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MSc in Digital Humanities

This programme, along with its sibling MA programme, draws together teaching and expertise from a wide range of disciplines to investigate the application of computational technologies to the arts, humanities and cultural heritage. We study the impact of the computational techniques on cultural heritage, museums, libraries, archives, digital culture and the information sector while developing skills that employers and students tell us are needed.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2021

Modes and duration

Full time: 1 year
Part time: 2 years
Flexible: up to 5 years

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 20 January 2021
Close: 31 May 2021
Notification
Applications may close earlier if all places on the programme are filled.

Tuition fees (2021/22)

UK:
£12,500 (FT)
£6,250 (PT)
Overseas:
£25,800 (FT)
£12,900 (PT)


Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

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

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

Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

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.

Select your country:

About this degree

Our students develop an advanced understanding of the digital resources, techniques and computational methods that are relevant to research and practice in the humanities, cultural heritage and information sectors. Core competencies include programming, XML, databases, internet technologies, digitisation and digital methodologies. Students 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 six core modules (90 credits), two optional modules (30 credits), a research dissertation (60 credits) and work experience.

A Postgraduate Diploma, six core modules (90 credits), two optional modules (30 credits), full-time nine months or flexible study up 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.

Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MSc in Digital Humanities. Upon successful completion of 120 credits, you will be awarded a PG Dip in Digital Humanities. Upon successful completion of 60 credits, you will be awarded a PG Cert in Digital Humanities.

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

Compulsory modules

  • Digital Resources in the Humanities
  • Internet Technologies
  • Introduction to Programming and Scripting
  • Global Digital Humanities
  • XML
  • Data Visualisation and GIS

Optional modules

Students choose two optional modules from a list which may include the following: 

  • Advanced Topics in Digital Humanities
  • Database Theory and Practice
  • Foundations of Machine Learning
  • Fundamentals of Information Science
  • Graph Databases and Semantic Technologies
  • Introduction to Digitisation
  • Logic and Knowledge Representation
  • Systems Management
  • Affective Interaction
  • Future Interfaces
  • Statistical Methods
  • Developing Dynamic Web Applications

All optional modules are offered subject to availability and we cannot guarantee that all modules listed will be available in each year. Students may be required to fulfil specific prerequisites.

Dissertation/research project

All MSc students undertake an independent research project in the form of a dissertation of up to 12,000 words.

Placement

Students undertake 2-4 weeks of work experience as part of their programme of study. Past placement hosts have included the British Museum; British Library; Marx Memorial Library; Islington Museum; the Postal Museum; Ken Saro-Wiwa Foundation; Horniman Museum; Ubiquity Press; SOAS, University of London; UCL Grant Museum; and The Warburg Institute.


Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, demonstrations, seminars, practical sessions, field trips, and excursions. It will include work experience in a suitable organisation. Assessment is through a mixture of essays, practical projects, programming exercises, written technical examinations, and group projects, depending on the options chosen.

Additional costs

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.

Accessibility

Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble accessable.co.uk. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.

Funding

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

Careers

Cultural Heritage institutions, like museums, galleries, archives and libraries, and the sectors that intersect with them are increasingly aware of the need to provide and manage digital material and projects. So too, the creative and information industries are investing heavily in online content and new ways of questioning and interconnecting it. Our graduates develop a unique and agile skill set that combines technical skills with creative and critical thinking. Our graduates are well placed for careers in research, development, foresight and planning in many sectors of the fast growing digital field.

Employability

The 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. Work experience 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 leveraging digital tools, they are equipped with a critical and analytical mindset. Our students are well positioned to go on to pursue careers that involve collaboration, innovation and creative thinking.

Why study this degree at UCL?

This MSc is a truly interdisciplinary programme that offers students opportunities to 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-led teaching delivered by leading scholars and the excellent range of facilities available including UCL Library Special Collections, UCL Museums & Collections, and the UCLDH Digitisation Suite. Teaching by academic staff is supplemented by guest lectures given by experienced practitioners and expert industry professionals.

Students take advantage of our collaborations with many internationally important cultural heritage institutions including the British Museum and the British Library. Students undertake work experience 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; British Library; Marx Memorial Library; Islington Museum; the Postal Museum; Ken Saro-Wiwa Foundation; Horniman Museum; Ubiquity Press; SOAS, University of London; UCL Grant Museum; and The Warburg Institute.

Department: Information Studies

What our students and staff say

Staff view

"This exciting, interdisciplinary programme offers students a unique opportunity to explore and analyse the application of digital technologies to the cultural record of humankind and, in doing so, to reflect on how technology is impacting all aspects of how we live now, and in the future."

Dr Julianne Nyhan

Digital Humanities MA/MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert
Associate Professor of Digital Information Studies

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.

This programme requires two references. Further information regarding references can be found in our How to apply section.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.

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 understand the implications of transforming humanities sources into data. It is as suitable for those seeking continuous professional development as for those who hope to gain a postgraduate degree and enter the job market or pursue further study.

Application deadlines

All applicants
31 May 2021

For more information see our Applications page.

Apply now

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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