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Digital Futures MA

Professionals who can spot and capitalise on current and future digital trends in culture and society are in high demand globally. Our fully online MA nurtures the creativity and critical thinking needed to do just that.

Key information

Study mode:

100% online


2 years, part time

Applications open:

14 March 2024

Application deadline:

23 August 2024

Next start date:

23 September 2024


January and September

Tuition fees:

£17,223 *

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

Digital solutions increasingly impact our daily activities, driving not just the economy, but also society more generally. This means digital knowledge and understanding is ever more important. Businesses and organisations need individuals who can imagine and deliver impactful digital solutions that meet user needs, add value, and enhance our lives.

This Digital Futures MA teaches you about digital trends within different industries and sectors, including cultural, creative and media, and gaming. You’ll also focus on today’s most pressing topics, including health and wellbeing, activism, politics and ecology. Covering the latest digital developments, from AI to smart cities, you’ll be challenged to analyse important issues that arise around profitability, sustainability, and ethics.

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Why choose this online MA?

Specialist modules

Focus on emerging technologies like artificial intelligence, or delve into digital marketing practices around the world.

Cutting-edge insight

Explore ways in which technology can improve our lives, addressing real human and social challenges, limitations and risks.

See technology through a human lens

Harnessing the power of digital is more than understanding big data. This MA considers the impact from various cultural, economic and social perspectives.

Networking opportunities

Our departments engage widely with other universities, libraries and industries. Partners include the BBC, Royal Opera House and Tate Modern.

What you'll study

Forward-thinking, this MA aims to equip you with skills that will enhance your digital and professional knowledge.

It will prepare you to lead digital developments with an understanding of key drivers, changes, and opportunities across the digital landscape.

Course content covers digital innovation, technologies like AI, digital media, creativity, sustainability, ethics, communication, and social media across different industries.

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Module overview

This online Digital Futures MA comprises seven modules; two 30-credit core modules, one 60-credit Research Dissertation, and four 15-credit specialist modules (180 credits in total). 

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

Core modules:

Specialist modules:

Meet the joint Programme Directors

Dr Giota Alevizou, Programme Director for the MA Digital Futures from King's College London

Dr Giota Alevizou

Lecturer in Digital Humanities and Cultures

Giota has 15+ years of experience investigating the impact of technology on paradigms and methodologies, particularly in artificial intelligence and collective action. Her research spans global informational assemblages to digital activism, focusing on civic cultures and 'smart' cities.

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Dr Rob Gallagher, Programme Director for the MA Digital Futures from King's College London

Dr Rob Gallagher

Lecturer in Games and Immersive Media

Rob has had past roles at Concordia University, Royal Holloway, the University of East Anglia, and Manchester Metropolitan University, bringing extensive experience in research and teaching. He investigates how various digital mediums, such as videogames, memes, and ASMR videos, facilitate artistic, personal, and political expression. 

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How you’re assessed 

Assessments are designed to test your knowledge, understanding and critical awareness of the topics discussed during the course. They also assess your ability to analyse and apply specialist knowledge to practice. The assessment methods may vary between modules. They’re likely to include one or more of the following: 

Group projects

Written coursework
(essays and reports)


Entry requirements

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Career options in Digital Futures

As digital technologies transform the world around us, it’s becoming increasingly clear that hard tech skills alone are simply not enough to lead a successful digital future. The future of digital development doesn’t just lie in coding and website building. For the most part, it lies in human-centric digital skills like critical thinking, sustainable approaches, emotional intelligence, creativity and teamwork.

From research conducted by AND Digital to initiatives spearheaded by UNESCO, evidence of a human-centric digital skill-gap is everywhere – and this degree is designed to help you fill it.

You may be seeking senior management or strategic roles or looking to pursue specialist digital roles, such as digital strategy, communications, policy and advocacy. It could lead to careers in research, consultancy, policymaking, civil society, the cultural heritage industries or within the media and creative industries, in publishing houses or digital media/marketing companies.

With a keen eye for key changes and opportunities and a unique position at the forefront of digital innovation, here are just a few of the job roles you could pursue as a graduate of this course:

  • Digital Innovation Manager
  • Digital Ethics and Sustainability Consultant
  • Digital Media and Content Strategist
  • Digital Marketing Manager
  • Cultural and Digital Heritage Consultant
  • Digital Communications Specialist

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