Entry requirements

Applicants should have a good honours degree (at least an upper second, GPA of at least 3.3) in any of the disciplines of the humanities. The admissions process will be carried out in two stages. In stage one candidates will apply online and have the opportunity of submitting a sample of their own critical writing (3,000–5,000 words) and a cover letter. Those candidates passing this initial assessment will go onto to stage two that will take the form of interviews (either in person, telephone, video, or skype). Applications are also welcome from professionals in the library and cultural heritage sectors. Those already in employment may opt to take the degree over two years: the first year all coursework is taken and the second year the dissertation is written. Applications are made online at: www.tcd.ie/courses/postgraduate/az

Months of entry


Course content

Digital Humanities is a field of study, research, and invention
at the intersection of humanities, computing, and information
management. Digital humanists do not only create digital
artefacts, but study how these media affect and are
transforming the disciplines in which they are used.
This M.Phil. provides a platform for a technically innovative
research path within the humanities giving students the
opportunity to engage with a new and dynamic area
of research. Those who complete this course will have
highly specialised IT skills combined with an advanced
understanding of how these skills can be applied to a wide
variety of digital objects (text, image, audio, and video). It
will also provide students with the theories and perspectives
central to the field, including the aesthetics implicit in digital
creation and migration, best practice in terms of the standards
used for a number of data formats, as well as the growing
concerns of digital curation and preservation.
Through the internship programme students will get real
world experience working with cultural heritage partners
or digital humanities projects. Moreover, several modules
will integrate content from these partners in their learning
outcomes, providing opportunities for students to engage
with cutting-edge issues and technologies.
This MPhil consists of three core modules and three optional
modules. There is also a dissertation module in which a
research topic is chosen in agreement with your supervisor.
Core modules are Theory and Practice of Digital Humanities;
Web Technologies and an internship at cultural heritage
institution, library, or project. Please note some optional
modules require prerequisites. Modules are assessed through
a combination of essays, in-class presentations, assignments,
and projects (either individual or group), depending on the
module. There are no examinations. All students are required
to have their own laptops for this M.Phil.

Information for international students


Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Dr. Mark Sweetman
+353-1-896 3694