Welcome to the website of the Double Degree Digital Societies (SN), offered by Sciences Po Lille and Ecole Centrale de Lille.

Course objective

The Double Degree Sociétés Numériques (SN)/Digital Societies, offered in partnership with École Centrale de Lille, provides training in the major issues associated with the digital revolution. 

Mass digital data – big data – and the IT and algorithmic tools that make it possible to exploit them are being used in a wide range of fields, as instruments of knowledge, governance, and sometimes even surveillance of citizens, employees and consumers.

Digitization is also having an impact on the way organizations function, in terms of the division of labor and human resources management, as well as the control and circulation of information.

The Digital Societies (SN) double degree offers a high-level training program that enables students to grasp the technical, economic and social dimensions of these issues and tools, providing them with cross-disciplinary skills in statistical and computer engineering (programming, data science, machine learning, etc.) and human and social sciences (sociology and economics of the digital era, personal data law, opinion research, etc.).

A demanding multi-disciplinary course, the Digital Societies (DS) major prepares students to tackle digital phenomena in all their complexity.

Main career opportunities

The Digital Societies (DS) major offers a wide range of career opportunities, corresponding to the growing challenges faced by organizations (public, private or non-market) in terms of digitization.

In particular, students are trained for careers in research and consulting, with specific expertise in mastering digital data and tools:

  • Digital research managers
  • Quantitative research managers
  • Data analysts
  • Digital strategy consultants
  • Consulting professions
  • Digital project managers
  • RGPD and DPO consultants
  • User experience research
  • And much more!

Here are just a few examples of the end-of-studies internships (6 months) currently being carried out (2023) by the first SN graduating class: User experience research at Deezer, assistant cinema researcher at Médiamétrie, digital experience manager at Chanel, legal consultant at an RGPD firm, User research at Médicalib, etc.

Heads of the SN major

Julien Boyadjian

Senior lecturer in political science

Research areas: sociology of the digital age, digital survey methods, sociology and political communication

Claire Bélart

Lecturer-researcher in sociology

Teaching and research areas: sociology of the digital age, sociology of organizations and work

Editorial by the heads of the major

We are delighted to welcome you to the website of the Digital Societies (DS) major. This new Master’s-level program is the result of an unprecedented collaboration between Sciences Po Lille and the Ecole Centrale de Lille. These two leading schools on the Lille site have decided to pool their skills to train their students to meet the challenges of the digital revolution. Education, work, culture, information, the economy: there isn’t an area that isn’t impacted by the digitization of our societies. In order to address these issues in all their complexity, the Digital Societies major offers high-level training, combining courses in the humanities and social sciences (sociology and economics of the digital era, personal data law, history of artificial intelligence and computer science, etc.) and statistical and computer engineering (statistics, computer science, data science, etc.). Multidisciplinarity, which is the DNA of our two schools, is indeed more than ever necessary to meet these challenges (whether we think of the generalization of telecommuting, new logics of information circulation, the question of personal data protection, etc.). To analyze digital societies, we need to open the “black box” of algorithms, and to do so, we need a minimum level of computer and scientific literacy. However, digital challenges cannot be reduced to a series of 0s and 1s! At the same time, we need to contextualize data, to give it meaning. And the human and social sciences are invaluable allies in this process! Our ambition is to deliver this dual skill to future graduates of the Digital Societies major. We invite you to take a look at this website, to find out more about the courses we offer, the career opportunities available and the conditions of access to this new training program. You’ll also find a Frequently Asked Questions section to answer some of your questions. We hope you enjoy your visit!

Julien Boyadjian, head of training at Sciences Po Lille

Claire Bélart, Head of Training at Ecole Centrale de Lille