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Digital Humanities MA

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Our 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 more. Digital technology provides many new opportunities and challenges to those working with textual, visual or multimedia content. Using critical theory, case studies and hands-on project-based exercises, our course studies the history and current state of digital knowledge production, exploring theoretical and practical challenges in modelling, curating, analysing and interpreting digital representations of human culture in all its forms, past and present. Graduates of this course will potentially embark on professional careers in jobs requiring analytical-practical experience in a number of sectors including arts and the cultural sectors, digital media companies, publishing, government and public administration, international development, education, in media and communications globally as well as into marketing and public relations or journalism. They can also progress to PhD study.

Key benefits

  • This course in a world-leading department is highly multidisciplinary and draws on a wide range of expertise in data-driven research, web technologies, digital publishing, open software and content creation, digital cultural heritage, coding in humanities/cultural contexts and maps, apps and the Geoweb.
  • The course provides opportunities to scope, build and critique practical experiments in digital research with an arts, humanities, social sciences or cultural sector focus.
  • The MA can lead to further research or to careers in cultural heritage institutions (such as museums, libraries, and archives), in the creative and cultural sector, in multimedia and new media companies, in internet companies, in publishing houses, and in web-based businesses in London and overseas.

In an age where so much of what we do is mobile, networked and mediated by digital culture and technology, digital humanities play an important role in exploring how we create and share knowledge.

Base campus

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Strand Campus

Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

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Teaching methods - what to expect

On this course, we will develop and enhance your awareness and understanding of a range of subjects that are relevant to the digitally mediated study of human culture, including:

  • How we model human culture using computers and how we can create memory and knowledge environments which facilitate new insights or new ways of working with the human record.
  • How the ethos of openness that 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.

We will give you a broad understanding of the most important applications of digital methods and technologies to humanities research questions and what they do and don’t allow us to do. You will be able to scope, build and critique practical experiments in digital research with an arts, humanities and cultural sector focus, and you will learn to provide critical commentary on the relationship between creativity, digital technology and the study of human culture.

Teaching

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

    Your performance will be assessed through coursework. Forms of assessment may typically include essays, project work and reports. Coursework contributes 100% to your final mark.

    Structure

    Required modules

    Introduction to Digital Humanities (40 credits)

    Introduction to Digital Humanities 1 (30 credits)
    Introduction to Digital Humanities 2 (30 credits)
    Coding and the Humanities (15 credits)

    Optional modules

    In addition, you are required to take four modules totalling 40 credits from a list of options that may typically include:

    Curating & Preserving Digital Culture (15 credits)
    Communication & Consumption of Cultural Heritage (15 credits)
    Digital Storytelling (15 credits)
    Music and Sound in Digital Societies (15 credits)
    Artificial Intelligence & Society (15 credits)
    Web Technologies (15 credits)
    Global Digital Audiences (15 credits)
    Digital Innovation (15 credits)
    Digital Publishing (15 credits)
    Data Journalism (15 credits)
    Social Media, Marketing and Platforms (15 credits)
    Digital Asset and Media Management Technologies In Practice (15 credits)
    Management for Digital Content Industries (15 credits)
    Digital Media, Digital Marketing (15 credits)

    King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

    Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

    Employability

    Employers are looking for skilled professionals with knowledge and expertise in applying digital methodologies to the study of human culture. Our MA responds to a demand for highly digital literate professionals in educational and heritage sectors, as well as in publishing, digital media and creative/cultural sectors.

    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 greatly valued skills.

    Graduates of Digital Humanities have followed a number of different routes. Some have pursued careers in the academic and research sector, some have undertaken PhD studies, and some have found work in the cultural heritage industries, in publishing houses, in digital media/marketing companies or in other digital strategy positions in London and overseas.

    Find out more about what careers our alumni have gone on to

    Tuition Fees

    UK:

    Full time: £11,040 per year (2022/23)

    Part time: £5,520 per year (2022/23)

    International:

    Full time: £27,900 per year (2022/23)

    Part time: £13,950 per year (2022/23)

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

    Deposit

    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 deposit is £500.

    The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

    • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.

    • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.

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

    • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

    • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days 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.

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

    Additional Costs

    In addition to your tuition costs, 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
    • travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
    • graduation costs

    Funding

    In an age where so much of what we do is mobile, networked and mediated by digital culture and technology, digital humanities play an important role in exploring how we create and share knowledge.

