Digital Media, Culture and Education MA

This masters degree will:

  • explore the latest developments in digital media and the media arts and their impact on education
  • engage with debates about the place and purpose of digital media in culture and society in both formal and informal education settings
  • examine the theory and practice of media education and emergent new literacies in the digital age.


This masters degree provides the opportunity to:

  • engage with digital and social media in order to consider its impact on education
  • develop digital media production skills, including moving image creation (film and animation), digital game creation and blogging (for further examples of student work click here (external website)
  • work with the British Film Institute, our partner for one of our modules
  • Work with leading researchers in the field from the DARE Collaborative (external website)

Who is this programme for?

This programme is designed to equip educators with the skills and knowledge to use digital media in their work, and to provide media practitioners with the theoretical basis to apply their skills to formal and informal education settings including cultural, charity or social enterprise sectors. It will also enrich the subject knowledge of teachers of media studies at all levels.

Our programme draws students from across the world and provides the opportunity to explore digital media and culture from a variety of perspectives.

Entry requirements

A good first degree in a relevant subject.

How are you assessed?

By coursework assignments of up to 5,000 words, plus practical work for some modules, and a 20,000-word dissertation or 10,000-word report.


Mixed mode, including full day, face-to-face residential workshops at the UCL Institute of Education (IOE) and British Film Institute of two to three days per module, supported by online learning.

Where do our students go?

Graduates of this masters degree are currently working as:

  • teachers in primary and secondary schools and further and higher education
  • journalists, new media producers, film and TV producers
  • museum and gallery education officers
  • PR and marketing managers
  • undertaking doctoral studies

Visa Information

This programme is suitable for international students on a Tier 4 visa - study must be full-time, face-to-face, starting October or January

For more information about visas please see our guide to visas for study (pdf, 0.32mb). You can also contact (by email) the international support team for advice.

More Information

See a selection of student work from the programme's modules:

Also take a look at examples of research projects undertaken by our staff:

  • Playing Beowulf – transforming the poem into a digital game experience for literature students, curators and library visitors
  • Shoot Smart – developing an evaluation and research framework into using tablet devices as a means of movie production over more traditional equipment
  • Alternative Futures: Disability and Community – engaging with critical disability studies literature to explore community, affiliation, marginalisation and disenfranchisement.


Core modules

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