic year, you will instead produce a shorter Master's thesis (15 credits). You will also be required to take the two core courses in media and communication studies and the two skills courses the first semester, and the two core courses in media and communication studies the second semester.
The Master Programme in Social Sciences, specialising in Digital Media and Society, is offered in Uppsala, and most of the courses are taught at the Ekonomikum campus. This specialisation is taught entirely in English and you are expected to master English for the purpose of academic writing, presentation and discussion.
The programme is academically based and is deeply rooted in theory, empirical research and critical reasoning. Lectures, workshops and seminars are combined with, among other things, essays, debates and independent project work. This gives you the opportunity to develop your methodological skills, theoretical knowledge and critical judgment capacities in relation to topics that concern digital media and society.
You are expected to gradually and increasingly take responsibility for your education as you progress with your studies, and to gradually acquire professionally relevant and research-based knowledge and skills.
Faculty and research At the Department of Informatics and Media we conduct research within the fields of information systems, human-computer interaction and media and communication studies. The strength of that combination is that we connect the capabilities, networks and researchers from various yet intertwining areas of interest. Through active collaboration we achieve a synergy that through our similarities as well as our differences allows us to create a creative and thriving research environment. To help you decide if Digital Media and Society is right for you explore our current research at the department.
Learning to understand and master digital media and how they relate to everyday, cultural, political, economic and professional life, gives you an excellent foundation to work as a digital media professional and researcher.
Graduates of the programme can work as digital media, internet or information society researchers, as digital media or social media analysts, as research managers, research administrators, digital media industry consultants or digital media experts.
Employers include public service, government institutions, civil society organisations, NGOs, international development organisations, ICT consultants and policy experts, social media managers, communication experts in the public or private sector, as well as in a broad area of professions in the new media and creative industries.
Many of the programme's graduates work in the media industry, as practitioners or as digital media and communication specialists, while a number of the programme's graduates have pursued doctoral studies.
Career support When you are about to finish your studies and want to start planning for your next step in life, you are welcome to UU Careers for support and guidance. You are also welcome to a variety of career activities and events all through your stay at Uppsala University. Of course, the services are free of charge. Learn more about UU career support.
Requirements: Academic requirements A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university. Also required is:
90 credits within the social sciences; and
documented written independent academic work (i.e. one or several academic essays or papers).
Language requirements All applicants need to verify English language proficiency that corresponds to English studies at upper secondary (high school) level in Sweden ("English 6"). This can be done in a number of ways, including through an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL or IELTS, or through previous upper secondary (high school) or university studies. The minimum test scores are:
IELTS: an overall mark of 6.5 and no section below 5.5
TOEFL: Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1–6) in written test and a total score of 575. Internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0–30) in written test and a total score of 90
a total appraisal of quantity and quality of previous university studies;
relevance of previous studies;
a proposal for a Master's thesis written in English;
a summary in English of the independent academic work or another academic text in English; and
a statement of purpose (1 page).
The highest ranked candidates may be invited to an interview on Skype before the final selection is made.
If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees. Fees cover application and tuition only and do not cover accommodation, academic literature or the general cost of living. Read more about fees.