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Digital Curation MA

Course Description

A two-year international programme providing a combination of theoretical knowledge and practical training that will equip students to manage and curate the digital information & digital assets of organisations across the public and private sectors. Students study for one year at each of King’s and Humboldt University Berlin, and choose from an exceptional range of options covering different aspects of digital curation.

Reasons you should consider the MA in Digital Curation are:

- You will receive an outstanding education that will equip you to become a leader in the field of digital curation and information management.
- Employers are looking for skilled professionals with knowledge and expertise in managing and curating their valuable digital information and assets.
- You will study in two of Europe’s most exciting cities and will have the opportunity to engage with cultural and creative sectors in both cities.

Key benefits

- Students will study in two of Europe’s most vibrant cities spending a year in Berlin followed by a year in London. These unrivalled locations allow students to experience a variety of different cultures, and access to some of the greatest cultural heritage and arts institutions in the world. Both King’s and Humboldt have close links with a range of cultural heritage and memory institutions in London and Berlin respectively and are able to offer internship opportunities and up-to-the-minute knowledge of the subject area.

- The tutors offer cutting edge expertise in library, archive and information science, with specialist knowledge in digital technologies and processes. They come from diverse and highly interdisciplinary backgrounds, including running digital archives or working in the digital industries.

- The MA can lead to further research or to careers in a range of organisations, including libraries, museums, galleries, and archives; media organisations; publishing houses; government and industry; research institutions; healthcare and law firms.

Visit the website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/digital-curation-ma.aspx

Course detail

- Description -

Throughout the programme, students will be provided with opportunities to engage with the rich cultural heritage of the cities, with guest speakers and visits to memory and cultural institutions such as the British Library, the Southbank Centre, and the Berlin State Library experiencing all that studying in Berlin and London can offer.

Digital content and digital technologies are a defining feature of our age. Digital data, information and knowledge are an asset for cultural heritage, memory institutions, industry, commerce and government. They are fundamental for research and practice in fields such as the law and medicine. As individuals we increasingly communicate and record our lives and our memories in digital form. But digital information is fragile and complex and requires ongoing and active curation as we seek to ensure its longevity, innovate in its use, and exploit its social, cultural and commercial value. It is a shared once-in-a-generation challenge.

This programme will provide students with the core skills, knowledge and competencies to become leaders in the rapidly expanding field of digital curation. Students will study a wide range of subjects including metadata, preservation, knowledge representation, digital libraries, ethics and rights management, and new digital technologies and methods, including cloud and crowd-sourcing technologies. Students will also have an opportunity to undertake an internship to gain workplace experience. We want students to acquire a great deal of practical knowledge, but even more we want them to develop their critical and reflective capacities, and to acquire an understanding of the inter-dependence between the developments in digital processes, technology and curatorial practice. The MA will also provide an excellent grounding for students interested in going on to a PhD in Digital Curation or related area.

- Course purpose -

The MA in Digital Curation is designed to prepare students for leadership roles in organisations and enterprises with significant volumes of digital information and knowledge. The programme responds to the increasing demand for digitally literate professionals to work in education and heritage institutions, as well as wider industry by equipping students with a range of strategic, technical and practical skills to provide direction and leadership in the curation of digital information and assets.

- Course format and assessment -

Lectures on theoretical topics; demonstrations; practical classes and exercises. Modules are assessed by coursework and/or examination.

Student Destinations:

All institutions concerned with the effective curation of digital information and digital assets, for example, libraries, museums, galleries, and archives; media organisations; publishing houses; government and industry; research institutions; healthcare and law firms.

How to apply: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/taught-courses.aspx

About Postgraduate Study at King’s College London:

To study for a postgraduate degree at King’s College London is to study at the city’s most central university and at one of the top 20 universities worldwide (2015/16 QS World Rankings). Graduates will benefit from close connections with the UK’s professional, political, legal, commercial, scientific and cultural life, while the excellent reputation of our MA and MRes programmes ensures our postgraduate alumni are highly sought after by some of the world’s most prestigious employers. We provide graduates with skills that are highly valued in business, government, academia and the professions.

Scholarships & Funding:

All current PGT offer-holders and new PGT applicants are welcome to apply for the scholarships. For more information and to learn how to apply visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/sources

Free language tuition with the Modern Language Centre:

If you are studying for any postgraduate taught degree at King’s you can take a module from a choice of over 25 languages without any additional cost. Visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/mlc

Visit the Digital Curation MA page on the King’s College London website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

The programme will consider applicants who have completed a BA or equivalent degree in Library and Information Science or a related discipline. Strong applicants with majors in other fields will also be considered. A minimum UK first degree of 2:1 or oversea equivalent is expected. Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements: View Website

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