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
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.
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.