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About Digital Humanities

The Department of Digital Humanities is an international leader in the application of technology in the arts and humanities, and in the social sciences. It is the largest and most prestigious department of its kind anywhere and is ranked first in the UK (along with the Department of Culture, Media & Creative Industries) for research power in the Research Excellence Framework.

The Department is dedicated to furthering the possibilities of computing for arts and humanities scholarship and, in collaboration with local, national and international research partners across the disciplines, to design and build applications which implement these possibilities, in particular those which produce online research publications.

What is Digital Humanities?

Digital Humanities is a relatively new field of research and teaching. It has a crucial role to play in the increasing relevance and use of advanced technology-related methods in arts and humanities research. The Department is typically involved in more than 30 major research projects at any one time, some examples of current initiatives include a project with the Royal Opera House on mobile application development to benefit arts and cultural sectors, as well as a project to try to democratise our personal social data. Our research projects are highly collaborative in nature and work across disciplines, institutions and national and international boundaries.

Study with us

The Department of Digital Humanities offers a number of different programmes at postgraduate level. The Department runs its own MA in Digital Humanities, is responsible for the MA programme in Digital Culture and Society and the MA in Digital Asset and Media Management with the Centre for e-Research. It is one of only three departments in the UK to offer MA programmes in Digital Humanities and the first to offer a PhD in Digital Humanities. It has also recently launched an undergraduate degree in Digital Culture which covers topics such as social media, gaming, digital memory, economy, politics and more.


King's College London has a long tradition of research in the Digital Humanities, going back to the early 1970s. King's is one of the few places in the world where students at all levels, including and perhaps especially PhD, can pursue a wide range of inter-disciplinary study involving the application of computing methods and tools in the arts and humanities.

Life in the Department

Digital Humanities hosts seminars, conferences and colloquia, has an active programme for visiting fellows and welcomes collaboration of all kinds in the digital humanities. Additionally, the Department participates or provides home for a number of major activities that have a focus beyond the College. You can read more specifically about this on our Innovation page.


The Department of Digital Humanities has a major commitment to research across the whole of range of arts and humanities disciplines. It both supports and benefits from the research excellence of the Faculty of Arts & Humanities. At any one time the Department of Digital Humanities is engaged in over 30 major research projects, and since 2000 has been involved in generating over £17 million in research income. All projects are approached strictly on the basis of research collaboration. Our research partners come not only from within the Faculties of Arts & Humanities and Social Science & Public Policy at King's but also from a number of universities both within and outside the UK. 

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