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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

Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma and a PG Certificate with fees set accordingly.

Modes and duration

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

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£8,755 (FT)
Overseas:
£17,250 (FT)
Part-time fees are available on request from the department.

Application deadlines

All applicants:
1 August 2015

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 requirement: Good

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.

International equivalencies

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

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

Options

  • Introduction to Digitisation
  • Geographical Information Systems
  • Fundamentals of Information Science
  • Functional Programming
  • Electronic Publishing
  • Design Practice
  • Computer Music
  • Affective Interaction
  • Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities
  • <strong>Options may include the following</strong>: </br>
  • User-Centred Evaluation Methods
  • Multimedia Computing
  • Manuscript Studies
  • Legal and Social Aspects of Electronic Publishing
  • Knowledge Representation and Semantic Technologies
  • Introduction to Digital Curation
  • Interaction Design
  • Historical Bibliography

Dissertation/report

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.

Funding

David Tebbutt Scholarship

Value:
Full tuition fees plus a work placement with Faber and Faber
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective UK and EU students applying to an MA in Publishing.

Information Studies Scholarships

Value:
UK/EU tuition fees
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Eligibillity: All eligible applicants for the programme will be considered for the award of this scholarship.

Sir Hilary Jenkinson Scholarship in Archive Studies

Value:
£1,000
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective students for MA in Archives and Records Management.

Wiley Scholarship

Value:
UK/EU tuition fees plus internship
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective full-time UK/EU students of the MA in Publishing in the Department of Information Studies.

Vickery Bursaries

Value:
£3,000
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
All students who have been offered a place on the MA in Library & Information Studies for the 2014/15 academic year will be considered automatically.

More scholarships are listed on the scholarships website

Careers

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.

Employability

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

Subject: Digital Humanities MA/MSc

Application and next steps

Applications

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
2015-08-01

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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