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Digital Humanities MA



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.

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

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 enquiry form

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Department Department of Digital Humanities


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 £40 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

The deadline for applications is 02 September for 2016 entry. Note that funding deadlines may be earlier. Applications will be considered subject to availability of places, so we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. International applications must be received by 29 July to allow sufficient time for visa processing.


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 participants’ 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.

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Course format and assessment

Lectures on theoretical topics; demonstrations; practical classes and exercises. The programme consists of a compulsory module worth 40 credits (Introduction to Digital Humanities), options to the value of 80 credits, (including an internship module) and a compulsory Dissertation worth 60 credits. Modules are assessed by coursework and/or examination.

NB it cannot be guaranteed that all modules are offered in any particular academic year.


Career prospects

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.



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Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees - Home/EU

£9,000 p.a. (2016/17)*

Full time tuition fees - Overseas

£17,550 p.a. (2016/17)*

Part time tuition fees - Home/EU

£4,500 p.a. (2016/17)*

Part time tuition Fees - Overseas

£8,775 p.a. (2016/17)*

*This tuition fee is subject to annual increases.

Overseas students will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure their place when they receive an offer for this course.  

The deposit is £2,000 (2016/17) and will be credited towards your total fee payment.

UK/EU students are not required to pay a deposit (2016/17)

If you receive an offer between 1st April 2016 and 30th June 2016, payment is due within one month of receipt of the offer.

If you receive an offer between 1st July 2016 and 31st July 2016, payment is due within two weeks of receipt of the offer.

If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2016, payment is due within one week of receipt of the offer.

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


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