Digital Methods for Research and Practice (897P4)

30 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

This module will be taken by all students on the Digital Media MA during the Spring term. The module will be compulsory for all students on the MA in Digital Media.

The module enables you to explore at an advanced level a number of principal theories and digital methods within a digital studies approach to Digital Media, and to consider how these shape the ways we might think about and research particular media, data and issues (some examples might include: digital methods, political economy of digital media, topic modelling, discourse analysis, etc.).

The module aims to develop a systematic and critical understanding of the practical, epistemological and ethical issues involved in conducting different kinds of digital media research, particularly with reference to Digital Methods. It also aims to make students methodologically self-conscious in their own research and written work and prepare them for the dissertation, software project and placement. 


33%: Lecture
67%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 30 hours of contact time and about 270 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.