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Digital Economies MSc

Prepare for a digital future. Learn from world-leading academics at the forefront of research into digital innovation and the key drivers of change in today’s global economy.

Key information

Study mode:

100% online

Duration:

2 years, part time

Applications open:

14 March 2024

Application deadline:

23 August 2024

Next start date: 

23 September 2024

Intakes:

January and September

Tuition fees:

£23,160 *

These tuition fees may be subject to increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King's terms and conditions.

(funding options and instalments are available)

* Depending on your country of residence, you may also have to pay Goods and Services Tax (GST) in addition to your tuition fees. You can find further information on the King's Goods and Services tax page.

Course overview

This Digital Economies MSc is a multidisciplinary programme that examines how digital technology is shaping contemporary work, production, exchange, and collaboration.

You'll critically explore these aspects and address the big questions we face as a society. With your cohort, you’ll gain a holistic perspective of how digital technologies are transforming labour, markets, platforms, and institutions. You’ll also develop a comprehensive understanding of the tools we can harness to tackle the challenges presented by this transformation.

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Why choose this online MSc?


World-leading research

93% of our research was deemed ‘world-leading’ in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021.


Study from a unique perspective

Learn from one of the only programmes that focuses on a critical perspective on the digital economy.


Learn from an interdisciplinary curriculum

Our curriculum combines insights from economics, sociology, anthropology, and much more.


Join one of the largest departments of its kind

Our broad-ranging expertise is applied and critical, spanning political, entrepreneurial, and creative.

What you'll study

This Digital Economies MSc is designed to give you a solid understanding of how digital technologies are economically unique, how they transform businesses and economies, and how they impact broader contemporary society. You’ll learn about a variety of critical and theoretical approaches to the analysis of digital economies, and discover how this knowledge can help us understand the world around us. This transformation impacts the way we work, transact, and collaborate with each other. 

The focus of the course is on how to apply complex, multi-faceted theory to contemporary policy debates. The teaching draws on trending news, established and emerging theory, the latest research and best practice case studies. You’ll consider how digital innovation can increase revenue, cut costs, or improve the sharing and use of knowledge in organisations. You’ll also consider how digital technologies can help solve some of society’s greatest challenges. This could include:

  • reducing energy consumption 
  • pollution and waste in industrial production 
  • providing affordable transport and healthcare 
  • increasing access to essential services or information 
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How you'll learn

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Module overview

This online Digital Economies MSc course is comprised of seven modules, two 30-credit required modules, one 60-credit Research Dissertation, and four 15-credit optional modules (180 credits in total). The optional modules have been specifically designed to be studied in a non-linear order, with the order in which you’ll study the modules depending on when you begin the course.

All required modules on the course are compulsory and you must pass all your chosen modules to complete the award.

Required modules

You must take the following three required modules (120 credits):

Optional modules

You’re also required to choose four modules (60 credits) from the following optional modules: 

Meet the Programme Director

Nick Srnicek programme director for King's online MSc Digital Economies

Dr Nick Srnicek

A Canadian writer and academic, Nick is a Senior Lecturer in Digital Economy and the author of Platform Capitalism (Polity, 2016). His research focuses on the digital economy, monopolisation, AI, and anti-work politics.

He’s a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and is regularly invited to give public talks around the world. He’s spoken at Glastonbury, Tate Britain, and Centre Pompidou. He’s also been quoted in a variety of media including The New York Times, Financial Times, The Guardian, Der Spiegel, and Libération. 

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How you’re assessed 

Assessments are crafted to evaluate your knowledge, understanding, and critical awareness of course topics. They also assess your ability to analyse and apply specialist knowledge to practical situations. These assessment methods may vary between modules. They’re likely to include one or more of the following:


Group presentations


Written coursework
(essays and reports)


Online exams

Entry requirements

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Career options in Digital Economies

Between 6-12% of all vacancies posted online over the last 10 years in Belgium, Canada, France, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Singapore, Spain, the UK, and United States required digital skills. According to a report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), digital skills connected to business and sales are among the greatest in demand. This is especially the case for social media skills and data analytics.  

Our MSc in Digital Economies equips you with knowledge and skills in:   

  • digital business models 
  • ecosystem strategies 
  • social media management 
  • analytics
  • CRM management
  • digital advertising 
  • market research 
  • platform scaling and growth analysis

There is a growing demand for digital transformation managers who can lead and coordinate digital transformation initiatives within an organisation. As a result, our master’s course offers excellent preparation for such generalist, all-round roles.

This could include working for a wide range of private, public and third sector organisations. It could involve working in industries as diverse as health, transportation, services, or retail, and in digital businesses, start-ups, and creative companies. Alternatively, you may choose to specialise in areas such as digital marketing, analytics, or project management. 

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