Digital Media & Information Studies MA

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Digital Media & Information Studies explores the creation, use and impact of digital content and information in the arts, humanities and society at large. It brings a human perspective to the issues of the digital age.

We are the only university to offer this innovative programme at undergraduate level in the UK and are CILIP accredited.

  • September start
  • Session dates
  • Digital Media & Information Studies MA (Hons): I150 4 year degree

What our students say

Students on campus

“My four years studying Digital Media & Information Studies has been the most rewarding period of my life and has equipped me with a wide variety of skills for the future. Constantly evolving as a subject, the course covers a diverse range of topics and often allows students to focus in on their particular areas of interest in order to improve. The atmosphere among students has always remained positive even at the most challenging points of study, and this is a credit to the approachable staff who create such a fulfilling environment in which to learn.”
Sam, 2018 senior Honours student

“Digital Media & Information Studies (DMIS) has been an eye-opening experience for me and one that I have thoroughly enjoyed these past three years. I am now in my final year and have been given the opportunity to help out as Lab Demonstrator for the classes I had taken in first year and it has really come to my attention how diverse and impactful the field is. My favourite part of DMIS is the opportunity for the student to be able to focus on their interests and craft their own set of skills through diverse courses. The lecturers and department are also one of the most supportive on campus, going out of their way to ensure that students have the best possible learning experience.”
David, 2018 senior Honours student

“The Digital Media & Information Studies (DMIS) staff have always been incredibly friendly and helpful, and after four years of studying DMIS the George Service House almost feels like home. DMIS offers a good balance of theory and practice which is what I like most about the subject. I especially enjoyed our last ever assignment: producing a multimedia website; which allowed me to choose the subject matter myself, and combine both my joint honours subjects. Doing my dissertation in DMIS was one of the best decisions I made at university. I had so much freedom with my research choices and felt my supervisor respected and supported the direction I chose. I will honestly be sad to leave but will take away so many great experiences.”
Kristyna, 2016 senior Honours student

Programme structure

Year 1

You will learn about the value and role of information in professional and social environments, through theory, practice and hands-on sessions with digital media technologies. You will discover how to maximise the potential of information for work and everyday life, through key information literacy skills.

Topics include:

  • digital media in cultural heritage
  • publishing information on the web
  • digitisation
  • information governance, security and legislation
  • database development
  • data analytics and visualisation
  • text analysis.

Year 2

Your second-year studies build on the foundations laid in the first year and introduce new concepts and applications including:

  • artificial intelligence
  • basics of 3D modelling
  • information systems
  • cyberspace
  • digital sound and video
  • digital curation and stewardship.

You will also study other subjects in years 1 and 2: see Flexible degrees.

Years 3 and 4

If you progress to Honours (years 3 and 4) you will gain a broader theoretical understanding along with a chance to study the creation, application and use of particular technologies in more detail.

You will choose from courses such as:

  • Enterprise, creative and citizenship online
  • Heritage cultural informatics
  • Multimedia analysis and design
  • 2D digitisation
  • Document encoding
  • Records, society and accountability
  • Music curation and analytics
  • History of ICT
  • Digital creativity
  • Books and new media
  • Introduction to digital humanities
  • Data analysis and visualisation

You will also complete a dissertation based on an original piece of research.

Programme alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.

Our international links

You can spend up to a year of your degree studying abroad, normally in the third year. Recent students have chosen to study in Canada, the United States, Australia and Hong Kong. See Study abroad.

Entry requirements

for entry in 2021

Applicants to subject-combinations with Psychology must meet the Psychology degree programme entry requirements.

Summary of entry requirements for Digital Media & Information Studies

SQA Higher Entry Requirements (by end of S6) 

  • AAAAA Higher or AAAA Higher+B Advanced Higher (BBBB S5 minimum for consideration)
  • Additional requirements: Higher English and a Higher Humanities subject.

SQA Higher Adjusted Entry Requirements* (by end of S6)

  • Additional requirements: Higher English and a Higher Humanities subject. Successful completion of Top-Up or one of our Summer Schools.

* See Access Glasgow for eligibility.

A-level Standard Entry Requirements

  • AAB – BBB
  • Additional requirements: one A-level Humanities subject.

IB Standard Entry Requirements

  • 36 (6,6,5 HL) – 32 (6,5,5 HL)
  • Additional requirements: HL English and HL Humanities subject. 

2021 Admissions Policy and further information about entry requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

English language requirements

Important information for entry in Autumn 2020 and January 2021

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*: 90; no sub-test less than: Reading: 20; Listening: 19; Speaking: 19; Writing: 23
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall: no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall: no sub-test less than 169
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
  • IGCSE: English as a First Language (0500/0522): C in Reading and Writing, plus 1 in Listening, 2 in Speaking, where applicable. All four components (listening, writing, speaking, reading) must be examined and detailed on results slip
  • IGCSE: English as a Second Language (0510/0511): A in Reading and Writing, plus A in Listening, 2/B in Speaking, where applicable. All four components (listening, writing, speaking, reading) must be examined and detailed on results slip
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests

* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students.

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit 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 School of Modern Languages and Cultures 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 External Relations

If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:

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 see School of Modern Languages and Cultures: English for Academic Study.

Career prospects

This degree 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, advertising, digital content management, human resources, research, journalism, digital marketing, music promotion, film production, academia, archives, museums, galleries and management consultancy.


Our Single Honours degree is professionally accredited by CILIP, the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals. 

