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Digital Culture, Master's, 2 years

In Digital Culture we look at how we control and choose technology that will benefit society. We train professionals who can use technology creatively and can analyse the effects of technological change.
  • Years2 years
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Tuition feeNone

Every day, we are influenced by technology. But technology can also be influenced by us. To understand what we need and want from new technology, we must understand technology in a broader context.

Current research includes 

  • Electronic literature and digital art
  • Machine vision and its cultural effects
  • Digital humanities
  • Practice-based research into new narrative forms

Studying Digital Culture will enable you to critically reflect on tech culture and the history of technology in addition to giving you hands-on experience in web design and creative web projects. Current master’s topics include e-books, selfies, games and learning and digital poetry.

Our alumni work in diverse fields such as journalism, web design, teaching, innovation, art, culture and programming.

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Career

Our alumni are currently employed in diverse fields such as 

  • technology journalism
  • web design, teaching
  • administration and development of corporate information systems
  • innovation in the mobile services industry
  • art
  • culture 
  • programming

In this time of rapid technological change we don’t just need people who can program our computers, we also need people who understand the impact of technology and the ways in which digital technologies can be used to improve our society. Digital Culture trains professionals who can use technology creatively and can analyse the effects of technological change. 

Having a humanities-based understanding of digital culture that includes historical, aesthetic and ethical perspectives as well as practical experience with digital methods equips them to make decisions about how to design and implement new technologies in their fields.

72 % of alumni with a degree from the Faculty of Humanities say that they have found relevant work within two years of graduating.  

A master’s degree is a qualification for continued research, for instance by pursuing a PhD in Digital Culture and for teaching.

Structure

As a master’s student in Digital Culture you will spend your first year doing coursework (60 ECTS) and your second year working on your master’s thesis (60 ECTS). 

Your schedule could be as follows:

First semester: 

  • DIKULT302 Key Theories of Digital Culture (15 ECTS, compulsory)
  • DIKULT303 Digital Media Aesthetics (15 ECTS)

Second semester: 

  • DIKULT301 Methods and Project Development in Digital Culture (15 ECTS, compulsory)
  • Either DIKULT 304 Seminar Topics in Digital Culture (15 ECTS) (or DIKULT207 / DIKULT208)

Third and fourth semesters: 

  • Independent work on your master's thesis, including meetings with your supervisor and an option of writing groups with other students.

Your thesis will be the result of independent research (of between 70-110 pages) in the field of Digital Culture. The thesis can combine theoretical, methodological and practical technological approaches to the subject. You choose the topic for your thesis in cooperation with your supervisor.

You can substitute relevant courses from other departments if they are approved by your supervisor. 

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Student life

Social environment

Digital Culture belongs to The Department of Linguistic, Literary and Aesthetic Studies, which is situated in the Humanities building on campus in the centre of Bergen. Here, you will get your own desk, and work side by side with other master’s students. You will be integrated in a vibrant and international environment and enjoy an informal relationship with students and staff.

If you are interested in having a say in the development of the study programme, you can act as student representative in the programme committee for Digital Culture, or you can arrange social and academic gatherings as part of the student council for Digital Culture.

Work load

In a typical week, you will attend lectures once or twice, and spend the rest of your time on self-directed study. All classroom activities and assigned work is usually compulsory. There are also seminars and individual supervision. Our teaching is research-based. This means that methods, themes and topics that we teach are picked from relevant and new research at the department.

You will also do quite a lot of independent reading and research. However, you will always have your fellow students and your supervisor to talk to when you feel stuck or need input.

Master’s thesis

You will spend the second year of the programme writing your thesis (worth 60 ECTS). You choose the topic for your thesis in cooperation with your supervisor, and you will receive individual guidance during the research and writing process.

What will you learn?

Digital Culture is a rapidly developing field that is characterised by methodological pluralism. Methods used include algorithmic methods used in coding, historical methods, textual analysis and interpretative methods, statistical methods and qualitative data.

With a master's degree in Digital Culture

  • you will have in-depth knowledge of a central theme within Digital culture 
  • you will have knowledge and experience of academic argumentation, discussion and presentation and know how to produce academic texts on an advanced level. 
  • you will be able to use methods and analytical tools necessary to complete an independent research project within your chosen area

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Study period abroad

You can spend one semester as an exchange student. We particularly recommend a stay at one of our partner institusions in the Nordplus Nordic Digital Culture Network

You can also go to one of our other recommended partner institutions in Hong Kong, Canada, France, Germany, Spain, Finland, Sweden or Denmark.

Practical information

Degree:
Master of Philosophy in Digital Culture
ECTS credits:
120
Study start:
Autumn

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How to apply

Follow the guidelines on how to apply depending on which applicant group you belong to.

More information

Phone 
+47 55 58 24 00