What will I learn?

Course summary

We live in an age where almost everything of what we do is connected to data. Big data and datafication - the increasing transformation of multiple aspects of everyday lives into digital data - pose great opportunities but also risks for contemporary societies. This new MA course addresses, explores and creatively utilises this transformation. We place an emphasis on current and future technologies and practices such as algorithms, artificial intelligence, big data, blockchain, data analytics and data mining, the Internet of Things, and others.

This multidisciplinary course brings together media / communication studies and computer science. It combines hands-on and applied approaches with theoretical learning and critical analysis. It will encourage collaboration, creative practice, group work and problem-based learning. You will apply tools and technologies to your own data challenges and projects, including from your existing professional or cultural, political, social and economic environments. The course also features optional modules from a range of disciplines across the University: Media and Communication Studies, Law, Computer Science, Politics and International Relations, Cultural Studies.

You will be introduced to the tools and approaches that can be used for collection, analysis, management and visualisation of data, as well as to the skills needed to critically think about the ethical, cultural, social and political implications of their practice.

The course combines technical skills, critical use and creative production. It directly addresses graduates who may wish to acquire a set of skills in relation to data analytics, processing and visualisation, while maintaining and furthering a critical mode of enquiry into practices and trends that shape individuals, organisations and societies today. It also speaks to graduates with technical backgrounds and work experience in data-related industries, who wish to develop a more critical and multidisciplinary understanding of the social, cultural, political and economic implications of data-driven societies today.

GRADUATE EMPLOYMENT

The substantial growth in the number of jobs related to the digital and data world will further the need for graduates able to combine creative, applied and theoretical, and critical data skills with an ever wider range of subject areas. Graduates from this programme will be fully capable and confident to combine these skills during their careers. Students who complete the Data, Culture and Society MA can work in a wide variety of sectors connected to data in different ways: media and creative industries, PR & advertising, consulting and think tanks, start-ups, research and development, regulation and policy, data and knowledge-based companies and organisations, data management. Possible roles that graduates can work in may include Digital Campaigning, Marketing Insights; Marketing Data Manager; Archivist; Social Data Analyst; Data Analyst; Data Specialist; Data Strategist, Investigative analyst; Project Manager, Data Policy Advisor; Customer Data Analyst.

The skills provided in this course also enable you to be fully prepared for further study opportunities such as MPhil, PhD or other modalities of research that could also lead to future paths within the academic world.

CAREERS AND EMPLOYABILITY SERVICE

Our Careers and Employability Service is here to support you to achieve your full potential.

With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we provide you with a variety of opportunities to work and develop new skills. As a University of Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.

Which department am I in?

University of Westminster

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£15,000.00 (15,48,725) per year
This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

27 September 2021

Venue

Harrow Campus

Watford Road,

Northwick Park,

HARROW,

HA1 3TP, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Four-year Bachelor's degree with a minimum GPA of 2.8+ from an accredited institution. Students applying for postgraduate courses requiring a UK Second Class Upper degree will need a GPA of 3.0 and those applying for a course requiring a UK First Class degree will need a GPA of 3.5. Students are not required to take GRE or GMAT exams. Postgraduate degrees – 6.5 overall with a minimum 5.5 in each component (some schools require a minimum of 6.0 in each).

For international students

You need a minimum of an upper second class honours degree (2:1) or a lower second class honours degree (2:2) and substantial relevant work experience. If your first language is not English you should have an IELTS 6.5 with 6.0 in writing and speaking, TOEFL (IBT) 88 overall with a minimum of 17 in Listening, 21 in Writing, 18 in Reading and 20 in Speaking.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • Kaplan International College (KIC) London
ADD TO MY FAVOURITES

About University of Westminster

Ranked 1st for international student diversity and among the top 15 most international universities in the world.

  • A thriving and modern university community in London
  • More than one million businesses within 20 miles
  • Works with over 7,000 employers for study & placements
  • Awards scholarships to students from over 50 countries