Lancaster University
Digital Humanities MA (PG)
Lancaster University

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Course Description

Why Lancaster?

Open doors to exciting professional roles through an MA at Lancaster University - an institution with a world-leading reputation in Digital Humanities

Study in a department that specialises in the application of artificial intelligence techniques in humanities research

Get involved in projects with experts in places such as America, Mexico, Brazil, and India

Collaborate with your peers in our Digital Scholarship Lab, a state-of-the-art research space with specialist software and equipment

Choose our Heritage Placement module for the chance to work with a range of regional, national and international organisations

The digital sphere is transforming the way we live and work, as well as how we study the past. On this dynamic degree you’ll learn how to apply cutting-edge technology to traditional humanities and cultural heritage research. Building expertise that can be applied in academic research, as well as careers in a wide range of industries.

We’re world leaders

Lancaster University is a world leader in the integration of new technologies in humanities research. During this course, you’ll learn from globally recognised experts in the field and engage with cutting-edge research in digital humanities.

From visualisation and data design, to text mining and geographic information analysis and retrieval, the technological skills and knowledge you gain from this course will prepare you for rewarding roles in a wide range of sectors. You’ll learn about the use and creation of digital assets and databases, relevant interdisciplinary theories and methods, as well as applications of artificial intelligence such as natural language processing, machine learning, and computer vision.

Digital disciplines

You'll develop digital and historical research skills and complete core modules in Digital Humanities and Spatial Technologies for Humanities Research. This will allow you to analyse data in more complex and sophisticated ways.

For instance, you will:

  • extract and analyse information on a large scale through text mining techniques
  • discover how to map historical sources and works of literature
  • apply and carry out research using methods such as Network Analysis, Spatial Statistics, and Corpus Linguistics
  • acquire the skills to capture and visualise data, and create interactive story-maps and timelines
  • use Artificial Intelligence techniques to identify, extract and analyse information from thousands of images or texts, and paint a more vivid picture of your findings

Learning about researching and writing history will be an important part of your degree too. You’ll apply this knowledge to develop your own original research for your dissertation.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 7.0
    • Graduate Degrees
    • 6.5
    • Undergraduate Degrees
Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Digital Humanities, MA (PG), if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.

2:1 Hons degree (UK or equivalent) in History or a related discipline.

We may also consider non-standard applicants, please contact us for information.

We may ask you to provide a recognised English language qualification, dependent upon your nationality and where you have studied previously.

We normally require an IELTS (Academic) Test with an overall score of at least 6.5, and a minimum of 5.5 in each element of the test. We also consider other English language qualifications.


Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

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About Lancaster University

Lancaster University was established in 1964 and is located in the rural setting of Lancaster. The campus provides a series of amenities, including banks and a post office. Academically, all of this university’s courses and programmes are accredited and approved by MARP, ensuring that the curriculums delivered here are set at a high standard. In terms of facilities, students have access to a variety of study and recreational spaces intended to improve their wellbeing, such as Meditation and Tai Chi classes, and Woodland walks.

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