The MA in Digital Humanities has a twofold aim:
1. To develop a critical understanding of digital technologies and research in the arts and humanities.
2. To teach a set of practical computational skills which enable the creation of digital resources and which can also open up exciting professional perspectives for students.
Digital Humanities is a discipline born from the intersection of humanities scholarship and computational technologies. Its key purpose is to investigate how digital methodologies can be used to enhance the understanding and research in disciplines such as History, Literature, Languages, Art History, Music, Cultural Studies and many others. Digital Humanities has a very strong practical component as it includes the concrete creation of digital resources for the study of specific disciplines, while at the same time having a strongly theoretical basis as it studies and contributes to the development of traditional disciplines.
This programme gives the student a rare opportunity to:
- Learn the analytical and practical skills needed to understand what digital tools and methods can and cannot do for the humanities.
- Develop a critical perspective on computing and on how it is currently used in his or her discipline of origin.
- Undertake research that combines the construction of digital objects with critical reflection on them.
Representative case studies are drawn from a number of disciplinary areas to exemplify analysis of typical problems and the combination of technical means needed to approach them successfully.
This programme focuses on analytical and practical skills needed to understand what digital tools and methods can and cannot do for the humanities. Your research will combines the construction of digital objects with critical reflection on them.
The core modules are Methods & Techniques of the Digital Humanities, which surveys the basics, and Tools & Resources, in which you learn how to construct simple tools for common practical tasks.
Optional modules allow more detailed investigation of textual, visual & material artefacts, drawing on representative case studies to exemplify analysis of typical problems and the combination of technical means needed to approach them successfully. A one-month work placement is optional.
Dr Elena Pierazzo, 020 7848 1949
King's College London
Credit value (UK/ECTS equivalent)
UK 180/ECTS 90
One year FT, two years PT, September to September.
Alumni of the MA in Digital Humanities have 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 publishing houses, and in web based businesses in London and overseas.
Year of entry 2013