Digital Humanities: an exciting field for postgraduate study

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Digital humanities is one of the most exciting new academic fields. In brief, this is an area of scholarship where humanities and technology intersects, such as by using digital tools in humanities research work.

Anyone undertaking a digital humanities postgraduate degree will use both humanities research and data-intensive computational methodologies. The combination of the two opens up new fields of research.

Let’s have a look at some third-level institutions offering postgraduate studies in digital humanities. Please note that this list is not exhaustive.

Maynooth University: MA Digital Humanities

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

There are a number of funding options. These include two An Foras Feasa Taught Masters Bursaries, the University wide Taught Masters Scholarships and the Maynooth University Taught Masters Alumni Scholarships.

University College Cork: MA Digital Arts and Humanities

The MA encourages a multidisciplinary approach to digital arts and humanities. The course will give you an introduction into how to use digital tools and methods for arts and humanities research.

The MA Digital Arts and Humanities is a one-year full-time MA. Teaching is by discussion-based seminars. The course also features elements of blended learning using online forums and social networking tools. In addition, some modules will be offered wholly or partly as workshops.

Trinity College Dublin: M. Phil. in Digital Humanities and Culture

Those who complete this course will have highly specialised IT skills. These are combined with an advanced understanding of how these skills can be applied to a wide variety of digital objects, such as text, image, audio, and video. It will also provide students with the theories and perspectives central to the field. This includes the aesthetics implicit in digital creation, best practice in standards for data formats, as well as 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, providing opportunities for students to engage with cutting-edge issues and technologies.

 


Anne Sexton

Education doesn't end with a postgrad: the importance of lifelong learning
Part-time MBA


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