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.
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).
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).
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
- Cambridge: CAE, CPE
Selection: Students are selected based on:
- 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.
Application Fee: SEK 900
Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 50000
Tuition fee, total: SEK 200000
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