M.Sc. On Campus

Digital Society

The University of Edinburgh

12 months
25300 GBP/year
16200 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Digital Society degree from The University of Edinburgh will provide you with a rigorous introduction to the sociological study of digital society and digital culture. 


You will be introduced to the core theoretical and methodological issues that arise when sociologists investigate the increasing prevalence of digital technology, digital infrastructure, and data production, capture, and analysis in everyday life.

The Digital Society degree from The University of Edinburgh will also allow you to study the very social conditions (economic, political, and cultural) that give rise to such technologies and their circuits of power.

On this programme you may take up the following specialised topics, including (but not limited to):

  • the sociological analysis of digital technology and new forms of data on the fields of contemporary culture
  • work and labour
  • leisure
  • health
  • education
  • government and law
  • finance

How will I learn?

The degree combines seminar teaching on specific topics with individual research supervision by leading researchers in the emerging field of digital sociology.

Who is this programme for?

While this programme will be primarily suitable for those with some background in the social sciences, the MSc is intended for anyone who wants to understand, learn, study, analyse, and critique digital technologies and the complex ways in which they shape society, social institutions, and culture.

Career opportunities:

This degree is well-positioned for a wide range of careers in the public, private, and third sectors.

It is particularly relevant for those who have aspirations for a career in digital research or digital media design and development.

The programme is also key for those who wish to engage with digital technology and data in their own personal lives, or on a wider scale as an activist, artist, manager, practitioner, or policy maker.

You will gain highly transferable skills in research, communication, and project management applicable to roles in many fields.

After graduating, you may go on to undertake roles in area including:

  • internet research
  • journalism
  • education
  • law and government
  • sociological analysis of digital technology

Programme Structure

  • You will take compulsory courses that give you a sociological perspective and prepare you for independent dissertation research. 
  • Your four further option courses can address digital media, social and cultural theory and research training, as you prefer. 
  • The dissertation, a piece of self-designed research with supervisory support, allows you to put your personal stamp on your studies.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application.


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A UK 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    25300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25300 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    16200 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16200 GBP per year during 12 months.
Part-time fees per year
  • Home: £8,100
    • International/EU: £12,650

Living costs for Edinburgh

725 - 1167 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.



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