MA Digital Management

Drive change in your career and business by taking a fresh approach to problem solving, design thinking, business transformation and leadership.


The MA Digital Management Program will take you on a transformative journey to become a new kind of leader. One who is adaptive, collaborative and creatively driven. Who can go beyond conventional thinking practices to create effective teams and business value.

You will gain insight into the thought processes that drive some of the world's most successful and innovative companies. Refine your knowledge through your unique access to industry practitioners, and apply cutting edge strategies in an environment that mirrors real-world challenges.

You will leave ready. As a part of a global peer and industry network, and prepared for a leading role in the media, creative, tech and digital industries.

Prepare for your future
You'll learn how to apply design thinking to solve problems, how to harness emerging digital technologies, how to transform existing businesses, and how to manage innovation processes.

Make better decisions
You'll collaborate with peers and professionals on real business challenges in a range of practical projects. That will help you to develop the skills that leaders need to make good strategic decisions.

Open a door to industry
The program is developed in close collaboration with experts in order to reflect the most recent developments from the industry. Our graduates are real world ready and well-equipped to answer the interdisciplinary demands of an increasingly digitized world.

What you’ll learn

This is a full-time program based at our Manchester campus. You'll learn through a range of interactive talks, hands-on workshops, team challenges, and deep reflection.

The program has six practical group projects led by industry practitioners and one independent research project. 24 weeks will be spent in School and 20-weeks in Industry during your research project.

Download the syllabus

Foundation Days
Build your team and create a group culture, learn the Hyper Island methodology and develop skills to enhance your creativity.

Creativity Week
Discover idea generation techniques and essential research methods under the guidance of industry coaches.

Design Thinking
Explore design thinking tools and processes, including looking at other related areas such as service design and human-centered design.

Digital Technologies
Recognize digital technologies as enablers for change and grasp the basic concepts involved both from a theoretical and practical hands-on perspective.

Business Transformation
Take an in-depth look at business model development. Work with cutting edge business modeling techniques, case studies, and user journeys.

Managing Projects and Teams
Explore the project lifecycle and consider projects from a holistic perspective. Takes place during the entire on-site part of the program and is built on your project and professional work.

Innovation Project
We challenge you to apply all your previous learnings and create your own project which aims to show innovation in the development of new ideas or transformation of existing ideas in an area of digital management.

Wrap Up
Prepare for your Industry Research Project and wrap up the taught part of the programme by reflecting on your experiences since the start of the course.

Industry Research Project
Find a problem in your industry and work to solve it. In place of the traditional Masters thesis you will identify a problem, prototype solutions, and share insights based on your research.

Experiential learning

By using a methodology that focuses on the why as much as the how and the what, on team collaboration instead of individual effort, we challenge participants to grow personally and professionally. We introduce new ways of thinking and learning for participants to develop themselves into lifelong learners.

Study whilst working

Become part of a thriving peer network of industry and alumni. Our students join us from all over the world. Our alumni are sought by industry, and go on to explore exciting career paths. It's a network that will support your growth beyond your study.

Solve real challenges

Focus on design and entrepreneurial challenges to develop and test the products and services of the future. You'll work individually and in teams on real briefs set by real clients.

Hyper Island creates new kinds of thinkers. New talent with fresh perspectives on the world. These are the people who can change things for the better

Andy Sandoz

Creative Partner & Founder Work Club

A word from our students

It's probably one of the best decisions I've made. Without the MA, I'd probably still be wondering why things are changing around me instead of being a part of them.

Aimee Tasker

Service Designer, Common Good

Our graduates work for amazing companies and organizations









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  • What are the program requirements?

    All applicants must hold either a Bachelor’s degree (typically a 2:1 or above or equivalent International qualification) or have a minimum of 5 years of relevant professional experience at a level which demonstrates a sophisticated knowledge, understanding, and application in their discipline.

  • What does the program cost and do you offer any payment plans?

    The program fee is £12 000 for EU citizens and £16 000 for non-EU citizens. Please visit our dedicated funding FAQ page for information on the funding options available for study in the UK.

  • Will I need to apply for a visa to study?

    If you are an international student you may need a Short Term Study Visa to study in the UK. With this visa you are required by law to leave the UK no later than 6-months after entry. This means that international students with a Short Term Study Visa must fulfill their Industry Research Project requirement outside the UK.

  • Are there specific dates I need to be available?

    The taught part of the program is 24 weeks in Manchester from 15th January 2018 to 29th June 2018, followed by the 20-week Industry Research Project from 16th July 2018 to 18th November 2018 which can be done anywhere in the world.

  • Do I need an IELTS English test?

    If you are an applicant from a non-english speaking country outside of the EU, you will need to submit an IELTS score over 6.5. Read more here:

  • What qualification will I gain from this program?

    Following successful completion of the program, the student will receive a Master of Arts Degree in Digital Management, a qualification that is recognized worldwide. The program is designed in partnership with, and accredited by Teesside University.