Making Use of Digital Research (Online Distance Learning), Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    725
    Tuition (Module)
    725
    Tuition (Module)
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language
Online
This Postgraduate Certificate is aimed at commissioners, coordinators and users of digital research in business, policy-making and the third sector, including digital marketing and analytical services officers.

About

The PGCert comprises a suite of courses that together provide the critical understanding and skills needed to make best use of digital research findings, with a particular focus on social media research, web 2.0 data and their synergies with publicly available ‘open’ administrative datasets. These skills include:

  • understanding the production and consumption of automatic measures of user/citizen/customer feedback online
  • making best use of evidence from digital data analysis to inform business and policy decision-making
  • organising interdisciplinary strategies for digital research groups
  • identifying and accessing relevant expertise to undertake digital research for business and policy
  • anticipating future evolution and potential use of the digital research service market

Based on the latest research into the social and economic influences on how digital research is being developed and used, this PGCert is designed both for novices and for more experienced professionals who need to maintain a critical appreciation of the fast moving field of digital research.

Programme Structure

The programme is designed as a carefully thought-through progression from practical skills to a more critical understanding, through a comprehensive overview of available applications of digital research.

Courses:

  • Managing Digital Influence
  • Technologies of Civic Participation
  • Understanding Data Visualization
  • The Use and Evolution of Digital Data Analysis and Collection Tools
  • The Social Shaping of Digital Research
  • Engaging with Digital Research

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Part-time
    • Duration part-time 24
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 7

    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.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade C): 185

    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score: 100

    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

Normally a minimum of a 2:1 honours degree or equivalent in social sciences.

Given the applied nature of the programme, professional experience may compensate for lower than normal academic entry requirements subject to the decision of the programme director.

Applicants with a degree in business studies or political sciences may be accepted, subject to appraisal by the programme director and the completion of recommended pre-session reading.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You don’t need a visa to study in this programme.

Tuition Fee Per Module

  • GBP 725 International
  • GBP 725 EU/EEA

  • per 10 credits: £725

Funding

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.