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Master's Degree in Digital Humanities

Universitat de Barcelona
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Master's Degree in Digital Humanities

Program description

Master's Degree in Digital Humanities

The humanities and social sciences adapt to the contemporary era and broaden their research and dissemination potential through the use of digital tools: this development has created the discipline referred to as digital humanities. This masters degree introduces students to the most advanced digital techniques. We train advanced professionals who will contribute to research in the humanities and help society at large to gain a better understanding and make a better use of our cultural heritage.

The digital humanities is a new discipline at the intersection of humanities and social sciences research and new computer tools. It is divided into three main areas. First, the acquisition of technical skills and competences for the processing, preservation, dissemination and use of humanistic knowledge in digital environments. Second, the reflection on the role of digital environments in the production of digital objects and knowledge. And third, critical analysis of the impact of technologies on society, the concept of authorship and the political agenda, as well as the contribution of humanistic knowledge to the digital society.

This masters degree aims to train professionals specialized in the design of original and innovative applications or projects in the field of digital humanities and in digital heritage management. Students must be experts in the use of different technologies and types of digital data representation, in digital technologies for processing of different kinds of data and in the applicable regulations on authorship, use, reproduction and dissemination of digital knowledge and objects.

The program is also available in Catalan. 

Admission requirements

In accordance with Article 16 of Royal Decree 1393/29 October 2007, students must hold one of the following qualifications to access university master's degree courses:

  • An official Spanish degree.
  • A degree issued by a higher education institution within the European Higher Education Area framework that authorizes the holder to access university master's degree courses in the country of issue.
  • A qualification from outside the framework of the European Higher Education Area. In this case, the qualification should be recognized as equivalent to an official Spanish degree. If it is not recognized, the University of Barcelona shall verify that it corresponds to a level of education that is equivalent to official Spanish degrees and that it authorizes the holder to access university master's degree courses in the country of issue. Admission shall not, in any case, imply that prior qualifications have been recognized as equivalent to a Spanish master's degree and does not confer recognition for any purposes other than that of admission to the master's degree course.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Learning objectives

  • To acquire knowledge of the application of communication and information technologies to humanities research and dissemination from a critical perspective.
  • To gain an understanding of the methodologies for the design of digital humanities projects.
  • To acquire the knowledge required and skills required to design, create and implement digital applications in cultural environments (such as museums).
  • To learn how to use the computer resources required for the implementation and parametrization of such products and services.

Career opportunities

The potential professional areas for holders of this qualification include museums, temporary exhibitions, libraries, archives, the publishing sector, cultural management companies and support units within humanities and social sciences research projects.

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Universitat de Barcelona 

The University of Barcelona, founded in 1450, is a comprehensive higher education institution that presents deep academic tradition coupled with frontier scientific knowledge. It is located in the city of Barcelona, one of the main cosmopolitan hubs in the Mediterranean...

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Why study at Universitat de Barcelona

Why choose the University of Barcelona?

  • It is the top-rated Spanish university in the most prestigious international university rankings.
  • It is among the 25 best universities of the world with more than 400 years of history.
  • It is situated in Barcelona, one of the best university cities in the World.
  • It offers a wide range of course offerings: bachelor’s degree courses, master’s degree courses, doctoral programs and other specific courses and programs.

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Universitat de Barcelona

Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 585
08007 Barcelona Catalunya

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