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.

Mode of study

  • Full-time 1 year
  • Part-time 2-5 years

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £8,500
  • Overseas Full-time: £16,750

Application date

  • All applicants: 1 August 2014

More details in Application section.

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, these include XML, databases, internet technologies and image capture and digitisation. They will become equipped with technical and design skills, such as text markup, and those needed for 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 Collections. Teaching by academic staff is supplemented by guest lecturers drawn from experienced practitioners and expert industry professionals.

Located in central London, 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. Students will also undertake a work placement in a relevant organisation, where they have the opportunity to make industry contacts and gain invaluable experience, putting what they have learnt into practice. Past placement hosts have included the British Museum, National Theatre, British Library, Ubiquity Press and Islington Museum.

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.

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months or flexible study over 2-5 years) is offered.

A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, full-time 15 weeks or flexible study over a period of up to two years) is offered.

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:
  • Affective Interaction
  • Computer Music
  • Interaction Design
  • Electronic Publishing
  • Introduction to Programming for Architecture and Design
  • Legal and Social Aspects of Electronic Publishing
  • Fundamentals of Information Science
  • Historical Bibliography
  • Functional Programming
  • Design Practice
  • User-Centred Evaluation Methods
  • Manuscript Studies
  • Geographical Information Systems
  • Introduction to Digitisation
  • Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities
  • Intoduction to Digital Curation
  • Knowledge Representation and Semantic Technologies.


All MA/MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000–12,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, demonstrations, seminars and practical sessions, and will include a work placement in the relevant organisation. 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:

Scholarships available for this department

David Tebbutt Scholarship

Funded by the David Tebbutt Trust, the principal aim of the Trust is to further the education of those wishing to pursue a career in the publishing, writing and information industries, and related fields of activity.

Information Studies Scholarships

These scholarships are open to part-time students who are employees of University of London libraries or of other libraries which provide placement opportunities for UCL Information Studies.

Sir Hilary Jenkinson Scholarship in Archive Studies

This is awarded to the most distinguished of the candidates for the MA in Archives and Records Management.

Wiley Scholarship

The Wiley Scholarship was founded in 2008 by the publishing company John Wiley & Sons. The scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic excellence and potential.

Vickery Bursaries

The Vickery bursaries are named in honour of Professor Brian Vickery, who was the Director of the School of Library, Archive & Information Studies from 1973 to 1983. They are awarded at the discretion of the Department of Information Studies.

Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Honours Bachelor's degree in a relative Humanities or Computing discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level: Good

How to apply

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.

The deadline for applications is 1 August 2014.

Who can apply?

The programme is suitable for students with an undergraduate degree in a wide variety of subjects. It allows students with a background in the Humanities to acquire the necessary 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. Our graduates from this programme have already found employment in cultural heritage organisations, the education sector, media and publishing companies, as well as progressing to funded research degrees; some have further developed their technical skills and have been recruited as programmers and developers for both academic and commercial projects.

The first cohort of students on the Digital Humanities MA/MSc were due to graduate in 2013, therefore no information on graduare destinations is currently available.


The MA/MSc in Digital Humanities is a unique and groundbreaking programme which gives students the skills that they and employers tell us they need. Our students receive a unique blend of practical and theoretical skills that are in great demand. Ours is a truly interdisciplinary programme with optional modules offered in the Department of Information Studies, other Arts and Humanities departments, and indeed in other UCL Faculties. The work placement gives students the opportunity to put into practice what they have learned together whith gaining experience of the workplace in this fast moving environment. As ell as the practical skills of programming and other digital tools they are equipped with a critical and analytical mindset that places them well to go on to pursue careers that focus on collaborative, innovative and creative thinking.

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