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Digital Humanities MA/MSc

This 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.

Covid-19 programme updates

Due to COVID-19, there may have been updates to this programme for the 2020 academic year. Where there has been an update, these are indicated with a red alert and a link which will provide further information.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2020

Modes and duration

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

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 1 November 2019
Close: 11 August 2020
Notification
Due to the large number of applications received, this programme is no longer accepting applications for 2020/21 entry. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Applications for 2021/22 entry will open later in the year.

Tuition fees (2020/21)

UK/EU:
£10,550 (FT)
£5,255 (PT)
Overseas:
£22,740 (FT)
£11,470 (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. Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session.

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

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.

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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 five core modules (75 credits), three optional modules (45 credits), a research dissertation (60 credits) and work experience.

A Postgraduate Diploma, five core modules (75 credits), three optional modules (45 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 MA/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
  • Server Programming and Structured Data
  • XML

Optional modules

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

  • Advanced Topics in Digital Culture
  • Advanced Topics in Digital Humanities
  • Affective Interaction
  • Cultural Heritage, Globalisation and Development
  • Database Systems Analysis and Design
  • Digital Curation
  • Electronic Publishing
  • Foundations of Machine Learning and Data Science
  • Fundamentals of Information Science
  • Future Interfaces
  • GIS in Archaeology and History
  • Graph Databases and Semantic Technologies
  • Historical Bibliography
  • Introduction to Digitisation
  • Legal and Social Aspects of Electronic Publishing
  • Logic and Knowledge Representation
  • Manuscript Studies
  • Systems Management

All optional modules are offered subject to availability, and students may be required to fulfil specific prerequisites.

Covid-19 module updates
Due to COVID-19, there may be updates to the modules for your chosen programme of study this year. Some modules may not be available or may need to be moved to a later term or year of study. These updates are relevant for 2020-21 academic year only.  The full list of modules will be available in the module catalogue from late August.  From the first week of September, you will be invited to complete module selection from Portico, our student record system. There may need to be additional updates or changes to modules during the academic year to allow for new guidance from the UK Government and Public Health England. Your department shall keep you updated of these changes as they become available.

Dissertation/research project

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

Covid-19 field trip updates
Due to COVID-19 updates, there may need to be changes to planned field trips for this programme. This will depend on travel restrictions, social distancing measures, and the availability of the relevant venues. Your department will keep you updated if field trips are able to occur and/or any alternative options available.

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.


Covid-19 placement updates
Due to COVID-19 updates, there may need to be changes to planned placements for this programme. This will depend on social distancing measures, the availability of the relevant placements, and the relative risk of completing the placement. Your department will keep you updated if placements are able to occur and/or any alternative options available.

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.

Covid-19 contact hours on campus
In Term One, while campus will be open, all the learning activity for the core content of your modules will take place online – including lectures, tutorials, seminars and assessments. By “core content” we mean everything you need to learn to complete the module successfully. In addition to these online contact hours, we will be offering some face-to-face educational activities for students on campus, and we will provide alternative online activities for those students unable to join us on campus. These activities, which will include contact with academic staff, will be relevant to your programme of study may include seminars, academic and employability skills workshops, small-group or individual tutorials, lab and practice-based teaching. UK Government safety guidelines will limit the amount of ‘in person’ activity we can offer and while it will vary from programme to programme, is likely to be no more than 1-2 hours per week. This will vary across departments, particularly if your programme includes laboratory/practical/studio/workshop sessions. You will be updated with more specific details as they are available and your timetable will indicate which sessions will be on campus and which will be available online.
Covid-19 practical component updates
Due to COVID-19, there may be changes to the availability of the practical components for your chosen programme. Any updates relate only to the 20/21 academic year and may not apply to all students across the programme depending on your year of study.  Your department will keep you updated if the practical component of your programme is able to occur and/or any alternative options available.   There may need to be additional updates or changes to the practical component during the academic year to allow for new guidance from the UK Government and/or Public Health England. Your department shall keep you updated of these changes as they become available. 
Covid-19 assessment updates
There may be changes to the format of assessments for modules in this programme due to COVID-19. These will be summarised for each module on the module catalogue from 17 August 2020.   If any changes to assessments need to be made during the academic year due to updates in government guidance, these will be communicated to you as soon as possible from your department.    
Communicating further Covid-19 mitigation plans
We are continuing to follow UK Government guidance, as well as the expertise of our researchers, including specialists in health, education, human behaviour and infection prevention, to make sure UCL is as safe as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. If it becomes necessary to make further changes to your programme as a result of new guidance/regulations, UCL and your department will communicate these as soon as this becomes clear. We will keep you up-to-date with our plans throughout term one, so you have the information you need to be able to take decisions that are right for your circumstances. Please ensure that you keep in touch with your department by regularly checking your UCL emails, Moodle courses, the Coronavirus FAQs for Students page and any UCL online groups or social media you follow.

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. 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 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. 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 MA/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

"The infrastructure at UCL encourages cross-faculty experimentation, and it rewards innovative thinking. Suits me down to the ground!"

Professor Melissa Terras

Digital Humanities MA/MSc
Professor in Digital Humanities

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.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £80 for online applications and £105 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: www.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
11 August 2020

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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