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Digital Humanities

Do you want to be at the forefront of the digital turn in the humanities? The current information revolution opens up exciting perspectives for research and its applications in society.

This Master's track equips you to look at culture, language, history or philosophy through the lens of digital methods.

We are witnessing many exciting new trends in information technology. The vast amount of digital data that is available nowadays opens up new research questions and opportunities for real life applications. This Digital Humanities track offers a systematic way to incorporate information technology in humanities research.
It trains students with a humanities background for the growing number of research and other job opportunities that require processing of digital information. It reflects on the underlying theory and the impacts on our culture and society. It offers courses for collecting, analysing and visualising humanities data. Finally, you will be skilled to work with professional databases, programming scripts, and statistical tools.

Students who graduated successfully from this programme were able to integrate a humanities perspective with computational methods. For instance, the thesis “Tracing Joyce’s notes for Ulysses” (2017) employed automation strategies for the digital representation and for source-tracing of Joyce’s notebooks. Another example is the thesis “Visualizing trade” (2018), in which an analysis of the Baltic trade in the 18th century was done by using visualization applications on the Sound Toll registers. By exploring visualization as a tool, the student was able to implement a Digital Humanities approach to a historical problem not just to identify patterns and analyse them, but also suggesting new interpretations.

Facts & Figures
Degree
MA in Communication & Information Studies
Course type
Master
Duration
12 months (60 ECTS)
Croho code
66826
Language of instruction
English
Start
September
Faculty
Arts
Why study this programme in Groningen?
  • It is the only Digital Humanities Master in the Netherlands
  • You learn how to program and how to combine theory and skills in using digital tools
  • You get acquainted with new developments in digitisation and datafication in culture and society
  • You enter a multidisciplinary programme which offers opportunities for building on your humanities domain of expertise
  • It will give you a head start on the job market
Programme
Periods
CoursesCourse Catalog >1234
Coding for Humanities (5 EC)
Database Design (5 EC)
Understanding Digital Humanities (5 EC)
Analyzing Data (5 EC)
Collecting Data (5 EC)
Software and Data as Culture (5 EC)
Data and Society (5 EC)
Thesis Lab (5 EC)
Visualizing Data (5 EC)
Master Thesis (15 EC)

Curriculum

The courses in the programme are organised according to three specializations: theory (Understanding Digital Humanities; Data in Society; Software and Data as Culture), data processing (Creating Data, Analyzing Data, Visualizing Data) and skills (Database Development, Coding for Humanities, Thesis Preparation).

Programme options
Honours programme (honours program)

The Master's Honours Programme was developed especially for students who want to get more from their studies.

The Master's Honours Programme was developed especially for students who want to get more from their studies. It is a programme worth 15 ECTS that is followed in addition to the standard Master's programme. It is a one-year interdisciplinary programme that is designed to introduce students to various aspects of leadership.

More information about this option

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is unaccommodated

Study abroad is not an option for this programme

Entry requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test

Additional requirements English: A VWO diploma or a subject certificate for VWO English (mark 6 or higher), minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 90 (with a minimum of 21 on all items), or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 on all items). Language Centre English Test (LCET) level C1 (B2 for no more than two components). Cambridge C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a minimum score of 180. If you have a VWO diploma a language test is not required.

other admission requirements

University of Groningen students are encouraged to take the minor Digital Humanities during their bachelor.

Registration procedure

Note: it's not possible to start in February. For more information, please contact the study advisor.

Transfer options

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
English Language and CultureAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Engelse Taal en CultuurAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
English Language and CultureAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Arts and Culture StudiesAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
American StudiesAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
ArchaeologyAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Communication and Information StudiesAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Film and Literary StudiesAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
History (part-time)All Research universitiesNo additional requirements
GodgeleerdheidAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Arts, Culture and MediaAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Art HistoryAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Media StudiesAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
MuziekwetenschapAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Taal- en CultuurstudiesAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
LinguisticsAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Theatre StudiesAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Theology (part-time)All Research universitiesNo additional requirements
PhilosophyAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test

Additional requirements English: A VWO diploma or a subject certificate for VWO English (mark 6 or higher), minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 90 (with a minimum of 21 on all items), or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 on all items). Language Centre English Test (LCET) level C1 (B2 for no more than two components). Cambridge C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a minimum score of 180.

previous education

Bachelor degree in the humanities

Registration procedure

Note: it's not possible to start in February. For more information, please contact the study advisor.

