Digital Media & Information Studies explores the creation, use and impact of digital content and information technology in the arts, humanities and society at large. It brings a human perspective to the issues of the digital age.
This programme is particularly suited to those interested in a career in the creative and cultural industries.
Initially you will be introduced to the value and importance of information within our society, through theoretical lectures and practical sessions, exploring and using a range of digital media technologies. You will discover how information becomes digital media and learn key skills for information literacy.
Topics covered include website development, databases, digitisation and electronic texts, and digital media in the cultural and heritage sector.
You will also study two other subjects of your choice in year 1: see Degrees in Arts, Science and Social Sciences.
Your second-year studies build on the foundations laid in the first year and introduce new concepts and applications including artificial intelligence, 3D modelling, cataloguing and metadata, cyberspace, digital sound and video, and digital preservation.
You will also study two other subjects in year 2: see Degrees in Arts, Science and Social Sciences.
Years 3 and 4
If you successfully complete the courses in first and second year, you may progress to Honours (years 3 and 4).
At Honours level, a broader theoretical understanding is provided along with an opportunity to study the creation, application and use of particular technologies in more detail, engaging your human perspective on the issues of the digital age.
You will have a variety of taught courses to choose from at Honours level including
- Enterprise, creativity and citizenship online
- Heritage cultural informatics
- Multimedia analysis and design
- 2D digitisation
- Document encoding
- Humanity and trans-humanity
- Records and evidence
- Archives, records and information management.
You will also complete a dissertation based on an original piece of research.
You can spend up to a year of your degree studying abroad, normally in the third year. We have formal exchanges with the University of Oulu in Finland and the University of Urbino in Italy. Recent students have also chosen to study in Canada, the United States, Australia and Hong Kong.
An Honours degree in Digital Media & Information Studies opens a range of careers and further study opportunities and helps you stand out in the crowded graduate jobs market.
Our graduates have pursued careers in
- multimedia design
- digital content management
- human resources
- computer forensics
- music promotion
- film production
- management consultancy.
Academic entry requirements
for entry in 2014
Highers: AAAA or AAABB (including English and a humanities subject or a language (including Gaelic) at grades A/B or B/A) in first sitting = unconditional offer.
Applicants who achieved AAAB or AABBB at their first sitting may receive a conditional offer dependent upon them attaining enough Highers and/or Advanced Highers to bring their total attainment to six or more Highers/Advanced Highers by the end of their second sitting. Please note that Advanced Highers in subjects where grades A or B have already been attained at Higher will not be double-counted. English and a humanities subject/language at grades A or B, if not attained at first sitting, will be required.
Additional offers, either conditional or unconditional, MAY be made to applicants who achieved AABB or ABBB at their first sitting. A decision re these applications will be made in March 2014 once all applications have been reviewed.
Higher applicants to Arts MA degrees must attain, or have attained, grades A/B or B/A at Higher in English Higher AND another humanities/language Higher subject at their first sitting to have their application considered. The accepted humanities/languages Higher subjects are listed below.
- Art & Design
- Business Management
- Chinese Language and Culture
- Classical Greek
- Classical studies
- English for Speakers of Other Languages
- Media Studies
- Modern Studies
- Personal and social education
- Religious Education
- Religious Moral and Philosophical Studies
A-levels: Applicants will receive an offer conditional on attaining AAB. Applicants who achieve AAB are guaranteed entry. Applicants who achieve grades less than AAB but higher than BBB will be considered for entry once all results have been received and reviewed in August 2014.
IB: A minimum of 34 points is required to be considered for an offer. Actual offers will specify subjects and grades to be attained at Higher Level.
English language requirements
For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):
- overall score 6.5
- no sub-test less than 6.0
- or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification (see below)
Common equivalent English language qualifications:
- ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 20
- CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): B minimum
- CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): C minimum
- PTE Academic (Person Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the Language Centre Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:
What do I do if...
my language qualifications are below the requirements?
The University's Language Centre offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.
my language qualifications are not listed here?
Please contact the Recruitment and International Office: Elaine.Shortt@glasgow.ac.uk
If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:
my academic qualifications are below the requirements?
Glasgow International College offers Foundation courses to upgrade your academic qualifications.
Visa requirements and proof of English language level
It is a visa requirement to provide information on your level of English based on an internationally recognised and secure English language test. All test reports must be no more than 2 years old. A list of these can be found on the UK Border Agency website. If you have never taken one of these tests before, you can get an initial idea of your level by using the Common European Framework self-assessment grid which gives you a level for each skill (e.g. listening B1/writing B2 etc.) However, please note that this is not a secure English language test and it is not sufficient evidence of your level of English for visa requirements.
For further information about English language, please contact the Language Centre.