UCL Centre for Digital Humanities


MA/MSc in Digital Humanities

The Master's degree in Digital Humanities, offered by the UCL Department of Information Studies, draws together teaching from a wide range of disciplines, to investigate the application of computational technologies to the arts, humanities, and cultural heritage.

The MA/MSc in Digital Humanities is a truly interdisciplinary programme and has strong teaching links with:

The programme also draws on facilities offered by:

as well as liaising closely with a variety of world-class, London based libraries, archives, and museums within the vicinity of UCL.

About the Programme

The MA/MSc provides research-led teaching delivered by leading scholars.

In Term 1 and 2, students take five core modules, plus a further three from a wide range of options available from various departments and faculties at UCL. In addition, students write an original dissertation on a topic of their choice in consultation with their supervisor, and undertake a workplacement at a related institution where they can apply taught aspects of the programme in Term 3. This allows students who have a background in the humanities to acquire necessarily skills in digital technologies, and also makes it possible for those with a technical background to become informed about scholarly methods in the humanities.

Terms One and Two

The following core modules are mandatory for the programme:

Digital Resources in the Humanities
Introducing a range of issues involved in the design, creation, management and use of digital resources in the humanities.
Internet Technologies
Exploring the basic concepts of markup, website structuring and design, and issues involved in generating, evaluating and delivering online content effectively.
Introduction to Programming and Scripting
This module uses JavaScript to introduce the fundamental principles of procedural computer programming and scripting languages. It reinforces these concepts by practical application in the context of automated web browser and document manipulation.
Server Programming and Structured Data
This module provides an introduction to the issues, techniques, technologies and underlying principles associated with creating and maintaining Web servers and database-driven websites, with a focus on applications relating to maps and spatial data.
Providing an overview of Extensible Markup language; giving students the opportunity to practice XML markup techniques, processing with XSLT, and demonstrating the use of XML in publishing.

Note that the technical core modules are all at entry level; for students that already have demonstrable competencies in these areas, it may be possible, subject to the agreement of the Programme Director, to substitute modules from other UCL departments.

There are also a wide range of taught optional modules that are elective.

Term Three

This is for coursework assignments, exams and the Workplacement Module and is followed by the dissertation (60 credits).

Further information

Academic enquiries should go to the Programme Director, Julianne Nyhan

Admissions enquiries should go to Sarah Davenport (s.davenport@ucl.ac.uk)

Core teaching staff include:

A variety of other teaching staff from across various departments at UCL will also teach on the programme, depending on modules chosen.