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Contact details

Ms Sarah Davenport

Email: s.davenport@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 7204

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£8,500 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£16,750 (FT)

English, Welsh and Northern Irish applicants may be eligible for an award from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

Scottish applicants may be eligible for an award from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland.

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

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Prospectus Entry

Information Studies

Key facts

Research Assessment Rating

55% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
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The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly. 

Digital Humanities MA/MSc

The Digital Humanities MA/MSc at UCL draws together teaching from a wide range of disciplines, to investigate the application of computational technologies to the arts, humanities and cultural heritage. The programme studies the impact of these techniques on cultural heritage, memory, institutions, libraries, archives and digital culture.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

Students develop an advanced understanding of digital resources and computational methods relevant to research and practice in the humanities and cultural heritage sectors, including XML, databases, internet technologies and image capture. They are equipped with technical and design skills, such as text markup, web page design and database construction.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

This MA/MSc is a truly interdisciplinary programme, and students can capitalise on UCL's world-leading strengths in information studies, computer science, the arts and humanities and the built environment.

Students benefit from research-led teaching delivered by leading scholars in these fields and the excellent range of facilities available, including the UCL Library Special Collections and Museums and Galleries.

Located in central London, surrounded by the greatest concentration of libraries, museums and archives in Europe, students have an ideal base to take advantage of UCL's collaboration with London's many internationally important cultural heritage institutions including the British Museum and the British Library.

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 1 year; Part-time 2-5 years

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of five core modules (15 credits each), three optional modules (15 credits each), a research dissertation (60 credits) and a work placement.

Core Modules

  • Digital Resources in the Humanities
  • Internet Technologies
  • Introduction to Programming and Database Querying
  • Server Programming and Structured Data
  • XML


  • Options may include the following:
  • Image Processing
  • Multimedia Computing
  • Interaction Design
  • Electronic Publishing
  • Introduction to Programming for Architecture and Design
  • Legal and Social Aspects
  • Fundamentals of Information Science
  • Digital Studio
  • Functional Programming
  • Design Practice
  • User-Centred Evaluation Methods
  • Computational Synthesis
  • Digital Ecologies


All MA/MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 12,000–15,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, demonstrations, seminars and practical sessions, and will include a placement at UCL or a partner institution. Assessment is through the dissertation and a mixture of essays, practical projects, programming exercises, written technical examinations, group work and presentations, depending on the options chosen.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relative humanities or computing discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Work experience in a relevant area is taken into account but is not compulsory.

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

The deadline for applications is 2 August 2013. Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

The programme is suitable for students with an undergraduate degree in a wide variety subjects. It allows students with a background in the humanities to acquire necessarily skills in digital technologies, and enables those with a technical background to become informed about scholarly methods in the humanities.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Digital Humanities at graduate level
  • what you can bring to this programme
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your academic or professional background meets the demands of this programme
  • what are your plans academically or professionally after this degree?
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate your suitability for the programme.


The cultural heritage sector is increasingly aware of the need to provide and manage digital content. The British Library, The National Archives, and most museums are investing heavily in web delivered content. Graduates of this new programme will be well placed for further research and a career in this fast growing field.

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:

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