Taught course

Digital Humanities

Maynooth University · An Foras Feasa

Entry requirements

Candidates for the Master of Arts in Digital Humanities must have a 2.1 Honours Degree in Humanities, Social Sciences, Arts or in Computer Science. Applicants from abroad must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.

Months of entry


Course content

Digital Humanities is a fast and growing interdisciplinary field at the cutting edge of 21st century research methods. It aligns traditional Humanities-based research with modern data-intensive computational methodologies to produce exciting new research avenues and questions in traditional fields of expertise.

The MA degree is transformative in nature and allows graduates from Arts and Humanities, Social Science, as well as Computer Science backgrounds, to enhance and complement their existing research skills with modern digital methods vital for the cultural heritage and information sectors. It is also excellent preparation for those wishing to pursue a computationally-enabled PhD in the arts and humanities, digital preservation, or digital cultural heritage.

Students have opportunities to:

  • Use State-of-the-art equipment to digitise, analyse and 3D print cultural heritage objects.
  • Explore alternative methods, theories, and technologies for undertaking a range of digitally-enabled cultural heritage projects and research
  • Get real-life experience through an internship in a cultural heritage institution or collaborating on a Digital Humanities project.
  • Be actively involved in our Digital Humanities projects, such as the Letters 1916, the first crowdsourcing project in Ireland, and Contested Memories, a computer graphic simulation of The Battle of Mount Street Bridge.
  • Create virtual worlds and get an expertise in computer graphics for cultural heritage.
  • Learn programming and markup languages used widely in the field
  • Get experience in encoding historical or literary sources and literature in the creation of Digital Scholarly Editions.

The course is delivered in our state-of-the-art facility in An Foras Feasa (Iontas Building, North Campus), which includes the MakersLab for Computational Imaging and 3D Printing projects, the Digital Humanities Lab with high-end desktop computers for computer graphics and image processing, and the Green Screen Studio for audio-visual recording.

A number of funding options are available including two An Foras Feasa Taught Masters Bursaries, the University wide Taught Masters Scholarships and the Maynooth University Taught Masters Alumni Scholarships. Further details may be found here.

Information for international students

Minimum English language requirements: please visit Maynooth University International Office website for information about English language tests accepted and required scores. The requirements specified are applicable for both EU and non-EU applicants. Maynooth University’s TOEFL code is 8850.

Fees and funding

International students

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

An Foras Feasa