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
  • Modular/flexible: 2-5 years

Programme start date

September 2016

Tuition Fees (2016/17)

£9,020 (FT) £N/A (PT)
£18,670 (FT) £9,285 (PT)

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 5 October 2015
Close: 29 July 2016
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 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 receive both practical and theoretical training to develop a unique and critical skill set suitable for many types of employment or advanced study.

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), nine months full-time or flexible study un to 5 years is offered.

A Postgraduate Certificate, four from any of the available modules (60 credits), full-time fifteen weeks or flexible study up to two years is offered.

Core Modules

  • Digital Resources in the Humanities
  • Internet Technologies
  • Introduction to Programming and Scripting
  • 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
  • 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 in the form of a 12,000-word dissertation.

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 exercices, written technical examinations, and group work projects, 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 material and projects with institutions and museums investing heavily in online content. Our graduates develop a unique skill set and are well placed for project management, further research, or a career in e-commerce and the fast growing digital field. Our alumni have found employment in the British Museum, Oxford University, Knowledge 4 All Foundation; in roles as diverse as Web Editor, Chief Operating Officer, and Senior Digital Marketing Executive. Several have also progressed to fully-funded research degrees; others have further developed their technical skills and have been recruited as programmers and developers for both academic and commercial projects.

Top career destinations for this degree

  • Programmer, Centre for Digital Research in the Humanities (2013)
  • Managing Editor, The Guide Magazine (2013)
  • Assistant Project/Process Analyst, Elevate Capital Ltd (2014)
  • User Interface Designer, OnePlus (2014)
  • Digital QA Assistant, Bloomsbury Publishing (2014)


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. In this truly interdisciplinary programme, with optional modules offered across UCL, our students receive an exceptional blend of practical and theoretical skills that are in great demand. The work placement gives our students the opportunity to put theory into practice and gain invaluable experience of the workplace in this fast-moving environment. As well as the practical and technical 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 social and historical studies.

Students benefit from research 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.

Students take advantage of our collaboration with many internationally important cultural heritage institutions including the British Museum and the British Library. Students undertake a work placement, 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, Marx Memorial LIbrary, Islington Museum, Ubiquity Press, UCL Communications, and UCL Art Museum.

Student / staff ratios › 21 staff › 220 taught students › 28 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
Alumni review

"UCL flipped my career direction 180 degrees. I am grateful that I was introduced to a field that changed my perspective and assisted me in accessing the industry I am fascinated with. "

Olga Laboda

Digital Humanities MSc (2014)
Student review

"I am fascinated by how the range of technology and tools at hand helps to better understand and interpret humanities subjects fascinating. It's inspiring to learn of the emerging developments and to think what might be possible in the future, and the enthusiasm and passion for the digital humanities I've encountered this year has been extremely motivating. Currently on a break from my job, I am now in a position to return to it refreshed and with new skills. "

Penny Jackson

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
29 July 2016

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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