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Digital Humanities (MA)

  • Please contact [email protected]
  • September
  • Full-time: 1 year, Part-time: 2 years
  • MA

Course Description


Digital Humanities is a fast and growing interdisciplinary field at the cutting edge of 21st century research methods. It aligns traditional Humanities-based research with modern data-intensive computational methodologies to produce exciting new research avenues and questions in traditional fields of expertise. The MA degree is transformative in nature and allows graduates from Arts and Humanities, Social Science, as well as Computer Science backgrounds, to enhance and complement their existing research skills with modern digital methods vital for the cultural heritage and information sectors. It is also excellent preparation for those wishing to pursue a computationally-enabled PhD in the arts and humanities, digital preservation, or digital cultural heritage.

Students have opportunities to:

Use State-of-the-art equipment to digitise, analyse and 3D print cultural heritage objects.
Explore alternative methods, theories, and technologies for undertaking a range of digitally-enabled cultural heritage projects and research
Get real-life experience through an internship in a cultural heritage institution or collaborating on a Digital Humanities project.
Be actively involved in our Digital Humanities projects, such as the Letters 1916, the first crowdsourcing project in Ireland, and Contested Memories, a computer graphic simulation of The Battle of Mount Street Bridge.
Create virtual worlds and get an expertise in computer graphics for cultural heritage.
Learn programming and markup languages used widely in the field
Get experience in encoding historical or literary sources and literature in the creation of Digital Scholarly Editions.
The course is delivered in our state-of-the-art facility in An Foras Feasa (Iontas Building, North Campus), which includes the MakersLab for Computational Imaging and 3D Printing projects, the Digital Humanities Lab with high-end desktop computers for computer graphics and image processing, and the Green Screen Studio for audio-visual recording.

A number of funding options are available including two An Foras Feasa Taught Masters Bursaries, the University wide Taught Masters Scholarships and the Maynooth University Taught Masters Alumni Scholarships. Further details may be found at: https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/foras-feasa/ma-and-phd-funding

Course Structure

90 ECTS are needed to complete the Masters. The course is comprised of the following elements:

Required Taught Modules: 20 ECTS*

Elective Taught Modules: 40 ECTS

Project and Dissertation: 30 ECTS

*Required modules include Digital Humanities Theory and Practice and Digital Humanities Practicum (10 ECTS each). Both modules are integral to the building of practical and theoretical knowledge of the discipline, its development and its intersection with public projects. The Digital Humanities Practicum module guarantees students a work placement at a cultural heritage institution or on a Digital Humanities project.

Part-time students are advised to register for ‘Digital Humanities Theory and Practice’ in the first semester, while working for the ‘Digital Humanities Practicum’ in the second year of the course.

Elective modules provide students with a variety of skills, methods, and theories. Students may choose to either specialise in a specific area, delving deeply into a specific set of methods, or to take a wider variety of modules hence gaining a broader understanding of the field.

Applicants with little previous programming experience, are advised to register for ‘Structured Programming’: an intensive 3-week 90-hour pre-semester laboratory-based programming course which runs in late August through to early September and counts as one elective module worth 10 ECTS.

The project and dissertation over the last semester of the course and will be individually supervised or co-supervised by an academic from one or both of the contributing departments. Student who wish not to write the final thesis have the opportunity to exit the course with a postgraduate diploma in Digital Humanities.

Career Options

Graduates of the MA in Digital Humanities at Maynooth University are ideally placed to use computational methods in arts and humanities research and research projects. Graduates also take up exciting positions across the areas of museum curating, archiving and public history and heritage projects, while the technical and transferrable skills they develop can also lead them to the Industry and the IT sector.

How To Apply

Online application only http://www.pac.ie/maynoothuniversity

PAC Code

The following documents should be forwarded to PAC, 1 Courthouse Square, Galway or uploaded to your online application form:

Certified copies of all official transcripts of results for all non-Maynooth University qualifications listed MUST accompany the application. Failure to do so will delay your application being processed. Non-Maynooth University students are asked to provide two academic references and a copy of birth certificate or valid passport.

Find information on Scholarships here https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/study-maynooth/postgraduate-studies/fees-funding-scholarships

Visit the Digital Humanities (MA) page on the Maynooth University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Taught Master's Scholarships - 20+ Awards

Please select the option ‘Taught Masters Scholarship’ from the
drop down menu. PAC no. Please insert your (PAC) number that you have received from http://www.pac.ie after submitting your master’s course(s) application online. About You - Applicant’s personal details Mandatory information. Please note that date of birth is required to ensure that duplicate records can be identified in the online system. Applicant’s contact details A number of fields are mandatory. Applicant’s academic history Details of academic qualifications, including results. Information about the applicant’s final undergraduate Maynooth University Taught Masters Scholarships 2017 Guide for Applicants (V.1) 3 honours level 8 degree or equivalent must be provided. Applicants are required to upload official transcripts for academic qualifications into the online application system. Applicants may enter a number of qualifications into the system but only level 8 honours Bachelor’s degrees or equivalent are considered. Selecting your Department Applicants may select up to three Departments from the drop down menu. Applicants may be considered for scholarships in Masters programmes in up to three Departments.Taught Master’s Scholarship This section provides the opportunity for applicants to declare if they have been in receipt of a higher education authority student grant/SUSI grant. If an applicant has not been in receipt of a student grant for the final year of their undergraduate honours degree, this will not affect the assessment of their application. Applicants must also declare their acceptance of the scheme’s terms and conditions in this section. Taught Master’s Access Scholarship All applicants must indicate whether they wish to be considered for the taught master’s scholarship allocated under the Maynooth Access Programme. Please note this section is only relevant to the Taught Master’s Scholarship of €2,000 applications and to students currently registered with the
Maynooth University Access Office. It is not
considered for Alumni Scholarship applications. If
this section is not completed it is assumed that the
applicant does not wish to be considered.
Recommendations Recommendations are not required for Taught
Master’s Scholarship applications. References
provided will not be considered.
Downloadable Forms Downloadable forms are not required for Taught
Master’s Scholarship applications. They are only
relevant to Alumni Scholarship applications. If you
are a graduate of Maynooth University and you are
uploading an Alumni Scholarship personal statement
form, please refer to the Alumni Scholarship
Check your application

Value of Scholarship(s)



Applicants must intend to pursue a full-time Taught Master’s degree at the
University commencing in the following academic year. Achieve a minimum overall result of 65% in an Honours Bachelor’s degree from Maynooth University.

Application Procedure

Applications are online via an online application system accessible from the
Following link: https://app.hobsons.co.uk/AYApplicantLogin/fl_ApplicantConnectLogin.asp?id=nuim

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Candidates for the Master of Arts in Digital Humanities must have a 2.1 Honours Degree in Humanities, Social Sciences, Arts or in Computer Science.Applicants from abroad must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.Minimum English language requirements: please visit Maynooth University International Office website for information about English language tests accepted and required scores. The requirements specified are applicable for both EU and non-EU applicants.

Last Updated

30 May 2017

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