Digital Media MSc
MSc Digital Media
Do you want to use and develop your expertise in creative digital tech, to find a career in a creative industry? Our MSc Digital Media degree course will give you the skills you need to get ahead of the competition – in fields such as computer game development, video and audio production, and animation.
On this course, you'll get to unpack the theoretical, practical and technical aspects of media production and tailor your studies to your personal strengths and future career plans.
You'll use the latest equipment, design your own project and receive the support of expert tech staff on your path to becoming an expert in digital technologies.
MSc Digital Media Master's degree entry requirements
Qualifications or experience
- A good honours degree in a relevant subject that demonstrates some experience and knowledge of computing and programming, or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications.
English language requirements
- English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.
If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
What you'll experience
On this Digital Media degree course, you'll:
- Get to grips with the latest software used by digital media professionals (including Dreamweaver, Flash, Photoshop, 3D Studio Max, Avid Media Composer, Cool Edit Pro, Adobe After Effects, Protools and Logic)
- Have access to our TV studios, motion capture facilities, computer and multimedia laboratories, music studio, photographic studio and print and production workshops to build and test your digital creations
- Work on client-based problems in order to develop your portfolio skills
- Be supported by expert staff at the top of their game
Careers and opportunities
From the internet and computer games, to mobile technologies and social media, digital consumerism continues to grow and develop, both in the UK and globally.
When you graduate from this course, your expertise in digital media production will place you in a strong position to explore a range of creative industry roles which incorporate the design and use of new media technologies.
What can you do with a Digital Media degree?
Career opportunities include:
- Computer game development
- Multimedia production
- Graphics and video editing
- Digital video film-making
- Web design
- Training applications development
- Digital design
What you'll study on this MSc Digital Media degree course
Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.
You need to study modules worth a total of 180 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 30 credits and 1 module worth 60 credits.
Due to changing circumstances as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we may need to make changes to courses to ensure your safety and to ensure compliance with Government guidelines. We'll provide you with as much notice as possible of any such changes. Your course leader will inform you of these. Changes may include things such as modules being taught in teaching block 2 instead of teaching block 1 and teaching activities occurring in smaller group sizes.
Modules currently being studied
- Professional, Academic and Research Development
- Masters Application of Creative Technologies
- Web Asset and Application Development
- Mobile Device Application Design and Programming
- Graphics Applications and Post-Production Effects
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry.
Work experience and career planning
We'll help you to identify opportunities that will complement your studies.
When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the international development field.
After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.
As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).
ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:
academicwriting notetaking timemanagement criticalthinking presentationskills referencing workingin groups revision, memory and exam techniques
Teaching on this course includes:
- laboratory sessions
- project work
How you'll spend your time
Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks:
- September to December – teaching block 1
- January to May (early February to May for some courses in 2020/21 only) – teaching block 2
How you're assessed
Assessment is 100% coursework based, through a combination of individual and group projects.
Tuition fees (2021 start)
- UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £7,950
- EU students – Awaiting confirmation
- International students – £16,300
- UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £2,650 per year (subject to annual increase)
- EU students – Awaiting confirmation
- International students – £5,430 per year (subject to annual increase)
Additional course costs
These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.
Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.
You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.
You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.
Sundry materials and memory sticks may be required costing around £50 - £100 each year.
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.
If you choose to complete a project not supported by existing University resources, you may wish to purchase additional materials or software. These costs will depend on the nature of the project. Also, if the project involves working with an external client, you may have to pay travel costs for attending occasional development meetings. These may be in the region £50 - £100.
If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply directly to us (above) or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region. To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.
If you don’t meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
Admissions terms and conditions
When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.