Information Studies


Work Placement Module

One of the most exciting aspects of the MA/MSc in Digital Humanities is the student's work placement with a museum, library, gallery, archive, media company, publishing house or other similar organisation.

If you are considering hosting a student, please contact Sarah Davenport at s.davenport@ucl.ac.uk


The object of the practical placement is to introduce and expose students to working practices and situations in digital humanities projects and contexts. The placement is the culmination of six months theoretical study and practical instruction.


The length of the placement is generally four weeks to six weeks. Placements are usually undertaken in Term 3, but can be at any time between early May and the end of August. Hosts need to be aware that in addition to completing their placement, students may have to sit an examination (usually in early June and will need a day or two off) and research and write their dissertations. The placement can be full or part-time.


As the object of the placement is to consolidate and apply student's learning, it is expected that the hosts will encourage students to join and participate in existing projects or procedures, to provide an end-user's point of view on products, or even to develop proposals for discussion. Some hosts ask students to critique their existing products or services, to improve their value and usefulness.


The benefits for a host are many. The most immediate are that the host can benefit from the skills being brought by the student having been taught at a centre of excellence in the field; the host can have an urgent or necessary project completed by the student; and the host can obtain fresh input from an outsider.


Following their placements, all students are required to submit a short reflective piece focusing on the time that they spent with the host organisation, what they learnt from being there and what they were able to bring to the placement.

Previous Hosts

Students on our programme have been hosted by various companies and institutions, including; The UCL Art Museum, The British Museum, School of Oriental and African Studies, Science Museum, The Warburg Institute, The British Library, The Petrie Museum, UCL Web Development Office, The Wellcome Trust, the Marx Memorial Library, UCL Museums & Collections, The Postal Museum, Eastman Dental Hospital, UCL Library, JISC, LanguageLab, The National Theatre, Ubiquity Press, the British Film Institute, the Museum of London, Islington Museum, Quip, Centre for eResearch.