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MA Digital Humanities

MA Digital Humanities

The MA in Digital Humanities brings digital theory and practice to the study of human culture, from history, English and music to museums, digital publishing and beyond. The Digital Humanities combine the practical creation and analysis of digital objects and resources with critical reflection on the new questions, opportunities and ruptures which this provokes. The MA looks at how we create and disseminate knowledge in an age where so much of what we do is mobile, networked and mediated by digital culture and technology and will be of key interest to anyone planning a career which involves these characteristics.

The programme provides a critical perspective on digital theory and practice in studying human culture, from the perspectives of academic scholarship, cultural heritage and the commercial world. It studies the history and current state of the digital humanities, exploring their role in modelling, curating, analysing and interpreting digital representations of human culture in all its forms.

The MA programme is aimed at a diverse range of participants and asks questions like

  • How do we model human culture using computers? And how can we create memory and knowledge environments which facilitate new insights or new ways of working with the human record?
  • How does the ethos of openness which the internet encourages – open access, open data – influence the knowledge economy?
  • In what ways is digital culture changing concepts of authorship, editing and publication?
  • Can we use big data techniques to further the study of human culture in an era of information overload?
  • What is the place of coding in our digital interactions with culture and cultural heritage?

On completing the MA, you will

  • Have a broad understanding of the most important applications of digital methods and technologies to humanities research questions and their affordances/limitations
  • Be able to scope, build and critique practical experiments in digital research with an arts, humanities and cultural sector focus
  • Be able to provide critical commentary on the relationship between creativity, digital technology and the study of human culture

What our graduates go on to do

The MA in Digital Humanities programme provides students with experience in many of the new roles and activities emerging as a result of digital culture, both in research and professional contexts and alumni have subsequently followed a number of different routes; they have pursued careers in the academic and research sector, they have undertaken PhD studies, and they have found work in the cultural heritage industries, in digital media, in internet companies, in publishing houses, and in web based businesses in London and overseas.

Why should I study the MA in Digital Humanities?

  • The MA in Digital Humanities is one of the world-leading programmes of its kind, housed in one of the field’s largest and most prestigious departments
  • In a joint submission with sister department CMCI we recently came first in the UK for "research power" in the latest assessment of research quality in the UK
  • The MADH draws on around fifteen years of highly innovative digital humanities collaborations in a dynamic and innovative research programme
  • We have strong connections with cultural heritage partners
  • You will learn in-depth practical and very transferable skills, conduct research where you set the agenda and this will serve as an opportunity to showcase your abilities to potential future employers

Online Prospectus

Find out more about this programme including entry criteria and how to apply on the Online Prospectus.

MA Digital Humanities offer holder webinar


Dr Stuart Dunn and Paul Spence

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