The MSc Social Media and Interactive Technologies provides an interdisciplinary understanding of social media and digital technologies based upon a concern with social inequalities and a emphasis on conceptual approaches to understanding social computing.
The programme will provide:
The course is designed to provide an invigorating mix of social and technical skills, which are increasingly relevant for a wide range of situations. This includes an understanding of the key role of social media in society, and the ability to conceive of new interactive communications technologies. The course is therefore designed specifically to enable the student to develop skills that are increasingly demanded by business, academia and the voluntary sector.
The Programme structure consists of Modules (120 credits in total) taught in both the Department of Sociology and Department of Computer Science.
The programme includes the following modules:
The dissertation gives students the opportunity to apply the methodological, conceptual and analytic skills they have acquired throughout the taught components of the degree. It is expected that throughout the entire process the student will work under close supervision of an expert in the chosen area. The dissertation must be no less than 15,000 words in length.
Examples of previous projects include:
Applicants must have the minimum of a 2:1 degree or equivalent suitable experience. This should be within a social science, business and management studies or a computer science related discipline with a particular emphasis on either social informatics, information management or social aspects of computing.
However, it is also recognised that this course is likely to attract highly capable students from other backgrounds who wish to undertake rigorous social science training. In this case, high calibre applicants from non-social science disciplines will be considered for admission.
For applicants whose native language is not English, the Department sets an English language proficiency level of 7.0 in the British Council's IELTS test with at least IELTS 6.0 in writing. We do accept other English Language Tests. Information on these is available at http://www.york.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/english/ We also strongly recommend that applicants attend the University's Intensive Summer Courses organised by the EFL Unit.
Students who have successfully completed a recent undergraduate degree at a UK University are exempt from the English Language requirement.
The Department's admissions criterion is in accordance with the University of York's policies on equal opportunities.
If you wish to apply for an MSc in Social Media and Interactive Technologies you can apply online and send all your documentation electronically. It is possible to save your application half way through the process and come back to it at a later stage.
The fees are the standard rate tuition fees. Fees quoted are for one year of study only and are subject to increase in subsequent years. The University reserves the right to alter the level of fee. The latest information on tuition fees for postgraduate students is available on the Registry Services fees website.
Different methods of assessment are used throughout the course. They include:
Graduates completing the course will be equipped to play leading and professional roles related to the design and evaluation of interactive technologies in industry, commerce, academia and public service.
The degree is useful as preparation for PhD study in this expanding field.
Opportunities can also be explored in the fields of: