Digital Humanities MA/MSc

This programme draws together teaching from a wide range of disciplines, investigating the application of computational technologies to the arts, humanities and cultural heritage. We study the impact of these techniques on cultural heritage, museums, libraries, archives and digital culture while developing skills that employers and students tell us are needed.

Key Information

Modes and duration

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

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

£8,755 (FT)
£17,250 (FT)

Application deadlines

All applicants:
31 July 2015
Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma and a PG Certificate with fees set accordingly.
Fees note: Part-time fees are available on request from the department.

Entry Requirements

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

English Language Requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Degree Information

Our students develop an advanced understanding of digital resources, techniques and computational methods relevant to research and practice in the humanities and cultural heritage sectors; these include programming, XML, databases, internet technologies, 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 web-facing database construction.

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, five core modules (75 credits), three optional modules (45 credits), full-time nine months or flexible study over 2-5 years, is offered.

A Postgraduate Certificate, four from any of the available modules (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:
  • Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities
  • Affective Interaction
  • Computer Music
  • Design Practice
  • Electronic Publishing
  • Functional Programming
  • Fundamentals of Information Science
  • Geographical Information Systems
  • Historical Bibliography
  • Interaction Design
  • Introduction to Digital Curation
  • Introduction to Digitisation
  • Knowledge Representation and Semantic Technologies
  • Legal and Social Aspects of Electronic Publishing
  • Manuscript Studies
  • Multimedia Computing
  • User-Centred Evaluation Methods


All MA/MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 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 a relevant organisation. Assessment is through a mixture of essays, practical projects, programming exercises, written technical examinations, group work and presentations, depending on the options chosen.

Further information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site Digital Humanities MA/MSc


Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

David Tebbutt Scholarship

Full tuition fees plus a work placement with Faber and Faber (1 year)
UK, EU students
Based on academic merit

Sir Hilary Jenkinson Scholarship in Archive Studies

£1,000 (1 year)
UK, EU, Overseas students
Based on academic merit

Wiley Scholarship

UK/EU tuition fees plus internship (1 year)
UK, EU students
Based on academic merit

More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website


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 programme are well placed for further research and a career in this fast-growing field. Graduates of this programme have already found employment in cultural heritage organisations such as the British Museum, the education sector, Oxford University and the Knowledge 4 All Foundation; as Web and Digital Marketing Executives in 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 MA/MSc in Digital Humanities is a unique and ground-breaking programme that gives students the skills that they and employers tell us are needed. 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 & Humanities departments, and indeed in other UCL faculties. The work placement gives students the opportunity to put into practice what they have learnt together with gaining experience of the workplace in this fast-moving environment. As well as the practical skills of programming and other digital tools, they are equipped with a critical and analytical mindset and are well positioned to go on to pursue careers that focus on collaborative, innovative and creative thinking.

Why 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 and the excellent range of facilities available, including the UCL Library Special Collections, UCL Museums & Collections, and the UCLDH Digitisation Suite. 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 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 professional contacts and gain invaluable experience, putting what they have learnt into practice. Past placement hosts have included the British Museum, National Theatre, British Library, British Film Institute, Islington Museum, Ubiquity Press, UCL Communications, UCL Art Collections, and Jisc.

Student / staff ratios › 20 staff › 220 taught students › 30 research students

Department: Information Studies

Degree reviews

Staff review

"The infrastructure at UCL encourages cross-faculty experimentation, and it rewards innovative thinking. Suits me down to the ground!"

Professor Melissa Terras

Digital Humanities MA/MSc
Professor in Digital Humanities

Application and next steps


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 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.

Application deadlines

All applicants
31 July 2015

For more information see our Applications page.

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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.


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