• Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition Fee
    10405 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
    Tuition fee
  • English
The Social Sciences - Digital Media and Society programmeat Uppsala University offers students the advanced tools to understand and analyse how contemporary media are shaping and being shaped by - the economy, politics, culture and organisations in society.


Contemporary digital media such as the Internet, the mobile phone, the computer and social media (Wikipedia, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, etc.) shape our everyday lives, working lives, economy, politics and culture.

The goal of this programme is to introduce and develop a critical and reflective perspective on the role of digital media in society. The programme focuses on the economic, political, cultural and organisational impacts of digital media.

The Social Sciences - Digital Media and Society programme is offered at Uppsala University.

The Master’s programme provides students with an advanced level of knowledge and skills in the empirical research methods, theories and ethical reasoning that are important for investigating and analysing digital media in working life and organisations.

The programme also offers a solid foundation and preparation for doctoral research in the area of digital media and society. While not a practical programme, it does offer advanced knowledge that prepares the student for a career as a digital media professional. It teaches creative and critical thinking capacities that are needed by students in their future careers and for becoming individuals who seek to contribute to shaping and creating a good society.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Digital Media, Culture and Society
  • Digital Media and Organisation
  • Global Perspectives on Social Change and Digital Media
  • Digital Media, Participation and Agency
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Philosophy of Science and Methodology
  • Social Science Methods and Research Design

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

  • A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university.
Also required is:
  • 90 credits within the social sciences or a similar field of study; and
  • documented written independent academic work (i.e. one or several academic essays or papers).
  • All applicants need to verify English language proficiency.

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).

Tuition Fee

  • International

    10405 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 20810 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • Application Fee:SEK 900
  • Tuition fee, first semester:SEK 50000
  • Tuition fee, total:SEK 200000

Living costs for Uppsala

6,573 - 6,670 /month
Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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