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Digital Curation MA

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A two-year international course providing a combination of theoretical knowledge and practical training, equipping you to manage and curate the digital information and digital assets of organisations across public and private sectors. Students study for one year at King’s and one year at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU Berlin) and choose from an exceptional range of options covering different aspects of digital curation.

Reasons you should consider the MA in Digital Curation are:

• You will receive an outstanding education that will equip you to become a leader in the field of digital curation and information management.
• Employers are looking for skilled professionals with knowledge and expertise in managing and curating their valuable digital information and assets.
• You will study in two of Europe’s most exciting cities and have the opportunity to engage with cultural and creative sectors in both cities.

Key benefits

• This unique course offers students an unparalleled opportunity to study at two world leading institutions: HU Berlin is one of the leading higher education institution in Germany to teach information science, while King’s College London is a leading institution for learning about the intellectual and technical exploitation of digital resources. Students will gain a rich and varied educational, social and cultural experience and a joint qualification from King’s and HU Berlin.

• Students will study in two of Europe’s most vibrant cities, spending a year in Berlin followed by a year in London. These unrivalled locations allow students to experience a variety of different cultures, and to access some of the greatest cultural heritage and arts institutions in the world. Both King’s and HU Berlin have close links with a range of cultural heritage and memory institutions in London and Berlin respectively, with consequent opportunities for internships.

• The tutors offer up-to-the-minute knowledge of the subject area and cutting-edge expertise in library, archive and information science, with specialist knowledge in digital technologies and processes. They come from diverse and highly interdisciplinary backgrounds, including running digital archives or working in the digital industries.

• The MA can lead to further research or to careers in a range of organisations, including libraries, museums, galleries, and archives; media organisations; publishing houses; government and industry; research institutions; healthcare and law firms.

Key information

Application status Closed

Duration Two years FT, September to September. Students spend four semesters over the course of two years on the programme: two consecutive semesters at Humboldt and two semesters at King's, beginning the programme at Humboldt in all cases.

Study mode Full-time

Credit value UK 240 / ECTS 120

Course intake No set number.

Course leaders Dr Mark Hedges (King's): mark.hedges@kcl.ac.uk; Dr Tobias Blanke (King's) +44 (0) 20 7848 1975; Professor Michael Seadle (Humboldt)

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

Department Department of Digital Humanities



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Course detail


This King’s-HU Berlin joint MA in Digital Curation is a two-year course involving one academic year of study at each institution. It offers you access to the combined talents of two world-class departments.

Digital content and digital technologies are a defining feature of our age. Digital data, information and knowledge are an asset for cultural heritage, memory institutions, industry, commerce and government. They are fundamental for research and practice in fields such as the law and medicine. As individuals we increasingly communicate and record our lives and our memories in digital form. But digital information is fragile and complex and requires ongoing and active curation as we seek to ensure its longevity and innovate in its use, and exploit its social, cultural and commercial value.

This course will give you the core skills, knowledge and competencies you need to become a leader in the rapidly expanding field of digital curation. You will study a wide range of subjects including metadata, preservation, knowledge representation, digital libraries, ethics and rights management, and new digital technologies and methods, including cloud and crowd-sourcing technologies. You will also have an opportunity to undertake an internship to gain workplace experience. We want you to acquire a great deal of practical knowledge, but even more we want you to develop your critical and reflective capacities, and to acquire an understanding of the inter-dependence of developments in digital processes, technology and curatorial practice. This MA will also provide an excellent grounding if you are interested in going on to a PhD in Digital Curation or a related area.

Further literature

Take a look at Humboldt info here

Find out more info about preparing for your stay in Germany

Info about what you need to submit to enrol at Humboldt

Course format and assessment

In your first year, HU Berlin will provide 300 hours of teaching through lectures and seminars, and they will expect you to undertake 1,200 hours of independent study.
In your second year we will provide you with 110 hours of teaching through lectures and seminars, and we will expect you to undertake 984 hours of independent study.
Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

You will be assessed through a combination of coursework and exams.

Regulating body
King’s College London is regulated by the Office for Students.


Year 1

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 180 credits.

Required Modules

You are required to take the following modules at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin:

  • Introduction to Digital Curation (20 credits)
  • Information Ethics & Legal Aspects (20 credits)
  • Research Methods (20 credits)
  • Curation & Integrity of Research Data (20 credits)
  • Curation & Integrity of Images (20 credits)
  • Curation & Integrity of Text (20 credits)
Optional Modules

There are no optional modules in your first year.

Year 2

Required Modules

You are required to take the following module at King’s College London:

  • Dissertation (60 credits)
Optional Modules

In addition, you are required to take 60 credits from a range of modules which may typically include:

  • Crowds and Clouds – Digital Ecosystems (20 credits)
  • Digital Media, Digital Marketing (20 credits)
  • Digital Asset & Media Management in the Broadcast Media (20 credits)
  • Curating & Preserving Digital Culture (20 credits)
  • Digital Asset & Media Technologies in Practice (20 credits)
  • Management for Digital Content Industries (20 credits)
  • Internship: Digital Asset & Media Management in the Workplace (20 credits)
  • Web Technologies (20 credits)
  • Communication & Consumption of Cultural Heritage (20 credits)
  • Open Cultures (20 credits)
  • Digital Publishing (20 credits)
  • E-Texts, Annotation & Markup (20 credits)
  • Maps, Apps, & the GeoWeb: Introduction to the Spatial Humanities (20 credits)
  • Making the Connected World (20 credits)

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

Entry requirements & how to apply

Digital Curation Entry Requirements
Minimum UK requirements  2:1

A Bachelor's degree with 2:1 honours in Library and Information Science or a related discipline. Strong applicants with majors in other fields will also be considered.

In order to meet the academic entry requirements for this programme you should have a minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree with a final mark of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme. If you are still studying you should be achieving an average of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme.

International requirements    Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements  Band C Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.


Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal apply.kcl.ac.uk and a non-refundable application fee of £60 applies.

Your application will be assessed by two members of staff. Candidates with non-traditional qualifications or experience may be interviewed, either in person or by phone if overseas, and all applicants are welcome to call us to arrange a visit. We aim to process all complete applications within four to six weeks, although this may take longer in February and March and over holiday periods.

Personal statement and supporting information

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

Digital Curation checklist
Personal Statement Yes Please provide a personal statement of around 500 words, clearly explaining why you have chosen to apply for this specific MA, what you plan to do afterwards, and outlining your relevant experience.
Previous Academic Study Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents. 
References Yes Two references are required with at least one academic. Professional references will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.
Other Optional Applicants may wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of their application.


Application closing date

Applications are now closed for September 2018 entry.

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 Home/EU fees: Year 1: £6,600 (Berlin) per year (2018/19); Year 2: (King’s) £6,600 per year (2018/19)
  • Full time overseas fees: Year 1: £12,880 (Berlin) per year (2018/19); Year 2: King’s £12,880 per year (2018/19)
  • Part time Home/EU fees: N/A
  • Part time overseas fees: N/A

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 2018, payment is due by 27th April 2018.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2018 and 30th June 2018, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2018 and 31st July 2018, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2018, 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.

Career prospects

We have designed this course to prepare you for leadership roles in organisations and enterprises with significant volumes of digital information and knowledge, for example, libraries, museums, galleries, and archives. It responds to the increasing demand for digitally literate professionals to work in education and heritage institutions, as well as equipping you with a range of strategic, technical and practical skills to provide direction and leadership in the curation of digital information and assets. You could also transfer your skills to a career in media organisations, publishing houses, government and industry; research institutions and healthcare and law firms.


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