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Digital Humanities MA

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This 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 beyond.

Digital technology provides many new opportunities and challenges to those working with textual, visual or multimedia content and this programme 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.


Key benefits

  • This world-leading programme is highly multidisciplinary and draws on a wide range of expertise in web technologies, digital publishing, open software and content creation, digital cultural heritage, coding in humanities/cultural contexts and maps, apps & the Geoweb.

  • The programme provides opportunities to scope, build and critique practical experiments in digital research with an arts, humanities and cultural sector focus.

  • Through the optional internship module students can have direct access to some of the world's most important culture and media institutions.

  • The MA can lead to further research or to careers in cultural heritage institutions (such as museums, libraries, and archives), in multimedia and new media companies, in internet companies, in publishing houses, and in web based businesses in London and overseas.

Key information

Application status Open

Duration One year FT, two years PT, September to September.

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Course intake No set number.

Course leaders Paul Spence:; Admissions Tutor: Dr Stuart Dunn 0207 848 2709

Further details

Course contact for further information

Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 7000 fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Arts & Humanities

DepartmentDepartment of Digital Humanities



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Course detail


The digital humanities have played an important role in exploring 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. The principle educational aims are to develop and enhance participants’ awareness and understanding of a range of subjects relevant to the digitally mediated study of human culture, including:

• How 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 the ethos of openness which 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.

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; and be able to provide critical commentary on the relationship between creativity, digital technology and the study of human culture.

Reasons you should consider applying for the MA in Digital Humanities:

• Employers are looking for skilled professionals with knowledge and expertise in applying digital methodologies to the study of human culture

• 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 much valued skills

• The MA in Digital Humanities is one of the world-leading programmes of its kind, and draws on around fifteen years of highly innovative digital humanities collaborations involving 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


Course purpose

The MA in Digital Humanities is designed to develop your understanding of digital theory and practice in studying human culture, from the perspectives of academic scholarship, cultural heritage and the commercial world.

Digital technology provides many new opportunities and challenges to those working with textual, visual or multimedia content and this programme 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 aims to equip students with a variety of strategic, technical and analytical skills to provide direction and leadership in these areas.

Further literature

Programme brochure.

Course format and assessment


If you are a full-time student, we will provide 120 to 180 hours of teaching through lectures and seminars, and we will expect you to undertake 1674 hours of independent study.

If you are a part-time student, we will provide 90 hours of teaching through lectures and seminars in your first year, and 50 hours in your second. We will expect you to undertake 720 hours of independent study in your first year and 954 hours in your second.


We will assess our modules entirely through coursework, which will mostly take the form of essays, with some project work.


Year 1

Required Modules
  • Introduction to Digital Humanities (40 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)

If you are a part-time student, you will take Introduction to Digital Humanities in your first year, and your dissertation in your second.

Optional Modules

Choose four modules totalling 80 credits from a list of options that typically includes:

  • Editorial models for Digital Texts: Theory and Practice (20 Credits)
  • Web Technologies (20 Credits)
  • Digital Publishing (20 Credits)
  • Communication and Consumption of Cultural Heritage (20 Credits)
  • Open Cultures (20 Credits)
  • Maps, Apps and the GeoWeb: Introduction to the Spatial Humanities (20 Credits)
  • Internship: Digital Humanities in the Workplace (20 Credits)
  • Management for Digital Content Industries (20 Credits)
  • Metadata Theory and Practice (20 Credits)
  • Digital Media, Digital Marketing (20 Credits)
  • Curating and Preserving Digital Culture (20 Credits)
  • Digital Asset and Media Technologies in Practice (20 Credits)
  • Digital Asset and Media Management in the Broadcast Media (20 Credits)
  • Crowds and Clouds: Digital Ecosystems (20 Credits)
  • Digital Culture and Political Protest (20 Credits)
  • The Social Life of Big Data (20 Credits)
  • Other master’s modules offered in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities, subject to approvals.

We regularly review the list of modules we offer to make sure our programmes are as relevant and innovative as possible. Therefore, some modules may change, and we recommend that you check here for the most up-to-date information:

Entry requirements & how to apply

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

Bachelor’s degree with 2:1 honours (or overseas equivalent) in any Arts or Humanities subject. No prior computing experience is required beside basic digital literacy, including email, web browsing and word processing.


Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal and a non-refundable application fee of £50 applies.

Your application will be assessed by two members of staff. We normally interview applicants, either in person or by phone if overseas, and you are welcome to call the department to arrange a visit. We aim to process all applications within four to six weeks although this may take longer in February and March, and over holiday periods.

Personal statement and supporting information

Please provide a personal statement.

Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible.  Our first application deadline was the 31st March 2017.  Applications will remain open if places are available and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full.  For programmes with spaces remaining, no further applications will be accepted from non-EU (Overseas) nationals after 30th July 2017 or from UK/ EU nationals after 3rd September 2017.

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Full time UK fees: £9,450 p.a. (2017/18)*
  • Full time overseas fees: £18,420 p.a. (2017/18)*
  • Part time UK fees: £4,725 p.a. (2017/18)*
  • Part time overseas fees: £9,210 p.a. (2017/18)*

Please note: Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee.

*These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.


When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK/EU deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2017, payment is due by 30th April 2017.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2017 and 30th June 2017, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2017 and 31st July 2017, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2017, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

Additional costs/expenses

In addition to the costs above, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Graduation costs
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 

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

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.


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