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students15 August 202001 September 2020
15 August 202101 September 2021
EU/EEA students01 May 202001 September 2020
01 May 202101 September 2021
non-EU/EEA students01 May 202001 September 2020
01 May 202101 September 2021
Tuition fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2019-2020€ 2083full-time
non-EU/EEA2019-2020€ 12500full-time
EU/EEA2020-2021€ 2143full-time
non-EU/EEA2020-2021€ 13500full-time

Practical information for:

After your studies

Job prospects

Career prospects

  • Digital curator
  • Cultural designer
  • Information architect
  • Data scientist
  • Metadata analyst
Research

Research

The Digital Humanities masters' programme benefits from a strong relationship between teaching and research, and students are encouraged to join an active research project for the writing of their thesis. A good example of this embedding is the thesis 'Effectively Classifying Texts Affectively', which was written in the context of a research project on the role of Spotify in the music industry.

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    – Paul Hoffman
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    If you're the type of person who enjoys the difficulties of coding, complexities of theory and want to learn some very applicable skills, then Digital Humanities is the master for you.

    I choose Groningen because it is the best place to be if you’re between the ages of 18 to late twenties. It’s a relatively small city, but home to a large number of students which comes with massive perks. For example everything is reachable by bike so you can go see your friends really easy. Another perk is the fact that supermarkets and other stores are aimed towards students meaning you’ll pretty much find what you need around the corner. Even though it’s a small city, there are great connections to other cities in Europe meaning one could always choose to visit elsewhere. In sum, the city is designed to facilitate students, it’s great.

    After finishing my Bachelor degree in American Studies I choose Digital Humanities as a Master. This choice was primarily because as a humanities student, it’s relatively hard to find work. With this in mind I was looking for something both practical and interesting, hence Digital (practical) Humanities (interesting). The contents of the course match the title in the sense that we have courses strictly devoted to coding, courses devoted to theory and courses devoted to the interplay between theory, practice and the overall role of Digital Humanities herein.

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						Testimonial of Liu Mingyang

    This course strikes a perfect balance between humanities subjects and computer science.

    – Liu Mingyang
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    Hi, I am Liu Mingyang and since September I am enrolled in the MA programme Digital Humanities at the University of Groningen. Before I came here, I have studied in Italy at the University of Genoa. I majored in Modern Lang ua ges and Cultures, a course mainly involved in the field of language, culture, ethnology, economy and sociology. My social and communication skills benefited a lot from the intercultural teaching atmosphere and I learned a way of critical thinking to deal with the difficulties from different viewpoints during my bachelor period .

    Besides my academic life, I try to apply theory into practice. After graduating from university, I moved to Milan with my friends to set up ‘Longmorning Promotion Milano’ as our own business. I acted as project manager and was in charge of online promotion. I used to analyse the data collected through our online website surveys in order to offer the best solutions catering for the preferences of our customers and audiences. Through my work and personal ability, I came up with innovative ideas that helped the company successfully undertake several projects such as the ‘China tour of the famous Italian world music group’. After coming back to China, I published my personal literature collection.

    Read more about Liu Mingyang and why he chose to study Digital Humanities in Groningen!

    Questions? Send Liu an e-mail!

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Study associations

Commotie

The study association for all communication students in Groningen. Joining Commotie assures you to get the most out of your student life. We are here for study related matters as well as for the parties and your overall experience.
We organize a wide range of activities, which our members can mostly join for free. For instance, in-house days at appealing companies (e.g. GGZ Friesland or NU.nl), seminars, workshops, socials and other social activities. Furthermore, you will get a discount on your books and at several other stores in Groningen.
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