Digital Media Design, M.Sc.

The online M.Sc. in Digital Media Design at The University of Edinburgh teaches you how to develop design projects for video games, animation movies, social media or e-commerce. The Master’s programme includes courses of interactive visual design, sound design, or digital playgrounds. Test your ideas in individual and team projects using creative facilities like mixing desks and radio studios.

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What you will study

Over the course of the programme, you will have the opportunity to develop design projects in animation, interaction, video and mobile games, the web and social media, e-commerce and entrepreneurship, media installations, performance and more.

You don’t have to be a designer: if you aspire to design, manage, develop software, teach or research in or around the creative industries, this programme could be for you.

Alternatively, you may have studied sound or music technology at university, been working in sound professionally or been experimenting with sound as a composer, sound artist or engineer and be looking for a way to develop your voice.

As well as offering a full MSc programme, there are other options. You could work towards a postgraduate certificate or a postgraduate diploma. Alternatively, for greatest flexibility, you can select individual courses as part of your professional development. Students taking courses as individual CPD elements may transfer these credits to degree registration at a later time. Whichever approach you choose, our programme is designed to fit in around your ongoing work or family commitments.

Career opportunities

The prospects for employment are diverse. Recent graduates from the closely allied on-campus programme in Design and Digital Media are now working in multimedia and web design for architectural and urban design practices, advertising, computer system design and management, and tertiary level teaching. The Digital Media Design programme at University of Edinburgh is also ideal if you are considering continuing on to advanced research at a doctoral level.

Programme Structure

  • Media and Culture
  • Introductions to Digital Design
  • Interactive Visual Design
  • 3D and Animated Design
  • Sound Design Media
For more information please visit the programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application.
  • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Study intensity Part-time, Full-time
    • Duration part-time 24 months

      up to 6 years

  • Credits
    180 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online
    • Time flexibility
      Fully structured
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions)
  • More information Go To The Course Website

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    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 B2): 176

    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: 92

    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

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

A UK 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent. The subject discipline is not as important as aptitude and commitment to study in this area.

We may also consider your application if you have equivalent professional experience (especially continuing professional development); please contact us to check before you apply.

Getting a Student Visa

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

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 10800 International
  • GBP 10800 EU/EEA

Funding

The University offers several scholarships specifically for online, part-time postgraduate programmes.


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