Master in Digital Society

Education objectives

This program will provide students with diverse training with rigorous and up-to-date multidisciplinary knowledge on the digital society and culture and will provide the skills necessary to assess and manage the social, cultural and communication dimensions of the digital practice. In particular:


To master the literature on the digital society and culture, including a set of key terms both in absolute terms and applied to the area of the course.
Ability to research, analyze and interpret scientific production on digital society in an autonomous way.

  • To understand the reciprocal relationships between technological, social, cultural and political contexts in the history of digital transformation.

  • Ability to evaluate and critically analyze the impacts of digital transformation on today''s society at its different levels and spheres.

  • Ability to apply acquired knowledge and skills in new environments and contexts.

  • Ability to conceive, design and monitor social, cultural and outreach initiatives implemented in digital environments, both in public and business organizations and aimed at different audiences.

  • Ability to research, write and present an original scientific work, embodied in the final dissertation.

Career opportunities

This master will provide a broad understanding of the ethical and practical complexities of the digital society, to dialogue with the various stakeholders and actors - from organizations to audiences, that is, from producers to consumers - and to facilitate transparent, secure and democratic implementation of sociotechnical systems.

Skills developed within this master programme are crucial in various professional areas, such as marketing, communications and public relations, design and management of digital strategies in companies and public institutions, information management in online communities, digital journalism, curation and digital management of art and heritage, teaching and education, digital policy (municipalities and government institutions) and legislation on security and privacy.

General characterization

DGES code



Master (2nd Cycle)



Access to other programs

Access to a 3rd cycle


Maria Paula Pires dos Santos Diogo

Opening date





Portuguese students: 1250 €/year

Foreign students: 7000 €/year



Teaching language

Available soon

Degree pre-requisites

Duration: 2 years

Credits: 120 ECTS

Scientific Area Acronym ECTS
Mandatory Optional
Applied Social Sciences CSA 102 0
Informatics I 6 0

Environmental Sciences and Engineering

CEA 6 0

Any Scientific Area

QAC 0 6
TOTAL 114 6

Conditions of admittance

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Evaluation rules

The evaluation of all UCs is continuous for all the components that integrate it, and it must be completed by the last day of the school term of the academic semester.

The continuous evaluation of a UC must include a minimum of three elements in the set of evaluation components, on dates adequately spaced throughout the period of classes.

All UCs with a theoretical-practical evaluation component must provide, in addition, a form of evaluation of this component by exam, to be carried out after the period of classes (Examination of Appeal).

All requirements and conditions related to the evaluation of the UC, namely the minimum weights and classifications, if any, of each component, as well as the Frequency conditions, are defined a priori and, mandatorily, published in the Discipline Form.

For each UC, combinations of three evaluation components are allowed: (i) Theoretical-practical evaluation; (ii) Laboratory or project evaluation; (iii) Summative assessment.

The final Dissertation (or Project) involves a public discussion with a Jury.

Regulamento de Avaliação de Conhecimentos (Licenciaturas, Mestrados Integrados e Mestrados.)


1.º Semester
Code Name ECTS
12754 Science Communication 3.0
12752 Knowledge Construction and Social Practices 6.0
12753 Digital Information Sources 6.0
12751 Informatics for Science, Technology, and Society 6.0
12750 Digital Society: Problems and Concepts 6.0
1.º Semester - Unidade Curricular do Bloco Livre
Code Name ECTS
12766 Unrestricted Electives 3.0
O aluno deverá obter 3.0 créditos nesta opção.
2.º Semester
Code Name ECTS
12758 Digital Entertainment 6.0
12757 Methodologies and Data Analysis 6.0
12759 Politics in Digital Society 6.0
12756 ICT Revolutions: Continuities and Changes 6.0
12755 Sociology of Communication 3.0
2.º Semester - Unidade Curricular do Bloco Livre
Code Name ECTS
12766 Unrestricted Electives 3.0
O aluno deverá obter 3.0 créditos nesta opção.
3.º Semester
Code Name ECTS
12761 Big Data, Society and Culture 6.0
12764 Research Design 6.0
12762 Sustainability Foundations and Practices 6.0
12763 National and European Legislation on the Use of Data 6.0
12760 Globalization Theory 6.0
4.º Semester
Code Name ECTS
12765 Dissertation in Digital Society 30.0