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What will I learn?


Our course in Digital Humanities brings digital theory and practice to the study of human culture: from history, English and music to museums, digital publishing and more. Digital technology provides many new opportunities and challenges to those working with textual, visual or multimedia content. Using critical theory, case studies and hands-on project-based exercises, our course studies the history and current state of digital knowledge production, exploring theoretical and practical challenges in modelling, curating, analysing and interpreting digital representations of human culture in all its forms, past and present. Leads to careers in cultural heritage, publishing and web- based businesses.

Course detail

In an age where so much of what we do is mobile, networked and mediated by digital culture and technology, digital humanities play an important role in exploring how we create and share knowledge. On this course, we will develop and enhance your awareness and understanding of a range of subjects that are relevant to the digitally mediated study of human culture, including: How we model human culture using computers and how we can create memory and knowledge environments which facilitate new insights or new ways of working with the human record. How the ethos of openness that the internet encourages – open access, open data – influences the knowledge economy. The role of digital culture in changing concepts of authorship, editing and publication. The potential application and limitations of big data techniques to further the study of human culture in an era of information overload. The place of coding in our digital interactions with culture and cultural heritage. We will give you a broad understanding of the most important applications of digital methods and technologies to humanities research questions and what they do and don’t allow us to do. You will be able to scope, build and critique practical experiments in digital research with an arts, humanities and cultural sector focus, and you will learn to provide critical commentary on the relationship between creativity, digital technology and the study of human culture.

Teaching and assessment

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment. Your performance will be assessed through coursework. Forms of assessment may typically include essays, project work and reports. Coursework contributes 100% to your final mark.

Career prospects

Employers are looking for skilled professionals with knowledge and expertise in applying digital methodologies to the study of human culture. Our MA responds to a demand for highly digital literate professionals in educational and heritage sectors, as well as in publishing, digital media and creative/cultural sectors. Research managers and other professionals in cultural industries work with a wide variety of data, technologies and methodological approaches. A critical perspective, adaptability to change and the ability to get familiar with new technologies quickly are greatly valued skills. Graduates of Digital Humanities have followed a number of different routes. Some have pursued careers in the academic and research sector, some have undertaken PhD studies, and some have found work in the cultural heritage industries, in publishing houses, and in web-based businesses in London and overseas.

Which department am I in?

Department of Digital Humanities

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£27,900.00 (US$ 38,401) per year
This is a fixed fee
Application deadline

Expected July 2022

Start date

17 January 2022


Strand Campus




WC2R 2LS, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students who have completed a Bachelor degree from a recognised institution in the United States of America will be considered. Grades may vary depending upon the course chosen.

For international students

Bachelor’s degree with 2:1 honours in any Arts or Humanities subject. No prior computing experience is required beside basic digital literacy: email, web browsing and word processing. In order to meet the academic entry requirements for this programme you should have a minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree with a final mark of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme. If you are still studying you should be achieving an average of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme. Overseas students will be required to demonstrate IELTS of 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each skill. TOEFL IBT 92 overall with a minimum of 23 in writing and 20 in each of the other skills.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.