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Digital Humanities Research MPhil/PhD



  • REF rankings 2014: 1st in the UK for power. 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 were ranked third of the Russell Group universities.

  • Research income: £1.8m in 2011-2012.
  • Current number of academic staff: 16.
  • Current number of research students: 20.
  • Recent publications:
    • Humanities Computing.
    • The Collected Works of Thomas Middleton.
    • Supporting Annotation as a Scholarly Tool - Experiences From the Online Chopin Variorum Edition.
    • Digital Preservation.
    • Lost Theatre and Performance Traditions in Greece and Italy.
  • Current research projects:
    • Prosopography of Anglo-Saxon England.
    • Jane Austen's Holograph Printed Manuscripts.
    • Inscriptions of Aphrodisias.
    • Out of the Wings - Spanish and Spanish American Theatres in Translation: A Virtual Environment for Research and Practice
    • The Body and Mask: Ancient Theatre Space.

Key information

Duration Expected to be three years FT, four-six years PT. September to September, January to January or April to April.

Study mode Full-time,Part-time

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Department Department of Digital Humanities


Entry requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

General entry advice

An MA degree in the humanities or social sciences, with a mark of Distinction or high Merit (or  international equivalent). In exceptional circumstances, applicants holding a first class honours degree (or overseas equivalent) may be admitted. Applicants must demonstrate mastery of the academic background deemed relevant to the research proposed.

Application procedure

Prior to formal application students develop a cogent research proposal in correspondence with the Director of Research, Professor McCarty. On his approval, formal application may proceed. A preliminary visit to the department in London is highly desirable but not required. Normally studies begin in the autumn semester. If advised to proceed, applications should be made by early January, particularly if funding is required. Admission to the PhD programme is initially for the MPhil, but we expect students to transfer to the PhD after an appropriate period, by agreement with their supervisor, the departmental Research Committee and the College.

Personal statement and supporting information

No information required.

Course intake

No set number.

Application closing date

There is no specific deadline for applications. Applications will be considered subject to the availability of places, thus we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. Please note funding applications may be subject to specific deadlines.


Course detail


This is a pioneering doctoral programme, based in one of the world’s most prestigious centres for the emerging discipline of Digital Humanities. We welcome applications from potential students with any disciplinary background in the humanities. Our research explores the intersection of digital tools and methods with one or more artefacts, cultural expressions or processes studied in the humanities or interpretative social sciences. 

Examples might include: the reconstruction of historical persons and communities from scattered evidence; the modelling of literary contexts; the formation of identities through online activities; the exploration of the relationship between verbal description and visual representation; the online imagining of diasporic communities; and the visualization of data from historic sources. 

A distinctive and exciting feature of the programme is its interdisciplinary structure, with collaborative supervision between the Department of Digital Humanities and other appropriate Departments such as History or Classics. In addition to these areas, Digital Humanities is developing links with the Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries that allow broad exploration of the meaning of digital cultures and the information society, with particular emphasis on social networks and digital industries, digital ontologies and political action online.

We offer a lively range of activities for research students, including a regular doctoral seminar, advanced seminars such as the London Seminar in Digital Text and Scholarship. Students are also encouraged to participate in such London activities as the Decoding the Digital Humanities reading group.

Course study environment

PhD candidates meet with supervisors regularly throughout the academic year. A PhD seminar meets every three weeks, in which students present their research to each other and discuss its progress. Space, equipment and technical help are provided as facilities permit. All candidates are invited to participate in the ongoing departmental seminar in Humanities Computing, in the online discussion group Humanist and to attend the London.

Seminar in Digital Text and Scholarship, held in conjunction with the Institute of English Studies. Attendance at the annual Digital Humanities conference is sponsored whenever possible.

Postgraduate training

PhD candidates are required to take a research methods course in the basics of the digital humanities and may be offered additional technical training if required. Additional requirements may be made by the supervisor(s), especially for those primarily in the social sciences.

Head of group/division

Professor Willard McCarty.

Contact for information

Postgraduate Admissions, Admissions Office tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 1649 fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200

Contact email

Course website

Career prospects

Career destinations

A research degree in the digital humanities will equip you to make substantial and original contributions to any field or activity in which computing is applied to the study, conservation or presentation of cultural artifacts. Because the degree privileges human knowledge and cultural production rather than the tools used to study these things, it will also prepare you to offer powerfully creative resistance to computing in its present state and so to help advance it in the best possible way. The degree is thus highly relevant to further work in higher education and the cultural sector.


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Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees - Home/EU

£4,600 p.a. (2016/17)*

Full time tuition fees - Overseas

£17,000 p.a. (2016/17)*

Part time tuition fees - Home/EU

£2,300 p.a. (2016/17)*

Part time tuition fees - Overseas

£8,500 p.a. (2016/17)*

*This tuition fee maybe be subject to annual increases.

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.


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