Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Master of Science (by Research) in Information Technology and Society

The Digital Society domain is broadly concerned with the social role of information and communications technologies (ICTs) with a focus on the policy challenges and the institutional demands posed by technological change. Teaching and research in the stream focuses on three inter-related areas. First, it seeks to understand innovation and the organization of production in the ICT industry, or how, why and where ICTs are produced. A second area of interest is in how ICTs can be used to harness the legitimacy and the powers of bureaucracies and markets to address needs in different social domains. Of special interest are the domains of governance, education, health and manufacturing. A third area is the tools and analytical techniques that can be deployed to understand the production and consumption of ICTs. These include geographical information systems, modeling, simulation and visualization. The domain encourages inter-disciplinary research and has associated faculty members with expertise in social sciences, including in economics, economic geography, sociology, development, management, governance and public administration.

For more details, check out the Digital Society domain page on the official IIIT Bangalore website. Learn more about the admissions process for our Masters and PhD programmes in the Digital Society domain here.

The Master of Science (Digital Society) programme is an interdisciplinary program intended for graduates from any background who are interested in designing, developing, deploying and managing large ICT solutions for an inclusive and sustainable digital society.

This programme is designed to create a group of professionals who will:

  • Contribute to the design, development, and deployment of digital technologies for diverse social groups;
  • Provide and manage solutions that address persistent developmental challenges in domains such as education, governance, and health;
  • Engage in policy making and in advocacy for deploying digital technologies and enrich interdisciplinary research on the digital society.

For more details, check out our page on the official IIIT Bangalore website. Follow the M.Sc. Digital Society page on Facebook / Instagram for the latest updates.



PG Diploma in Digital Product Design and Management

The PG Diploma in Digital Product Design and Management is a year long engagement where students will have the opportunity to explore various areas within the Digital Society domain.

  • Duration: 12 months (July-June); starting July 2024
  • Entry criteria: Applicants with any undergraduate degree (60% in their undergraduate degree); fresh undergrads as well as those with a few years of experience
  • Exit criteria: Students will have an option to continue for Master of Science (by Research) degree in the Digital Society research domain or exit with a PG Diploma
  • Placement opportunities:
    • Sectors: Product teams in start-ups, social enterprises or large corporations targeting the next billion users (through Tech4Good initiatives, for example); Public/Social Sector consulting teams
    • Job Roles: UX/User Researcher, Product Manager, Product Designer, Business Analyst, Technology Consultant
  • Curriculum
    Preparatory term (4 weeks)
    • To focus on inputs/training on comprehension/writing/communication skills as well as readiness on other aspects of the curriculum and pedagogical approaches;
    • Aspects related to digital [accessibility] tools and techniques will also be provided, especially for persons with disabilities.
    • To also focus on aspects of working in inclusive teams

    Semester 1: 16 credits (4 core courses)

    • Data Analysis and Visualization
    • User Research using Qualitative Methods
    • Information Economics and Product Finance
    • Software Product Management

    Semester 2: 24 credits (3 core courses + 1 elective course + 4-month capstone project)

    • Innovation and Design Thinking
    • User Experience (UX)
    • System Modelling and Design Patterns
    • 1 Elective [tentative list: Accessibility and Inclusive Design; Entrepreneurship; Technology, Law and Public Policy; Software Production Engineering/DevOps; Web Science and Cognitive Psychology]
    • 4 Months Capstone Project (March-June)
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