Digital Humanities MA

London, Bloomsbury

The MA in Digital Humanities, along with its sibling MSc 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.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2022/23)
£12,900
£6,450
Programme fees on a modular (flexible) basis.
Overseas tuition fees (2022/23)
£26,600
£13,300
Programme fees on a modular (flexible) basis.
Duration
1 calendar year
2 calendar years
5 calendar years
Programme starts
September 2022
Applications accepted
All applicants: 18 Oct 2021 – 31 Mar 2022

Applications open

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

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.

Equivalent qualifications

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. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.

About this degree

The MA in Digital Humanities is an innovative and exciting programme; it is also demanding and challenging with rigorous academic standards.

Digital Humanities is an important, multidisciplinary field that is growing internationally. It undertakes research at the intersection of computing, digital technologies and the humanities. It aims to produce applications, models and theories that make possible new kinds of research, in the humanities disciplines, in the cultural heritage and information sectors, as well as in computer science and cognate fields. It also studies the impact of digital technologies and techniques on the cultural heritage sector, digital culture and society and on memory institutions like libraries and archives.

Through our programme, you will develop an advanced understanding of the digital resources, computational methods and interpretative frameworks that are relevant to digital research and practice in the humanities, information and cultural heritage sectors. You will be equipped with critical and analytical skills, gain experience in document analysis and close reading, and understand how building and coding embody ways of knowing and questioning in the digital humanities. You will gain technical experience and skills in XML, internet technologies and programming. You will also be introduced to the key debates that are at the core of digital humanities in regional and global contexts and analyse how arguments are expressed and deployed in the Humanities. Through our programme you will learn crucial digital humanities skills, techniques and modes of analysis and discover the frameworks and knowledge you need to remain up-to-date with this fast-paced field, now and in the future.

As well as teaching discipline-specific skills, we have a strong commitment to fostering integrative learning and critical reflection. We emphasise the development of research skills and the critical evaluation of material and data from a wide variety of sources. We encourage you to challenge your assumptions and be open to new ideas and new ways of thinking. Communication skills are developed through class and seminar discussions with you taking an active role. Team working and networking are equally important and fostered by collaborative learning and the sharing of thoughts and ideas.

Who this course is for

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.

What this course will give you

This MA 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 learn't 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.

The foundation of your career

The MA 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 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.

Our alumni have found employment 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 both within and outside the academy.

Employability

The cultural heritage and information sectors are increasingly aware of the need to provide, manage and analyse digital material and projects, with institutions and museums investing heavily in online content. So too, as activities like digital content creation, dissemination and analysis are undertaken by an ever-broader range of actors, in media and communication, cultural heritage, the governmental and NGO sector and digital agencies and companies, the digital proposition is being widely taken up. Our graduates develop a unique skill set and are well placed for a career not only in the fast-growing digital sector, but also in public and private-sector research, development, digital strategy and foresight. As well as discipline specific skills we have a strong commitment to integrative learning, the development of research skills and the necessity of critically evaluating material and techniques from a wide variety of sources. In addition, we encourage you to challenge your assumptions and be open to new ideas and new ways of thinking. Communication skills are developed through class and seminar discussions with students taking an active role. Team working and networking are equally important and fostered by collaborative learning and the sharing of thoughts and ideas.

Teaching and learning

Taught modules will be usually be assessed by coursework, with some including a final exam. Coursework will take a variety of formats, including but not limited to essays, reports, design, and creation of practical projects, group work, and presentations. Examinations will usually take the form of an unseen written examination or a computer-based examination but can differ from module to module.

 

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.

Modules

Full-time

Full-time students will take six compulsory modules and two optional modules, a research dissertation, and a work placement.

The compulsory modules will introduce a range of issues involved in the rationale, selection, creation, evaluation, critique and use of digital resources in the humanities; explore the fundamental concepts of markup, website delivery and design, and issues involved in generating and delivering online content effectively and accessibly; the use of appropriate programming languages to introduce the fundamental principles of programming and scripting; provide an overview of meta-markup languages, giving you the opportunity to practice XML markup techniques and transformations with XSLT; and give you the opportunity to understand and engage in current debates in the digital humanities-related to data-centric research, such as, for example, the ways in which patterns of societal privilege and prejudice may be embedded in the ways in which data are collected, processed and presented.

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

For the optional modules in Terms 1 and 2, there is usually a wide range of taught optional modules to choose from within the following thematic groupings, subject to availability and timetabling: Advanced Topics in Digital Humanities; Cultural Heritage, Electronic Publishing, Artificial Intelligence, and Machine Learning, Human-Computer Interaction, Computer Science and Software Engineering and Information Science.

Term Three

This is for coursework assignments, exams and the Work Placement module which is a mandatory requirement for all full-time students. The Work Placement gives you the opportunity to put theory into practice and gain invaluable experience of the workplace in this fast-moving environment.

You will also undertake an independent research project with the support of a supervisor which culminates in a dissertation.

Part-time

Part-time students will take six compulsory modules, two optional modules and a research dissertation. They will usually take four taught modules in each year, and the dissertation in the second and final year, and they must take all six compulsory modules and two optional modules by the end of their studies. There is no fixed order in which the taught modules should be taken and we are happy to allow as much flexibility as possible.

Flexible

Modular/flexible students will take six compulsory modules, two optional modules and a research dissertation. They can take the eight taught modules (compulsory and optional) in any order they wish (apart from those modules with prerequisites) and must make sure they have completed all eight by the end of their studies. The dissertation should be submitted in the final year of study.

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.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded an MA 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.

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.

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.

Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time Part-time
Tuition fees (2022/23) £12,900 £6,450
Tuition fees (2022/23) £26,600 £13,300

Programme fees on a modular (flexible) basis.

The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Where the programme is offered on a flexible/modular basis, fees are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

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.

Funding your studies

None None

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

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.

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 Application fees.

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.

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes in any application cycle.

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. The programme may remain open if places are still available after 31 March 2022 and will be closed as soon as it is full or by 30 June 2022.

UCL is regulated by the Office for Students.

This page was last updated 28 Sep 2021