Master, 2 år
Studieform: Undervisning ved lærestedet
Studietempo: Heltid

Informasjon er oppdatert av Universitetet i Stavanger

31. januar 2024.

Om studiet

Digital Society and Societal Transformations educates social scientists who understand how data and AI work, and how technology impacts democratic society. This program will not teach you coding - it will give you the analytical and critical tools to live and work in the digital society, and better understand how technologies shape society.

If you are looking for an interdisciplinary education that prepares you for working under digital transformations, then this is the right program for you.

Who is technology for? As we move towards a securing a more sustainable future, digitization represents challenges as well as opportunities. Society needs more interdisciplinary competences about how technologies affect political processes, social relations, identity, and sustainability. Digitization is not just a technical challenge that we need engineers to solve. We also need to people who understand how the digital impacts on our everyday lives.

  • Digital societies need social scientists: The program gives students insight into how artificial intelligence alter the conditions for life and work, how datafication is changing public administration, and how social media transform the way we communicate. Students will tackle key issues in sociology, political science, media studies and data science to understand how the challenges and opportunities of digitization affects society as a whole.
  • Interdisciplinary: Students will tackle key issues in sociology, political science, media studies and data science to understand how the challenges and opportunities of digitization affects society. The program prepares students for work in all sectors undergoing digital transformation, including in organization and management, civic and cultural sectors, public administration, and in media and communication.
  • Work placement: The program offers work placement in the third semester with municipalities and private companies undergoing in digitization processes in the region. UiS has several work placement agreements. The work placement increases your awareness of your role in relation to others in specific work environment.


Undervisning ved institusjonen


A Bachelor's degree with a specialization of at least 80 ECTS credits in one or more of the following subject areas or equivalent is required:

  • Social sciences
  • Political science
  • Media studies
  • Sociology
  • Psychology
  • Pedagogics
  • Anthropology
  • Law
  • Human and social geography
  • History
  • Hotel management
  • Hospitality
  • Administration
  • Economics

Professional bachelor degrees in the following areas qualify for admission: journalism, police, teacher education, and social care.

Admission to this master's programme requires a minimum grade average comparable to a Norwegian C (according to ECTS Standards) in your bachelor's degree.

Videre studier

The programme qualifies students to apply for a Ph.D. programme in social science.


Relevance for working life and/or further studies

The programme gives students the skills to work in public administration, the civil society sector, and the private industries. Their unique interdisciplinary skills are suitable for jobs tackling:

  • citizen services, user engagement, and inclusive democratic processes
  • regulatory compliance and business implementation of technology solutions
  • ethical technology procurement and digitalization for sustainability
  • digital rights, data protection and digital literacy
  • the responsible use of artificial intelligence
  • smart city datafication processes
  • policy development and analysis
  • business strategy, business models and monetisation of technology solutions
  • risk management and regulatory compliance
  • digital communication and social media strategies
  • data analysis and data research

Sectors where students will find relevant roles include:

  • in municipalities and other public sector organisations that service the public
  • in smart cities seeking to build and utilise digital infrastructures
  • at government ministries regulating and facilitating digitalisation and innovation processes in all sectors of society
  • in organisations and private enterprises where digital services are key to customer relations, product development and resource management
  • in the education sectors that seeking to strengthen digital literacy
  • in the health sector where patient care is transformed by automation and robotisation
  • in the media and cultural industries where information, heritage, and creativity is increasingly digitised


Gain a competitive advantage in the job market - study abroad!

UiS has exchange agreements with higher education institutions in the Northern region, Europe, and outside of Europe. There are many options and the choice is yours! You will find information on our webpages about where and when you can study.

There are many good reasons for completing part of your education abroad, and increased career possibilities is just one of them. In addition to standing out in the job market, you will also improve your language skills, develop your academic perspectives, and gain personal growth. There is no doubt that study abroad is a rich and unique life experience!

Application deadlines for exchange is 1st of September for the Spring term and 1st of February for the Fall term.

Read more on www.uis.no/en/outbound


Master i digitale samfunn og sosiale transformasjoner

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