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MA Big Data in Culture & Society

 Course Level
Masters / PG
Full Time

1 Year
 Start month

 Tuition fee

21750 GBP
9000 GBP
9000 GBP

Application fee

International 40 GBP
National 40 GBP
Department of Digital Humanities
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)100

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About this course

Our Big Data in Culture & Society MA recognises the growing importance of Big Data in contemporary society and addresses the theory and practice of Big Data from an arts and humanities perspective.  

What is Big Data? Beyond the unprecedentedly large data sets that can be analysed to reveal patterns, trends, and associations, it is increasingly about our everyday lives. In short, it is about how the data we generate is transforming social, cultural, political and economic processes as well as the generation of knowledge.

This course is likely to appeal to a broad range of students across the Arts and Humanities from Sociology to Political Science to English to Business and beyond. It will attract forward-thinking students interested in emerging trends who recognise that data scientists and analysts require collaborators with domain specialisation and critical insights.


  • Taught by scholars working at the leading edge of digital studies and big data
  • Offers a lively mix of theory and practical work
  • Equips students with skills that are highly attractive to employers in our digital age
  • Provides a series of workshops with data scientists and analysts to learn collaborative practices and applications in social media and cultural analytics, mobile platforms, and data visualization
  • Is at the forefront of digital developments - Big Data is transforming society, politics, the economy and culture and impacting work
  • Offers innovative interdisciplinary methods of study crossing technological and cultural perspectives
  • Links Big Data to Culture, Law & Ethics, Geography, Public Health, and Social Life
  • Located in a highly ranked department  - the Digital Humanities department was ranked first in the UK for research power (2014 Research Excellence Framework)

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Eligibility Criteria

Bachelor's degree with 2:1 honours (or overseas equivalent) in an English, Arts, Humanities or Social Science degree, or a related discipline.

English language requirements:

IELTS: 7.0


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Course Modules

Teaching and learning will be provided through a variety of lectures, small group seminars, interdisciplinary workshops and independent reading.

Required Modules

  • Theorising Big Data
  • Big Data in Practice: Co-laboratories, Tools and Methods
  • From Data to Insight – Cultural and Social Analytics
  • Big Data and the Law: Foundations, Regimes and Principles, Challenges    
  • Dissertation 

Optional Modules

Here is an indicative sample of optional modules that were available in 2015.

Please note that these are subject to change for 2016 entry and will be updated in due course.

  • Digital Arts and Culture
  • Editorial models for Digital Texts: Theory and Practice
  • Web Technologies
  • Digital Publishing
  • Structured Data in the Digital Humanities: databases and semantic web
  • Communication and Consumption of Cultural Heritage
  • Material Culture of the Book
  • Applied Visualisation for Cultural Heritage
  • Open Source, Open Access, Open Culture
  • Ontologies of Digital Media
  • Social Media: Protest and Political Campaigning
  • From Information to Knowledge – Metadata and Systems for digital assets and media
  • Management for Digital Content Industries
  • Digital Media, Digital Marketing
  • Curating and Preserving Digital Culture
  • Crowds and Clouds – Digital Ecosystems
  • Internship

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How to Apply

Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King's online application portal and a non-refundable application fee of £40 applies.

Your application will be assessed by academics in the Department of Digital Humanities.

Personal statement and supporting information

Please submit a personal statement detailing your reasons for applying for the programme and what you would hope to gain from studying the MA.

Application closing date

The deadline for applications is 02 September for 2016 entry. Note that funding deadlines may be earlier. Applications will be considered subject to availability of places, so we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. International applications must be received by 29 July to allow sufficient time for visa processing.

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