    Base campus

    strand-quad
    Strand Campus

    Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

    Regulating bodies

    King's is regulated by the Office for Students

    Loading...

    Teaching methods - what to expect

    On this course, we will develop and enhance your awareness and understanding of a range of subjects that are relevant to the digitally mediated study of human culture, including:

    • How we model human culture using computers and how we can create memory and knowledge environments which facilitate new insights or new ways of working with the human record.
    • How the ethos of openness that 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.

    We will give you a broad understanding of the most important applications of digital methods and technologies to humanities research questions and what they do and don’t allow us to do. You will be able to scope, build and critique practical experiments in digital research with an arts, humanities and cultural sector focus, and you will learn to provide critical commentary on the relationship between creativity, digital technology and the study of human culture.

    Teaching

    Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

    Assessment

      Your performance will be assessed through coursework. Forms of assessment may typically include essays, project work and reports. Coursework contributes 100% to your final mark.

      Structure

      Required modules

      Introduction to Digital Humanities (40 credits)

      Introduction to Digital Humanities 1 (30 credits)
      Introduction to Digital Humanities 2 (30 credits)
      Coding and the Humanities (15 credits)

      Optional modules

      In addition, you are required to take four modules totalling 40 credits from a list of options that may typically include:

      Curating & Preserving Digital Culture (15 credits)
      Communication & Consumption of Cultural Heritage (15 credits)
      Digital Storytelling (15 credits)
      Music and Sound in Digital Societies (15 credits)
      Artificial Intelligence & Society (15 credits)
      Web Technologies (15 credits)
      Global Digital Audiences (15 credits)
      Digital Innovation (15 credits)
      Digital Publishing (15 credits)
      Data Journalism (15 credits)
      Social Media, Marketing and Platforms (15 credits)
      Digital Asset and Media Management Technologies In Practice (15 credits)
      Management for Digital Content Industries (15 credits)
      Digital Media, Digital Marketing (15 credits)

      King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

      Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

      Employability

      Employers are looking for skilled professionals with knowledge and expertise in applying digital methodologies to the study of human culture. Our MA responds to a demand for highly digital literate professionals in educational and heritage sectors, as well as in publishing, digital media and creative/cultural sectors.

      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 greatly valued skills.

      Graduates of Digital Humanities have followed a number of different routes. Some have pursued careers in the academic and research sector, some have undertaken PhD studies, and some have found work in the cultural heritage industries, in publishing houses, in digital media/marketing companies or in other digital strategy positions in London and overseas.

      Find out more about what careers our alumni have gone on to

      Tuition Fees

      UK:

      Full time: £11,040 per year (2022/23)

      Part time: £5,520 per year (2022/23)

      International:

      Full time: £27,900 per year (2022/23)

      Part time: £13,950 per year (2022/23)

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

      Deposit

      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 deposit is £500.

      The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

      • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.

      • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.

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

      • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

      • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days 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.

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

      Additional Costs

      In addition to your tuition costs, 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
      • travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
      • graduation costs

      Funding

      Application closing date guidance

      We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible as we may need to request further information from you to assess your application. This is particularly important if your application is successful and you are required to meet any offer condition, and/or you need a Student Visa to study here at King's.

      King's College London is committed to the recruitment of students with the greatest academic ability and to maintain a diverse student population. In order to ensure a balanced international student population for our most competitive programmes, we have implemented the following deadlines:

      • The final application deadline for any students who are currently residing in mainland China is Friday 7 January 2022, 23:59 (UK time).

        Please note: if you reside in mainland China and apply for any of the above programmes after this deadline, your application will be automatically withdrawn, and you will not be eligible for an application fee refund.

      • Our first application deadline for any other applicants is on Friday 25 March 2022 (23:59, UK time). After this date, the programme will close at any point once it is full. If there are places still available, the programme will remain open until the final application deadlines below:

        Overseas (international) fee status: Friday 29 July 2022 (23:59, UK time)

        Home fee status: Friday 26 August 2022 (23:59, UK time)

        Please note, you will not be eligible for an application fee refund if you apply after the first application deadline listed and we are unable to process any further offers because places are filled before the final application deadlines.
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