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Digital Humanities - MA/MSc/PGDip/PGCert

Course Description

This programme draws together teaching from a wide range of disciplines, investigating the application of computational technologies to the arts, humanities and cultural heritage. We study the impact of these techniques on cultural heritage, museums, libraries, archives and digital culture while developing skills that employers and students tell us are needed.

Degree information

Our students develop an advanced understanding of digital resources, techniques and computational methods relevant to research and practice in the humanities and cultural heritage sectors; these include programming, XML, databases, internet technologies, image capture and digitisation. They 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 (15 credits each), three optional modules (15 credits each), a research dissertation (60 credits) and a work placement. A Postgraduate Diploma, five core modules (75 credits), three optional modules (45 credits), nine months full-time 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.

Core modules
-Digital Resources in the Humanities
-Internet Technologies
-Introduction to Programming and Scripting
-Server Programming and Structured Data

Optional modules - students choose three optional modules from a list which may include the following:
-Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities
-Affective Interaction
-Computer Music
-Design Practice
-Electronic Publishing
-Fundamentals of Information Science
-Geographical Information Systems
-Historical Bibliography
-Interaction Design
-Introduction to Digital Curation
-Introduction to Digitisation
-Knowledge Representation and Semantic Technologies
-Legal and Social Aspects of Electronic Publishing
-Manuscript Studies
-Multimedia Computing
-User-Centred Evaluation Methods

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

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, demonstrations, seminars and practical sessions, and will include a work placement in a relevant organisation. Assessment is through a mixture of essays, practical projects, programming exercices, written technical examinations, and group work projects, depending on the options chosen.

Students undertake a work placement. Past placement hosts have included the British Museum, National Theatre, British Library, Marx Memorial Library, Islington Museum, Ubiquity Press, UCL Communications, and UCL Art Museum.


The cultural heritage sector is increasingly aware of the need to provide and manage digital material and projects with institutions and museums investing heavily in online content. Our graduates develop a unique skill set and are well placed for project management, further research, or a career in e-commerce and the fast growing digital field. Our alumni have found employment in the British Museum, Oxford University, Knowledge 4 All Foundation; 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 for both academic and commercial projects.

Top career destinations for this degree:
-Digital Producer, Kaldor Group
-Software Engineer, Semcat
-Librarian, University of Crete
-Digital Project Manager, Knowledge 4 All Foundation (K4A)
-Technical Operations Manger, Kaldor

The MA/MSc in Digital Humanities is a unique and groundbreaking 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. The work placement 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 other digital tools, they are equipped with a critical and analytical mindset and are well positioned to go on to pursue careers that focus on collaborative, innovative and creative thinking.

Why study this degree at UCL?

This MA/MSc is a truly interdisciplinary programme, and students can 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 teaching delivered by leading scholars and the excellent range of facilities available, including the UCL Library Special Collections, UCL Museums & Collections, and the UCLDH Digitisation Suite. Teaching by academic staff is supplemented by guest lecturers drawn from experienced practitioners and expert industry professionals.

Students take advantage of our collaboration with many internationally important cultural heritage institutions including the British Museum and the British Library. Students undertake a work placement, 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, National Theatre, British Library, Marx Memorial Library, Islington Museum, Ubiquity Press, UCL Communications, and UCL Art Museum.

Visit the Digital Humanities - MA/MSc/PGDip/PGCert page on the University College London website for more details!

All Available Videos:

(Student Profile)

Penny Jackson

"I am fascinated by how the range of technology and tools at hand helps to better understand and interpret humanities subjects fascinating. It's inspiring to learn of the emerging developments and to think what might be possible in the future, and the enthusiasm and passion for the digital humanities I've encountered this year has been extremely motivating. Currently on a break from my job, I am now in a position to return to it refreshed and with new skills. "

(Student Profile)

Olga Laboda

"UCL flipped my career direction 180 degrees. I am grateful that I was introduced to a field that changed my perspective and assisted me in accessing the industry I am fascinated with. "


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.

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