Master's Programme in Digital Humanities 2020/2021

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Do you have a humanities background and an interest in learning more about digital media? Do you want to know how to improve your skills using digital tools? Have you thought about how digital technologies impact culture, society, research and our everyday life? The Master's Programme in Digital Humanities at Uppsala University offers you the opportunity to complement your humanities studies with highly sought-after technical skills and knowledge about the digital era.

Why this programme?

Over the past few decades, new digital tools have emerged that are now used within a range of humanities disciplines. The Master's Programme in Digital Humanities provides a solid grasp of how powerful digital tools can be used to analyse, visualise and research digital media and digitised materials. You will also learn to digitise and process different types of texts and images and how these can be made available at cultural heritage institutions and in other contexts.

The programme is multidisciplinary and driven by humanistic inquiry and curiosity. Key themes are the critical evaluation of digital technologies and their use in a number of areas, including knowledge production and cultural heritage.

There is now a great demand from the cultural sector for staff with knowledge of digital humanities and this programmes opens up opportunities for national or international careers in a variety of professions. You will be able to work within cultural heritage, digitisation and cultural and information services. Another option is development and investigative work requiring a humanities background and technical skills. The programme also provides a good foundation for doctoral studies in several disciplines if you want to pursue a career in research.

The programme includes compulsory courses in digital humanities, but you are also able to deepen or broaden your knowledge in another field of study by choosing from a range of elective courses to include in your degree.


The programme leads to a Master of Arts (120 credits) with Digital Humanities as the main field of study. After one year of study, it may be possible to obtain a Master of Arts (60 credits).


The programme is made up of courses, usually 7.5 credits each, and a Master's thesis. The compulsory part of the programme consists of ten courses comprising a total of 97.5 credits, including a project course with the possibility of a work placement (7.5 credits) and a Master's thesis (30 credits).

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.

In the second year, you can choose 22.5 credits of elective courses from Uppsala University's course catalogue, which allows you the freedom to personalise and specialise your Master's degree. Depending on when the elective courses you choose are offered, you can decide when to begin your Master's thesis and the compulsory project course with the possibility of a work placement. The programme's teachers offer support in planning your personal study plan for year two.

Courses within the programme

Semester 1
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

Semester 2
Visual Analysis, 7.5 credits
Theory and Methods in Digital Humanities, 7.5 credits
Information Mediation and User Perspectives in the Digital Era, 7.5 credits
Distant Reading, 7.5 credits

Semester 3 and 4
Electives (22.5 credits)
Project design course with possibility of work placement (7.5 credits)
Master's thesis (30 credits)

If you decide to finish a Master of Arts after two semesters, the second half of semester two will be used to write a Master's thesis, 15 credits.

Learning experience

Important forms of teaching and learning include lectures, practical exercises with digital methods and tools, supervision and seminars. Exercises, seminars and supervision are usually compulsory unless otherwise stated in the course syllabus. You will also be expected to participate in group work, which requires collaboration and communication skills.

The main formats for examination are individual or group-based written assignments, individual exams, seminar assignments and the Master's thesis.

In addition to the scheduled teaching, you are expected to study and prepare, on your own or in groups, that which is required to achieve the learning objectives of the programme's courses. The programme is both theoretical and practical; it is application-oriented and takes an experimental approach. During the second year, within the framework of the project course, there is the opportunity for a placement at a workplace or other type of organisation.

Teaching for the programme's compulsory courses takes place on campus in Uppsala.

The language of instruction and course literature is English.


With a Master's degree in Digital Humanities, you will be attractive in many sectors of the labour market, both in Sweden and abroad. You will be able to work within cultural heritage and digitisation and with cultural and information services. The major 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. These are skills that you will have mastered upon completing the programme.

Your humanities background and technical skills can also open up opportunities in development and investigative work, as well as in multidisciplinary projects. Through your expertise in conducting research with a humanities approach using digital source materials and tools, this degree will make you an attractive candidate for doctoral studies in the disciplines associated with the Master's Programme in Digital Humanities. The programme is currently collaborating with the doctoral educations in library and information science, archaeology and ancient history, and art history and textile studies.

Career support
During your whole time as a student UU Careers offers you support and guidance. You have the opportunity to partake in a variety of career activities and events, as well as receive individual career counselling. This service is free of charge for all students at Uppsala University. Read more about UU Careers.


Selection to the Master's Programme in Digital Humanities is based on a statement of purpose written by the applicant. The statement of purpose should include an explanation of why you wish to study the programme and a summary of a thesis (Bachelor's or Master's level) produced by you. Upload the statement in pdf-format to by 3 February at the latest. The statement should not exceed 800 words.

If you do not yet have a Bachelor's thesis to summarise you can choose to summarise 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's or Master's thesis, or a research paper, are good examples of texts suitable to summarise in your statement of purpose.

Master's Programme in Digital Humanities

120 credits

Autumn 2020 - 100 % - Campus

Location: Uppsala

Application Deadline: 2020-01-15

Enrolment Code: UU-M5105 Application

Language of Instruction: English

Academic requirements
A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university. The main field of study must be within the humanities or the social sciences.

Language requirements
All applicants need to verify English language proficiency that corresponds to English studies at upper secondary (high school) level in Sweden ("English 6"). This can be done in a number of ways, including through an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL or IELTS, or through previous upper secondary (high school) or university studies.
The minimum test scores are:

  • IELTS: an overall mark of 6.5 and no section below 5.5
  • TOEFL: Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1–6) in written test and a total score of 575. Internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0–30) in written test and a total score of 90
  • Cambridge: CAE, CPE
More information about English language requirements

Selection: Students are selected based on a statement of purpose also including a summary of a previous thesis or other academic text. You upload the text in connection with your application to the programme. The text should not exceed 800 words.
Tuition fee-paying students and non-paying students are admitted on the same grounds but in different selection groups.


If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees. Fees cover application and tuition only and do not cover accommodation, academic literature or the general cost of living. Read more about fees.

Application Fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 50000

Tuition fee, total: SEK 200000

Contact and further resources

Is this programme right for you?


For programme specific information, contact: Olle Sköld

+46 18 471 15 89

For admissions-related or general information, please contact our applicant support team:

Department of ALM

Engelska parken Thunbergsvägen 3H 752 38 Uppsala

Box 625, 751 26 UPPSALA

018-471 2292

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