Degrees and UCAS codes

When applying you will need to know the UCAS code for the subject or subject-combination that you wish to apply to:

MA (Hons)

Digital Media & Information Studies: I150 (4 years)
Digital Media & Information Studies/Archaeology: GV54 (4 years)
Digital Media & Information Studies/Business & Management: GN52 (4 years)
Digital Media & Information Studies/Celtic Civilisation: GQ5N (4 years)
Digital Media & Information Studies/Central & East European Studies: RG75 (4 years)
Digital Media & Information Studies/English Language & Linguistics: GQ5J (4 years)
Digital Media & Information Studies/English Literature: GQ5H (4 years)
Digital Media & Information Studies/Film & Television Studies: GP53 (4 years)
Digital Media & Information Studies/French: GR5C (5 years)
Digital Media & Information Studies/Geography: GL57 (4 years)
Digital Media & Information Studies/History of Art: GV5H (4 years)
Digital Media & Information Studies/Latin: P3Q5 (4 years)
Digital Media & Information Studies/Mathematics: GGM1 (4 years)
Digital Media & Information Studies/Music: GW5H (4 years)
Digital Media & Information Studies/Philosophy: GV55 (4 years)
Digital Media & Information Studies/Politics: GL52 (4 years)
Digital Media & Information Studies/Portuguese: 4K2W (5 years)
Digital Media & Information Studies/Psychology: GC5V (4 years)
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Applicants must meet the Psychology requirements
Digital Media & Information Studies/Social & Public Policy: GL54 (4 years)
Digital Media & Information Studies/Sociology: GL56 (4 years)
Digital Media & Information Studies/Spanish: P3R4 (5 years)
Digital Media & Information Studies/Theatre Studies: GW5K (4 years)
Digital Media & Information Studies/Theology & Religious Studies: GV5P (4 years)

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

How and when you pay tuition fees depends on where you’re from: see Tuition fees for details.


The University is committed to supporting students and rewarding academic excellence. That's why we've invested more than £1m in additional scholarship funding in recent years.

RUK Access Bursary 2020 Entry

The bursary supports talented students who might not be able to take a place at University for reasons of financial hardship. It is available to new entrant full-time, undergraduate students of the University of Glasgow who are fully registered for Session 2020/21, as being domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and paying annual tuition fees of £9,250 per annum.

RUK Excellence Scholarship 2020

The RUK Excellence Scholarship of £1,000 for each year of study will be awarded to first degree entrants who have attained AAA or better in one sitting at A Level (or equivalent). 

James McCune Smith Scholarship

The University of Glasgow has 30 undergraduate scholarships available for students Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) students. The scholarship supports students who could face financial difficulties taking up their place to study at the University. The value of the scholarship is £2,000, paid in instalments for the first year of undergraduate study. The scholarship is open to new applicants to the University. Current students who have previously been in receipt of the award may reapply, however, preference will be given to applicants entering their first year of study.

Beaconhouse Schools

The University of Glasgow offer a 15% discount on the first year of tuition fee to students from Beaconhouse Schools and who enrol on an undergraduate programme at the University of Glasgow. The discount does not apply to Veterinary Medicine, Medicine and Dentistry programmes.

Undergraduate Talent Scholarships

The University of Glasgow awards c.50 undergraduate Talent Scholarships each academic year to support students who could face financial difficulties in taking up their place to study at the University. The value of each scholarship is typically £1,500 p.a. for each year of the degree programme, subject to satisfactory progress. Talent Scholarships are available to students entering any of the University's Colleges.

Dental School students are eligible for a Talent Scholarship in their first year of study only. They are eligible for the NHS Dental Student Support Grant in the following years.

Humanitarian Scholarships

The University of Glasgow is offering four scholarships (one per college) for applicants to the University who are staying in the UK on humanitarian grounds and are facing challenges in progressing onto Higher Education. The scholarship is open to prospective undergraduate and postgraduate taught students of the University of Glasgow applying for entry in 2021/22. The scholarship meets the full cost of tuition fees for the duration of your programme as well providing an additional £5,000 per year stipend, if the eligibility criteria for university accommodation is met this will also be provided for the duration of your degree. For more information on the accommodation criteria, please see the Accommodation Services section on the website.

We are also offering eight scholarships to students who hold refugee status. This scholarship is awarded as a £2,500 stipend towards study costs, per year of study.

The scholarships above are specific to this programme. For more funding opportunities search the scholarships database

How to apply


Full-time students must apply through the Universities & Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). 

International students to Arts, Engineering, Law, Nursing, Science, and Social Sciences can also apply using The Common Application: however, if applying to more than one UK university, we recommend using UCAS. Applications to Dentistry, Education, Medicine, and Veterinary Medicine must be made through UCAS.

Application deadlines

  • 15 October: if including Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or also applying to Oxford or Cambridge
  • 15 January: all other UK/EU applicants (unless otherwise stated on the UCAS website)
  • 30 June: international (non-EU) students

We do not usually accept any applications after these deadlines.

It's your responsibility to ensure the accuracy of your application before submission. Requests to correct application content, change degree programme or change college of entry, will not be accepted after these deadlines. This policy is in place to ensure fairness and consistency to all applicants, and no exceptions will be made.

How to apply for Advanced Entry

Apply for year 2 (Y2) on your UCAS application. If the specific subject is unavailable for Advanced Entry or your application for year 2 entry is unsuccessful, you will be automatically considered for year 1 entry. You do not have to submit a separate UCAS application.

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