Taught course

Spatial eHumanities

Maynooth University · An Foras Feasa

Entry requirements

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

Months of entry


Course content

Spatial eHumanities is a truly interdisciplinary programme combining geocomputation, cultural heritage, design, and humanities/arts research. It takes an interdisciplinary approach to focus on spatio-temporal concepts, methods, and tools in the development of computational and visual frameworks from which to explore the past and better understand our present.

The MSc in Spatial eHumanities has been jointly designed by An Foras Feasa and the National Centre for Geocomputation to provide both a historical background and theoretical grounding to the field while providing students with solid skills in contemporary digital methods and technologies, including Geographic Information Systems and 3D computer graphics modelling. It is also excellent preparation for those wishing to pursue a computationally-enabled PhD in the arts, humanities, social science, or digital cultural heritage.

Students have opportunities to:

  • Learn how to use open source and proprietary geographical information systems (GIS) software such as QGIS and ArcGIS;
  • Become familiar with standards and methods common to digital humanities including XML, TEI, and Dublin Core;
  • Learn how to create virtual worlds and acquire an expertise in computer graphic design for cultural heritage;
  • Become actively involved in current Spatial eHumanities projects;
  • Learn how to encode literary and historical sources, as well as newer sources (such as social media) to identify and visualise spatial and temporal networks and patterns;
  • Gain practical project-based experience and project management skills by becoming an intern in a cultural heritage institution, a commercial organisation, or a digital spatial project;
  • Learn programming languages and apply these to spatial and temporal data in the various fields of the arts/humanities, archaeology, and geography.

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

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

For funding and scholarship opportunities see here.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

An Foras Feasa