Digital Media, Publishing and Law

Study Digital Media, Publishing and Law and graduate with a university degree

Postgraduate Diploma, MLitt

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Digital Media, Publishing and Law
  • Type Campus based, Full-time, Part-time
  • Start date September

Alison Scott University of Stirling
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Suspended for 2015 and 2016 entry

The MLitt Digital Media, Publishing and Law offers a flexible interdisciplinary exploration of key contemporary developments shaping the creative industries. Core modules explore legal, theoretical and industrial perspectives on the contemporary communications environment. Optional modules offer students the potential to specialise in aspects of media, law and/or publishing studies, including media economics, news and digital media, advertising, marketing management and communications, and information technology law. The culmination of the degree is the final, independent research project, devised by the student in consultation with an academic supervisor. This course will benefit those seeking to develop their understanding of contemporary communication and its legal, regulatory and industrial contexts.

Entrance requirements

A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject.  Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence of your proficiency such as a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (6.0 in all bands).

If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard.

Our range of pre-sessional courses.

Modes of study

Full-time, 12 months
Part-time, 27 months

Course start date


Structure and content

The degree of MLitt comprises a total of eight modules plus a dissertation. In Semester 1, which runs from September to December, all candidates take core modules in Publishing Dynamics, Intellectual Property Law, and Training for Masters in the Arts and Humanities, along with one optional module. In Semester 2, which runs from January to May, all candidates take a core module in Digital Cultures, along with three optional modules. All candidates for the MLitt then write a 12,000-word dissertation, which is due in August.

Delivery and assessment

Teaching involves a mix of lectures, seminars and workshops, and one-to-one supervision, all of which are delivered on campus at Stirling. Assessment tasks vary between modules and include essays, reports, presentations, practical assignments, exams, and collaborative course blogs. A grade is given for each assessed module according to the University’s Common Grading Scheme for postgraduate courses, which is set out in the General Regulations section of the Taught Postgraduate Calendar.

Module titles

  • Intellectual Property Law (LAWP03)
  • Publishing Dynamics (PUBP16)
  • Training for Masters in the Arts and Humanities (ARTP01)
  • Digital Cultures (MCCPX1)
  • Information Technology Law (LAWP06)
  • Media Economics (MMAP11)
  • News, Journalism and Digital Media (MCCPX8)
  • Marketing Management and Communications (PUBP17)
  • Editorial Practice and Content Creation (PUBP18)
  • Skills for Publishing Management (IPMP19)
  • Publishing, Literature and Society (PUBP21)
  • Sport and the Law (LAWP12)
  • Advertising (PCMPX3)
  • Media Rights (MMAP15)
  • Media Policy and Regulation (MMAP14)
  • Dissertation (ARTP08)

We are currently revising the curricula for our 2015/16 courses

Course Director

Dr Greg Singh


In REF2014 Stirling was placed 6th in Scotland and 45th in the UK with almost three quarters of research activity rated either world-leading or internationally excellent.

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RAE rating

This degree is a collaboration between three divisions of the School of Arts and Humanities — Communications, Media and Culture; Publishing Studies; and Law. All of these divisions performed very well in the most recent UK Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). Communications, Media and Culture, for example, saw 70 percent of its research placed in the two highest categories of ‘world-leading’ and ‘internationally excellent’, which means Stirling is the top university in Scotland for that area of research and among the top-ranked in the UK.


The course is based in the Communications, Media and Culture department, which is ranked 1st in Scotland for research in Communication, Cultural and Media Studies by the most recent UK government Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), and is ranked 1st in Scotland for Communications & Media (The Complete University Guide 2012 and The Guardian University Guide 2012)

Career opportunities

This degree will be of particular interest to those who plan to work in the creative industries, as well as those already working in this field. It will also provide an excellent preparation for those wishing to continue their studies to PhD level. It will benefit those seeking a competitive edge in a careers market that values high-level skills in communication, research and critical thinking.


2016/17 Overseas course suspended
2016/17 Home/EU course suspended
2015/16 Overseas course suspended
2015/16 Home/EU course suspended

You should expect to pay fees for every year you are in attendance and be aware fees are subject to revision and may increase annually. Students on programmes of study of more than one year should take this into account when applying.


Information on possible sources of funding

The University of Stirling is offering any UK or European Union student with a First Class Honours degree (or equivalent) a £2,000 scholarship to study full-time on any taught Master's course or £1,000 for part-time study. Further information on the scholarships is available here.