Entry requirements

2:1 (Hons) degree (UK or equivalent) in History or a related discipline.

Months of entry


Course content

Developments in the use of digital technologies are transforming the ways we live and work. In recent years, information technology has come to be dominated by digital texts, images, and maps rather than quantitative sources. Humanities students are ideally placed to make use of these important and exciting sources in academic research and in the wider world of employment – yet few humanities degrees provide students with these skills. Driven by a dual focus on digital approaches and more traditional humanities courses, this MA addresses this skills shortage while assuming no particular expertise in computing.

Whether you want to continue in academia with the skills to drive pioneering work in your subject, or want to develop a career in any field that combines cutting-edge IT skills with the traditional strengths of a humanities graduate, this fascinating MA will transform your understanding of how digital technologies can be used.

Led by world-experts in the field, you will engage with cutting-edge research in Digital Humanities and will have the opportunity to develop a valuable set of transferable skills, while benefiting from a strong interdisciplinary approach.

You will take the core modules: ‘Digital Texts in the Humanities’ and ‘Spatial Technologies for Humanities Research’, which introduce you to the core skills required of a digital humanist, as well as ‘Researching and Writing History’, which will prepare you for your dissertation, and the dissertation module, through which you develop your own original research.

You will also be able to choose two further modules. These include modules from the History Department's Masters programme and some run in other departments, such as English Literature and Creative Writing, and Linguistics and English Language, that cover complementary topics. If you are seeking to gain hands-on experience in the heritage sector, one of your choices might be our Heritage Placement module, or if you wish to pursue a further topic through independent research then you could choose a Project module.

Information for international students

We normally require an IELTS (Academic) Test with an overall score of at least 6.5, and a minimum of 5.5 in each element of the test. We also consider other English language qualifications.

If your score is below our requirements, you may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language programmes.

Fees and funding

Learn more on our Fees and Funding page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

History Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0)1524 592549