msc digital media male student at terminals
Mode of Study
Part-time, Full-time
1 year full-time, 3 years part-time
Start Date
September 2023


Do you want to use and develop your expertise in creative digital technology 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 web application development, mobile application development, interactive design and animation and video/audio production.

On this course, you'll get to unpack the theoretical, practical and technical aspects of designing, coding and media production and tailor your studies to your personal strengths and future career plans. You’ll also sharpen your skills in various aspects of creative digital technology, including web designing, web programming, mobile application designing, mobile application programming, 3D animation, filming and editing.

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 media technologies.

Entry requirements​

We'll confirm entry requirements for this course in autumn 2022.

What you'll experience

On this Digital Media degree course, you'll:

  • Get to grips with the latest coding practice and software used by professionals
  • 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 web-based and mobile applications, to animation, video production 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 technologies will place you in a strong position to explore a range of creative industry roles that incorporate the design and use of new media technologies.

Jobs you can get with a Digital Media degree

Many jobs and areas you can go into include:

  • Web Application Developer
  • Mobile Application Developer
  • Video Production
  • Graphics designer
  • Front end developer
  • Back end developer
  • Project Manager for Digital technologies
  • Animator

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.

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.

Modules (indicative)

Core and optional modules
Core modules
  • Professional, Academic and Research Development (30 credits)
  • Masters Application of Creative Technologies (60 credits)
  • Web Asset and Application Development (60 credits)
Optional modules
  • Mobile Device Application Design and Programming (30 credits)
  • Graphics Applications and Post-Production Effects (30 credits)

Changes to course content

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 and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn't run, we'll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Learning support

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:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques


Teaching on this course includes:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • laboratory sessions
  • project work

How you'll spend your time

Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks:

  • September/October to December/January – teaching block 1
  • January/February to May – teaching block 2

How you're assessed

Assessment is 100% coursework based, through a combination of individual and group projects.

​Course costs and funding

Tuition fees

Note these fees are based on courses starting in 2022. We'll confirm 2023 fees here in autumn 2022.

  • UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £8,100
  • EU students – £8,100 (including Transition Scholarship)
  • International students – £17,000
  • UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £2,700 per year (subject to annual increase)
  • EU students – £2,700 per year (including Transition Scholarship – subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £5,670 per year (subject to annual increase)

Funding your studies

Find out how to fund your studies, including the scholarships and bursaries you could get. You can also find more about tuition fees and living costs, including what your tuition fees cover.

Applying from outside the UK? Find out about funding options for international students.

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. 

Additional costs

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.


You can apply for this course from autumn 2022.

In the meantime, you can sign up to an Open Evening and read our guide on applying for a postgraduate course.

International students

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.