Master of Digital Humanities

KU Leuven
1 year
Full time/part time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
Leuven
English
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About this program

Master of Digital Humanities

Digital Humanities is a young field of research, focused on the use of computational methods in the Humanities, Social and Behavioural Sciences. This includes the use of digital analysis and visualisation techniques in e.g. (art) history, languages, instructional sciences, the use of digital games in social sciences or the use of digital technologies in the sector of museums, archives and libraries.

The Master of Science in Digital Humanities helps graduates from Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences Programs to develop digital competencies that will allow them to add digital dimensions to their own domain expertise. It aims to explicitly link these competencies to research questions, case studies and applications related to the domain expertise of the students.

Graduates of this Program will be able to bring their own domain expertise to a significantly higher level of functionality, using digital tools and techniques. Building both on the expertise they obtained from the Program and their prior expertise in Humanities, Social or Behavioral Sciences, graduates will be well placed to open many new digital applications to a much wider community. Moreover, those who wish to move to a professional profile involving more advanced digital competencies, are well prepared to do so.

Admission requirements

  • Candidates have successfully completed a master's Program in the Humanities, Social or Behavioral Sciences. Alternatively, candidates have successfully completed a bachelor's program in the Humanities, Social or Behavioral Sciences which has a normal duration of at least 4 years. For candidates with a 4- or 5-year bachelor's degree we require that the applicant has obtained excellent academic results.
  • Admission to the Program is granted on the basis of an application file. A good knowledge of the English language is required. Other criteria for admission include the applicant's academic results, his/her motivation and research objectives. Only applicants with very good qualifications are admitted to the Program.

It is important to note that for this master Program we do not accept students with a degree in STEM fields.


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Program content

Introductory Components

  • Introduction to Digital Humanities

Introductory Digitization Components

  • Information Structures and Implications
  • Scripting Languages

Management Component

  • Management and Information Technology

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.

Program delivery

The courses taught in English.

Tuition

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Qualification

Credits: 60 ECTS

Career paths

Academically, researchers in the Humanities, Social or Behavioral Science are confronted with the need to apply digital tools to facilitate and enhance their research. The program enables graduates to enhance their research in the Humanities, Social or Behavioral Sciences through non-trivial uses of digital tools and techniques. This may include modeling and querying databases, accessing data, interconnecting and querying web resources, extending tools with scripts to provide extra functionality, text-encoding and e-publishing, mining repositories, data visualization, analyzing social networks, adopting, adapting and enhancing e-learning environments, improving usability of human-computer interaction. As such, graduates are very well placed to take on the challenges that novel research positions require.

Professionally, graduates of the Humanities, Social of Behavioral Sciences enter professional environments where connecting the company’s business with digital tools and techniques has become standard. In this case as well, the Program enables its graduates to put to use non-trivial digital techniques in their professional occupations, including e-media, publishing, arts, history, culture, music, libraries, e-education or interactions for end-user applications. Thus, graduates who want to pursue a career in the usual sectors for graduates of the Humanities, Social or Behavioral Sciences will be much better prepared to cope with the digital techniques that are currently applied there.

More generally, graduates of this Program provide society with professionals and researchers who are able to bring their own domain expertise to a higher level of functionality, using digital tools and techniques. Building both on the expertise they obtained from the Program and their prior expertise in Humanities, Social or Behavioral Sciences, they are well placed to take part in opening the digital world to a larger community.

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