The MA in Digital Humanities is one of the leading programmes of its kind, housed in one of the field’s largest and most prestigious departments. A 180-credit postgraduate programme leading to a Master of Arts qualification, it combines theory and practice informed by a wide array of humanities subjects, focusing on their nexus with digital scholarship and research, and the new questions that arise as a result.
All the Department’s teaching is research-led. In 2014, King’s College London was ranked 16th in the world in the QS World University Rankings of the top 800 global Higher Education institutions. The Department of Digital Humanities in a joint submission with the Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries performed very strongly in the 2014 Research Exercise Framework (REF), ranking 1st in the country according to the research ‘power’ metric under the ’36 – Communication, Cultural and Media Studies, Library and Information Management’ unit of assessment. As a student, you will be part of a dynamic and world-leading research department.
DDH enjoys close links and collaborations with other faculties and departments in humanities domains such as English, History and Classics, Culture, Media and Creative Industries, and also with departments such as Informatics. DDH works closely with the King’s Cultural Institute to connect and partner with cultural institutions in London and elsewhere.
The Department is located in the heart of London’s historic West End, amid the UK’s leading galleries, museums and theatres. The National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery are within easy walking distance, as is the British Museum (all of which offer free general admission), the Petrie Museum, and the British Library, which students in the Department may apply to join as Readers free of charge.
Students may study for one year full-time or two years part-time. The degree is structured as an intensive process of preparation for further professional development, or for further postgraduate study. A compulsory core module provides a solid basis for understanding the field’s theory and practice: Introduction to Digital Humanities provides an overview of the intellectual and practical issues of applying digital methods to humanities material. Students choose four optional modules from a varied selection, spanning areas including Digital Arts and Culture, Cultural Heritage, Visualization and Web Technologies. Modules include Digital Publishing; Open Source, Open Access, Open Culture; Web Technologies; Communication and Consumption of Cultural Heritage; Maps, Apps and the GeoWeb: Introduction to the Spatial Humanities. No previous experience of coding or qualifications in computer science are necessary.
Students will also undertake independent research via the dissertation with the supervision of leading practitioners from the Department.