What will I learn?


The Department of Digital Humanities at King’s is a pioneer in its field, and we aim to provide outstanding supervision and training in a broad range of areas across digital humanities and digital culture, exploring the varied ways in which digital information, technologies and methods are transforming the humanities, arts, culture and society. We have numerous links with key institutions across the cultural and creative sectors, as well as SMEs in the digital and media industries, and we aim to prepare students for careers both in the academy and outside it.

There is also an option of undertaking a joint PhD with the National University of Singapore.

The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) confirmed the world-class standard of research undertaken in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, and its leading international reputation. The Department of Digital Humanities is ranked 1st in the UK against the framework's "power" metric; 80% of our research was deemed to be world leading (4*) and internationally excellent (3*) standard; we received an outstanding score for the impact of our research; and we were ranked third of the Russell Group universities.

You will be supervised by leading figures in your field, and participate in a lively and supportive research culture within the Department, which currently has 14 academic staff and 26 MPhil/PhD students (not including students on collaborative programmes whose primary supervisor is located elsewhere in the College), as well as post-docs and visiting researchers. Much of the Department’s research is funded through major grants from the European Commission, the AHRC, the Leverhulme Trust, the Andrew Mellon Foundation, and other key funders.


The Department of Digital Humanities offers a PhD programme for suitably qualified candidates who wish to explore the transformative effects of digital information, technologies, and methods on the humanities, arts, culture and society. This is a pioneering doctoral programme, based in one of the world’s most prestigious centres for the study of Digital Humanities. Research in the Department reflects a ‘big tent’ view of the digital humanities, and there are no a priori restrictions on the area of research, assuming that appropriate supervisors can be found, and no fixed expectations of particular technical skills. We welcome applications from potential students with any disciplinary background in the humanities or social sciences.

Which department am I in?

Department of Digital Humanities

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
£19,850.00 (US$ 25,632) per year
The tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

This is a fixed fee
Start date

January 2020, April 2020


Strand Campus




WC2R 2LS, England

Entry requirements

For international students

Students can demonstrate their English Language Proficiency with the following tests and grades: IELTS (Academic): 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in reading & writing and 6.0 in listening & speaking; TOEFL iBT: 100 overall with a minimum of 25 in writing, 23 in reading and 20 in each of the other skills; Cambridge Advanced Certificate (CAE): 185 overall; minimum 176 in reading & writing and 169 in listening & speaking; Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): 185 overall; minimum 176 in reading & writing and 169 in listening & speaking; Pearson Test of English (Academic): 69 overall, with a minimum of 62 in reading & writing and 59 in listening & speaking. The tests listed above are valid if they have been taken within the past two years.

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