Master Programme in Digital Humanities
Do you have a background in the humanities and an interest in how computer-supported methods can be used to study digital materials from societies and cultures both current and past? Do you want to learn more about digital technologies and the roles and functions they play in scholarly work, organizations, and the everyday life of people? Then this programme is for you. The Master Programme in Digital Humanities offers the opportunity to augment your humanities studies with highly sought after technical skills and knowledge about our digital present.
The Master Programme in Digital Humanities is an international two-year master programme rooted in the humanistic research environment of the English Park Campus, home to Uppsala University's Faculty of Arts. The programme is thoroughly multidisciplinary and welcomes both international and Swedish students of any humanistic background that wish develop their technical skills and knowledge about the opportunities and challenges of humanistic work and study in the digital present.
The Master Programme in Digital Humanities is offered by the Department of ALM in cooperation with the Department of Archeology and Ancient History, the Department of Art History, and researchers affiliated with a cluster of other departments at the Faculty of Arts. The considerable breadth and expertise of the teaching resources available support the programme's overarching aim possible: to allow its students to deepen their subject knowledge within their own disciplines in parallell with gaining a systematic understanding of the digital humanities, and the knowledge and skills to independently formulate and solve problems pertinent to the area.
The programme is both theoretical, practical, and application-oriented. The pedagogical design include lectures, practical exercises with digital methods and tools, supervision and seminars. Teaching on the programme’s compulsory courses takes place on campus in Uppsala. The course literature is in English.
Students of the programme will benefit from three general learning outcomes. (1) The knowledge and know-how of how to use and evaluate different digital methods for the purposes of data analysis, visualisation, digitization, curation, and more. (2) An understanding of the complexities and problematics of digital cultural heritage and digital cultural-heritage resources and their different uses, impacts, and curatorial and technical prerequisites. (3) A broad view of the roles and functions of digital technologies in current society and culture, with a special focus on the implications of digital technologies for the work and study in the student's area or academic discipline of interest.
The programme leads to a Degree of Master of Arts (120 credits) with a main field of study in Digital Humanities. The programme can be completed with a Degree of Master of Arts (60 credits) after one year.
A master's degree in Digital Humanities provides a pathway to a variety of national or international careers in a variety of professions and endeavors both outside of academia and within. You will be able to work in organisations invested in digitisation and cultural heritage, and in the communication of information, documents, and culture. The larger archives, libraries and museums are examples of potential future employers. These institutions have a great demand for humanities-based skills in digitisation, digital communication and digital knowledge production; skills that you will have mastered upon completing the Master Programme in Digital Humanities. Your humanities background and technical skills can also open up opportunities in development and investigative work and multidisciplinary projects.
The programme also provides a good foundation for a research career. Subject to choices of elective courses and the direction if master's degree projects (30 credits), a degree from the Master Programme in Digital Humanities provides access to doctoral student programmes in Information Studies, Archeology, Classical Archeology and Ancient History, Art History, and Textile Science at Uppsala University.
The first year’s compulsory courses provide a broad range of knowledge in the theoretical, practical and technical aspects of digital humanities. Digitisation, visualisation of different types of data, such as images and artefacts, and methods for how digitised material can be analysed and conveyed are central focuses of the first year.
Year two includes significant opportunities for to personalize and specialize your master’s degree. Depending on when the courses you choose are offered, you decide when to begin your degree thesis and the compulsory project course with the possibility for work placement. The programme’s teaching team offers support in planning your personal study plan for year two. The structure of the programme is as follows:
- Introduction to Digital Humanities (7.5 credits)
- Tools and Methods: Critical Encounters (7.5 credits)
- Digital Cultural Heritage (7.5 credits)
Digital Implementations in Heritage (7.5 credits)
- Distant Reading (7.5 credits)
- Theory and Methods in Digital Humanities (7.5 credits)
- Information Mediation and User Perspectives in the Digital Era (7.5 credits)
- Visual Analysis (7.5 credits)
Semester 3 and Semester 4
- Electives (22.5 credits)
- Project design course with possibility of work placement (7.5 credits)
- Master’s thesis (30 credits)
The entry requriements for the programme is a Bachelor's degree with a main field of study within the humanities or the social sciences. In addition, a level of English equivalent to English 6 (a Swedish Bachelor’s degree meets the requirement for English).
Apply to the Master Programme in Digital Humanities using www.antagning.se (Swedish students) and www.universityadmissions.se (international students). Note: in order to complete your application you need to upload a statement of purpose. See below for instructions.
The statement of purpose should include an explanation of why you wish to study the programme and a summary of a thesis (bachelor or master level) produced by you. Upload the statement in pdf-format to www.antagning.se (Swedish students,) or www.universityadmissions.se (international students) on the final day of application at the latest. The statement should not exceed 800 words.
If you do not yet have a bachelor thesis to summarize you can choose to summarize another academic text instead. It is important that you provide details on which text you have chosen and how it can be accessed. The text should preferably be of a shorter variety and be written within your own discipline. A bachelor or master thesis, or a research paper, are good examples of texts suitable to summarize in your statement of purpose.
For information on important dates, including the final day of application, and application instructions please see Universityadmissions (for international students) and Studera.nu (for Swedish students).
Got questions about the progamme? Feel free to contact us!
Olle Sköld, Programme Coordinator
Joel Gordon Hultsjö, Study Counsellor
Want to know what's new regarding the programme, what the affiliated teachers and reseachers are up to, what it might be like to study at the Department of ALM, and more? If so, check out the programme blog here: The Digital Humanities Blog!