Admissions: M.Sc. (Digital Society) 2022 for Recent Graduates and Young Professionals at IIIT Bangalore: Apply by May 25 [Deadline Extended]

IITB MSC Digital Society Programme
IITB MSC Digital Society Programme

The International Institute of Information Technology Bangalore (IIIT Bangalore) invites you to be a part of an interdisciplinary Master’s Program in Digital Society.

About the IIIT Bangalore

The International/Indian Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore is a research university in Bangalore, India. The institute is a registered not-for-profit society funded jointly by the Government of Karnataka and the IT industry under a public-private partnership model.

About the M.Sc. (Digital Society) Program

The two-year program is a blend of topics drawn from information technology and social sciences. It trains new-age professionals to design, deploy and develop digital technologies for diverse populations across domains like governance, healthcare, education, infrastructures, media to name a few.

Learning Outcomes

In our efforts to create an equitable and inclusive digital society, our graduates will be able to,

  • Identify the needs of the diverse users of ICT in different social and industrial contexts
  • Understand technological possibilities and their potential to solve the problems
  • Design solutions for the optimal adoption by heterogeneous user segments
  • Examine digital technology and the complex ways in which it shapes society, social institutions, and culture
  • Visualize macro-level needs and design scalable technology to cater to large user segments in different contexts
  • Analyze intricate relationships and practical choices at the intersection of technical design, policy  frameworks, and ethics 

Who is this Programme For?

If you believe in building a career in technology that impacts society, this program is tailor-made just for you.

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Curriculum Structure

Preparatory Term (2 weeks):

This two-week orientation will consist of a series of sessions, including lectures, readings, and audio-visual media to expose students to the foundational logic of the programme and its interdisciplinary underpinnings.

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  • Technical Foundations (to cover programming and database fundamentals)
  • Social Science Foundations (to cover some fundamental ideas in social science, reading comprehension and writing practice)

Semester 1 (18 credits, 5 core courses)

  • Digital components of a connected society (4 credits)
  • Application development for a connected society, OR, Enterprise software development (2 credits)
  • Qualitative research methods (4 credits)
  • Quantitative data analysis for public policy (4 credits)
  • Technology and society (4 credits)

Semester 2 (16 credits, 4 core courses)

  • Technology in development (4 credits)
  • ICT Policy and regulation (4 credits)
  • Social complexity and systems thinking (4 credits)
  • Human computer interaction (4 credits)
  • Elective 1 (Optional)

Some electives offered in this term include:

  • Digital sociology
  • Techno-economics of networks
  • Dynamics of the Information Technology industry
  • News literacies in a digital society

Semester 3 (16 credits, 4 electives)

Some electives offered as part of the programme are:

  • Advanced qualitative research methods
  • Cyberspace, globalization and location
  • Digital platforms: Technology and business components
  • Technology Ethics and Artificial Intelligence
  • Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
  • An Introduction to Accessibility in the Global South
  • Privacy in the digital age
  • Social media communication
  • Advanced Topics in Human Computer Interaction
  • The Web and the mind
  • Software Product Management

Semester 4 (16 credits Thesis/Internship)

In the final term, students will be required to either: (a) work on a Master’s thesis to hone their research skills; OR (b) undertake an internship to further sharpen their professional skills by applying the learnings from courses undertaken during the previous terms – this could involve working on a project within their parent organizations

Specialisations Offered:

  • Human-centred digital design
  • Data intensive digital design
  • Research and policy studies

​All core courses are required for all three specialization tracks. Electives required are as follows:

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Eligibility

  • An undergraduate degree (of at least 3 years duration) in any discipline (including arts, science, commerce, design, management, law, engineering, etc.) with a first division/class from a recognized University. Those expecting to graduate by 1st August 2022 may also apply.
  • The candidates who have a valid score in CAT 2021, CEED 2022, CUCET 2022, or TISS NET 2022 may be exempted from appearing for a written test at IIIT Bangalore.
  • Working professionals are also encouraged to apply.

Tuition Fee

  • The tuition fee is Rs. 1,92,000/- per semester.
  • General Scholarships: A limited number of scholarships of up to 50% tuition fee waiver will be made available on merit cum means basis at the time of admission.
  • Tridib Roy Chowdhury Scholarship is being endowed to extend a 100% tuition waiver, for a year, to an entering M.Sc. (Digital Society) student. This scholarship will apply a merit-cum-means criterion, with preference to a woman applicant. The candidate will be identified by the Admissions Committee of the M.Sc. programme.

International Applicants:

  • International students to be admitted in the academic year 2022-23 will have to pay a tuition fee of US$ 10,000 per year (at the rate of US$ 5,000 per semester). The tuition fee is periodically revised and such revisions are announced before the start of every academic year.
  • In addition, admitted students who stay on campus in the student hostels, pay approximately US$ 1,200 per year towards hostel charges and approximately US$ 1,000 per year for food. The Institute reserves the right to change these rates periodically. A medical insurance premium (with coverage applicable only during stay in India) at actuals (approximately, US$ 25 per year) will also be payable

How to Apply?

Candidates can apply online here.

Note: The portal works best on IE/Chrome/Firefox accessed through the desktop.

Important Dates

  • 15th March 2022: Admissions Open
  • 25th May 2022: Last date for submitting online applications
  • 4th June 2022: Written test will be conducted online for candidates without a valid score in CAT 2021, CEED 2022, CUCET 2022 or TISS NET 2022.
  • 5th-6th June 2022: Personal interviews through video calling application for shortlisted candidates with a valid score from IIITB Entrance exam or from any of the following examination: CAT 2021, CEED 2022, CUCET 2022 or TISS NET 2022.
  • 15th June 2022: Release of first list of selected candidates (additional lists may be released if required)
  • Offer acceptance and payment of fees: As noted in the offer letter
  • 8th July 2022: Registrations for the new batch at the IIIT Bangalore campus
  • 11th July – 30th July 2022: Program orientation sessions
  • 1st August 2022: Semester 1 classes begin

Contact

For further details and queries, do write to the Programme Coordinator, M.Sc. (Digital Society) at admission-ds[at]iiitb.ac.in.

Click here to download the M.Sc. (Digital Society) Program Brochure.

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