Digital Culture Studies

Digital Culture Studies

1 year English Starts end of August

Learn to analyze the impact of our digital culture on individuals, communities, and society as a whole. Digital technologies are an intrinsic feature of everyday life in today’s society. New modes of social interaction have emerged, involving intense activity on social media, the use of apps and information technology. Data gathering and algorithmic patterning influence our access to information, how we present ourselves, and how we see others. Digital Culture Studies is a track of the MA Culture Studies.

international students

(of all students who started in September, 2023)

of our alumni find a job within 6 months

National Alumni Survey, 2021 | n=11 (Culture Studies, all tracks)

different nationalities

Alumni report, 2021 | n=502 (Culture Studies, all tracks)

Program and courses

In this research-oriented track, you will critically examine existing research frameworks and develop new conceptual and analytical tools for studying emerging 21st century culture. The program addresses a wide range of topical and urgent issues, focusing on what is important now at this moment and on what might become relevant in the future.

  • Research concrete digital-cultural practices from within a broad interdisciplinary social-theoretical field and with an outspoken empirical emphasis.
  • Reflect on questions such as: 
    How do public figures weaponize discourse to provoke and manage controversy?
    How can the impact of digital media be understood using communication and culture theories?
    What is the social, cultural and political impact of the ideologies inscribed in digital platforms?
    What are the ways in which digital surveillance reproduces structures of power?
    How do digital technologies generate ways of knowing the world and ourselves?
    What are the social and cultural influences brought by the booming IT business and the everyday digital facilities?
  • Learn all about social, cultural and political transformation of contemporary societies and investigate the influence of digitalization on social life.
  • Turn academic content into publications that are accessible to a wider public through Diggit Magazine, both a learning instrument and an online news platform focusing on digital culture, globalization, and arts. Students develop online publishing skills (including content marketing and Search Engine Optimization), refine their writing skills and, at the same time, build a portfolio.

Digital Culture Studies is a track of MA Culture Studies.

Typical courses are:

  • Discourse Analysis and Digital Media 
  • Digital Media and Everyday Life
  • Digital Culture and Urgent Social Topics
  • Digital Futures

More on the program and courses

Facts and figures about this program

Students at their graduation ceremony

Career prospects

We will educate you to become a critical evaluator, competent analyst and innovative contributor in the field of digital culture, well equipped to contribute to further research on fundamental questions raised by the rapid innovations in the new online-offline nexus.

The knowledge of digital media, digital infrastructures and their impact on individuals and society, combined with critical and conceptual thinking skills, writing skills and online publishing skills, graduates are also perfectly suited for jobs such as: digitalization expert, communications specialist, journalist/columnist, web editor, (social) media manager, or policy advisor. 

Some of our graduates' jobs:

  • Media coordinator at Universidad de Monterrey
  • Community Support Officer at the Digital Society Institute - University of Twente
  • Researcher at DIMENSUS policy research
  • Jr. Content Manager at UNGA

Alumni facts

  • 81% of our alumni find a job within 6 months
  • Average time between graduation and first paid job is 3.4 months

Source: Alumni of Culture Studies (all tracks), National Alumni Survey, 2021 | n = 11

More on your career prospects

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Application and admission

This program starts:

End of August

Best preparatory programs:

Tilburg University's BA Online Culture: Art, Media and Society

A Bachelor's degree in the field of:

  • Cultural Studies
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Linguistics
  • Media Studies
  • Psychology
  • Communication Studies
  • Sociology
  • Anthropology
  • Political Science
  • Philosophy
  • History
  • Social Geography
  • The academic background of the students in our Master's program varies a lot. Students with a Bachelor's degree in a different subject area are also most welcome to apply.

Pre-Master's program:

Open to both Research University students and students of a Dutch University of Applied Sciences (HBO).

Tuition fees and scholarships

International students find all information about tuition fees and scholarships here.

Interested in the Master's program?

Check your eligibility

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More information on this Master's program

Create your own e-brochure with information on program content, admission requirements, career prospects, and student life in Tilburg. Throughout the year you can take part in various types of events: on-campus, abroad or online.

Interested in the Digital Culture Studies track?

Check your eligibility and the deadlines for application.